Thursday, November 8, 2012

Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

This entire recipe has 275 calories in it. You know what that means, right? If you want, you can eat a whole stack of chocolate chip banana pancakes for breakfast.

Serves 1 (275 calories)
  • 1/3 cup quinoa flour; (or take old fashioned oats and pulse them in a food processor until you have 1/3 cup oat flour.)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tbs dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup filtered water, (or unsweetened vanilla almond milk - add 10 calories)
  • optional topping: 1 tbs maple syrup - add 50 calories
  1. In a small bowl, mix together vanilla, mashed banana, and water.
  2. In a separate small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and chocolate chips.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the liquid, and stir until your batter is formed.
  4. Heat a pan on medium-low over the stove with non-stick spray.
  5. Using a spoon, and in increments depending on the size of your pan, make 9 x 3-inch pancakes.
  6. Allow the first side to cook for 1.5 minutes or so, and then flip. Cook the second side for 1 minute.
  7. Feel free to top with drizzles of maple syrup and a few more slices of banana. Sprinkle several additional chocolate chips for decoration. Oh food, glorious food...
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  1. SO good :) I added blueberries instead of chocolate and added cinnamon :)

  2. Hi Sasha! These look amazing, so I was eager to try them and unfortunately it was epic failure. They simply wouldn't cook up. I am certain it is user error, any advice?

    1. Aw I'm so sorry Melissa! :( That happens with gluten free vegan cooking sometimes as the ingredients are delicate. What flour did you use? That could be the culprit. I used quinoa flour. If you used the oats and pulsed them until flour, make sure the flour is very fine. It should look like any other wheat based flour. Also, the baking powder is pivotal.

      When you mash your banana, try using a blender to ensure it's VERY mushed. It should be almost liquidy, similar texture to apple sauce.

      You can try mixing the ingredients with warm water, instead of room temperature.

      I hope these tips help! Let me know :)


  3. I didn't have quinoa flour so I used brown rice flour - these turned out amazing!! Such a decadent Sunday brunch, can't believe it's gluten free and low calorie :) :) :)

  4. Yum! You could make them tangier by using cocunut milk and garnishing with a few coconut flakes. Thanks for posting!

  5. Banana pancakes are an appetizing way for kids and adults to enjoy the health benefits of this food