Recipe: Chocolate Banana Pancakes (Gluten/Dairy/Sugar Free with Vegan option)

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and it is also the most important (check out an earlier post on breakfast). Being a breakfast person but not a morning person often makes for rushed breakfasts--my go-to is a smoothie. But winter is still lingering around in Toronto, which makes me crave warmer meals. I am a sucker for chocolate banana pancakes (who isn't?) as they remind me of my childhood—every Sunday my dad would make my friends and I pancakes and whenever I am back home in Calgary, the tradition continues!

Here is my favorite chocolate banana pancake recipe: gluten free, dairy free (vegan option), sugar free and whole food deliciousness! This recipe is adapted from Joy at Joyous Health.


  • 4 organic, free range eggs (egg-free options below)
  • 1-1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (gluten-free and aluminum-free)
  • Organic coconut oil – as needed for the pan
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • Cinnamon 

Vegan or Egg-Free substitutes
1 cup mashed banana = 4 eggs OR 4 tbsp chia seeds + 1 cup of water water = 4 eggs. Let the chia and water mixture sit for 5 minutes until a gelatinous mixture is formed. 


  • Whisk the eggs or make your egg substitute. Then mix in almond milk and vanilla. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients: baking powder, cacao powder and coconut flour.
  • Sift the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Mix well and then let mixture sit for about 3 minutes, then mix again to ensure all the coconut flour is mixed in so there are no lumps.
  • Heat a pan on low-medium and melt just enough coconut oil to cover the pan.
  • Pour desired about of batter onto the pan.
  • Let it cook a few minutes and flip it once bubbles begin to form on the top.
  • Cook an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side until golden brown.

Topping: I mash the bananas with cinnamon and spread that on top of my pancakes and then top with cacao nibs.

If your heart desires a sweeter taste: drizzle with honey, maple syrup, or trying adding stevia to the banana cinnamon mixture. You can also top with fresh fruit.

Make these on a lazy Sunday morning or freeze them to be easily reheated on the stove any day of the week!




Stay hydrated said...

Banana pancakes are a tasty way for kids and adults to enjoy the health benefits of this food

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