Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes

Saturday was the day of running around like a crazy person.

I slept in by accident, tripped over my gym bag, stubbing my toe in the process, lost my toothbrush (how does that even happen?) and spilled a carton of almond milk on the carpet.

By the time I got to the gym at 11am I’d realized that all I’d had to eat that morning was a fruit + almond milk smoothie at 8am. #fail

I rocked the elliptical for 45 minutes, ran for 20 minutes, then headed to the weight room for my 45 minute strength set. 25 minutes in I totally fell apart.

My body seized up. I had no energy left in me.

Done, empty, kaput. Amazing what breakfast can do to our performance!

I headed for home with one thing on my mind…


If you know me, then you know I suck at making pancakes. They either come out burnt, undercooked, or dry, and always come out in dinosaur-like shapes.

I wish I was kidding.

But I was a lady on a mission. A sugar-reduced, protein packed, carb-full mission.

20 minutes later I was basking in the glory of perfectly cooked protein pancakes. The clouds parted, angels sang, it was glorious.

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes
Recipe type: Vegan (option), Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar reduced, Yeast free, Corn free
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Serves: 3 Pancakes
These pancakes are light, fluffy and ridiculously filling.
  • ⅔ cup non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup egg whites or 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon freshly ground flax + 3 tablespoon water)
  • 2 tablespoon mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed
  • ½ cup chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch white stevia concentrate powder
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate or carob chips – I used unsweetened carob chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon light maple syrup (optional)
  1. Combine almond milk, egg whites, banana, and chia seeds in small bowl. Allow to sit for 10 minutes – this will get the chia all gelatinous and good for your digestion. Alternatively, allow the chia to soak overnight in the milk, then add to the recipe.
  2. Preheat a small non-stick pan on medium-low heat for 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to the wet ingredients.
  4. Stir until just mixed. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour ⅓ of the mixture into the preheated pan. Allow the first side to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until bubbles form and the edges begin to turn golden.
  6. Flip and allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  7. Place completed pancake on cooling rack and repeat with remaining batter.
  8. Serve with coconut oil, maple syrup, nut butter, or sliced banana.

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Mission accomplished.


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  1. Do you think I could use more chia in place of the banana?
    Just made a double recipe with a whole banana this morning for myself, my 18 month-old daughter and my husband. Ended up not adding chocolate chips, added cinnamon instead…made 20 small pancakes! I could only eat about 6 of them, they’re really filling. Thanks!

    • Hi Melissa, I’m not too sure on replacing the banana with chia… perhaps apple sauce? So glad you enjoyed them!

  2. Thanks, but I do not digest beans well. Any way to use protein powder?

  3. Well I just attempted these but I substituted coconut flour for chickpea flour…. Let’s just say the result was a bowl of paste! However, the proportions worked perfectly for my boyfriends non gf non dairy free version!

    • Hi Libby – ya… coconut flour is another breed. I could see it not working for this recipe! Sorry about the pancake paste :)

  4. Leanne, great recipe, thanks! I’ve made pancakes with chickpea flour before and wasn’t crazy about the taste. I think because of the sweetness in this recipe with the banana’s and chocolate, the pancakes tasted much better. I sifted the chickpea flour after mearing it, added a little cayenne pepper, and instead of using chocolate chips I chopped a couple of squares off of a chili flavored dark chocolate bar. I chopped bananas, and added those, blackberries, and strawberries. Really, really good!

    • Wow, you made a lot of great changes. Sounds delicious!