These Healthy Chocolate Pancakes are deliciously chocolatey and filling, perfect for breakfast! No need for a blender, these are easily and quickly mixed by hand before going straight into the pan! Gluten-free, dairy-free, high-protein, no butter or oil, with a Paleo option. Guaranteed to keep you full until lunchtime!
Pancakes are definitely one of my favourite breakfasts. They’re also one of my favourite desserts, especially if they’re healthy pancakes!
A great thing about them is that there are so many different combinations of ingredients – ranging from an egg and a banana, to buttermilk, flour and maple syrup, to oats, yoghurt, banana and eggs, to spelt flour, applesauce and flaxseed! Not only that, but there are different types and sizes – English pancakes, Scotch pancakes, American pancakes, Blinis, Pikelets, Crêpes, etc…
Obviously, the original versions include ingredients such as butter, flour and sugar, before being topped with more sugar (in the form of ice cream, a sauce, syrup, or simply sugar). I remember past pancake Tuesdays, where we had 2 pancakes each, and my sister & I couldn’t decide which toppings to have on our pancakes.
Lemon & sugar? Nutmeg? Maple syrup? Ice cream? Nutella? Banana?
So do you know what we did?
On one pancake, we would have Nutella, banana and ice cream. For the other pancake, we would have maple syrup, lemon and nutmeg…and probably another scoop of ice cream.
It’s a good job we only really ever had pancakes on Pancake Tuesday!
Anyway, I then began to make healthy pancakes – usually using Greek yoghurt, oats, banana, egg and almond milk, whizzed in the blender. They were delicious – no different to normal pancakes!
I tried other types, using coconut flour or spelt flour, banana or applesauce, Greek yoghurt or almond milk. Some were slightly different in textures -fudgy, spongy, fluffy, dense – but all were tasty and weren’t too different to normal pancakes! If I wanted a more English-style pancake (like slightly thicker crêpes), I would add more milk and use a bigger pan, and if I wanted American-style pancakes, I wouldn’t add so much milk and would use a smaller pan.
These Healthy Chocolate Pancakes don’t require a blender.
Even though using a blender is easy, I do find that scraping the remaining batter from the container can be a little difficult, particularly with the type of blender I’ve got (usually I have to get a long handled spoon and try to reach the bottom of the container to scrape the rest out).
Sometimes I’ve used my blender for a smoothie earlier on in the day and don’t feel like washing it (I’m not always that lazy, I promise!😇) so would rather make pancakes without it. That’s exactly what I did today, for these Healthy Chocolate Pancakes!
This recipe is brilliant for those of you who don’t have blenders, or if you don’t feel like using your blender (like me😉).
To make the Pancakes:
Mixed in a bowl by hand, just use a 1/4 cup to pop the mixture into a small frying pan (or a larger frying pan if you’re going for English pancakes!).
It takes just a couple of minutes for each side to cook. If you’re a pro pancake flipper, these are great for that! I can just about flip an American-style pancake, but flipping an English pancake or a crêpe? No chance. I discovered that last Shrove Tuesday after my attempt resulted in a pile of shrivelled pancake lying on the kitchen floor (this meant that I then had to have ALL the toppings in one pancake – lemon, nutmeg, maple syrup, ice cream, Nutella, banana. It wasn’t so bad after all…)
Just to be on the safe side, I cheated this time and used my pancake flipper. I slid a spatula around the whole edge of the pancake to ensure it wasn’t stuck to the pan, then transferred it (same side up) on to the pancake flipper, before turning it over and putting it back in the pan.
The recipe I came up with made 12 pancakes over-all, which was plenty to serve 3. So I’ve divided the recipe by 3 to make 1 serving (4 pancakes). That’s the great thing about these Healthy Chocolate Pancakes – they are very filling (in a good way)!
Want to know why?
These guys pack a punch of 4 grams of protein per pancake (now that’s alliteration😉), meaning 16 grams of protein per serving! They clock in at around 370 calories per serving, which is just under the recommended 400 calories for breakfast! Regardless of that, these are super healthy, with less than a third of the carbs of normal pancakes.
Oh, and did I mention that these are chocolate pancakes, with chocolate chips, and chocolate sauce? Mmm hmm. Triple chocolate pancakes.
For this next photo, I cut out the triangular slice all the way down the stack, and it then toppled forward, leaving a huge blob of chocolate sauce on my sister’s purple dress that I was using as the background. Oops😬.
Good job I was able to make it up to her by giving her a plate of these pancakes for breakfast!😆
Basically a build-your-own-delicious-chocolate-flavoured-leaning-tower-of-Pisa, these Healthy Chocolate Pancakes are wonderfully indulgent. You can’t tell that they’re healthy at all!
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