Pistachio Butter Pancakes with Honey Cardamom syrup

These pistachio butter pancakes with honey cardamom syrup are light, airy and fluffy and are completely sugar-free; sweetened with dates and banana.


Who loves pancakes????



Me too!!!!!

Seriously, who can say no these fluffy, flavourful, syrup doused pieces on air stacked one upon another?

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Okay, will it help if I tell you that these pancakes are absolutely sugar-free?


Not even a grain of sugar goes into making these!

I see you starting to plan your breakfast around these pancakes now!

See, I told you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And who said you can eat these just for breakfast!

I ate a massive stack of these for lunch the other day and so can you; no one is going to judge here!

Hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I sweetened the pancakes with a spoonful of thick date syrup. If, for some reason, this isnโ€™t available in your region, you can totally use pitted dates. Just donโ€™t forget to rehydrate the dates in 1-2 tbsp of hot water. And then make a paste out of it!

Next, I made pistachio butter and added the date syrup and some oil to make a lovely, smooth paste {also known as pistachio butter}

It needed a little more sweetness so in went a ripe banana mashed to a pulp with a fork.

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Although you could stop here, adding a bit of warmth is important now, isnโ€™t it?

Iโ€™ve always loved how pistachios and cardamom pair together. Every Eid, my grandmother and mum make kheer in a massive saucepan patiently simmering away litres and litres of rich, creamy whole milk till it reduces to more than half the original quantity and then enrich it with lots of almonds, pistachios, raisins rehydrated in ghee {clarified butter} and lastly, lovely heaped tablespoons of cardamom powder. The magic that is created is indescribable and makes my mouth water every single time!

That is where I drew my inspiration from and decided to pair pistachio and cardamom and can I tell you, it was one of the best decisions ever made that day!

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Now, the pancakes need something sweet and syrupy to enjoy its real taste and that comes from this cardamom-honey syrup made from scratch and takes only 2 minutes to make! All you need is your honey and cardamom powder mix diluted with a little milk to make it easier to pour and a dahs of vanilla to take away the strong, intense honey flavour!

Viola! There you have it!

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Serve it when still quite warm with a knob of butter atop the stack of pancakes! This recipe makes pancakes for one. {Ummm… yes, 10 pancakes on a stack is my deal… it should be yours too!}

You could double, triple or quadruple the recipe to feed a crowd or yourself. {I wonโ€™t judge}

Pistachio Butter Pancakes with Honey Cardamom syrup

Yield: Makes 10 medium sized pancakes


    For the Date- pistachio butter:
  1. ยผ cup pistachios, roughly chopped.
  2. 1 heaping tablespoon date syrup*
  3. 1 tsp oil
  4. ยฝ tsp cardamom powder
  5. For the Pancakes:
  6. 1 cup all purpose flour
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 1 tsp baking powder
  9. 1 egg {room temperature}
  10. 1 cup milk
  11. 3 tablespoons date-pistachio butter
  12. 2 tbsp oil
  13. 1 very ripe banana mashed
  14. For the Honey- Cardamom Syrup:
  15. ยฝ cup honey
  16. 2 tablespoon milk
  17. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  18. 1 tsp cardamom powder.
  19. Serving Suggestion:
  20. 1 small knob of butter
  21. A handful of roughly chopped pistachios


  1. First, make the pistachio butter. Add all the ingredients for the pistachio butter in a blender and whiz until you get a smooth paste. It will be slightly sticky. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift and mix all the dry ingredients for your pancakes.
  3. In another bowl, add your eggs, milk, pistachio butter, oil and mash a banana into it and mix well.
  4. Pour these wet ingredients into the bowl containing the dry ingredients and mix well just until combined. DO NOT over-mix.
  5. Set aside your mix for about 10 minutes and in the meantime, heat up your non-stick griddle or pan. Use a pastry brush to give the pan a very light coating of oil.
  6. While the pan is heating up, make your Honey- Cardamom syrup.
  7. Mix together all the ingredients for the honey syrup : Honey, cardamom powder, milk and vanilla extracts and mix rigorously to incorporate the milk and honey. Refrigerate.
  8. When your pan or griddle has heated up at a medium-high, use your measuring cup that reads ยผ th cup for the perfect sized pancakes. For smaller pancakes, you could use 2 heaped tablespoons.
  9. Once you pour your batter, little bubbles will start to appear on the sides of the pancake facing upward. When you see several such bubbles {about 1-2 minutes later}, flip your pancake and let it cook for another 2 minutes.
  10. Take it off the heat and place it in a container that is lined with dry cloth or kitchen paper to keep them warm.
  11. Repeat till all your batter has been used.
  12. Stack them one top of another. Add the knob of butter and pour your honey-cardamom syrup and sprinkle some chopped pistachios.


If you canโ€™t find date syrup where you live, you could easily make your own date syrup at home. For this, take 3-4 pitted dates and rehydrate them with 2-3 tablespoons of hot water and grind this in the blender for a smooth date paste.


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  1. My hand is up — I love pancakes! These flavors sound amazing, Samina! That pistachio butter and the cardamom syrup — WOW! My breakfast was soooo boring. ๐Ÿ™

  2. Both of my hands are up – I love all breakfast foods and thick and fluffy pancakes are right up there. These are gorgeous girl – I am drooling over that pistachio butter – such a great idea and paired with that honey cardamom syrup? Amazing! Stunning pics as usual too ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinning!

  3. I love when I haven’t read your blog for a while because there’s always heaps of amazing posts for me to read when I come back! These pancakes look so amazing I’m drooling on the screen right now ๐Ÿ™‚ pistachio butter may just be the best invention I’ve ever heard of

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