Almost two years ago, I reconnected with an old high school friend when I discovered she worked in a bakery. (Almost every baking blogger dreams of opening their own someday, including me!) She spent her days kneading bread, frosting cupcakes, and decorating cakes—all for customers—so none of it sat on her kitchen counter tempting her for another bite every time she walked by.
Too far apart to meet on a weekly basis, we started having “virtual” coffee dates about a year ago. We’d both grab a glass (usually of water, ironically enough), pull out our techie devices, and FaceTime for an hour, trading stories about life’s little updates.
We scheduled one for last Friday afternoon, but half an hour before, I received a frantic text. Water started leaking from her ceiling and she couldn’t figure out why—what a nightmare! So we agreed on a rain check until she and her husband could solve their watery woes.
After a few moments of thought, I bounced over to my guy where he sat at the kitchen table, preparing for his night. He volunteers at a comic book and game store every Friday, helping run their evening events and tournaments. Although I normally stay home, I asked to drive to the city with him. A quiet and cozy Panera sits right around the corner from the shop, and I’d been dying for their summery Strawberry Poppy Seed & Chicken Salad!
So instead, I spent my evening blissfully happy at my favorite table, a tiny two-seater right next to the back door with the power outlet located right behind my chair. As I nibbled on their whole grain baguette, I typed up a blog post, browsed Pinterest, and caught up on my favorite blogs. A little quick thinking turned that unexpected Plan B into the highlight of my weekend!
Just like my Friday night, these Strawberry Banana Chia Seed Pancakes were an unexpected yet happy accident too! After buying one too many bananas at TJ’s last week, a speckly straggler sat on my countertop, and with 100° temperatures outside—too hot to bake my favorite bread!—I decided to flip on the stove and cook breakfast instead.
Soft and moist, these fruity silver dollars completely hit the spot. Their summery yet comforting flavor, sweet smell, and cute pale pink freckles enchanted my tastes buds and tummy—the mark of a perfect breakfast! Even better, they’re clean eating, low fat, and packed with fiber to keep you full all morning long.
In this easy recipe, the mashed banana replaces the egg, so by another happy accident, they’re vegan too! The riper your banana, the sweeter your pancakes will be, so grab the darkest, spottiest one you can find. I didn’t add any extra sugar to the batter; between the banana and strawberries, the pancakes already satisfied my sweet tooth. But you can always drizzle maple syrup on top for a little extra kick!
Unlike my mom’s traditional recipe, you actually prepare the wet ingredients first. This gives the chia seeds time to soak, soften, and thicken the mixture. They surprisingly provide most of the fiber—there’s a lot packed into those teensy tiny seeds! From what I’ve seen, chia seeds are cheapest at Trader Joe’s, and they’re perfect for sprinkling into oatmeal and muesli too.
Like regular pancakes, drop a dollop of batter into a pan coated with cooking spray, and let it sit for 2-3 minutes over medium-low heat. You’re looking for that gorgeous golden color. Slightly impatient, I flipped most of mine too early, but that’s what happens when your stomach rumbles really loudly and demands breakfast!
The banana makes these pancakes slightly moister and denser than your typical recipe, but topped with extra strawberries or a splash of maple syrup, most hungry people will gobble them down just as quickly!
Cozy and comforting, these healthy Strawberry Banana Chia Seed Pancakes bring a taste of summer straight to your plate with their bright fruity flavor. With almost two full servings of fruit in each portion, they’re the perfect way to start your day!
Although now I’m thinking about cooking breakfast for dinner…