Everybody gets excited at the possibility of enjoying chocolate for breakfast. Sometimes all you need is just a hint of chocolate to turn a ho-hum morning into a breakfast celebration. These Grain Free Chocolate Pancakes will turn a simple breakfast into a fancy feast, especially if you decorate your plate with some fresh fruit, fresh mint leaves and an extra sprinkle cacao powder.
These next few days are full of celebrations: Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13. It’s a day that women get together to celebrate female friendships and their impact on our lives. February 14th of course is Valentine’s Day a day that many love to celebrate while others don’t, and some just want to forget about completely. I suggest each one of us consider Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate the love we have for ourselves. After all, without loving ourselves how can we really love others? Just imagine what the world would be like if everyone actually loved themselves.
The day after Valentine’s Day this year is a family holiday in most provinces across Canada, so it’s a great day to sleep in, enjoy an extra day at home with loved ones, and celebrate with some chocolate pancakes for breakfast or brunch.
If you make it all the way to Tuesday and you still haven’t enjoyed these Grain Free Chocolate Pancakes, Tuesday February 16th is Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day this year, so between Galentine’s Day and Shrove Tuesday there are lots of opportunities to enjoy healthy Grain Free Chocolate Pancakes at least once or maybe every day.
A lot of people are experimenting with grain free diets (Paleo, AIP, Whole30) so I’m experimenting more with grain free recipes to provide you with delicious healthy grain free alternatives to some of your favourites, like Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, Cranberry Lemon Scones, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, and these Grain Free Chocolate Pancakes.
What are the benefits of a grain free diet?
- Grains may be inflammatory, particularly for people with autoimmune conditions
- Some evidence shows that a grain free paleo diet can reduce cardiovascular risk
Will I be missing important nutrients if I don’t eat grains?
Grains are a significant source of B vitamins, folate, fiber, iron and magnesium. All of these nutrients can also be acquired from nuts, seeds, vegetables and lean proteins; however, nutrient density can be an issue for people who omit grains from their diet. Ensuring adequate balanced nutrition from a variety of sources is integral to health.
Whether you’re following a grain free eating plan or are a foodie with a curious palette, these Grain Free Chocolate Pancakes are a delicious, healthy alternative to traditional pancakes. Give them a try and leave a comment below to let me know what you think.
Grain Free Chocolate Pancakes
- electric griddle or large skillet
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- ½ ripe banana 1/4 cup mashed
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup nut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup chocolate chips optional
- coconut oil to grease pan
- Sift or whisk together almond flour, cacao, coconut sugar and baking powder.
- In a separate bowl mash banana. Add eggs, milk and vanilla and whisk together.
- Combine wet ingredients and dry ingredients.
- Heat coconut oil in griddle or skillet on medium low. Measure ¼ batter and pour into skillet. Using a spatula or spoon, spread batter into approximately 4” pancakes (keep them small because they are more delicate than traditional pancakes). Leave enough room between pancakes to flip. If you want to add chocolate chips, sprinkle some on top of each pancake and gently press in the batter. Cook over medium low heat for 3-5 minutes. Almond flour pancakes prefer lower and slower cooking than regular wheat pancakes, otherwise the bottom will darken before the middle cooks.
- Flip pancakes. Almond flour pancakes are more delicate than wheat flour pancakes, so flip carefully. Cook on second side.