Joe Wicks' pancakes recipe

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Thick, sweet pancakes that look and taste amazing, boost your energy and make you feel great.

Joe Wicks pancakes
  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories498 Kcal25%
Sugar18.3 g20%
Fat33.5 g48%
Saturated Fat11.8 g59%
Salt1.34 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein27.7 g55%
Carbohydrates22.4 g9%
Salt1.34 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Thick, sweet pancakes that look and taste amazing, as well as boost your energy.

The king himself inspired Joe Wicks' pancakes. Elvis famously loved fried banana and peanut butter sandwiches with bacon. Joe Wicks' version takes all the fun from Elvis' recipe and makes it much less calorific. It's still a big treat though. This recipe serves one: a big stack of pancakes, topped with salty bacon, sweet maple syrup and maybe even a cheeky extra dollop of peanut butter. That said, if you're feeling generous, we think there's enough to share for a romantic breakfast. It's perfect for Pancake Day, and they're ready in just twenty five minutes. Alternatively, if you prefer thinner, crêpe-style pancakes, try out our classic pancake recipe.


  • 4 rashers of streaky bacon (120g)
  • 2 small ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 heaped tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Big pinch of baking powder
  • Salt
  • 10g butter
  • Drizzle of maple syrup - optional




  1. Preheat your grill to maximum. Lay the rashers of bacon on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Slide under the hot grill. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side, or until done to your liking. I like my bacon crispy on the outside but still a little soft.
  2. Meanwhile using a fork, mash the bananas in a bowl into a rough purée. Crack in the eggs, spoon in 1 tablespoon peanut butter, sprinkle in the cinnamon, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Give everything a good stir. Pancake batter sorted.
  3. Melt the butter in a large non-stick frying pan over a low to medium heat. Once bubbling, spoon the batter into the pan to make 4-6 pancakes. Fry the pancakes without moving them for 3 minutes on the first side, or until the batter has set, then flip and fry the pancakes for a further minute on the second side.
  4. While the pancakes are gently frying, mix the remaining peanut butter with ½ tablespoon water in a small bowl. This will loosen it, making it easier to drizzle on the pancakes.
  5. Pile the banana pancakes onto a plate. Top with the bacon, drizzle over the peanut butter along with a little maple syrup, if you like.  
    Recipe from 30 Day Kick Start Plan by Joe Wicks, available to buy now (Bluebird, £18.99) Photography by Andrew Burton.

Top tips for making Joe Wicks' pancakes

These pancakes are best made and eaten on the same day. If you have any leftovers you could pop into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 day. Serve the next day by warming on a low heat in the microwave or in the oven. Finish with your chosen topping and enjoy.

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Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks aka ‘The Body Coach’ rose to fame after his Instagram videos started to go viral. With 15-minute recipes and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts to do at home, Joe quickly became one of the most followed personal trainers in the country.