I have been wanting to create a healthier chocolate pancake recipe for a long time. I had found a recipe for Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins that were fabulous and everybody devoured. My kids favorite dish at IHOP (yes, that IHOP again– I swear we don’t go all the time although we do think about going a lot ha ha) is their Funny Face Pancake which is just a chocolate chip pancake with a whipped cream smile and cherry eyes. The muffins gave me the idea for the pancakes.
Now I will not claim that these are a health food in any way but they are tasty AND are healthier with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, egg whites, applesauce and Greek yogurt. Not too shabby. The kiddos each had 4 and I didn’t feel bad about it. We paired them with smoothies and they are terrific topped with strawberries and cool whip.
This recipe makes up a whole ton of pancakes. I like to freeze the extras to have on hand.
Adapted from Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins by Dashing Dish
- 1¾ cup whole wheat flour
- 1¾ cup quick oats
- 1½ cups cocoa powder
- 6 egg whites
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cup hot water
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Combine all ingredients but chocolate chips together. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Use a ¼ cup scoop and pour batter into a hot skillet. Cook pancakes for about 2 minutes per side. Watch them carefully as they burn easily.