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And just in time for the weekend too!

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes | @hbharvest

Not like I planned that or anything.


Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes | @hbharvest

Really though, I have been dying to share these ricotta chocolate chip banana and chia pancakes with you for way too long now. I mean, I know they are only banana pancakes and that’s really nothing new. But chocolate chip banana pancakes? Well, they are just my favorite.

I have been making them since I was twelve and I swear, they are the sole reason why I started to really love cooking. So yeah, I have so much love for a good chocolate chip banana pancake.

But umm, it should be loaded with chocolate chips to be consideredΒ GOOD. <–fact.

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes | @hbharvest

Making pancakes, or really any breakfasty food, but especially pancakes, is somewhat therapeutic for me. I love it. I think it’s because it brings me back to that first year that I really started to enjoy cooking for people. That satisfaction on a family member’s face (ok, my mom’s face) was the greatest feeling. Some people get a rush flyingΒ forty feet in the air, off a beyond massive jump, with a board strapped to their feet (hello to my brothers and their insane friends), but me? IΒ am much more tame. My rush comes from happy stomachs and happy faces.

It works, and I have a much greater chance of staying away from the hospital…all though I swear one of these day I will catch my hair on fire. I really do fear this day.

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes | @hbharvest

Since we are talking breakfast food, I did my best to make these a tad bit on the healthier side.Β I mean, I tried.

I loaded these pancakes with bananas, whole wheat flour, eggs and so many little chia seeds (which I love, they are awesome, you should all try them). So you see what I mean, all very heathy things…meaning that all these healthy things cancel out those little semi-sweet chocolate chips.

What, they do, and don’t try to tell me otherwise.

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes | @hbharvest

Also? You can never add in too many chocolate chips. Just sayin.

AND while these pancakes are good anytime, any season, any day – they are the very best to enjoy on a snowy day when it’s cold, the fire is going and you are still in your pajamas at noon. Yes, that is the best kind of day for these pancakes.

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes | @hbharvest

Oh and I know coffee is typical with breakfast, but what you should really be drinking alongside these pancakes is an icy cold glass of milk.

Then you are set… and it really does not get any better than that!

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes | @hbharvest

Chocolate Chip Banana and Ricotta Chia Pancakes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 14 Pancakes
Calories Per Serving: 199 kcal

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  • 3 eggs whites separated from yolks
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 very rip bananas mashed
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips...or more!
  • pure maple syrup powdered sugar, fresh bananas + chia seeds, for topping


  • In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or use a hand held mixer), beat egg whites until they start to bubble. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of the sugar; continue beating until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  • Combine the ricotta, milk, 3 egg yolks, mashed bananas, melted butter, vanilla and lemon zest in a separate, larger mixing bowl. Next add the white whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt, stirring gently until just combined.
  • Stir a small scoop of the egg whites into the ricotta pancake batter to lighten the batter, then fold in the remaining whites with a spatula. Stir in the chia seeds.
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat. Grease with butter or cooking spray. Pour 1/3 cup pancake batter on the center of the hot pan. Sprinkle each pancake with chocolate chips. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Using a spatula, gently flip the pancake over and cook the other side for a minute, or until golden. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve the pancakes warm, stacked tall and topped with banana slices, chia seeds, powdered sugar and maple syrup if desired. Eat!

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes | @hbharvest

And now we can all go on to have a very happy, (chocolate chip) banana pancake filled weekend.

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  1. Hey looks yummo! What is the calories per pancake do u know? Or serving? And how many in a serving?

  2. Full of such deliciousness! Whyyyyy am I so late to see this!! Definitely need to save this recipe for next weekend – the ricotta in there sounds delicious!

  3. I love the .gif

    These are mouthwatering beautiful! Full happy tummies and happy faces are how I get my rush too.

  4. O.H.M.Y.G.O.O.D.N.E.S.S.
    These look absolutely delicious!!!! Will definitely give them a try 0:->
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. That’s something my little man would love, he’s so much into pancakes and waffles for breakfast lately. Lucky me as that way I get to hide all sort of healthy stuff in his morning meal – like oats and chia seeds so this recipe is just perfect. The chocolate chips are enough distraction from all the healthy part going on in there πŸ˜€
    Beautiful pictures, as always! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Love the photography. I’m a big fan of your photos and I wish you would do photography posts (or a ebook?)! πŸ˜› A girl can dream, right?!?

  7. these pictures are SO pretty and that gif makes me SO happy and everything about this is just wonderful πŸ™‚

  8. OMG GIRL!!!! These look absolutely amazing. You are so freaking talented. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Have a great weekend and hope you are well.
    Hugs from freezing NYC!

  9. I just made batch of banana chocolate chip pancakes…but didn’t add chia…I definitely need to start doing that…these look great! Your styling today looks very Anthropologie πŸ™‚

  10. I want to eat that entire stack of pancakes! It would be hard off of that beautiful plate, but I’m willing to give it a shot!

  11. Gorgeous, gorgeous styling Tieghan!!! I need to a wood-planked wall in my future place πŸ˜‰ And love the chia seeds! (Oh, and that cake stand. NEED.)

  12. “Best to enjoy on a snowy day”. . .well I need a stack as high as the Empire State building with the amount of snow we have been having in Boston.

    Anything with chia seeds is tops in my book. And I agree with Nancy. . .I’m dying over that exquisite dish (pancakes are more exquisite though :-))

  13. I love whole wheat banana pancakes. I have put chocolate chips in regular pancakes bit not sure I have the banana ones. Need to try this.

    LOVE the cake stand. Where did you find that?

  14. SO MUCH YES!! Pancakes are basically what runs through my veins, so I am totally head over heels for these healtheir stacks ofyum! All that good for me ingredients most definitely counts ou the chocolate chips. So much so, that I will add extra πŸ˜‰ Pinned!

  15. These look so good…my husband loves choc. chip pancakes and bananas but for some reason I never thought to put the two together until now…you’re a genius in the kitchen…I have to tell you that dish sitting that close to the edge of the table was causing me stress…lol….I’m turning into my mother..

  16. I love making pancakes too, and chocolate is a given! My family doesn’t know what to do with pancakes if there isn’t chocolate involved.
    These are just what my friday needed! Pinned!

  17. First of all, these photos are amazing! Love the gif.

    I can absolutely relate to the comfort of making pancakes and the 1st time I enjoyed cooking for others!

  18. More chocolate chips the better! After all they are healthier so we have to live a little!

    1. My thought exactly…..that first pic just melted my heart. I love how you added chia seeds and I’ve been craving chocolate chips in pancakes for about a year time. Time to make these! Still swooning over that first photo. True artistry!