Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

This super scrumpdidlyicious healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes recipe is made with 7 ingredients total. That includes the coconut oil in which you sauté them! These pancakes are one of my super easy low-carb breakfast recipes that will make your mornings stress-free and extra tasty.

Low-Carb Pancakes Recipe Made with Cashews

Replacing high-carb wheat flour with lower-carb cashews is fantastic for those watching their blood sugar. Cashews work very well in baking for folks who are gluten-free, which is another reason I use them.

Cashew Recipes for Budget Cooking

I wrote the book on almond flour in 2008. Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry was the first grain-free cookbook from a major publisher. Still, not everyone wants to invest in almond flour, which can be costly. If you’re cooking on a budget, you’ll want to check out my easy Cashew Recipes. No flour is needed in these easy recipes! My one-bowl Cashew Bread recipe is a fan-favorite sandwich bread with 5 ingredients total!

My Journey into Low-Carb Gluten-Free Eating

I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998, the dark ages of gluten-free, and went on a gluten-free diet right away. A short time later, I realized that wouldn’t be my ticket to healing and went on a grain-free paleo diet. I love creating grain-free recipes that do not contain high-carb ingredients like rice flour or potato flour. During this decades-long passion of mine, I’ve written almost 2,000 grain-free recipes.

The Grain-Free Paleo Diet

I don’t ever eat grains because they cause me severe digestive distress. Same with potatoes and corn. Nut-based foods, on the other hand, work very well, I digest them quite easily. Since we are all biochemical individuals what works best for me may not work for you.

Gluten-Free Pancakes Recipe for Dinner

While these quick and easy pancakes are a fantastic breakfast on a weekend morning, I also like to serve them along with an egg dish on Sunday nights for dinner. Breakfast for dinner is a family favorite in our house, and the boys especially appreciate the change in routine.

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Servings 12 pancakes



  • In a food processor, pulse cashews until finely ground
  • Pulse in baking soda, then pulse in eggs, banana, and vanilla until very smooth
  • Stir in chocolate chips by hand
  • Heat oil in a 9 inch skillet over medium heat
  • Spoon batter 1 tablespoon at a time onto skillet
  • Flip pancakes when bubbles form
  • Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on second side
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Total Time 26 mins
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Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes Made with Cashews

I have a couple of quick notes regarding this grain-free pancake recipe. First, do not be alarmed if the cashews start to form a paste when you grind them in the food processor. This happened to me with a couple of batches and the recipe still turned out wonderfully. For newer readers, I do use one tablespoon of vanilla in this recipe. That is not a typo. I love vanilla and find this larger amount typically adds extra sweetness and flavor to my recipes.

Substitutions for This Easy Pancake Recipe

For those of you wondering about substitutions, I tried replacing the cashews with almond flour in this Banana Chocolate  Chip Pancake recipe and it did not work. If you decide to experiment with this pancake recipe, please let us know how it goes. As always, I don’t know if a substitution will turn out well unless I try it myself. The comment section below is a great place to chat and share knowledge with other readers about your substitution trials and tribulations.

Get the New York Times Best Seller, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry

If you’re looking for a pancake recipe made with almond flour, try the Paleo Pancakes in my latest book Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry. And if you’re a beginner cook or a busy parent wondering how to make homemade pancakes either the Paleo Pancake recipe in my book or this Banana Chocolate Chip Pancake recipe is a great place to start!

Totally Kid Approved Pancakes

One afternoon when I was testing this easy flourless pancakes recipe my older son brought home most of the Boulder High School freshman baseball team. They devoured ’em topped with maple syrup before they headed off to practice. I guess you could say that this kid-friendly Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes recipe is not only teen approved, it is baseball team approved. I hope you enjoy these gluten-free, paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes as much as those 9 boys did!

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first published this recipe in 2014.

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183 responses to “Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes”

  1. I didn’t have cashews, so i did the natural thing to do and used a blend of almonds, pecans, and walnuts, and some oats. They were not forming a solid pancake at first, but after flipping then they were a cohesive pancake. YUM!

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