The Best Darn Chocolate Pancakes EVER! – Totally Guilt Free!
Have you checked out the nutritional information for these yet? (if you’re anything like me, that’s probably the first thing you do before you even start reading…)
If you haven’t, I suggest you go do that right now and then come back.
You HAVE to take a look a those numbers!
Notice how low in fat and high in protein these are? Can you believe it?
Alright, now that that’s how of the way, I can tell you all about how incredibly good they truly are.
In fact, I think I can’t. I just can’t find the words. They were just too good. So moist, so tender, so light and fluffy and airy, so chocolatey, so sweet, so decadent, so truly heavenly…
So perfect in every way.
Yet, they are healthy as can be.
I’m telling you, the pancakes by themselves are so good, you hardly even need the sauce.
But you’re gonna want that sauce. It just takes the experience to a whole ‘nother level.
I say these pancakes are the ultimate post workout meal!
I know, I know. I can already hear you: What are you nuts? Pancakes they take forever to make! And if you’re anything like me, when you’re done working out, you want to eat NOW.
Well, shower first, then FOOD!
I don’t always have the patience for pancakes.
But hear me out. These beauties, they reheat super well! Just put the leftover pancakes in a Ziploc bag and put them straight in the microwave for one minute when you are ready to eat. Of course, you will want to crack that bag open before you put it in the microwave…
As for the sauce, it keeps extremely well in the refrigerator for quite a few days. It even gets thicker and tastier with age (just don’t let it grow too old…)
So you can make your pancakes ahead of time and have a super quick yet heavenly meal ready right after you’re done working out.
Or before going to work… The workout thing isn’t mandatory, you know. 😉
With a breakfast so insanely good, I say it’s worth making a double batch on the week-end and have them ready for weekday mornings.
Oh, and for a little bit of variation, just omit the cocoa powder in the sauce… You’ll end up with something like this. This was actually the original version. The stack that started it all. I was just in the mood for chocolate pancakes that morning and decided to throw a whole bunch of ingredients together.
Little did I know that they would turn out so heavenly good!
Thank goodness I had noted the ingredients and took a snapshot on the corner of the dining room table as a reminder for me to make them again.
Seriously guys, do yourselves a favor and go whip up a batch right now.
I mean it!
The Best Darn Chocolate Pancakes EVER!
For the pancakes
- ½ banana
- ½ cup coconut water
- ½ cup egg whites
- ½ cup spelt flour
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp instant coffee granules
- A pinch of salt
For the chocolate sauce
- ¼ cup Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 scoops vanilla flavored whey protein powder
- 3 tbsp buttermilk
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Cacao nibs
- Unsweetened Carob Chips
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- I could just go on forever...
For the pancakes
- Combine all ingredients in a small food processor and process until well combined.
- Coat a non stick pan with cooking spray and heat over high heat.
- When pan is hot enough, pour a little less than ¼ of a cup per pancake and cook until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked.
- Flip pancakes over and continue cooking for about 30 seconds, then transfer the cooked pancakes to a low temp oven to keep them warm while you cook the remaining pancakes.
To make the sauce
- Using a whisk, mix all the ingredients together in a medium size bowl. It might look like there is too much powder at first, but it will come together eventually, just keep stirring. Same goes for the “lumpy” feeling. Just let the sauce rest for about a minute after mixing then give it a quick stir and it will become nice and smooth.
- Pour sauce over warm pancakes and garnish as desired.
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I wish you could have seen the action when I poured that gorgeous, thick and silky chocolate sauce all over the hot, steamy pancakes. What a beautiful sight it was!
Maybe if you scroll down really really fast you can actually make this into a movie…
Are you ready?
Start with a stack of hot, steamy pancakes…
Save half the stack for later and start pouring that delicious chocolate sauce…
Pour… pour… pour…
Pour some more…
Go ahead, don’t be shy…
Oh yeah, now you’re talking!
Little more still… beautiful!
Now add a few raspberries and cocoa nibs.
And dig in!
ENJOY! Take the time to truly savor every bite.
Totally guilt free!
Oh yes… that actually happened.
I ate the whole stack right then and there.
They were that good.
33 Comments on “The Best Darn Chocolate Pancakes EVER! – Totally Guilt Free!”
Just saw these babies on FB and boy oh boy am I glad I hopped over. I NEED to make this this weekend – they’ll be adapted to be GF. I mean really, how can you go wrong with chocolate for breakfast? That’s every girl’s dream!
I’m real glad you hopped over too, Alyssa! 😀 I don’t think you should have too much trouble making them GF! I’d be very interested in hearing about your experience, though. If you don’t mind taking a minute to come back and tell me all about it… I would truly appreciate that! 🙂
And I totally agree with you: chocolate for breakfast? Can’t go wrong with that! So long as it’s kept healthy, though… ‘cuz if not, I’d be looking for my bed an hour after breakfast!
These look incredible! I wish this is what I had for breakfast!
