Fluffy, oil free almond butter pancakes, for a deliciously wholesome breakfast.
Super Healthy Almond Butter Pancakes
Quick To Prepare
No Refined Sugar
When I first started Chocolate Covered Katie, I had no idea anyone was ever going to read it.
Related: How I Turned My Blog Into A Full Time Job
My blog has grown at such an unbelievable rate, and I still have a hard time realizing millions of people are reading the words I write. This past week, three different people came up to me because they recognized me from the blog – once at a restaurant, once at a party, and once at Target (the second time I’ve been recognized at Target!).
If you ever see me, please absolutely feel free to say something; it always makes me happy when people come up to me, and I’ve made some really great new friends this way.
About a year and a half ago, as I was getting my mail in the lobby of the apartment building, a girl stopped me and asked, “Are you Chocolate Covered Katie?”
She’d been reading the blog for three years and had made many of the recipes, her favorite of which was the Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip.
With a shared interest in food, chocolate, and healthy living, it isn’t surprising that we became immediate friends, and on multiple occasions she’s helped me to test out new recipe ideas.
On one such occasion, we made up probably about fifteen batches of pancakes in a single afternoon… and then ate the evidence.
These chocolate chip almond butter pancakes were our favorite recipe of all the flavors we tried!
To increase the nutrition and give the healthy pancakes a soft and buttery texture, I replaced the oil with almond butter.
They come together very quickly and easily – I made a short video of the process, which I’ve posted below if you want to check it out.
Nut Free Pancakes –> Vegan Pancake Recipe
Above, watch the video of making the pancakes.
The best part about these pancakes is their versatility.
Feel free to substitute your favorite nut butter or allergy-friendly spread for the almond butter if you wish, and the chocolate chips can be exchanged for raisins or any other ingredients you think sound like they’d go well with almond butter. A few ideas:
Almond Butter Pancakes
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- 1 1/2 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup, or pinch stevia
- 1 1/2 tbsp almond butter, or allergy-friendly sub
- 1/2 cup spelt, white, or ap gf flour (or make these Flourless Pancakes)
- 3 tbsp quick or rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- very scant 1/4 tsp salt
- 1-3 tbsp mini or regular chocolate chips
- Whisk together all liquid ingredients first, making sure to really whisk the almond butter well so there aren't any clumps. In a separate bowl, stir together remaining ingredients. Pour wet into dry, and stir to form a batter. If a thinner batter is desired, add a little extra milk of choice. Let sit 10-15 minutes. Grease a nonstick skillet with oil or spray, and heat on medium. When the pan is hot (test it by adding a droplet of water to the pan – if it sizzles, the pan is ready), drop on small ladles of batter and press down. Don’t make them too big or they’ll be done on the edges before the centers have a chance to cook. With a spatula, flip pancakes when the edges begin to look dry. Let cook one additional minute before removing from the heat. To prevent sticking, it may be necessary to re-grease the skillet after each set of pancakes. Top with your favorite pancake toppings, such as maple syrup or jam and additional almond butter. These can easily be frozen and reheated if desired.View Nutrition Facts
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Holy cow, these look amazing! I have been craving pancakes and think I will make these tonight!
Kelsey @ So Much Life says
OMG! I just ate breakfast, and now I want a second one! Isn’t “second breakfast” a thing in The Hobbit? I’m making it a thing today. 😉
Chocolate Covered Katie says
Two breakfasts are always better than one. Hobbits are smart.
These look amazing! I’ve been looking for some fancy pancake recipes lately that are healthy too, and these are perfect.
Monica @ One-way to Health says
Hi Katie! I have been following your blog for a while and I absolutely love it! I finally decided to start my own, about healthy and affordable eating, so feel free to pop by! You deserve to have millions of readers and I am glad all of your hard work paid off! I’m looking forward to many more of your recipes! Sending lots of love, Monica x
Chocolate Covered Katie says
Thank you so much, and I will check out your blog. Hope you have a ton of fun with it!
