Jennifer Caryn Brand Nutrition

Jennifer Brand, MPH, MS, CNS Clinical Nutritionist

Banana (Yam, Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash) Pancakes

 JCB Pancakes

JCB Pancakes

Bananas are a good source of fiber and dopamine (the feel good brain chemical). They are a powerhouse of nutrients including potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, and vitamins B2 and B6. 


If you are avoiding bananas for any reason (blood sugar, allergies/sensitivities, candida/yeast overgrowth, etc.) you can substitute cooked yams, sweet potatoes, or butternut squash.


Eggs are a complete protein (they contain all the essential amino acids). They contain antioxidant nutrients (vitamins A and E, lutein and zeaxanthin), choline (good for your brain), vitamin D (bones, mood, brain), B vitamins (B12 and folate), selenium (mineral important for antioxidant enzymes and thyroid hormone production), and iron (helps your red blood cells oxygenate your tissues).



  • 1 large banana (about 1 cup of fruit, or use 1 cup of cooked yams, sweet potatoes or butternut squash)
  • 2 eggs
  • Cinnamon, turmeric (surprisingly good), nutmeg, etc. if desired


  • Put all in the blender, blend until it’s a batter consistency
  • Pour into a fry pan with hot coconut oil, or butter or ghee (medium heat works well)
  • Flip when edges start to brown (they cook pretty quickly so keep an eye on them)
  • Top with berries, nut butter, etc., maple syrup or honey if desired (they are pretty sweet without adding maple syrup or honey)