Berry Chia Pancakes

Let’s see.. what have we been up to lately?

The other day was Megan‘s final dress fitting. I’m going have to remind myself not to dinosaur cry when I’m watching the actual ceremony- she is the most gorgeous bride.

Also, how sweet are our bridesmaid dresses?


Ok, so they’re quincenara dresses πŸ˜‰ We always have a little bit of fun when we go to the bridal shop.

We got to see Kath one more time before they left,

Walking with kath

I checked out a space for an event that I’m planning with a friend:


and Liv and I have been hanging out at home, staying in from the wind (a weird storm front came though), playing, and enjoying some home-cooked treats and meals together.

Baby amazeballs

[Baby amazeballs just for her- just skipped the protein powder and added in some coconut oil]

With the arrival of spring, I always change up my eats. I’m ready for smoothies, more juices, crisp, cold salads, and all of the glorious summer fruits and veggies.

I especially look forward to fresh berries… particularly cherries.

The frozen ones are good enough to hold me over until they’re in season, but the fresh ones? A giant bowl doesn’t have a chance between the Pilot and myself.

Some of my favorite cherry recipes:

the famous chocolate cherry bomb smoothie

overnight oats with cherries and almond butter

for some reason chicken with cherries and goat cheese just flashed through my brain even though I’ve never had it (doesn’t that sound awesome?!)

and now, these pancakes.

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Liv is a pancake and waffle fanatic- she LOVES them! I’ve been thinking of ways to change them up -she’s had banana-zucchini, sweet potato, banana and blueberry varieties- but thought it would be fun to add in some chia seeds for extra nutrition, especially since about half of her scrambled egg ends up on the floor these days.

I made these pancakes, then put the remainder of what we didn’t eat into the freezer to quickly heat and enjoy later this week.

We both loved them, especially with a nice drizzle of pure maple syrup.

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These pancakes have a light, fluffy texture with a subtle amount of sweetness. They’re also gluten-free and dairy-free!

Hope you love them, too πŸ™‚

Berry Chia Pancakes

Makes about 8 pancakes


-1 C brown rice flour (worked so well for this recipe, but you can use your favorite flour)

-1 t baking powder

-pinch sea salt

-1/2 banana

-1 egg

-1 t chia seeds

-1/2 C fresh or thawed frozen berries

-2/3 C milk of choice (I used almond)

-1 t vanilla

1. Heat a sautee pan on low while you make the mix.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) to combine.

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3. On a small plate, mash the banana with the chia seeds.

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4. Plop the banana mixture into the dry mixture, add the egg, milk and vanilla. Whisk well.

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5. Add a little coconut oil or butter to your pan, then using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 C bowl, scoop your first pancake into the pan.

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6. Cook for 1-2 minutes on the first side, add your berries and flip.

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7. Cook the second side until browned to perfection. And, if you’re like us, cook as you eat πŸ˜‰

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Pancakes or eggs? I’m more of an egg girl myself, just for the fact that pancakes take a little longer to prepare. This is why it’s a great idea to freeze a large batch to enjoy for the week.

Hope you have a happy humpday <3 Don’t forget to get in your circuit and Tabata video! I’m off to teach Zumba and Barre.




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  1. Those pancakes are adorable and look so healthy – what a lucky girl! πŸ™‚

  2. Those pancakes look divine!

  3. Oh yum! These pancakes look awesome! I wonder if they could be made with just chia and a chia egg, minus the egg. I have an allergy to eggs, so it’s a no go for me.
    I’m more of a pancake girl clearly, since eggs are off the table;)

  4. Oh yumm, these look absolutely delicious, I must try them! i can not decide if eggs or pancakes, so either I switch – one day eggs, next day pancakes – or I eat both πŸ™‚

  5. Your comment about half the eggs ending up on the floor made me smile because I can imagine the cleanup crew (aka pooch duo) sweeping right in and taking care of the breakfast casualties. πŸ˜‰

    I like eggs for nutrition and satiety purposes but love to enjoy some pancake fluffiness every once in a while. If I have leftover pancakes, I freeze them and then pop them in the toaster to reheat. Kinda like a homemade leggo my eggo!

