There’s something about berries with chocolate that makes you go “Yuuuuummm”. In this Berry Chocolate Pancake recipe you’ll taste and see exactly what I mean! It’s vegan, gluten-free, hearty, healthy and tastes A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Can it get any better than that?
I know what you’re probably thinking. “Just how many calories does this have?” “”They’re pancakes and they’re probably sweet.” ” This will throw my healthy eating out the window.”
I’m a Health Coach so of course I’m going to focus on healthy eating. (you can smile now)
I get it though. In fact, some of my clients will often ask me in the beginning of our working together how they should be counting their calories. I always tell them:
Count Nutrients Not Calories
That’s what I teach my clients that their focus should be on. When you’re busy and always on-the-go, it’s hard to do this. You’ve got to make a concerted effort and surround yourself with wholesome food.
NOTE THE NUTRIENTS
- A study in Australia at the University of Sydney found oatmeal rated #3 overall for making people feel satisfied and full, and it rated #1 in the breakfast food group.
- High in a kind of fiber that has special cholesterol-lowering properties called beta-glucan.
- Helps lower bad cholesterol.
- Side note: It is best to store oats in the refrigerator. Why? It has a high fat content and can easily go rancid as a result. So buy them in smaller quantities (I know, it can be a pain but your belly will be happier!)
- Another side note: OATS DO NOT ACTUALLY CONTAIN GLUTEN. Because they are generally grown alongside gluten grains such as wheat, barley and rye, many who have an intolerance cannot eat them. So make sure you buy pure, uncontaminated and certified gluten-free oats which can be purchased at a health food store or online.
- Coconut Milk
- High in fiber, B vitamins and minerals such as iron
- Side note: Avoid canned coconut milk with thickeners, emulsifiers or other additives. Here’s an easy, simple recipe for homemade coconut milk that you can make in 5 minutes!
- Flaxseed Meal
- Aids in blocking high cholesterol
- Helps with high blood pressure
- High in beneficial fiber
- Has anti-inflammatory substances
- Known to protect against preventable illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer
- Side note: I get great feedback from my clients using this flaxseed meal.
Go ahead and give this recipe a try. I hope it brings a warm smile to your face and happiness to your belly!
- 1 1/2 cups of oat flour*
- 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1 cup dairy-free milk (I prefer almond milk with this recipe)
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of organic berries (mixed, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries...you decide)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients, flaxseed meal, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, milk, vanilla extract.
- Mash banana in with dry ingredients then add wet ingredients. Add berries. Mix until batter is still lumpy. DO NOT OVERMIX. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile heat lightly greased griddle or a large skillet to medium heat. Make sure there is no smoke with your oil*.
- Pour about 1/3 cup onto hot griddle or skillet spacing it about 2 inches apart. Once it starts to bubble in the middle and the edges look slightly dry, flip to the other side.
- Cook until bottoms are golden. Transfer to plates for serving and get ready to make your belly happy!
- *To make your own oat flour: Blend rolled oats until ground.
In berries and chocolate,