These Healthy-ish Blender Chocolate Pancakes are a sweet treat for breakfast that you don’t have to feel guilty about!
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 blender chocolate pancakes are a health food in any way but they are tasty AND are healthier with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and applesauce. Not too shabby. They are definitely NOT super sweet either but I did that purposely because we are always topping them with buttermilk syrup or strawberry sauce and when you do that you don’t notice that the chocolate pancakes themselves aren’t super sweet.
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. You could always make these a little bit bigger and use them as “tacos” just because the kids would get a big kick out of it. Heck, I would get a big kick out of it.
There isn’t any necessary order to put all of the ingredients into the blender. You don’t have to use a blender necessarily but by using the blender you don’t get any big chunks of oatmeal like you would with my Oatmeal Cranberry pancakes. It’s a smoother consistency much more like you would expect from traditional pancakes, plus you have the added bonus of not needing to use a measuring cup to pour them out if you don’t want to create those extra dishes.
This recipe makes up a whole ton of pancakes. I like to freeze the extras to have on hand for breakfast later in the week. Spread them on a plate and microwave the pancakes for about 1:30-2 minutes to reheat.
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Healthy-ish Blender Chocolate Pancakes
These Healthy-ish Double Chocolate Pancakes are a sweet treat for breakfast that you don't have to feel guilty about!
- 2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 cup oatmeal
- 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce or 1 banana and 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups almond milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients but chocolate chips together in a blender. Blend until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Use a 1/4 cup scoop and pour batter into a hot skillet. Cook pancakes for about 2 minutes per side. Makes about 30 pancakes.
Inspired by Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins by Dashing Dish