Healthy pancakes with cocoa nibs

| Chloe Crisp

On those mornings when you have a bit of time these 'healthy pancakes' are a real treat! They have a chocolaty boost without lots of refined sugar so they help lift your mood without lifting the calorie in take!

The recipe

This is super quick to prep as I tend to pop all the ingredients in a jug and use an electric hand blender, then it's just a case of patiently waiting while it cooks.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup of porridge oats
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tbs of cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs of cocoa nibs
  • 1 tbs of honey
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • Coconut oil for frying

Method:

I put all the ingredients in a jug and use my electric hand blender to purée the mix, it does the job in about 10 seconds! If you don't have an electric hand blender be sure to mash the bananas first and grind the oats before you add the other ingredients to a jug or bowl to mix by hand.

Once blended until smooth, I gently heat about 1/2 tsp of coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan, make sure the heat isn't too hot as I find the coconut oil can 'burn' which will give it a slightly bitter taste.

Then just fry little pancakes in batches 3 or 4, flip over after 2-5 minutes (or when the underside is starting to brown).

To serve

I like mine with some berries, maple syrup and a large dollop of Greek yogurt or Soya yogurt if I want to stay on the healthy vibe ;) 

 

Healthy Chocolate Pancakes

The Healthy bit

As you can see from the ingredients list I only use the whites of the eggs, the yolk is high in cholesterol so best to avoid it.

I use porridge oats instead of flour, oats are said to lower cholesterol making it better for you than refined white flour.

There's also no refined sugar, instead I sweeten the deal with banana, honey, cinnamon and vanilla.

Cocoa nibs are brimming with macro and micro nutrients such as magnesium, potassium and iron! I adore Naturya's Oraganic Cocoa available from Amazon.

My fave kitchen gadgets

My hand blender of choice is by Dualit, I have an older version of the Dualit 88910 Hand Blender Set available from John Lewis at £72. Yes it is a bit pricey but I've had mine for about 10 years now so I would say they are built to last. Plus it's REALLY powerful!

My favourite frying pans are by Tefal - they're non-stick coating is the best. Again you pay a bit more for it but it is made to last as long as you take care of it - no metal utensils!

Love and Light
Chloe

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