Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes with Apple Chia Jam

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I have a minor obsession with pancakes. Dripping with almond butter, piled high with bananas, or infused with chai, clearly I love them. So, when I found out that today is National Pancake Day you can imagine my reaction.

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately, minus the 3 bags of popcorn I ate last night, so I wanted to make a stack that was healthy but still #foodporn worthy at the same time.

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I decided upon vegan oatmeal pancakes layered with apple chia jam. If you don’t know what 50% of those ingredients are, don’t worry, just know they taste great and they’re good for you.

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We start by putting peeled, chopped apples in a sauce pan with maple syrup, cinnamon, and apple cider and let it bubble away.

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When the apples are soft and falling apart, stir in a few tablespoons of chia seeds. Chia seeds, which you may remember from their days as chia pets, pack an incredible nutritional punch in a tiny little seed.

In just an ounce, they have 11 grams of fiber, tons of Omega-3 fatty acids, and hardly any carbs. They absord 10 times their weight in liquid, so they gel when added to anyhing, which is why were using them to make jam!

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So, while the jam is cooking get your pancake batter together. I use almond milk with a little apple cider vinegar to give the pancakes a buttermilk taste, and quick cooking oats to bind everything together.

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To make these even healthier *gasp* they get fried in coconut oil, which has a ton of health benefits as well as being amazing for your heart and strengthening your immune system.

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Once the pancakes are done, they get piled high with the apple chia jam, dusted with cinnamon, and drizzled with a little maple syrup.

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The crowning jewel? A scoop of coocnut milk yogurt on top! Healthy, filling, and so, so, good.

If you’re looking to make the banana pancakes from my instagram, just add a mashed banana to the recipe below and pile the pancakes with banana slices and peanut butter!

Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes (makes 4 pancakes) recipe adapted from here

  • 3/4 cup almond or soy milk
  • 2 t apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • coconut oil for frying
  1. Combine milk, vinegar, vanilla, maple syrup, and oats in a bowl.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and heat a pan over medium heat.
  4. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil into the pan and scoop in 1/4 cup of batter
  5. When the edges of the pancake begin to look set, give it a flip.
  6. Repeat with the rest of the batter and stack high with apple chia jam!

Apple Cinnamon Chia Jam (makes 1 cup)

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into small chunks
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 1 t vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  1. Combine the apples chunks, cinnamon, cider, salt, vanilla, and syrup in a covered saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Let simmer away until the apples are soft and take off the heat. There should only be a small amount of liquid left.
  3. Stir in the chia seeds and let set for 15 minutes until gelled.

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