Woohoo! So excited to see almond butter as the featured nut butter. I’m allergic to peanuts, so it’s always exciting to find alternative nut butter recipes! Thank you!
jordan @ dancing for donuts says
love that these don’t have any oil! i’ve been super into almond butter lately too and have also been trying to add more ACV to my diet. can’t wait to try this recipe – thanks for sharing! 🙂
Ailsa @ food to feel good says
These look so yummy! No better way to wake up than with pancakes ❤ I love that you didn’t add a lot of added sweetener since they already have the chocolate chips, I bet even just some fruit overtop would be super good, can’t wait to try!
These looks so good!
Izzy | pinch of delight says
Wow, wow wow. These look amazing!
Another great excuse to eat lots of pancakes on tuesday! x
Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says
These look incredible Katie!! I would’ve done the same thing if we lived in the same building and probably given you the biggest hug ever! 🙂 I’m moving to the area in May, so hopefully I’ll have the chance to finally meet you! 😀
Chocolate Covered Katie says
I am always up for lunch! 🙂
Maybe I only half read this, but how many servings is this? The look great!
Julie Dove says
Rebecca Deas says
This looks so good, but is it 3 pts for all 4-5 pancakes or for just one? thanks
Julie Dove says
Per pancake, including chocolate chips. Will be less if you don’t include the chips.
These look delicious! Is the video working properly, though? I tried to watch it a and saw you preparing the ingredients, it looked like twice, but then it also stopped after you added the wet ingredients to the dry. Maybe it’s me, but I can’t seem to see it properly.
Julie Dove says
It’s working for me – you should see the pancakes on the stove after she mixes wet and dry ingredients. What browser are you using?
These look amazing! I’ve been following you and pinning your recipes like crazy. Thanks for making health food delicious and yummy!
Chocolate Covered Katie says
Sherry Phipps says
Just made these and they are AWESOME! I am so happy to find a great pancake recipe! Thanks so much!
Sara @ Last Night's Feast says
These look amazing!!
Just wondering if you have tried this with any other flours – rice, almond, coconut? Thanks! I love your blog!
These pancakes tasted great but felt a bit dense to me. Anyway to lighten it up or fluff it up more??
These look so delicious Katie! I cant wait to try them. Although I am not vegan I prefer making pancakes without eggs because I feel like they taste better. I remember you saying that you have lived in Washington DC, are you still in the area?
I have to say, as a teenage girl who found out I can’t have dairy or sugar, you’re delicious recipes have helped me tons! I can’t say enough how much these recipes have helped me feel like I’m eating REAL desserts, and it’s even better knowing that they’re healthy! Thank you for that. I’m definitely trying these out today. (It’s great to have pancakes as an afternoon snack, right? 😉 )
Julie Dove says
Sounds like a really great afternoon snack idea 🙂
I feel like these need a disclaimer that you immediately need to double it because you’ll eat half the batter raw. Sooooo yummy! My family devoured these. They will definitely be on our weekly rotation from now on.
It’s fine to make these and eat them now, even though I’ve just had my breakfast right? Thought so! Thanks, haha!
Katie, omg these are by far some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had! I’m going to make quite a few batches this weekend to freeze! Do you have any suggestions on subbing the oats? My daughter can’t tolerate grains very well. Thank you again for this fabulous recipe!
These are so good! I made them just recently and we really liked them!
Cassie Autumn Tran says
Almond butter and chocolate chip ANYTHING are my calling. I love the combination of the nuttiness, richness, and creaminess of both foods! I love that you’ve made this recipe with a much more nutrient-dense fat than something like vegan butter or oil. Definitely want to try this recipe out!
Thank you for this recipe. I didn’t have any chocolate chips on hand but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. The pancakes turned out wonderfully moist and soft and absolutely delicious. I’m definitely making them again!
Your recipes are the best!!! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into each! You are an example to me. Thanks for your example of incorporating healthy ingredients into everyday favorites. 🙂
Supriya Kuttty says
Hi Katie! I have been following your blog for a while and I absolutely love it… These pancakes look so amazing and give me cravings for this… Loved this recipe of yours completely. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe with all of us. Looking forward to more recipes like this. Best wishes and Regards.
Very very good! They are kind of sweet though, if you’re planning on putting maple syrup or another sweetener on top I would recommend omitting it in the baking process. Also, you may only need about 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate chips (if using mini chips)
Larry Pal says
Katie, we’re too far from KatieLand ☹️— please visit a Target store in the Boston area some time soon; after years of following your website my wife and I would love to accidentally bump into you.? (A little while back I commented that you are a national treasure. Still true!)
