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How to make homemade banana walnut buttermilk pancakes from scratch drizzled with buttermilk syrup. This homemade buttermilk syrup is a family favorite recipe.

Goldie's Buttermilk Pancakes with Faye's Famous Syrup


Around these parts, pancakes reign supreme as we take good pancake making very seriously. My Mom had to find a way to keep five growing boys full and happy and a heavy dose of pancakes usually kept them out of the kitchen for hours.

Growing up, we would load up our wood-paneled station wagon and head to Camelback Mountain to my Grandma’s house. We all begged for the coveted sleepover at Grandma Faye’s because we were treated like full-on royalty. She showed her love not only with her warm hugs but with the way she treated us – we always felt nurtured and taken care of when we were with her.

My Grandma Faye and my Mom - the sweetest women who taught me the joy that comes from cooking for those you love.

Upon waking, the smell of her famous breakfast spread filled the air. Breakfast always included fresh fruit with sweetened cream, crispy bacon, toast with homemade jam, fresh eggs to order, sweet rolls, and golden pancakes topped off with her famous homemade syrup.

Always, before we ate and in the sweetest voice imaginable she would say, “I hope you can make a meal of it.” We did that and then some when we rolled ourselves out of her house.

There was one thing Grandma Faye always said which has stuck with me long after her passing.  “No matter what, Melissa…kill them with kindness.” She did that every single day of her life.

How to make Buttermilk Syrup. A perfect buttermilk syrup recipe. The best homemade buttermilk syrup recipe.


To this day, pancakes may be one of the best comfort foods on the planet. Over the years, I have made dozens of recipes only to fall in love with this one and I’ve never looked back.

How to make Perfect Banana Walnut Buttermilk Pancakes:

Let’s get down to the pancake business. Why is it important to use buttermilk in pancakes? You will love the perfect mix of buttermilk which makes the pancakes tender and butter which gives them flavor. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, never fear you can make your own – with only milk, white vinegar, and a little patience.  Add 4 teaspoons of vinegar to each 1 cup of milk.  Let sit for at least 10-15 minutes and let the curdling magic happen. Now, it’s not the real thing but it’s a close second if you are in a pinch!

The BEST Buttermilk Syrup Recipe. How to make a buttermilk caramel syrup recipe.

How to make Famous Buttermilk Syrup Recipe:

The buttermilk caramel syrup recipe can make cardboard taste good. You will never want to eat Log Cabin faux syrup again! This homemade buttermilk syrup recipe is made with simple ingredients — butter, sugar, buttermilk, light karo syrup, baking soda, and vanilla. It is made by slowly simmering the ingredients on the stove until the syrup becomes a rich golden brown color. This is the best buttermilk recipe on the planet!

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Goldie's Banana Walnut Buttermilk Pancakes with Faye's Syrup

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
The kids will come running for these golden buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh bananas and walnuts and Faye's Famous Syrup.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 14 pancakes


Goldie's Buttermilk Pancakes:

  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 4 cups Buttermilk (if you want thinner pancakes, use 4 1/2 cups)
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter melted
  • 3 Bananas sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Walnuts chopped

Buttermilk Syrup:

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 c. Buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Karo Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar and stir until combined. Add eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter and whisk to combine. The batter should have some lumps. Embrace the pancake batter lumps.
  • Heat skillet over medium-low heat. Test for readiness by sprinkling some water on the pan and if it spatters off the griddle, it's hot enough. Coat with butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Using a 1/2 cup, pour pancake batter onto pan. When bubbles appear on top of the pancake, flip to cook the other side. Watch carefully as pancakes can brown quickly. Keep it at a lower heat to ensure that the inside gets cooked through without the outside getting too brown. Serve warm.
  • Top with sliced bananas, walnuts, and drizzle with Faye's Famous Syrup

How to make Buttermilk Syrup:

  • Place butter in large pot and heat over medium heat for 1 minute. Add sugar, buttermilk, and light Karo syrup and baking soda and stir together. Bring to a boil, stirring often.
  • Boil for 5-7 minutes until the color starts to change to a light golden color. The baking soda will make it expand so make sure your pot is large enough.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  • This syrup could make cardboard taste good!

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Pancakes
Cuisine: Breakfast
Servings: 14 pancakes
Keyword: buttermilk syrup
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Goldie's Banana Walnut Buttermilk Pancakes with Faye's Syrup

Now, go make someone you love some buttermilk pancakes and buttermilk caramel syrup that will knock their socks off!

Happy Baking!


Famous buttermilk syrup recipe. Yummy caramel syrup recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. A warm, buttery caramel syrup that goes perfectly on pancakes and waffles.

Now about this name….

My Dad’s name is Golden.

My Grandpa’s name is Golden.

And my little one likes to be referred to as Goldie.

So it was only fitting that I name these golden wonders after some of my favorites.

Hi, I'm Melissa Stadler!

I am an Award-Winning Recipe Creator. Cover of Food Network Magazine. Two-Time Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist. I am passionate about sharing the best recipes so you have success in the kitchen!

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  1. Looks divine. How do I cut this recipe in half (7 instead of 14 pancakes?). Do I simply reduce the flour & buttermilk amount by half?

  2. 5 stars
    I made these pancakes and syrup for breakfast this morning. My husband said it was silly to make the syrup. After breakfast was over he said that he was totally wrong- the syrup was the best syrup he had ever tasted! And of course the pancakes were equally delicious!!
    Thank you so much for these lovely recipes!

    1. 5 stars
      Thank you so much, Cindy! You just made my day! I am so happy to hear that your husband ended up loving the syrup. It’s a family favorite and we just can’t eat pancakes or waffles without it. Thanks for trying out the recipe! -Melissa

  3. So so excited you took the dive and started your blog! I loved reading all about your love of cooking growing up and am drooling over your recipes! Can’t wait to try every one, thanks so much for sharing!! xoxo

    1. Thank you my friend! You have always been so supportive and I appreciate it so much. I have got to get you on here sharing some of your favorite recipes sometime. You’ve got mad skills, Jamie!