Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

These Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes are the perfect, healthy twist to kick start your day! Completely fluffy, airy, and naturally sweetened, these pancakes are truly irresistible—especially with the burst of banana and chocolate flavors which go so amazing together. Made in just a few short steps and under 25 minutes. Gluten-free and Oil-free options available.

Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

It’s the beginning of the week and I’ve been excited to share this recipe with you all.

When it comes to pancakes, I’m such a fan! They’re just so easy and delicious, how can one not be, right? Haha.

If you’ve been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’ve probably already indulged in a few of our delicious pancake options.

Need Pancake Ideas? These Are PERFECT!

Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes 

Fluffy Vegan Quinoa Pancakes + Cranberry

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Poppyseed Pancakes

Fluffy Vegan Oatmeal Whole Wheat Pancakes

Dairy-Free Almond Blueberry Pancakes

Perfect Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes

Of course, you can always search ‘pancakes‘ on our site for a ton of other amazing flavors and combos.

Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

But can we be honest for a sec? The BEST PART about these pancakes is the addition of chocolate chips!

I think that chocolate in general is one of the MOST LOVED flavors of all time. Am I right?

For these pancakes and for many of my dishes, my go-to chocolate chips are from Enjoy Life Foods, which are vegan and gluten-free.

If you’re truly obsessed with chocolate chips, then these Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are a MUST! Don’t believe me? Try them for yourself.

More importantly, the use of applesauce (Yes, you read it right!) gives these cookies a nice chewiness, softness, + gooeyness that will leave you wanting just one more cookie (or maybe 2 or 3! Haha!). Super easy to make and whipped together in 20 short minutes.

This Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Milkshake recipe is completely decadent in flavor. It is the perfect Summer (or Year-round if you’re the ultimate foodie) treat with a nice burst of chocolate chip flavor, creamy dairy-free base, and topped with a velvety coconut whip cream.

Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Why Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup?

OK, so let’s talk about one of my favorite maple syrup brands— Coombs Family Farms.

Honestly, I don’t use any other maple syrup brand. I know. Insane. But hear me out.

Coombs Family Farms not only offers quality products, BUT their values are just as top-notch. I’m such a believer in their commitment to creating quality products while protecting the environment.

In addition, I love that they are a family of generation farmers who take the craft of farming seriously. It’s definitely rare to see companies scale at a level and keep their core values and this brand definitely does that, which brings me much comfort when using their products.

The Best Part?

Today, Coombs Family Farms now offers an array of Maple Syrup based products. From traditional Organic Maple Syrups to Pure Maple Syrup Sprayable Maple Syrups to Maple Sugar and Candy.

Their products literally meet the needs of all tastebuds and I’ve tried them and love them! Haha.

Maple Syrup— Is it a Great Option, Really?

When it comes to Maple syrup and Agave, I often use them interchangeably, although I love to use pure maple syrup mostly. Agave is said to have a lower glycemic index, which makes it perfect for those with diabetes. On the other hand, pure Maple syrup has tons of antioxidants because it comes directly from a plant’s sap.

When it comes to maple syrup, however, it comes in grades— Grade A or Grade B. These Grades are classified based on color and come in Light Amber, Medium Amber, and Dark Amber.

All this means is that the Dark Ambers were extracted later in the harvest season.

The only caution is to ensure that your Maple Syrup is actually the real version and not just maple-flavored syrup.

While Maple Syrup might be higher in sugar, it also offers vitamin and mineral benefits which includes:

Calcium

Potassium

Iron

Zinc

Manganese

Lastly, the darker colored Maple Syrup provides a good amount of Antioxidants.

Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

KEY TRICKS TO THE PERFECT VEGAN PANCAKES.

Low + Slow is BEST.

When it comes to cooking your pancakes, keeping the heat on low is the key. This ensures that your pancakes are fully cooked through without making the outsides dark before their time.

Double Check that your Leaveners aren’t expired.

Ensuring that the leaveners that are used (baking powder, baking soda, etc) aren’t expired and are completely fresh. This ensures that your pancakes rise at their best and are super fluffy as intended.

No Over-mixing, Please!

Once all ingredients are well combined after stirring with a spatula, no need to keep mixing. Remember, you want airy, fluffy pancakes—not chewy pancakes due to the gluten formulating from over-mixing.

Use the Correct Pan!

I find that using a flat cast-iron griddle works the best when making pancakes. Unfortunately, a regular sauté pan isn’t flat enough (slopped sides?) aren’t friendly in making the perfect stack.

Oil the Base, Not Butter it!

I know. I’m one who loves using butter (Vegan butter for vegan recipes), but when making pancakes it’s best to use some sort of oil (coconut, grapeseed, vegetable oil, etc) and whipping it lightly so that it isn’t drenched. Wallah! No easy burns or anything.

Don’t Flip Those Pancakes Just Yet!

I’ve been guilty of this in the past. No flipping those pancakes the moment a little crust forms on the bottom. Nope. Only flip to the opposite side once the bubbles have ‘popped’ and opened into holes, which means that all of the bottom is formed and OK to flip. Got it?

That’s that. Follow these simple tricks and those pancakes on your table are sure to be perfect for everyone!

Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.