We hope you enjoy the holidays!
These are so good! I usually add one whole mashed banana to the wet mix and they are delicious!
I had these this morning. They were delicious.
My two year old who doesn’t usually eat pancakes at all, gobbled them up- and even asked for more! I was shocked. I am so happy to have a recipe that i can feel good making too. Thank you!
I used cashew butter as I’d run out of almond butter. These were delicious and filling.
So far all of your recipes that I’ve tried, I like and I have not been accustomed to eating vegan or vegetarian. Thank you for so many healthy alternatives!
I’ve taken the black bean brownies into work, and they disappeared. I made the deep dish chocolate chip pie for my Mom’s 86th birthday and everyone enjoyed that.
I made your pumpkin bars yesterday for my cousin who cannot have chocolate or gluten and has to reduce sugar intake. I sweetened it with some stevia and agave nectar. I substituted some peanut butter chips for the chocolate ones, and topped it with a sprinkling of little caramel chips. I dropped the container off while running some errands yesterday, she ate at least three pieces before I left. Thank you, Katie.
Jason Sanford says
Those pumpkin bar substitutions sound amazing. I need to find caramel chips now!
I have made these the past two Saturday mornings in a row. They are SO good!! Thank you!!
Micki Miller says
These look awesome! I am so glad to find recipes that call for ingredients most of us have on hand. After having searched many differnt websites for healthy recipes, I usually find recipes that would require buying ingredients not on hand. It is SO great to find so many super recipes that are healthy and easy to make! Thank you
Bob Bush says
Thank you so much for providing stevia replacements. So many authors just tell you how much stevia should be used. I can’t use stevia because it makes my physicality ill. Its so great to be included again!
Hey Katie, I love your recipes and think they are amazing, but why do you always repost recipes? It seems very cheap and your viewers may feel ripped off. I love your blog and understand that a blog is incredibly hard work but when you just repost a recipe from 3 years ago with no updated photos or anything it just makes me think you are not as passionate anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love your recipes and personality, but your blog is starting to feel lie a food re-post site with either recycled recipes or articles just grouping old ones together 🙁
Maybe you saw this three years ago, but many of us are seeing it for the first time, and are happy that Katie reposts her recipes and former blogs.
Agreed! Totally new to this site. It’s been a challenge trying to cook healthy. These recipes are easy and delish!
Wow – great late night snack. I added in frozen blueberries and ate them right out of the pan. Also have some for tomorrow!
I literally make these pancakes every weekend (always double batch)!! They are sweet enough for me that I don’t even put extra syrup on them. My parents LOVE these pancakes and they say they taste more like soft cookies 🙂 lol.
Wow Katie, they look pretty amazing and I love that they are healthy. I love your delicious pictures as well ?
omg yumm!! these look so juicy! is that the right word? haha
Hi Katie!!! I love pancakes, but until I found your neat site and your recipe for Almond Butter Pancakes, I’d never thot of putting rolled oats, chocolate chips or almond butter in my pancakes. I tried your recipe … cooked the pancakes in my non-stick griddle … and YUUUMMM! So delicious. I’ll be making these again. THANKS!!!
Nehal Preet says
Hi, dear Katie, I am following you since 2017. Have tried so many recipes that you have shared. But my most favorite recipe till now is this – almond butter pancakes. This is indeed amazing and yummy recipe. I am totally in love with this pancake. The aroma of the almond cake is so tempting. Thanks, Katie for sharing this amazing recipe with all of us. Love n regards.
Is it possible to make the recipe the night before and leave the batter in the fridge, then cook them in the morning? They look so good!
I make pancakes once a week for dinner. I decided to try this because there hasn’t been any buttermilk in my local grocery. My two small children ate up two pieces each! Unfortunately, even after doubling the recipe, it didn’t make enough for my family. I decided that we could use this as a snack with some fruit. Also note, we didn’t use any syrup. Just the pancakes were sweet enough for us.
Girly Times says
I love all your tips and recipes. I have tried so numerous recipes that you have shared with us. But my all-time favored recipe now is this almond butter pancake. This is indeed an amazing and yummy recipe. I loved your pancakes