Breakfast is important during the school year, but throughout the summer it often gets forgotten or at least, pushed aside. Heavy breakfasts are not on everyone’s minds in the hot summer, so I decided to really lighten up my meal plan and share with you these healthy chocolate pancakes. You all know about those banana pancakes that usually consist of banana, egg, and flour? Well, this is kind of a play on that, but without the egg, leaving this recipe vegan (and gluten-free since there is no flour!)
Now, I know you are worrying about how these healthy chocolate pancakes hold together if there are no eggs. I am as floored as you, but if you really work that coconut and oats into a fine “flour,” your pancakes should hold together perfectly. I actually had no problem flipping these pancakes, which is a relief since I am terrible with ordinary pancakes.
Another great fact about this recipe: they are the perfect toddler food! I know, chocolate is kind of an iffy subject with kids, but the amount of cocoa powder used is minimal and it isn’t a chocolate bar. My daughter loved them and even insisted putting on her own syrup (you can see where that is going. )
I tried to convince her to use the real stuff, but I guess the overly-sugary artificial stuff is a favourite among children…
15 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup oats (grind both to make flours.)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground flaxseed (optional)
- Pinch of ground ginger
- 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- Chocolate chips (optional)
- Coconut oil for frying
- In a food processor, add your coconut and oats. Grind until they resemble "flour."
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mash your banana until smooth(ish.) Mix in vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger. Add the "flour," flaxseed, and cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium-low. Melt some coconut oil into the pan. Add 1/8 cup of batter at a time and cook until the one side is nicely browned. Flip and repeat. Continue until no batter remains (you can also add chocolate chips to your pancakes as they cook if you desire.)
- Serve with your favourite syrup!
This recipe will not be for everyone. I personally love the ease of these healthy chocolate pancakes and sometimes it is a nice change from heavy/hearty food. People have to remember that everyone has different dietary concerns, and some like to eat healthy more so than others. I think this fits into everyone’s lifestyle and highly suggest trying them before knocking them.