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FYI—I’ve included a few ingredient substitutions for you below, however, you can find a ton more substitutions on our Ingredient Hacks page:

Milk: can be substituted with soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk (my NEW Fave!), oat milk, hemp milk, + a few others.

Cheese: can be substituted with vegan cheese (I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard mixed reviews!).

Eggs: can be substituted with tofu, “flaxseed egg” mixture, mashed bananas, oat or soy flour, rolled oats, + a few others.

Butter: can be substituted with vegan butter, sunflower oil, olive oil, + a few others.

Mayonnaise: can be substituted with vegan mayo

Cream Cheese: can be substituted with cashews (soaked + pureed)

Honey: can be substituted with agave, maple syrup

And there are many more substitutes available, Ya’ll!

Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Whelp, let’s dig right into these pancakes, shall we?

Start by whisking together the organic all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt in a large bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, add the Almond milk and apple cider vinegar and whisk together until well combined. Set aside for 5-10 minutes.

Next whisk in the mashed bananas into the milk-vinegar mixture until well incorporated. **NOTE: The mixture will thicken, that’s OK!** Add vanilla, maple syrup, and oil and continue whisking.

Now, add the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until well combined. NOTE: Batter shouldn’t be too runny or too thick. Try to find it somewhere in the middle. **Try not to Over-mix.**

Fold in chocolate chips until well incorporated.

Add a bit of oil to a heated medium skillet (wiping it with a paper towel lightly until just about coated) and pour 1/3 cup of batter unto the surface of the skillet. Cook for about 1-2 minutes (until batter begins to bubble) and gently flip pancake to it’s opposite side, cooking another 1-2 minutes. Be sure to gently press down on pancake to ensure that center cooks through.

Once cooked and lightly brown, remove pancake from heat and repeat steps until all batter is used.

To serve, stack pancakes onto one another and top with sliced bananas, chocolate chips, and lightly drizzle with maple syrup, if desired.

Bon Appetit!

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Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic All-purpose flour (I use Bob's Red Mill; See Notes!)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup Almond milk  (You can use your fave plant-based milk!)
  • 2 Medium bananas, mashed
  • 2-3 Tbsps pure maple syrup (I use Coombs Family Farms; See Notes!)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsps coconut oil, melted (See Notes!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life Foods)

Toppings:

  • vegan chocolate chips
  • banana, sliced
  • Dairy-free CocoWhip!

Instructions

  • Start by whisking together the organic all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, add the Almond milk and apple cider vinegar and whisk together until well combined. Set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  • Next whisk in the mashed bananas into the milk-vinegar mixture until well incorporated. **NOTE: The mixture will thicken, that’s OK!** Add vanilla, maple syrup, and oil and continue whisking.
  • Now, add the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until well combined. NOTE: Batter shouldn’t be too runny or too thick. Try to find it somewhere in the middle. **Try not to Over-mix.**
  • Fold in chocolate chips until well incorporated.
  • Add a bit of oil to a heated medium skillet (wiping it with a paper towel lightly until just about coated) and pour 1/3 cup of batter unto the surface of the skillet. Cook for about 1-2 minutes (until batter begins to bubble) and gently flip pancake to it’s opposite side, cooking another 1-2 minutes. Be sure to gently press down on pancake to ensure that center cooks through.
  • Once cooked and lightly brown, remove pancake from heat and repeat steps until all batter is used.
  • To serve, stack pancakes onto one another and top with sliced bananas, chocolate chips, and lightly drizzle with maple syrup, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

GLUTEN-FREE VERSION: To make these pancakes GF, I recommend using a GF Flour Blend (Bob’s Red Mills has a great version!). **NOTE: If the batter is too ‘thin + runny’, simply add additional GF flour, 1/4 cup at a time.**
MAPLE SYRUP: I recommend using my go-to brand of maple syrup, Coombs Family Farms
SWEETENER: If you choose to opt out of pure maple syrup, you can always substitute with Agave as well.
OIL: Instead of using coconut oil, you can always use vegetable oil or melted vegan butter.

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  1. Oh my gosh, these are banana bread in a pan! So moist and gooey from the banana. Super easy to make – definitely going to be a staple breakfast treat once in a while.

    • Hi Noor! Yes, they really are just as delicious as Banana Bread! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed them! 🙂

  2. I have tried many vegan pancake recipes and this is by far my favorite. The cakes actually do come out fluffy!!!! And it’s not too sweet either. Thank you for this recipe!!!

    • Hi Stephanie! I’m so happy that you enjoyed these as much as I did! They really are a favorite in my house! 🙂

  3. This recipe was absolutely amazing. My picky 5 year old (who only eats a handful of foods) loved them. Keep the awesome recipes rolling. 🙂

  4. My kids are HUGE pancake fans, and we are shifting to completely vegan! These were a hit and makes pancakes a lot yummier!

  5. These pancakes were perfectly fluffy with just the right amount of chocolate chips – absolutely delicious! I’ve got the syrup you recommend on my grocery list, I can’t wait to make these pancakes again to enjoy with the maple syrup.

    • I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed these, Joanie! Yes, I LOVE this Maple Syrup brand! My go-to for sure!