Preheat oven to 350°F. Move top rack to the high middle section. In a cast iron skillet - over low heat - melt butter. With pastry brush, brush all the sides of the skillet with the butter. Add maple syrup. Remove from heat and let cool.
Slice 2 to 3 bananas evenly and spread over bottom of pan. Sprinkle chopped toasted pecans over that.
Mix up 1 recipe pancake mix with the vanilla added. Pour batter over the banana/syrup combo and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Bake 35-40 minutes (depending on your oven) or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool approximately 5 minutes. Invert on large platter and serve. Serve with Maxwell House Coffee.