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Healthier Blender Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce (vegan)

Healthier Blender Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce (vegan)

Pancake day is nearly here and it's the perfect time to brush up your flipping skills and try out a new recipe. Today I'm sharing a recipe for healthier blender chocolate and banana pancakes. They are quick to make a super tasty!

Why are these pancakes healthier?

Generally pancakes are made with eggs, milk, sugar and flour and don't get me wrong, that makes a delicious pancake, but if you're looking for tasty pancakes that are healthier, lower in calories or suitable for a dairy free or vegan diet, then these are the pancakes for you.

These pancakes:

  1. Contain no egg
  2. Are sweetened with banana
  3. The milk is replaced with almond milk
  4. The chocolate flavour comes from good quality dark cocoa powder. 
  5. There is also an extra nutritional boost from chia seeds
  6. They are topped with berries for a second portion of fruit
  7. They can be cooked oil-free if you use a non-stick pan

The sauce has is made with cocoa powder and coconut milk with a little maple syrup to sweeten it.

Healthier Blender Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce (vegan)

Linwoods nutritional seeds, grains and powders

Linwoods kindly gave me this recipe to try and to share with you. 

They do a fabulous range of individual and mixed grains, seeds and powders, which a perfect to boost the nutritional content of your recipes. I personally use their flaxseeds, hemp and chia seeds to add to dishes. I use them a lot in porridge, smoothies, sauces and dips.

I used flax seeds and chia seeds in my Scottish oaty walnut and raisin flapjacks and in this rather lush Oreo chia shake. I added hemp and chia seeds to a fruity green smoothie and flax seeds to sticky toffee pudding energy balls.  I use ground flax seeds to make flax eggs to replace regular eggs in puddings and cakes and I add hemp to homemade kale hummus.

Linwoods also have a recipe page for inspiration.

What is the story of Pancake Day?

Pancake Day is celebrated every year in February. Pancake day falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, but a quick Google search will quickly tell you which Tuesday it falls on each year. This year it falls on Tuesday 13 February (2018). If you aren't sure what day it falls on this year, just do a quick google search.

Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Pancake Day is also the day before Lent so traditionally a time to use up rich foods such as butter, sugar and eggs before Lent begins.

Lent is a time of moderation and reflection for Catholics and many Protestants. It starts on Ash Wednesday, the day after Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) and lasts up until Easter Sunday when the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross is celebrated.

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Love bananas? Try Microwave Banana Custard Pudding (mug cake)

Yield: 6-8 pancakes depending on size
Healthier Blender Banana Pancakes topped with Chocolate Sauce and Blackberries

Healthier Blender Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce

Healthier chocolate pancakes made with oats, banana, chia seeds and cocoa. Served with a chocolate sauce and berries. The sauce is optional, but totally delicious.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 15 mins


  • 60g porridge oats
  • 15g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 60g ripe banana
  • 125ml unsweetened almond milk (or your favourite nut milk)
  • 1 tbsp milled chia seeds (ground chia seeds, you can do this yourself in a blender or pestle and mortar)
  • 1 -2 tsp maple syrup (optional, the bananas add sweetness)
  • 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract or paste
Chocolate Sauce
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tsp arrowroot starch (or cornstarch) and 1 tbsp warm water


  1. Place all pancake ingredients in a blender or food
    processor and blend until the mixture is smooth. If you don't have a food processor or blender, you can use a stick blender.
  2. Heat a non-stick frying pan and test a little of the pancake batter to see if the pan is hot enough. It should puff up and start to bubble a little, then it is ready to flip. Use 2 heaped tablespoons of batter for each pancake.
  3. Cook each pancake for 2 to 3 minutes then flip and cook the other side for a couple of minutes.
  4. To make the chocolate sauce whisk together the cocoa powder, maple syrup and coconut milk in a small pan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Mix together arrowroot or cornstarch with the water. Add this mixture to the pot and whisk well. This will help to thicken the sauce. It will take a couple of minutes.
  6. Serve the pancakes topped with a drizzle of chocolate sauce . To make them extra special add a scattering of hemp seeds and desiccated coconut for a bit of crunch and blackberries for adding flavour.
  7. Enjoy!


The sauce can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for a couple of days.

Calorie is per pancakes (if you make 6) with sauce.
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Disclosure: Linwoods shared this recipe for me to try. I was not paid in money or goods for this post.


  1. They look glorious and yes, always good to have some healthy options that still look and feel and taste indulgent!

    1. Definitely. The fact they are healthy is just an added bonus.

  2. It's always good to have a healthier option up your sleeve and these sound like they fit the bill, whilst being tasty and indulgent at the same time. x

  3. This look so totally delicious. I am defiantly going to make these soon.

    1. Thanks and I love that you are defiantly going to try one. Definitely a freudian slip.

  4. These are beautiful! Love the ingredients, too!

  5. Oh chocolate and pancakes can it get better?? Oh and healthy too! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Well now I know I better make pancakes for my family Tuesday morning! :-) These look fantastic, and I'll have mine with the sauce for sure.

    1. Yes especially if you have mentioned these Valentina :)

  7. I love chocolate banana pancakes! And I love the fact that these are a healthier version, will have to try your recipe.

    1. Yes me too, they are so good. I hope you try these.

  8. Pancakes with chocolate sauce are the best - these look beautiful

  9. That’s a delicious stack of pancakes and the perfect way to celebrate pancake day. We like adding chia seeds to ours too for a protein boost.
    Thanks for linking to my pancakes :)

  10. always useful to have a vegan recipe in your pancake repertoire. I'd have these for breakfast anytime of the year!

  11. What a glorious stack of pancakes! Love that they're vegan and so quick to make, really excited to give them a try!


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