Pancake day is nearly here and it’s the perfect time to brush up your flipping skills and try out a new recipe. Today I’m sharing a recipe for healthier blender chocolate and banana pancakes. They are quick to make a super tasty!
Why are these pancakes healthier?
Generally pancakes are made with eggs, milk, sugar and flour and don’t get me wrong, that makes a delicious pancake, but if you’re looking for tasty pancakes that are healthier, lower in calories or suitable for a dairy free or vegan diet, then these are the pancakes for you.
Contain no egg
Are sweetened with banana
The milk is replaced with almond milk
The chocolate flavour comes from good quality dark cocoa powder.
There is also an extra nutritional boost from chia seeds
They are topped with berries for a second portion of fruit
They can be cooked oil-free if you use a non-stick pan
The sauce has is made with cocoa powder and coconut milk with a little maple syrup to sweeten it.
Linwoods nutritional seeds, grains and powders
Linwoods kindly gave me this recipe to try and to share with you.
They do a fabulous range of individual and mixed grains, seeds and powders, which a perfect to boost the nutritional content of your recipes. I personally use their flaxseeds, hemp and chia seeds to add to dishes. I use them a lot in porridge, smoothies, sauces and dips.
What is the story of Pancake Day?
Pancake Day is celebrated every year in February. Pancake day falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, but a quick Google search will quickly tell you which Tuesday it falls on each year. This year it falls on Tuesday 13 February.
Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Pancake Day is also the day before Lent so traditionally a time to use up rich foods such as butter, sugar and eggs before Lent begins.
Lent is a time of moderation and reflection for Catholics and many Protestants. It starts on Ash Wednesday, the day after Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) and lasts up until Easter Sunday when the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross is celebrated.
Yield: 6-8 pancakes depending on sizeAuthor: Jacqueline Meldrum
Healthier Blender Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce
Healthier chocolate pancakes made with oats, banana, chia seeds and cocoa. Served with a chocolate sauce and berries. The sauce is optional, but totally delicious.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 15 mins
60g porridge oats
15g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
60g ripe banana
125ml unsweetened almond milk (or your favourite nut milk)
1 tbsp milled chia seeds (ground chia seeds, you can do this yourself in a blender or pestle and mortar)
1 -2 tsp maple syrup (optional, the bananas add sweetness)
1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract or paste
Place all pancake ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth. If you don’t have a food processor or blender, you can use a stick blender.
Heat a non-stick frying pan and test a little of the pancake batter to see if the pan is hot enough. It should puff up and start to bubble a little, then it is ready to flip. Use 2 heaped tablespoons of batter for each pancake.
Cook each pancake for 2 to 3 minutes then flip and cook the other side for a couple of minutes.
To make the chocolate sauce whisk together the cocoa powder, maple syrup and coconut milk in a small pan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes.
Mix together arrowroot or cornstarch with the water. Add this mixture to the pot and whisk well. This will help to thicken the sauce. It will take a couple of minutes.
Serve the pancakes topped with a drizzle of chocolate sauce . To make them extra special add a scattering of hemp seeds and desiccated coconut for a bit of crunch and blackberries for adding flavour.
The sauce can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for a couple of days.
Calorie is per pancakes (if you make 6) with sauce.
fat (grams) 3.4
sat. fat (grams) 1.6
carbs (grams) 14.7
protein (grams) 2.8
sugar (grams) 4.2
Disclosure: Linwoods shared this recipe for me to try. I was not paid in money or goods for this post.
Healthier Blender Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce (vegan)