These Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes are the perfect rendition of a delicious classic flavor----chocolate chip with banana flavor! Completely fluffy, soft, jam-packed with warm spices, and naturally sweetened, these pancakes are truly irresistible for both kids + adults-alike! Made in just a few short steps and under 25 minutes TOTAL. Entirely dairy-free + vegan. Gluten-free option.
Pancakes have always been a very popular thing in households, including mine and there's just something about a good stack of soft, fluffy slapjacks (in my Southern voice) that makes everything better. Growing up, I would love pancakes on the weekends which were my second favorite breakfast to cereal. While pancakes weren't anything fancy for me back then, I get so excited now as an adult because I get to experiment with so many different flavors like these Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes.
By far, this recipe is one of our long-time favorites in our house and they're guaranteed to be in your house too. The banana makes these thick and fluffy pancakes extra sweet with a cake-like texture. And who doesn't love the combo of chocolate and banana, right? It's a classic for a reason. So why not enjoy it for breakfast? This recipe is perfect for back to school or laidback summer days, so it's something to enjoy year-round. Plus, I recommend trying these Fluffy Banana Oat Pancakes [Vegan], Healthy Banana Bread Pancakes, Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, Dairy-Free Almond Blueberry Pancakes, and One-Bowl Fluffy Vegan Oreo Pancakes.
Basically, these banana chocolate chip pancakes come together easily. You'll need just one bowl and a skillet or griddle to get these pancakes going. Plus, the entire recipe takes just 25 minutes! But also:
Don’t be intimidated by a pancake recipe. I know that many people are afraid to experiment with pancakes because they might not be perfect, but you probably already have most, if not all, of the ingredients at home for these Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes. And I include a few tips + tricks to ensure that your pancakes come out perfectly every time. Simply start by making your batter, flipping the pancakes on each side in a good skillet or griddle, stack, top, + wallah!
I often use maple syrup and agave interchangeably in recipes. However, I love to use pure maple syrup as much as possible. Agave is said to have a lower glycemic index, which makes it a good option for those with diabetes. However, pure Maple syrup has tons of antioxidants because it comes directly from a plant’s sap. Maple syrup is also a good source of essential nutrients, including:
All of these nutrients support a healthy skeletal and immune system! For more info on healthy sweeteners, read my guide to The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes.
Tip: choose darker colored Maple Syrup for even more Antioxidants.
Ensuring that you make the perfect banana pancakes each time can sometimes feel like a science, but it’s fairly easy with these simple tips + hacks:
Have you ever had bananas that weren't fully ripe, but you were dying to make banana pancakes? Well, I totally understand. I've definitely been there. Luckily, I've come across a few hacks to help you ripen your bananas if you're in a pinch and here's what you can do:
If you're looking to ripe your bananas more quickly for baking purposes then you can do one of the following:
If you'd like to spruce things up with these banana chocolate chip pancakes, then that's super easy! You can add any of the following ingredients to the top of your pancakes for a nice bite:
To fold in chocolate chips or chocolate means to carefully combine to different textures together (chocolate + pancake batter) into a single smooth texture without over-mixing the batter or breaking up the chocolate chips. This can usually be easily achieved with a spatula or wooden spoon as opposed to any electric mixers, etc. which would be too aggressive for the fold.
Baking is such a science, but more importantly because certain ingredients like your leaveners (aka baking powder + baking soda) are completely fresh so that your banana cake (and other baked goods) fully rise and bake through nicely.
Incase you weren't aware, there's an easy to double check both the baking powder and baking soda. Here's what you need:
BAKING SODA HACK:
-Add 1 teaspoon baking soda with ¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl and if it's fresh, the mixture should "bubble/fizz". If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking soda needs to be replaced.
-Add 1 teaspoon baking powder with ¼ cup Hot tap water in a bowl and if it's fresh, the mixture should "bubble/fizz". If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking powder needs to be replaced.
When it comes to vegan milk options, there are so many possibilities. From soy milk to nut milk to the newest trend, potato milk, you can find a delicious plant-based option you love. And what makes these milks even better? You can make them from scratch at home! All of these dairy-free milk recipes will work for this Fluffy Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes recipe:
If you’re curious about the wide world of dairy-free milk options, start with this guide to The Best Milk Alternatives for Your Entire Household.
If you’re thinking about storing your leftover pancakes for a longer period of time OR you’d rather meal prep them for less hassle, it’s so easy to freeze them. When you freeze them, they generally last for up to 3 months when stored properly.
Personally, I love doing method #2, however, you can always pick and choose which works best for you:
Method #1: Place your cooled pancakes in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for about 1 hour or so. Once solid, add them to an airtight sealed container or ziplock bags and store in the freezer.
Method #2: Once your pancakes are cooled, stack them together with parchment paper in between each pancake and place them into an airtight sealed container or ziplock and store in the freezer.
When you’re ready to reheat and serve, simply do so in a microwave, toaster, oven, or over the stove top in a skillet until warmed through.
Absolutely! 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, ¼ cup at a time.
Nope! If you choose to opt out of maple syrup, you can always substitute with honey (if not restricted to vegan), date syrup, coconut sugar, brown sugar, or organic cane sugar.
Yes! Instead of vegan butter, you can always use organic vegetable oil, coconut oil or grapeseed oil, if preferred.
Basically, to avoid burnt chocolate chips in your pancakes, try the following hacks: cooking the pancakes on medium-low heat, ensuring that the chocolate chips are evenly distributed when folding it in the batter, and flipping the pancake once the edges start to cook and the surface begins to bubble.
While most boxed mixes call for water, I find that substituting milk for water will add a richness that creates an even fluffier pancake. Milk will yield a thicker batter, so the amount may need to be adjusted to get the desired consistency or you can try half water, half milk.
This is a major debate that seems to be divided, however, I personally find that butter creates a nice golden outside and adds rich flavor to your pancakes. Also, the trick is to always butter in between frying to keep pancakes evenly cooked.
Basically, you'll know that it's time to flip your pancake once the edges begin to form and turn golden as well as bubbles start to form (and pop which creates holes) on the tops of the batter.
You should generally flip pancakes once, which is why it's best to ensure that the bubbles that form at the tops have popped and created holes before making the flip.
Not at all! Banana Pancakes are supposed to be soft, fluffy, moist, and rich tasting but not mushy. If your pancakes come out mushy, it's likely because the heat on your griddle or skillet is too high which causes the cooking of the outside to happen much faster than the inside. Slow + sure---is key!
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