{Healthy} Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

{Healthier} Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

So when you wake up and realize that there’s not just a dusting of snow outside, or a good snowstorm worth of snow, but a once-in-a-lifetime holy freakin’ cow over 2 feet of snow outside, you kind of want pancakes.  Like delicious, stick-to-your-stomach, get me through an entire day of shoveling pancakes.

{Healthier} Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

And that’s exactly what these were.  This recipe is adapted from Gina’s Pumpkin Paleo Pancake recipe she posted a while back.  These are like 90% Paleo, but they do have chocolate chips in them so I can’t completely call them Paleo.  I most certainly was NOT going to leave the chocolate chips out so let’s just call them “Paleo-Friendly.”  For all of you people out there that are able to resist chocolate, go ahead and make some “Paleo Banana Pancakes” and go sit and feel good about yourself because you have more willpower than a good portion of the population, I hate you.

{Healthy} Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Very rarely does a breakfast take me through an entire morning until 12:30 without feeling the slightest bit hungry.  But this one? This one did.  We pretty much spent the entire morning shoveling snowbanks that came up to our chest and then I made Tom walk down to the water with me so we could see the flooding only to find out that the road was “flooded.”  Surprise, surprise.  We decided to take an alternate route to see it better which meant hiking up a hill in our boots & snow pants.  I don’t think he was very happy with me but I guess we earned our breakfast, right??

{Healthy} Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Yum, I’m getting hungry just looking at these.  I topped them with some sliced bananas, cinnamon vanilla date syrup & shredded coconut.  I need to make some more of these ASAP, they are certainly going to be my new go-to pancakes for the weekends. Let’s just hope next time we don’t have to head outside to deal with the blizzard of the century next time.

Enjoy!

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

Getting snowed in.

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It was probably a little more like “getting snowed out” since we probably spent more time outside than inside, but regardless, it was fun.  It felt so strange to walk around in the middle of the roads and not see or hear a car anywhere.  It’s crazy how a storm like this can really bring a neighborhood together.  Everyone was out helping each other shovel and dig out, it made me realize what a wonderful place we live in.

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We took a walk on the day after the storm and it was pretty gorgeous!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes {adapted from Running To The Kitchen}

Serves 6-8 small pancakes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast
Misc Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana (peeled)
  • 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • coconut oil (for cooking pancakes)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

1. In a mixing bowl, mix banana until completely mashed. Add remaining pancake ingredients and combine well.
2. Heat a nonstick pan or pancake griddle over medium heat. Coat pan with coconut oil.
3. Add batter to the pan in spoonfuls and spread out to create pancake shape. Cook for a few minutes and then carefully flip to cook the second side.
4. Continue cooking in batches, keep finished pancakes warm in a 200 F oven.
5. Enjoy with sliced bananas & shredded coconut.

Note

Keep an eye on these as they cook.  They will look like they're not cooking at first but they are so make sure you only cook them a few minutes on each side.

3 Responses to {Healthy} Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  1. I cannot WAIT to get my hands on some dates this weekend and try out that cinnamon-vanilla date syrup. It looks soooo good! Especially on pancakes like these :)

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