banana nut pancakes

Healthy Banana Nut Pancakes (Vegan)

Who doesn’t love a nice thick stack of pancakes on a lazy Sunday morning?  Pancakes are one food item I really missed after I started eating vegan – especially banana nut pancakes, my favorite.  But the eggs…and the dairy…once they were off the table, I assumed that pancakes would be as well.   It wasn’t until a friend, who was allergic to eggs, clued me in that you don’t really need eggs to make a pancake hold together. She was the one who first introduced me to the “flax egg”.  Just sub in some plant milk for the dairy milk, and you’ve got pancakes!  These Healthy Banana Nut Pancakes are oil-free, and use a combination of whole wheat flour and oat flour.  Add in the bananas and walnuts, top with my Coconut Date Syrup  and you’ve got a healthy pancake breakfast!

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THE DRY INGREDIENTS:

  •  whole wheat flour
  • oat flour (made with Old Fashioned Oats)
  • ground flax seeds
  • chia seeds
  • coconut sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • chopped walnuts (optional)

banana pancakes dry ingredientsStart my mixing together the dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. For this recipe we use whole wheat flour and oat flour.  To make oat flour, put 1 cup of Old Fashioned Oats in a blender and blend  on high speed for a minute or two or until it has turned into  flour.

Eggs used in a baking recipe aid with structure and texture.  Vegan cooks have discovered the “flax egg” which is basically ground flax seeds mixed  with water.  For this recipe, we just add in the ground flax seeds with the dry ingredients. It will mix with the wet ingredients at the end.

Using chia seeds is another way to give structure and help the batter to stick together.  If you’ve never used chia seeds before, you need to know that soaking the seeds will bring out a gel-like film.  This is why some people make a chia pudding.  For our recipe, the gel on the chia seeds helps to bind the ingredients together.

THE WET INGREDIENTS:

  • bananas (slightly overripe and mashed)
  • unsweetened plant milk of choice
  • vanilla
  • lemon juice

Wait! Did I forget the oil???  Did you notice a lack of oil in this recipe?  That’s right, we don’t need oil to make a tender delicious pancake.  The mashed banana subs in for the oil!

If you can, your bananas should be just on the other side of ripe. That means mostly yellow with some nice brown spots. For me, I wouldn’t eat banana this ripened; but they work great for these healthy banana nut pancakes.

ripe bananas
Choose bananas that are just slightly overripe.

banana pancakes wet ingredients

After I mash the bananas around a bit, I add in the unsweetened plant milk and mix well with my hand blender. If you don’t have a hand blender, a mixer will do fine.  You just want the bananas fairly liquid  – with very few lumps.  The lemon juice adds in a little sour flavor (like when you make buttermilk pancakes), but more importantly, preserves the color of the bananas. And of course, for the best favor, don’t forget the pure vanilla extract!

Putting it All Together Now:

Make a well or indent in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour in the wet ingredients all at once and stir by hand till mixed; but don’t over-stir.  You only want to combine and mix the ingredients. If you “beat” or over-stir the batter, there is a chance your pancakes will be tough.

Banana pancakes wet and dry ingredients
Make a “well” in the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients.

Your batter will be thicker than regular pancake batter but will still slid off the spoon (or fork in this case).

banana pancake batter on fork
The batter will be thick – not runny.

Let batter sit for a few minutes while the griddle is heating. This will allow the flax and chia seeds to moisten.

Getting Your Healthy Banana Nut Pancakes From the Griddle to the Plate:

I set the temperature of my griddle to 325°. This is a little lower than you would heat for the traditional pancake.  I find though that any higher than 325°, my pancakes will be undercooked on the inside and overcooked on the outside.  I know the griddle is  hot enough and ready to cook on when I can drip a little drop of water on the surface and it sizzles and dances.  This is a trick my mama taught me!

water on the griddle
You will know your griddle is nice and hot when water dripped onto it starts to sizzle and dance.

Before I drop my batter on to the pan, I do a little spritz with coconut oil and wipe off.  My griddle is indeed a non-stick; but even with that, I like to make sure the surface is really slick so that turning the pancakes won’t be a problem.

banana pancakes on the griddle

You can comfortably fit and turn five or six small pancakes at a time.  You will know the are ready to turn when the edges have dried out slightly.  Don’t wait for bubbles to appear on the edges like you might with a regular pancake. That just isn’t going to happen and you will have burned pancakes.

This recipe make about 15 small pancakes an 12 medium sized pancakes.  I add sliced bananas and walnuts of course!banana nut pancakes

You have a choice when it comes to topping your pancakes – for a more traditional flavor, pour on the real maple syrup.  If you are looking for an option with less sugar (but yes, more fat), try my coconut date syrup! Or honestly, here is what I’ve been known to do: I combine them.  Yum!banana pancakes

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Healthy Banana Nut Pancakes (Vegan)

These Healthy Banana Nut Pancakes are oil-free, dairy-free and vegan.  They are make with whole wheat flour and oat flour.  Other  ingredients include ground flax seeds, chia seeds, mashed bananas, and walnuts.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Healthy banana nut pancakes, oil-free pancakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 352 kcal
Author Cindy Rainey

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats (old fashioned)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 bananas very ripe, mashed
  • 2 cups unsweetened plant milk such as almond
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping Options

  • sliced bananas
  • chopped walnuts
  • Coconut Date Syrup
  • maple syrup

Instructions

  1. For the oat flour, place 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats in a blender and process at high speed for a few minutes until you have a flour-like consistency.

  2. Add all dry ingredients to a medium sized mixing bowl and combine well.

  3. Mash bananas into another mixing bowl.  

  4. Add plant milk and with a hand blender or mixer, blend well or until smooth.

  5. Add lemon juice and vanilla. Mix well

  6. Make a well or indent in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients in all at once.

  7. Combine and mix by hand. Be careful not to over-mix or your pancakes will be less tender. Let sit for a few minutes while your griddle is heating.

  8. Lightly spritz a non-stick griddle with coconut oil and wipe away. Heat griddle to 325°.  

  9. Once griddle is heated, using a small measuring cup, pour 5-6 small pancakes at a time on to the griddle. Turn after a few minutes when the edges look slightly dry. Continue cooking for a few more minutes or until both top and bottoms are just browned.

  10. Top with sliced bananas, chopped walnuts and your choice of syrup.  Try my Coconut Date Syrup for a truly plant-based option.

Recipe Notes

If you use walnuts, make sure to inform anyone you serve these pancakes to.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Banana Nut Pancakes (Vegan)
Amount Per Serving (3 pancakes)
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 522mg 22%
Potassium 757mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 12g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 4.6%
Vitamin C 5.9%
Calcium 28.1%
Iron 16.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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