Berry Chia Pancakes

Today I’ve got a delicious and healthy way to change up your pancake game–berry chia pancakes! Fresh or frozen berries work, so you can enjoy them any time of year whenever you need a taste of summer.  First, here’s what we’ve been up to lately.

What We’ve Been Up To

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–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.

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.

Berry Chia Pancakes

Berry chia pancakes

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–and 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.

Berry chia pancakes

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

Here’s the recipe for these delicious berry chia pancakes!


Berry Chia Pancakes

  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 1 cup brown rice flour (worked so well for this recipe, but you can use your favorite flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh or thawed frozen berries
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice (I used almond)
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Heat a sautΓ© 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.
  3. On a small plate, mash the banana with the chia seeds.
  4. Plop the banana mixture into the dry mixture, add the egg, milk and vanilla. Whisk well.
  5. Add a little coconut oil or butter to your pan, then using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup bowl, scoop your first pancake into the pan.
  6. Cook for 1-2 minutes on the first side, add your berries and flip.
  7. Cook the second side until browned to perfection. And, if you’re like us, cook as you eat πŸ˜‰


Mix 1 of 1 2


Mix 1 of 1 3

whisk some more,

Mix 1 of 1 5

and cook!

Pancake 1 of 1

Pancake 1 of 1 2

Hope you love them, too πŸ™‚

Pancake 1 of 1 3

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. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on April 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

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

  2. Erica { } on April 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Those pancakes look divine!

  3. Lisa on April 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

    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. Lucie on April 10, 2013 at 10:36 am

    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. Sheena on April 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

    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 on April 10, 2013 at 10:41 am

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

  6. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on April 10, 2013 at 10:55 am

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

  7. Abby @ Change of Pace on April 10, 2013 at 11:12 am

    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. Lena on April 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

    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. kt h on April 10, 2013 at 11:25 am

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

    Love the idea of adding chia to pancakes!

  10. PracticingGrace on April 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

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

  11. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on April 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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

  12. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on April 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    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. McKel | Nutrition Stripped on April 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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

  14. Ali @ Peaches and Football on April 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    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. Danielle on April 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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

  16. Ashley on April 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    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. JennG on April 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    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. Aggie on April 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    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. Miranda @ Miranda Runs on April 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Those pancakes look sooooooooooooooo good! I’m drooling!

  20. Victoria @ Reluctantly Skinny on April 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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

  21. Lonnie on April 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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

  22. Sarah @ Yogi in Action on April 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    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. Anna @ Your Healthy Place on April 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    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. Sonia the Mexigarian on April 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    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. Kristen on April 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    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. Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily on April 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    *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. CATHY on April 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    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. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health on April 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    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. Veterinarianess on April 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I <3 pancakes πŸ™‚

  30. Emily on April 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    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. Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body on April 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    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. Nikki on April 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    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. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on April 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    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. Caitlin on April 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    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. The Candid RD (Gina) on April 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm

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

  36. Lindsay on April 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    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. Karissa on April 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    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.)

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      sure, try 2 T applesauce instead πŸ™‚

      • Karissa on April 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        Awesome, thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  38. Jeanette on April 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    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 on April 10, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    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. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on April 11, 2013 at 7:39 am

    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. Britta on April 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

    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 on April 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    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. Emily on April 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on April 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      thank you! nice to meet you πŸ™‚

  44. Sunnie@Moderngirlnutrition on April 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    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. Bek @ Crave on April 12, 2013 at 7:27 am

    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. G on April 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on April 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      so happy you liked them!

  47. Annie on April 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    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 on April 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      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. Fearon @ For Heart and Health on April 21, 2013 at 7:57 am

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

  49. Irene on August 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    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.

  50. Gloria Rowland on July 29, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Oh, I love berries, and this recipe is going to be my favorite. I will be trying this tomorrow in the morning breakfast. I hope my kids would love these pancakes, too. By the way, I also do Zumba daily, right before breakfast, for hardly 5-10 minutes because this is the max I can do. Lol!

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