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  • Makes eight 4-inch pancakes

These gluten-free pancakes combine nutty buckwheat flour with coconut flakes and vegan chocolate chips to create a good-for-you breakfast feast. Topped with fresh banana slices and extra maple syrup, these vegan pancakes pair perfectly with a cauliflower scramble or a roasted veggie hash. 

Tip: For chocolate chips that are both vegan and gluten-free, look for the Enjoy Life brand, which specializes in allergy-free products.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes drizzled with maple syrup and banana slices


  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1¼ cups buckwheat flour
  • ¼ cup certified gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon regular or sodium-free baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup gluten-free vegan mini chocolate chips
  • 1 large banana, sliced


  1. In a small saucepan combine flaxseed meal and ½ cup water. Heat over medium 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture appears stringy when it drips off a spoon. Immediately strain mixture into a glass measuring cup. Discard solids.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the next five ingredients (through salt). In a medium bowl whisk together milk, applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of the flaxseed liquid. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; stir to combine. (Batter will be thick.) Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Heat a large nonstick griddle or skillet over medium-low. Spoon ⅓ cup batter per pancake onto griddle and spread gently. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until pancakes look slightly dry on top, are lightly browned on the bottom, and release easily from griddle. Flip pancakes; cook 5 minutes more. Transfer to a platter and keep warm.
  4. Repeat with remaining batter, wiping off griddle between batches. Serve pancakes hot with banana slices. If desired, drizzle with additional maple syrup.

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sholom fine1 month ago
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used almond milk, and a glass pan. they were gummy inside burnt outside done a low heat used oil for the pan.

Dan2 months ago
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Excellent. Just watch the pan – the pancakes cook much more quickly than 8 minutes per side – or else you just have to turn the heat down to the lowest setting. I made mine with walnut pieces instead of coconut, and I also put some blueberries in the batter, and I skipped the chocolate chips.

Rebecca4 months ago
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Best pancakes I’ve ever had. And I’ve made a lot of pancakes.

Al4 months ago
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Curious if these freeze well.

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Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit for more.

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