These easy and healthy chocolate banana oat pancakes are flavoured with raw cocoa powder and topped with macerated berries for a guilt-free breakfast.
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.
A 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.
Getting 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.
- 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
- 2 cups mixed berries
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon water
- In a blender, combine the peeled banana, eggs, oats, baking powder, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt.
- 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.)
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
- Fry spoonfuls of the batter until golden brown on both sides.
- 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.
- Serve the pancakes with the macerated berries or simply with a drizzle of maple syrup.