These weird looking healthy pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast recipes ever and I'm sure you'll love them too!
But enough with the guilt trips. Let's get to the excuses.
In my defense a lot of things have happened - 1. I'm now 32 (happy birthday to me, yay and crying a little); 2. I was on vacation for a few days (hard to recover from that - it takes me WEEKS); 3. I was changing the whole look of the site in order to make it easier for all of us to find the posts - so I felt really tired to even type; 4. I finally came up with an awesome tagline - Feel good, not guilty (that only took me about 2 years) and I feel a sense of pride (and prejudice).
Well more things happened, but let's leave something to talk about in the next posts.
Now let's get to the good stuff. The pancake stuff. Pancakes that look weird, but taste like a small piece of vacation.
It's super weird I haven't shared this recipe yet - I've been making these pancakes for years probably 2-3 times a week, whenever I have 15 minutes in the morning and chocolate at home. So yes, 2-3 times a week.
I guess the reason why I haven't shared this recipe goes deeper than just me being lazy and neglecting. Are these pancakes not good enough? Are they not healthy? Did their parents mess them up? Do they feel like they're not deserving to be a "recipe"?
Well the truth is, that as embarrassing and shallow as it sounds - I did judge these pancakes on their looks. They're not easy on the eyes. For example every time I make them my sister asks me if I'm having a bowl of fried meat for breakfast. And I must agree, they sometimes do look like fried meat - when I overdo with the chocolate and it's melting everywhere. They're not the prettiest thing in the world, but if you try them once you'll be going back again and again.
It's the kind of recipe that isn't overwhelmingly sweet, but you just can't stop eating. I think I just described pancakes.
I don't really remember how and when I started making these pancakes, but I got the idea of tearing them apart while cooking, about 5-6 years ago when I was a student in Berlin.
At lunch I would always have something called "Kaiserschmarrn", which is an Austrian pancake. Not because I'm stupid and I eat pancakes for lunch, but because everything else tasted like it's already been digested. A few times. That Kaiserschmarrn though....the fluffiest and most delicious thing ever. I was so fascinated with how the lunch ladies made it, I was watching their every move like a little psychopath. Could not stop. Then on the side for this gigantic pancake you could order fruit and cream or chocolate sauce. And I did that - all of it.
For 1.50 EUR, I call that score for a hungry student. That little student was not hungry until late in the evening after one Kaiserschmarrn at lunch - score again.
Except, after eating Kaiserschmarrn for a month every single day, I got kinda heavy and my belly was all over the place. What was a little worse, was I felt like I needed a new gallbladder because of all the fat I was consuming. I felt heavy, without energy and I even remember having stomach pains. Solution: Make my own healthy Kaiserschmarrn.
I loved the taste of these Austrian pancakes, but their main ingredients - white flour, butter and milk did not agree with my weight, my skin or the way I felt. I wanted a pancake with no flour, milk, sugar or butter. Hmmm. So I tried so many of those. Imagine all the disastrous "pancakes" I have eaten (<- I almost never throw food away).
Finally after years of unsuccessful experiments these pancakes were born - they don't taste like Kaiserschmarrn, but like something between a chocolate chip pancake and Kaiserschmarrn.
I made these chocolate chip pancakes without flour, but ground oats, eggs or chia eggs for my vegan friends, some honey/maple syrup/agave or coconut nectar instead of sugar, nuts and very very dark chocolate. Oh and some coconut oil for the cooking instead of butter. Instead of milk I used water <- it works! Instead of whipped cream and high-sugar chocolate sauce, I now top these pancakes with nut butter and berries or other fruits - like banana if I don't add the chocolate chips (<- I hate banana with chocolate).
Now these pancakes are high-fiber, high-protein and a poor student like the one I used to be would really need all the nutrients like iron, zinc and healthy fats.
- 1 cup oats, ground
- 1 egg or 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia + 3 tbsp water, mixed the your nut grinder/food processor)
- 2 Tbsp honey/ agave nectar/ maple syrup or coconut blossom nectar
- 2-3 Tbsp dark chocolate (broken down) or chocolate chips
- 1/3 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp coconut oil/or more for the cooking
- 1/3 cup water
- optional: nuts - walnuts, almonds
- toppings: 1 Tbsp nut butter and some frozen berries (or fresh if available)
- In a mixing bowl mix water, egg/chia egg, honey/other sweetener.
- Add ground oats, vanilla and baking powder - mix everything well until thick dough - like pancake dough - is formed. If needed add some water (1 tbsp at a time).
- Add chocolate chips and nuts and mix in.
- Oil the surface of a small non-stick pan with some coconut oil.
- At medium-high pour in the entire pancake mixture and spread evenly in the pan.
- Let cook and when the edges change color, flip the pancake with a large pancake turner.
- If the pancake breaks - don't worry this happens. Press together and start "slicing" the pancake in the pan with the pancake turner.
- Let cook and if you want flip again, add some more coconut oil if needed and when both sides are ready transfer to a plate or bowl.
- Top with your favorite fruits and nut butter. Optionally you can also top with yogurt or whipped coconut cream.