Caramelized Banana and Chia Seed Pancakes
Recipes on on February 19 2014 by Cassidy Stockton

Caramelized Banana and Chia Seed Pancakes

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We've shared these pancakes before, but they were such a hit that we thought we'd resurrect them for our friends at Project Feederwatch. 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 Michelle Abendschan (who writes the beautiful blog Je Mange la Ville) for coming up with such a fun recipe.

Caramelized Banana & Chia Seed Pancakes | Bob's Red Mill

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 nonstick griddle over medium heat and spray lightly with nonstick 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 too 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 tablespoon lemon juice. Let stand 10 minutes and use in place of buttermilk.


  1. faye rivkin
    these sound so yummy. any idea how to make them gluten free?? thanks!
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      We would recommend simply replacing the wheat flours with your favorite gluten free blend. The chia seeds should hold them together enough that you would not need xanthan gum.
  2. Linda Winchell
    Linda Winchell
    Going to make waffles with this recipe, but NO white flour. Bob;s Red Mill Almond flour possibly. God bless

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