Banana Chocolate-Chip Pancakes (Gluten Free)

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2013

banana chocolate pancakes

Several weeks ago, I shared my most favorite pancake recipe with you — seriously, it’s SOOOO good! However, while they do taste delicious, I recieved many requests for a yummy pancake recipe that could work for those of you who are gluten-free and dairy-free.

Since no one in our house has any issue with gluten or dairy (they are probably our two staples around here!), I didn’t know exactly where to start or how to create a gluten-free and dairy-free alternative.

However, I didn’t have to… because just a few days later, I shared the post 4 Tips for Cooking Without a Recipe and at the end of the post, I asked you to share your favorite “no-recipe needed” foods.

Well, it just so happens that Barbara L. shared her SUPER SIMPLE recipe for banana pancakes that are gluten and dairy free!

These are the quickest pancakes that are healthy, easy to make, and taste delicious.

In a blender mix 4 eggs
2 bananas
1 T peanut butter (optional, but tastes really good)
2 t. vanilla

That’s it!  Pour into hot frying pan and you have pancakes!  I like to drop chocolate chips into them as they’re cooking. My kids go crazy for them.

I read Barbara’s comment on a Saturday morning and immediately went into the kitchen to test her recipe — 15 minutes later, I was flipping banana chocolate chip pancakes off our griddle and onto our plates.

The results = delicious!

We took Barbara’s advice and added mini chocolate chips to our pancakes. However, without the chocolate chips these pancakes are dairy-free (also gluten-free) and packed full of flavor and protein. They would make a delicious breakfast or a super hearty after-school snack.

Thanks for sharing Barbara! 

Recipe for Banana Pancakes:

Makes about 2 cups of pancake batter or about 8 pancakes.

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Note: this is MY version of the recipe and not exactly like Barbara’s recipe above — however, I can attest that both recipes taste fabulous!

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 T. peanut butter (optional – or substitute any other nut butter)
  • 1 t. vanilla (optional and not pictured)
  • 1/4 c. chocolate chips (optional)


Put all ingredients (besides chocolate chips) in a blender (I used my immersion blender)

Blend until smooth

Pour batter onto hot griddle (it’s MUCH runnier than traditional pancake batter.)

Add chocolate chips if desired.

Flip and cook until golden brown on both sides.

Eat and enjoy!

These pancakes are super satisfying even without butter and syrup —  but of course Dave had to slather them with both!

I’m so thankful for this new simple breakfast and snack recipe… and for another way to use up overly ripe bananas.

banana chocolate pancakes

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  1. Christie


    So good!!! Thanks Andrea! Hope baby Simon, Nora and all of you are doing well! Would love more GF recipes!


  2. CG


    Just made these for breakfast today for the 3rd time.

    I can’t get over how simple and delicious they are!

    One thing, though; today, I used Biscoff (aka cookie butter) in place of the peanut butter and wow! I will do it that way from now on.

    So much more yummy!


    Andrea Reply:

    Glad you like them! They are a big hit over at our house too 🙂


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  5. Joan


    What a great recipe. I added blueberries instead of chocolate chips. Can’t hurt to get more fruit into my diet 🙂


  6. Monica


    Made these this morning!….delicious! I loved them with Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips and walnuts!! (Banana bread flavored )We ate them straight off the pan, nothing added!


    Andrea Reply:

    yay — thanks for sharing!


  7. Tara


    THANK YOU THANK YOU! I finally feel like part of the club! 😉 I love all your cooking posts, but can rarely eat the food in them. I have never really found a grain free dairy free pancake recipe I’ve liked. I’ve tried almond flour and coconut flour and they always seem heavy and dense. This recipe looks so good and so quick. I love a one pot (or one blender) meal. And thank you to the commenter who mentioned they freeze well.

    And as a side note, Enjoy Life brand has delicious mini chocolate chips that are pretty much allergen free except for the sweetener. So if you gotta have the chips… I’m going to try them with chopped pecans instead to keep the sugar content lower. So exciting!


  8. Katie P.


    I eat gluten and refined sugar free. These look delicious and will DEFINITELY be trying this recipe!


  9. Jenny


    Just tried these- delicious! Whole family is gluten free- my son loved them, and even I liked them (and I hate bananas!). Will definitely make regularly!

    We used almond butter. Made 10 pancakes…


  10. Kim


    Andrea, how many pancakes did this make?


    Andrea Reply:

    I guess it depends on how big your pancakes are 🙂
    I mentioned in the recipe that it makes about 2 cups of pancake batter or about 8 pancakes — and our pancakes are about 5″ in diameter (so not too big). If you are trying to feed a family, I’d definitely make a double or triple batch.


  11. JoAnn C.


    I remember seeing this recipe on your post a few weeks ago. I made them for mom and me; they really are good and very easy to make. And they freeze well.


    Kim Reply:

    I was just going to ask if they freeze well – thanks! I like to make up waffles, pancakes, and quick breads/muffins ahead of time for an easy breakfast. 🙂


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for sharing JoAnn. I haven’t tried freezing them yet because we always eat them ALL the first time around 🙂


  12. Shawna


    Thank you so much for sharing a G Free recipe!


    Andrea Reply:

    You’re welcome — I guess it’s about time! I can’t guarantee there will be lots more GF recipes since Dave and I don’t personally eat “gluten-free” but we’ll see what I come up with!


  13. Emily


    Yum! You should also mention these are grain free 🙂