Recipes on January 30, 2013 by

Caramelized Banana & Chia Pancakes

Chia seeds stand in for eggs and add a healthy boost to these decadent pancakes. I love that they sound challenging, but are actually quite simple. These would be perfect for breakfast on a lazy Sunday, but we could eat these pancakes anytime of the day! A special thanks to our Label Content Manager, Michelle (who also writes the beautiful blog Je Mange la Ville) for coming up with such a fun recipe.

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Caramelized Banana & Chia Pancakes

Serves 2-4; makes 7-8 pancakes

  •  1 Tbsp Chia Seeds + 3 Tbsp Water
  • 3/4 cup Unbleached White Flour
  • 1/4 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Buttermilk or Soured Milk
  • 2 Tbsp melted Butter
  • 1 Banana, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch slices (about 16 slices total)
  • 1 tsp granulated Sugar
  • Maple Syrup, for serving

Add chia seeds to water and let sit until they gel, about 15 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder and soda and salt. Add the buttermilk and melted butter to the gelled chia, and then combine that into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined (don’t over mix).

Heat a non-stick griddle over medium heat and spray lightly with non-stick spray. Drop batter onto griddle by 1/4 cupfuls. Place two banana slices into each pancake surface and press down lightly. Sprinkle pancake surfaces with a little sugar.

Flip pancake when bubbles appear on the surface and edges start to look a little dry, about 3-4 minutes. Check side with bananas frequently to make sugar isn’t getting to dark and adjust heat as needed. Cook second side 2-3 more minutes. Keep warm in a 200° F oven if cooking pancakes in batches.

Make these vegan by substituting non-dairy buttermilk (recipe below) for the buttermilk and melted Earth Balance in place of butter.

Non Dairy Buttermilk:

Combine 1 cup of Soy/Rice/Almond milk with 1 Tbsp lemon juice. Let stand 10 minutes and use in place of buttermilk.


Bella says:

Can white flour be exchanged with almond meal


You can try it, but because almond meal does not contain gluten and white flour does, the pancakes may be a bit crumbly. If you do try it, we suggest adding a bit of xanthan gum to your recipe.

Betsy says:

Hi. My mother is on a very Sodium restricted diet. If we coulld fine backing soda no sodium it sound good. Never cooked with Chia it sounds like they desolve when water is added? thx

Hi Betsy,

You could try this instead of regular baking soda: It says it does not contain sodium. Chia doesn’t dissolve all the way, but gels up nicely to replace the eggs. It gives these pancakes a poppy seed-like texture.

rosanne torre says:

I can’t eat yeast. Does the pastry flour have yeast in it? If so, is there another flour I can replace it with like coconut or? Just learning to cook with different flours. I can have gluten, I can’t have yeast.


The pastry flour does not have yeast in it. You can use whole wheat flour or regular flour if you like. Coconut flour will change the outcome dramatically, so if you can have gluten, we’d recommend the pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour.

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