    • Fitnessista says:

      the funniest is when she says, “Bell bell!!!” before throwing the egg on the floor. It’s FOR bella haha

  6. Yummm these look amazing! I’m definitely going to make these tomorrow morning with some coconut flour πŸ™‚

  7. I am a pancake fanatic! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I bet the dogs love it when Liv drops half her food!
    Raspberries are my fruit of choice, and I can’t wait for them to be in season up here.

  8. Perfect! I just bought some brown rice flour (b/c it was on sale… I am a sucker, but it was $3.50!), and have been looking/waiting for something to use it for. Excited to try this out next week.

  9. You made me giggle with the bridesmaid dresses. πŸ™‚

    Love the idea of adding chia to pancakes!

  10. You just got me so excited for cherriessssssssss. Yes please.

  11. I am craving some pancakes for lunch now! Yum, I love that they are gluten free too.

  12. LOVE pancakes but every time I’m craving them, I’m usually too hungry to wait to cook them or feeling too lazy to cook them. But eggs I LOVE having for dinner!

  13. I love your pancake recipes and this is such a great idea- love chia seeds πŸ™‚

  14. I actually think all those bright, cheerful colors would make great bridesmaid dresses!

    My mother gave me a recipe for blueberry banana buckwheat pancakes that are crazy good and gluten-free too. I’ve made so many batches over the last couple weeks but I like the idea of adding chia seeds to the batter. I need to give that a try!!

  15. I love this recipe and I’m so excited they’re gluten free! I can’t wait to try them πŸ™‚

  16. I’m more of an egg person, nothing beats a great omelet, but sometimes a pancake mood strikes and these ones look super good! I actually had pancakes today.

  17. Oh goodness, I am so making these tomorrow! & the comment Dinosaur Cry… love it. I can totally picture Dinosaurs when I think about it. Hahaha. I think I Dinosaur Cry at every Army Wives episode!

  18. So fun you got to hang with Kath – and get your babies together!

    Am loving these pancakes. Both my kids are pancake fiends and I’m always trying to change them up (and of course add a little more nutrition). Chia seeds rock.

  19. Those pancakes look sooooooooooooooo good! I’m drooling!

  20. these look wonderful! i’m always looking for good gluten free versions of my old favorites =)

  21. There’s something very appealing about that banana/chia seed mixture photo! These pancakes look so good, and healthy.. .must try! thanks πŸ™‚

  22. Mmm- I LOVE pancakes! I always make extra so I can enjoy them for a few extra days during the week.

    I will definitely be making these- probably even this weekend.

  23. Mmm the texture of these pancakes looks perfect. I love the ingredients list too – they are going on my must-make list! I love pancakes but yes the time they take to prep is annoying so I usually freeze some too. Some days I feel like eggs – mainly on the weekends when I eat a bit later though!

  24. I totally suck at making pancakes, but have slowly been working my way into learning how to make them correctly. I’m an egg girl. Love them any which way πŸ™‚ But there’s something about pancakes that’s alluring. Especially sprinkled with healthy fruits.

    I love cherries too. We got blossoms on our trees outside and am looking forward to picking them early summer πŸ™‚

  25. We have three cherry trees in our yard and I can’t wait for them to bloom! Of course, the foxes and squirrels think they are there for them but I try to pick them as soon as they’re ready. We also have raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry bushes as well as a strawberry patch. Last year I literally made myself sick from just standing in the yard and eating raspberries right off the bushes. Soooo good!

    I’m a pancake and eggs at the same time kinda girl πŸ˜‰

  26. *Bliss* on a plate!!! Pinning these right now so I don’t forget about them, love the idea of adding in berries. I can’t wait for more fresh fruit and vegetables in our lives.

  27. I always make a double batch when I make pancakes so the kids can have pancakes during the week too. πŸ™‚ Yours look so yum!

