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Banana Peanut Butter Chia Super Pancake

In Breakfasts, Favourites on June 27, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Peanut butter and banana are a classic combination. Warm caramelized banana with peanut butter is even better. Add in some rolled oats, chia seeds, vanilla and a dash of cinnamon, and you have a crazy concoction. A crazy, wonderful breakfast concoction. Or dinner, because you love it so much.

Ashley calls this a banana scramble, but I see it as a huge, fluffy pancake. Her description as a melty gooey chewy bananer oat goodness fits much better, actually. The banana becomes soft and caramelized as it is permeated with the peanut butter. The rolled oats and chia seeds add bulkiness and texture. It reminds me of a stovetop version of the Dark Chocolate Banana Coconut Almond Cookies, which are soft from the bananas, but here, you eat it right from the stove, ooey-gooey in its warmness.

I have made this a few times, and the recipe is very flexible.  You can use chia seeds, ground flax or even wheat germ to help keep it together.  Instead of banana, you could use apple sauce, mashed pumpkin or sweet potato. The amount of nondairy milk is up to you and your preference. It should be a bit thick, but not dry. I like to err on the side of wet. Chia seeds definitely make this an easier thing to flip, though, and 2 smaller pancakes would help to flip as well. Wheat germ was nice because it was more fluffy and I added more milk. Especially with wheat germ, it can be a bit finicky to keep it all together, so the name scramble is quite fitting. 😉

This is the wheat germ version. After frying, It may look like this:

So just stick it together and top with bananas (see top photo) and no one would be the wiser.. Personally, in this case, as unphotogenic as it is, I prefer the super fluffy pancake that doesn’t easily keep together then a flippable pancake that is a bit sturdier. I like to eat fluffy goodness. 🙂

This is my submission to Healing Foods featuring bananas and to this month’s Breakfast Club featuring dairy-free breakfasts.

Banana Peanut Butter Chia Super Pancake

3 tbsp rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seeds (or ground flax or wheat germ)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 tbsp soymilk (or other nondairy milk)
1/2 banana, mashed (or 3 tbsp pumpkin puree, sweet potato puree or applesauce)
1 tbsp peanut butter
other options – unsweetened coconut, nuts, dried fruit, etc

1. Add all ingredients together and mash well with a fork. The mixture should be fairly moist, so if it is dry, add another tbsp or so of soymilk.

2. If using chia seeds, let sit for ten minutes for seeds to absorb the liquid. Again, check for moistness of the batter.

3. Heat a non-stick frypan over medium heat (if not non-stick, grease your frypan). Add mixture and shape into 1-2 pancakes, approximately 1/2-3/4-inch thick. A smaller pancake will be easier to flip. If it falls apart, don’t worry, just stick things back together, because it will still taste great! Anyways, brown on each side, approximately 3-4 minutes for each side.

4. Enjoy! I like mine plain, but you can top with fruit (the other half of the banana is great!), slather with more nut butter, jam, serve overtop oatmeal, toast, etc, with a big glass of soymilk on the side. 🙂

Serves 1.

  1. looks so healthy! and gluten-free if the oats are gluten-free. Imma be trying this out soon!

  2. Ooooh, your scramble looks perfect. So glad you liked it!

  3. wow- that looks delicious and super filling! yum!

  4. This sounds like JUST my kind of recipe! And who cares what it looks like? I bet I could make this work easily with pear instead of banana (since I’m not allowed banana on the anti-candida diet). Gooey, careamelized pear and oat and chia goodnes. . .I bet it would be perfect topped with my raw chocolate almond butter (about which I am currently obsessed). I think I see tomorrow’s breakfast right here on this page! 😉

    • Ricki, that sounds splendid! Please let me know how it turns out 🙂

      • Had this for breakfast yesterday–yummy! I was surprised at how filling it was, too (I had it with homemade “caramel butter” and strawberries on top). Mine was still very wet in the middle, though–is that how it’s supposed to be? (I used chia). It made me think that perhaps soaking it all overnight in the fridge before cooking might be an idea. Thanks for the recipe–I’ll be playing around with it some more for sure!

      • Hey Ricki, Glad you liked it! Pear sounds like a wonderful flavour, too! It should be completely cooked through, and my chia pancakes were my most firm (compared to wheat germ) so I imagine it could have needed more time on the stove, perhaps?

  5. Mmm-mmm this sounds really good! I would prefer the fluffy version too 🙂 I pretty much eat a banana and pb/ab almost every day so it’s great to discover other ways to enjoy it!

  6. And to think I just stocked up on chia seeds this past weekend! Couldn’t have more perfect timing for this recipe! I love that this is chock full of good-for-me ingredients…can’t say that about most pancakes!

  7. Omg, wonderful pancakes, wholesome and healthy..

  8. Ohhh I think I’m going to have to make this for breakfast tomorrow!! I haven’t seen a breakfast like this before. Though it reminds me of those microwave breakfast cookies.

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  10. This looks yummy! Peanut butter and banana is a brilliant combination, and the oats and seeds make it a great breakfast. I’ll have to give it a try!

  11. That sounds amazing. Many thanks for bringing this to breakfast club!

  12. These look just lovely – would be interested to try them with another nut butter (due to allergies in our house) but it is full of my favourite things!

  13. A new favorite for Sunday mornings! Bagels haven’t been doing it for me. Cocoa chia pudding is getting a bit old. Absolutely loved this. Served it as pancakes, with maple syrup. And you’re right—not really a scramble unless you break up the pancakes.

    Only downside was that this is not conducive to breakfast in bed (not that coordinated to handle a plate with maple syrup on it and the newspaper!). So the dining room table was happy to be visited on a Sunday since it is usually neglected in the morning….

    • Awesome, Ellen. This was definitely one of our favourite special breakfasts, too. Mainly because we don’t make pancakes often and mornings are too rushed to be over the stovetop.. Breakfast in bed sounds like sucha luxury. I will have to try to convince Rob to do that. 🙂

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