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Easy and healthy chocolate banana oat pancakes

 In Breakfast, Gluten Free, Quick and Easy, Recipes, Vegetarian

These easy and healthy chocolate banana oat pancakes are flavoured with raw cocoa powder and topped with macerated berries for a guilt-free breakfast.

Easy and healthy chocolate banana oat pancakes

I know I am not alone in saying that finding quick and easy but healthy breakfasts my kids will actually eat is bloody hard. I don’t know about you guys but it’s becoming increasingly easier to just give them what they want (a bowl of sugary cereal..yuck) than to fight with them about why it’s important to eat a good, balanced, nutritious breakfast before school. There are a few ideas up my sleeve (they are currently loving granola and yoghurt and I am planning on making LOADS of smoothie popsicles for when Summer really gets going) but there’s only so many bowls of my granola they’ll eat before they start complaining.

Easy and healthy chocolate banana oat pancakesA while ago I developed an easy and healthy pancake recipe made with bananas and oats which they absolutely loved and a few weeks ago when Aidan asked for pancakes for breakfast, I thought I’d give my tried and trusted recipe a twist by adding a few more flavourings. Raw cocoa powder gave them a serious chocolate hit and along with some vanilla extract made these chocolate banana oat pancakes taste like a very sinful dessert. Especially when topped with macerated berries. I think what is so completely awesome about this easy and healthy pancake recipe is that it’s all made in a blender (I’ve even used an emersion blender and a tall jug to make the batter) and everything is just blended in one go making it perfect for busy weekdays.

Easy and healthy chocolate banana oat pancakesGetting back to that original recipe though, I actually can’t believe that to this day that it is the most viewed recipe on my blog. Ever. It’s so funny how that happens, isn’t it? A recipe that I developed on the fly, didn’t take much time with the photos (obviously) and then posted haphazardly one day became crazy popular. Go figure. But what I love most about that post is all the comments.

So many people have commented telling me what they love about the recipe and how they often make it for their families. Something that I learnt from my readers is that this batter actually performs way better if you leave it to rest. The batter thickens a little and the pancakes just fry so much better. Keep in mind though that they are much more delicate than a regular pancake because there’s no flour to add stability but that also results in a seriously tender, moist pancake.

Serve them simply with maple syrup or with macerated berries for an indulgent yet completely guilt-free breakfast your family will drool over.

Easy and healthy chocolate banana oat pancakes

Easy and healthy chocolate banana oat pancakes
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These easy and healthy chocolate banana oat pancakes are flavoured with raw cocoa powder and topped with macerated berries for a guilt-free breakfast.
Recipe type: Pancakes, breakfast, Easy recipe, Healthy
Serves: Makes 8 pancakes
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
for the macerated berries
  • 2 cups mixed berries
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon water
  1. In a blender, combine the peeled banana, eggs, oats, baking powder, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt.
  2. Allow to blend until the mixture is as smooth as you want it and blended well. Allow the batter to stand for 10-20 minutes until thickened slightly. (Alternatively make the batter the night before and keep in a sealed container in the fridge.)
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Fry spoonfuls of the batter until golden brown on both sides.
  5. To make the macerated berries, combine the berries (slice the strawberries if using) with the honey and water and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes until the berries have started releasing their juices.
  6. Serve the pancakes with the macerated berries or simply with a drizzle of maple syrup.


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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • anon

    Can the banana be skipped?

    • Alida Ryder

      Unfortunately not. Because there are so few ingredients, the banana adds a lot of “structure” to the pancakes.

  • Pudgy

    I got the ingredients to make these especially! But I have a question about banana size because when I went to the get some, the grocer only had the biggest bananas I’ve ever seen! Do you know the weight or how many cups of banana would be good for this recipe?

    Planning to have this with toasted hazelnuts and cream because I am that weirdo who doesn’t like berries and chocolate together! Can’t wait!

    • Alida Ryder

      You should have around a cup to a cup and a half of bananas. 🙂 Yum! The hazelnuts sound awesome!

  • Michelle

    How would I double or triple this recipe? Got a big family that I’m trying to get eating healthy. Also, can I make these ahead and freeze them like I do my regular buttermilk pancakes? Thanks for sharing!

    • Alida Ryder

      You could just double/triple the ingredients Michelle. I don’t see why you couldn’t freeze these but as I haven’t done it before I’m not entirely sure how they will behave. If you do try it, please let me know how it went.

    • Rachel Marie

      Where can I find nutrition information for these pancakes? Has anyone calculated some basic nutrition info?
      I’m looking for calories, macros, and sugar content 🙂 Anybody know?

  • Casey Gleason

    I have actually found the macros end up being about the same as regular pancakes, however I do feel like the oats fill me up for longer. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Alicia

    When do I add the raw cocoa powder and vanilla? Do I assume it’s with the banana, oats, eggs, and salt? Also for the oats, are they quick cooking or old fashioned. I went to make these this morning but there was not enough info so I didn’t want to make assumptions. Thanks.

    • Alida Ryder

      Yes, everything goes into the blender together. Old fashioned rolled oats are best.

  • Natasha @ Salt & Lavender

    These are guilt-free?? Sign me up 😀

  • rebecca | DisplacedHousewife

    Healthy breakfasts are so hard to come by (that my son will like)…these look perfect Alida!! xo

    • Alida Ryder

      I’m so glad you like the look of these R! x

  • Cathy |

    a resounding yes to chocolate for breakfast!!! my boys would swoon over these. and so much better than a boring bowl of cereal!

    • Alida Ryder

      Right? And I feel so guilty every time after giving my kids sugary cereal for breakfast so this has become a standard in our house.

  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    Anything with healthy and chocolate in the title is good in my book! My kids will love these babies.

    • Alida Ryder

      Haha, mine too! Thanks Karen. They’re a goodie. 😉

  • Reply

    I have no doubt the kids just love these Alida! What’s not to love? A healthy, delicious, chocolately breakfast is the way to go! Making these for my son Casey when he comes home from college!

    • Alida Ryder

      Oooh, please let me know what he thinks when you’ve made them.

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