  28. Aww…baby amazeballs. Too cute! I’m loving this healthy pancake recipe. Thanks for giving me a tasty excuse to get my omegas! πŸ™‚

  29. I <3 pancakes πŸ™‚

  30. I saw those dresses and was like “OMG … best wedding EVER!”

    I’m totally making baby amazeballs for the Squish. Perfect travel food!

    We’re a huge egg family over here. Every morning I make a big frittata for everyone with whatever veggies we have on hand. I don’t even use the oven; I just put a lid on the skillet and let the steam cook the top. Quick and easy for weekday mornings!

  31. Yikes those pancakes look delish! I was first drawn to your blog for the food you make for your daughter. I come up short on what to make my little one. Those amazeballs are definitely going to have to go on the list.

  32. I never could find who won the garmin. Did you post it somewhere? I looked on twitter and your blog also. I am assuming that I didn’t win lol or I would have heard from you.

  33. i’m nuts over blueberries, I will eat many pounds of them this summer. cannot wait!
    pancakes really hit the spot sometimes, but eggs always sit better with me.

  34. Mmmm these look so yummy! I LOVE cherries too-just don’t love the pits πŸ˜‰ frozen cherries are like candy, mmm. For some reason I have the hardest time finding them where I live though. They are almost never in stock…sad

  35. Funny, I never thought to add chia to pancakes….and I’m not sure why! These look “Amazeballs” haha Delicious.

  36. Just found your blog by chance! Its amazing! might be just the thing I need for becoming a new mom and staying fit! Your AWESOME! πŸ™‚

  37. Those look AMAZING! DF and I were just thinking about uses for Chia- would these work out just as well without the banana? (I’m not a huge fan.)

  38. Oh wow, those pancakes look amazing, and I love that they are gluten free! I’m usually more of an egg girl myself too, but I’ve been on a protein pancake kick lately! Love making a large batch and freezing some for later when I don’t have time to cook breakfast – which is most days for me. πŸ™‚

  39. Rachel Redondo says:

    Hi old friend! I saw your pic of the movement shala space and had to comment! I love that space and cant wait to see what you are planning! I moved back to Tucson in October and would still love to catch up sometime! Give me a buzz and we can plan a lunch date or something soon!

  40. I like pancakes over eggs – I have such a sweet tooth! These ones look delicious. I just wish cherries were in season here sooner!

  41. DELICIOUS. I am more of an egg girl as well, but now and again a good pancake, waffle, or even french toast is absolutely necessary!

  42. Kristi Carlson says:

    I recently stumbled upon, and thought of you. This is how my brain wants to explain nutrition to people, but then that trusty internal editor steps in (thank goodness).

  43. I just found your blog today (through Kath’s) & I already love it!

  44. Hi Gina!
    Those look amazing! Anything involving pancakes sounds good to me πŸ™‚ And I agree- cherries are easily the best fruit of the summer!

  45. Hmm pancakes or eggs- it’s like saying sweet or savoury. Eggs and vegies on a day to day basis and my protein pancakes are a more special sunday morning thing.

  46. I made these today and subbed oat flour. These were really good!

  47. Hi Gina – do you freeze these in Zip-Loc bags or wrap in foil or…? I am still trying to figure out the best way to freeze things. And any idea on calorie count per pancake? I’m not usually a calorie counter but have found counting calories the last month has helped me a lot with weight loss.

    • Fitnessista says:

      i separate them with parchment paper and freeze in ziploc bags. not sure of the calories, but spark people has a calculator you can use

  48. We made these this morning and they were so good!!! My new favourite pancake recipe πŸ™‚

  49. Hi Gina, I made these delicious pancakes substituting the brown rice flour with buckwheat flour this morning and found them to be very delicious. I haven’t been too successful in my previous attempts with various pancake recipes so I was over the moon that they worked out. Thank you for the fabulous recipe and I’ve enjoyed perusing your website this morning in Sydney, Australia.

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