Vegan Gluten Free Banana Oat Pancakes

Thick, hearty, nutritious and easy to prepare!

This combination of oats, coconut flour, chia, psyllium and flax in this recipe converts the traditional pancake to a nutritiously rich profile that is smarter in carbs, higher in fiber and protein, lower on the glycemic index and brings antioxidant qualities as well. The coconut flour, flax seed meal, psyllium husk, apple cider vinegar and baking powder create a combined chemistry to give these pancakes a heartier and less crumbly performance than your typical gluten free baking. The cacao is the perfect partner to the banana while adding a nice dose of brain food for the day. This recipe was developed to satisfy the carb filling of pancakes while offering a profile that is supportive and satisfying to a physically and mentally active day ahead! The texture is the perfect balance of rich and moist but also fluffy for the discerning gluten free mouthful feel. For me, this is the breakfast for my athlete kids when Im sending them off for a day of tournaments. They aren't big foodies and so I like to make every bite count when they like something. This is a winner for them both on the court and off!

For the greatest nutrition, please use organic ingredients as much as possible.

1. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl:

2 cups gluten free quick oats

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 TBS chia seeds

2 TBS flax seed meal

2 TBS cacao (not cocoa)

3 TBS coconut sugar

1 TBS baking powder

1/4 tsp psyllium husk

1/4 tsp salt

2. In a blender add:

2 bananas

2 TBS apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it)

1 1/3 cups alternative milk of choice

2 tsp vanilla extract

Dry ingredients above

3. Blend until fully incorporated.You will have a very thick batter. Thicker than your typical pancake.

4. Cook Pancakes:

Add 1 TBS vegan butter to pan and heat until hot, but not smoky.

Add batter 1/4 cup at a time. Flip pancake when you see edges starting to firm. Repeat until you've completed cooking the batter.

Makes 10 pancakes

For fun, serve with sautéed banana, vegan chocolate chips, nuts, shredded coconut or fresh fruits of your choice! Enjoy a great start to the day!

For an alternate apple cinnamon version, replace 2 bananas with 1 cup unsweetened applesauce and replace 2 TBS cacao for 2 tsp cinnamon.

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