Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

On the weekends, I like to sneak out of bed an hour early before my husband and craft something delicious in the kitchen by the time he wakes up. There is something so delightful about waking up to a beautifully sweet breakfast. Chocolate chip banana pancakes are a staple in my kitchen on the weekends. It was the first pancake recipe that I tried, and my husband requests them regularly.

A little trick that I have to make breakfast fast and easy is preparing the pancake batter the night before. The other night I was determined to craft the perfect pancake. I wanted it to be unique and flavorful, and different from the usual recipe that I always whip up. So I prepared my batter and gave it a test run to see how it would turn out. I was hopeful as my pancakes began cooking, then they wouldn’t flip. The batter was too runny. I added more flour, and still, they wouldn’t hold together. I ended up dumping the batter and starting all over again. I gave it another test run, and the same thing happened again. I now had thrown two batches of pancake batter in the trash, it was a complete waste of food. I should have just stuck to my traditional recipe that my husband loves, but for some reason, I thought it wasn’t good enough. Then I started thinking about how often in life we have the best thing in front of us, but for some reason, we want something different.

I ended up making my traditional recipe because I was not about to throw another batch of pancake batter in the trash. After making my classic chocolate chip banana pancakes, my husband was so delighted. I make them all the time, so I never saw them as anything special, but to him, it’s the best breakfast of his week. Its human nature to crave variety and the need to accomplish more but its also necessary to sit back and be grateful and appreciative for the things we have.

I was trying so hard to create something different that I didn’t realize the special meaning behind what I thought was a basic recipe. I’m grateful for my chocolate chip banana pancake recipe because it puts a smile on my husbands face. It gives us time to be together in the morning and sit down and talk about our week and future goals. While I am still determined to create something unique, I’m now grateful for the tradition we have built in our home by serving these pancakes. I hope these pancakes bring your kitchen as much joy as they do ours.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes by Jessica Gatena
Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes by Jessica Gatena

Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

Protein packed and sugar-free, these fluffy banana pancakes with crunchy cacao nibs are sure to become a morning favorite.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: breakfast, paleo
Servings: 4
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Jessica Gatena


  • Food Processor
  • Blender


  • 1 medium Ripe Banana
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1.5 cups Blanched Almond Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder Aluminum Free
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Cacao Nibs


  • Add almond flour, cinnamon, and baking powder to a large mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Add 3 eggs, banana, and vanilla to a mini food processor and blend well.
  • Add egg mixture to dry mixture and mix well.
  • Add cacao nibs and mix well.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and lightly coat with olive or coconut oil.
  • Gently spoon the thick batter to form small circles. Cook pancakes over low-medium heat until bubbles start to form and flip. They should be a crisp golden brown on each side.
  • I made 10 pancakes, each 3″ in diameter. Cook in small batches and re-coat pan with coconut or olive oil each time.