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Healthy Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Healthy Chocolate Banana Pancakes

These vegan chocolate banana pancakes are sweet and delicious! They are plant-based, gluten-free, and super healthy.

Pancakes are one of the most loved breakfast foods ever!

I remember when I was growing up, every time we had pancakes it was a treat. We wouldn’t have them on just any regular morning. They were reserved for when we had friends over for sleepovers, or special occasions like birthdays and holidays.

Looking back, I suppose this was because the pancakes we were eating, although delicious, were not that healthy. That’s why they had to be a special treat.

But wouldn’t it be great if you could have delicious, tasty, pancakes on a regular basis without feeling guilty and like you’re constantly indulging in something unhealthy?

If you said yes, you’ll love this recipe!

These healthy vegan chocolate banana pancakes are made with simple, wholesome, healthy ingredients!

You will love these vegan banana pancakes! They are:

  • Chocolatey
  • Super healthy
  • Thick
  • Gluten free
  • Easy to make!
  • Comforting

What is in these chocolate banana pancakes?

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder

How to make oat flour

The only flour in this recipe is oat flour. It is extremely easy to make your own, which will be cheaper.

All you need to do is buy some rolled oats (make sure they are gluten free if necessary).

Then you simply put some oats into a blender or food processor. They should quickly become ground into a flour-like texture. Continue blending until the flour is smooth with no leftover pieces of oats.

*This may be more difficult depending on what kitchen appliance you use. For example, I have a great food processor, but it doesn’t work well to create oat flour. When I use my old blender I get much better results while making oat flour. So try both if you have both and see what works better!

Tips for making these chocolate vegan banana pancakes

  • Make sure you use ripe bananas. They should be quite spotty, but don’t worry, they will be perfect on the inside! If you make sure the bananas are ripe, they will be easy to mash and they will be sweeter.

  • Make sure you use baking powder for fluffiness. Some people mix up baking powder and baking soda, so make sure you use the powder! It will help give these pancakes a fluffy texture. If you want your pancakes even fluffier, you could add an extra ½ tsp of baking powder.

  • Make sure that you use a non-stick pan. This is absolutely essential if you want to make your pancakes oil free. The first time I tried making these pancakes, I used an old non-stick pan that had some scratches on it and my pancakes stuck to it pretty badly. It was a mess! So, it’s really important that you use a non-stick pan that is in great condition. It doesn’t have to be expensive though. I bought a new one for about eight dollars and it works perfectly.

  • Check your pancakes frequently so they don’t burn. Every stove is different so you will need to keep an eye on the pancakes and flip them once you can lift them without having them fall apart. I put guidelines for timing in the recipe card, but low heat on my stove top may not be the same as on yours.
Stack of chocolate banana pancakes with blueberries.

Topping Ideas

  • Coconut flakes
  • Peanut butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Fruit
  • More cacao powder!
  • Peanut butter drizzle: 1 tbsp pb with 2 tbsp maple syrup (microwave 30 seconds)
  • Coconut drizzle: 1 tbsp coconut butter and 2 tbsp maple syrup (microwave 30 seconds)

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Healthy Chocolate Banana Pancakes

These vegan chocolate banana pancakes are sweet and delicious! They are plant-based, gluten-free, and super healthy.






Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free, healthy, pancakes, vegan
Servings: 9 pancakes
Author: Bree Sheree

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Non-stick pan

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  • Peel the bananas and place them in a food processor or blender.
  • Add all other ingredients and blend thoroughly.
  • Heat a non-stick pan on low heat.
  • *Pour ¼ cup batter onto the pan and cook until you can flip it over (approximately 1½ minutes)
  • Flip and cook the second side for approximately 1 – 1½ minutes

Notes

*Use low heat. Make sure you check each side of your pancakes after around 1 minute. Every stove is different, so times may vary slightly.
Makes approximately 8-10 pancakes, using ¼ cup batter per pancake.
Total cook time of 15 minutes is for two pancakes on the pan at a time.


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