Chocolate Protein Pancakes. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, surprise her Sunday morning with a stack of these and “mama bear” will know she had the best Mother’s Day ever!
Recipe Contributor – Jessica Anneh
Chocolate Protein Pancakes. Perfect for a lazy weekend, a holiday breakfast, or simply to impress your friends at a brunch gathering. I really can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t want to dive into a stack.
Did you know that the returning crew of Columbus’s fourth voyage in 1502 brought the first cocoa beans from the New World to Europe? The Spanish eventually combined them with vanilla, and other flavorings such as sugar and milk. One writer noted at the time that people “would die for” this wonderful new flavor.
For the first couple of centuries chocolate was served only as a beverage. The stimulant effect of chocolate, due to its caffeine content, were thought to make it a particularly useful food for soldiers standing watch during the night.
The chocolate bar, first marketed in about 1910, captured the public’s imagination when it was issues to the U.S. armed forces as a “fighting food” during World War II.
Chocolate is make from the beans found in the pods that grow on the cocoa tree, an evergreen that originated in the river valleys of South America.
Benefits of chocolate? Chocolate can elevate moods, it contains various antioxidants, and it tastes great!
Beautiful and simple to make. So let’s review. Chocolate – yum! Protein – you need it! Pancakes – comfort food! So if we reverse that we have “comfort food – you need it – yum!”
Chocolate Protein Pancakes
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1 scoop rich chocolate protein powder (I suggest Pranaon brand)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup powdered oats
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 3/4 cup plant based milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp rice malt syrup (optional)
- fresh berries (optional)
- chocolate for melting over top (optional)
- Combine dry ingredients into a bowl.
- Combine wet ingredients into a separate bowl.
- Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix still combined.
- Cook in a hot non-stick pan until bubbles appear in the centre of each pancake. Flip and cook for a few more minutes.
- Serve up with fresh fruit and extra melted chocolate.