Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free)

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Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free).
I actually have something healthy to share today guys!!!

Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free) (6) It’s really, really healthy in fact! Like, think superfood and free of all the things that usually top the list of no-nos ’cause these should cater to almost everyone. I feel like I’ve been posting way too many sweets recently and I need more balance. Does it seem like that to you? Maybe it’s more noticable to me because I was brainstorming so many different Easter treats this month trying to narrow it down before it was too late.

Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free)! Speaking of that, why, oh, why couldn’t Easter have come in April this year and given me more time? Did it have to ruin my life! You see, I have this huge problem with decision-making. It’s like when you sit down to watch Netflix but spend the whole time browsing and never actually watch anything. You know what I’m talking about? Yeah, well that’s me when I have too many food and blog related ideas.

Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free) (2) Also, I happen to be a save-the-best-for-last type of person. I’ll often have a really awesome idea that I don’t want to just waste on something unimportant so then I put it off and plan to do it later, but then I forget all about it until it’s too late. I clearly need to get some things organized, and usually this would be the perfect time of year to do some Spring cleaning……unless you wake up and realize your living in a hemisphere with opposite seasons and the days are getting shorter instead of longer.

Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free) (4) It’s officially getting chilly in southern Chile and I’m feeling pretty cranky towards Fall this year. Like, I think I’m going to totally give it the (hehe) “cold shoulder”. I really could have used a few more months of heat but it never even got hot this summer, only a handful of days were even close. But that’s enough of me complaining about the weather (uggh, most boring subject ever, and yet it always ends up in my babbling).

Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free) (5) Let’s talk about banana pancakes. They’re a huge staple in the frequented recipe department, or at least they are in my house. Liv told me she was craving them a few days ago and after thinking about it I realized that, not only has it been way too long since I posted a pancakes recipe, but I’ve NEVER shared one for banana pancakes! How is that even possible? They are such a go-to when we’ve got too many ripe nanners and I’m feeling unimaginative or just needing some serious comfort food. What have been doing with my life?

Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free) (3) I mean, good grief, Jack Johnson even sings about banana pancakes! Okay, so he probably wasn’t thinking about vegan ones with chia seeds and oats involved, but still. you know that something is good when it makes you want to sing, right? I’ll have to put some classic banana pancakes on the list to share on another day, but these healthier ones seemed more relevant for today since I know some of us may still be trying to stick to their new year’s resolutions and it’s almost April.

Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free) (9) A quick note on the recipe though, if you aren’t familiar with vegan baking you may have never used a flax or chia egg. It’s the simplest thing ever to just mix the flaxmeal or chia seeds with water and let it thicken but I find it works much better if you give them plenty of time to figure stuff out because vegan “eggs” are never really sure about their lives. Actually, I found that the best results with this recipe were when you mix part of the batter the night before and let it get really thick in the fridge overnight. It cuts the cook time in half. Of course, if you’re like me you may forget to think about these sort of things ahead of time, in which case you can just let the batter soak as long as possible and know that the pancakes will just take a little longer to cook.

Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free) (7) Okay, so I think that’s about it. Go make some pancakes that you can feel really good about!

Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free) (8) 🎶Waking up too early, maybe we can sleep in, make you banana pancakes, pretend like it’s the weekend now…🎶

Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free) (10)

Chia Oat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: about 15 1/3 cup pancakes


  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups oat flour *see note
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (coconut water or plain water work as well)
  • 3 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (honey or agave work as well)
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • Optional Toppings:
  • fresh berries
  • banana slices
  • maple syrup
  • coconut shreds


  1. Combine chia, flaxmeal, oats, and oat flour in a medium mixing bowl and add the almond milk (or water if preferred). Allow mixture to soak for at least 1 hour at room temp (or store in fridge overnight).
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients right before cooking and stir until batter is smooth. Heat a large skillet or pancake griddle over medium heat (about 325F/160C) and grease lightly with oil. Pour 1/3 cup size scoops onto griddle and and spread with a spatula then cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side until dark golden brown.
  3. Serve hot with your favorite pancake toppings!


If you don't have oat flour you can simply pulse 3 cups of oats in a food processor of blender until fine.

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  1. says

    These pancakes are gorgeous, Tori! I haven’t had pancakes in such a long time. They’re one of my favorite foods, but I’ve been trying to eat healthier these days. Now, I can devour these pancakes and not feel guilty about it! 🙂 It seems as though these pancakes would keep me full all morning.

    • Tori says

      Hi, thanks for reading Lacey. Although rolled oats might create a little bit different texture I think steel cut oats would work just fine. I hope that helps and that you’re having a good beginning of your year!

  2. says

    This recipe did not work for me at all. I did what you said and soaked the chia seeds, flax seeds, oats and oat flour in the milk over night and by morning the batter was one solid mass. I could lift the entire batter out of the bowl in one piece with a fork.

    • Tori says

      Hmmmm…I’m really sorry to hear that. It’s possible that the results will vary based on ingredients and temperatures. If you add a bit more milk until it loosens up you should still be able to use it. I hope that helps. 🙂


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