OMG. My mouth is actually watering-can’t wait to try these! The only thing that would make them BETTER….is if someone else made them for me!
Ah, but they’re so very easy to make, Charity! I say you should make the pancakes yourself and have someone else make a super elaborate meal for you. Just make sure you save some pancakes for that someone else, that way they’ll think that you’re even! You don’t have to let them know that they were so easy to make… 😉
Is it okay to have that much protein as a female? I am still learning and would love more info on that. Thanks 🙂 And these look amazing! I plan on making them as soon as our protein powder gets here.
Why of course, it’s ok! Not only is it ok, it’s actually a very good thing! I’ve recently upped my protein intake to get to around one gram of body weight per day and I’ve seen a HUGE difference in body composition. Remember, protein does not magically build muscle. It simply feeds it and helps preserve lean mass. I couldn’t be without my protein powder anymore!!!
I’m sooo happy you posted this! I have been wanting pancakes lately and didn’t know how to make them healthy, thank you!
Glad to hear, Becca! Hope you try them… I also have many more pancake recipes on my site and of course, all of them are healthy! If you ever try any of them, let me know how you liked ’em! 🙂
Oh my god.
First of all, your pictures are amazing. Like seriously, I’m drooling. Secondly, this is like the awesomest recipe ever and I want to gobble up those pancakes now! They look so yummy I would even consider them for dessert. Thanks so much for sharing, this recipe is definitely going on my to-do list!
Wow! Thank you so much Ruta. I am flushed. That is amazingly nice of you to say! I really hope I get to see them make an appearance on your site someday! Make sure you let me know if that happens. I always appreciate seeing your take on my recipes! 🙂
This sounds so incredibly healthy and delicious! I am so excited to have stumbled upon your blog!
Glad you feel this way Cynthia. It’s always a pleasure to hear these kinds of things. I do happen to love chocolate too, so I make very regular use of it. I hope you find many more recipes on my blog that you find just as exciting as this one! Glad you have stumbled upon my blog too! 😀
Oooh, these look just wonderful!
And you say guilt free? Is that false advertising?
Tender! 😀 TOTALLY guilt free. Guaranteed or your money back. No fine print. Not even a contract to sign… 😉
Oh my goodness. Pinned before I even read it! Beautiful pictures and I loved scrolling quickly through the chocolate pouring pictures. 🙂
These sound SO good and love the ingredients! I think these are your best pictures ever. Or there are those cherry pancakes. They were also beautiful! You should become a professional pancake photographer.
Awwww, thank you so much Erin, you’re too kind! Professional pancake photographer, eh? I am flushed, really! Thank you! 😀
Can I use buckwheat flour instead of the spelt?
I wouldn’t see why not, Fiona. The taste would be slightly different and they wouldn’t come out as airy, but they would have no reason not to work!
These are soon god! Thanks for sharing. I made mine with 1/8 cup of coconut flour instead of spentflour and they turned out really well, glutenfree and low carb 🙂 Denice
YAY! Glad you liked them, Denice and thanks much for letting me know! Love the addition of coconut flour. I’ll have to try that myself! Thanks for the tip!
These look amazing! I was wondering if I could use “normal” flour instead of spelt and regular milk instead of buttermilk. Also, can I replace the coconut water with some other ingredient?
I know I’m chancing a lot, but I promise you that where I live those ingredients aren’t available. They don’t even sell peanut butter here – imagine this nightmare!
Sheeesh, I would simply go nuts, Ana! Ever considered online ordering? I know I would! 😉
As for your substitutions, I can’t see them as being a problem as far as making the recipe work… might be worth a shot. Just use plain water instead of the coconut water. Not quite as tasty, but it’ll do the trick!
I just tryid those 10 mins ago , omg there are so good should be illegal 😀
I didn’t had coconut water i used skinny milk was still darn good 🙂
AWESOME! So happy to hear you liked them, Jo! Probably just as much as I did too, from the sound of it! Thanks for the great feedback, I totally appreciate your taking the time to do that! 🙂
I decided to make these today for breakfast,and they were delicious,but one problem i had with it,is that it would stick to the pan,so lifting them was quite difficult,is there anything that i can do to stop that from happening?
Make sure you use a really good non-stick pan, Erika, or add a liberal amount of coconut oil to your pan and make sure your pan is nice and hot before you add the pancake mixture.
Ok,i’ll give that a go next time. I used a cast iron pan,i thought that would be good enough,i’ll invest in a non stick pan sometime this week. Also i just wanted to know, when cooking them,did you have the heat on high or low?
A well seasoned cast-iron pan should do the trick, but you will also need to oil it well between each batch of pancakes. I’m not a huge fan of teflon, but sometimes, I find non-stick pans are a real must, such as when making omelettes and pancakes such as these ones. And even when using non-stick, I still like to add a little bit of oil, just to get the pancakes to “fry” a little, you know.
As for temperature, pancakes usually do better when cooked at higher temperatures for short periods of time.
Hope your second attempt goes better! 🙂
Best ever!!!! Amazing!!!