Chocolate Oat Pancakes - The Magical Words that will make any Wednesday Morning Feel like a Sunday
Does this sound familiar?
Your alarm goes off but you keep snoozing since your bed is far too cozy to even consider getting up. Then, after you lay there for an extra 20 minutes, you jolt up when you realize that you are running late. No time for a shower (deodorant and perfume will do just fine) or breakfast (cause NO TIME). You grab your keys, bag, and phone while rushing out the door to get into your car. On your way to work, you curse the person who invented the far-too-tempting snooze button while you battle the morning rush.
You have now started your day with stress and on an empty stomach. You’ve been there? Yeah, same.
But I have a solution for you. What if I told you that your weekday mornings could feel like a small slice of Sunday brunch heaven? That you would be so excited to start your day that you would jump out of bed the first time your alarm goes off?
Well, I’ve got three words for you: chocolate oat pancakes. Yes, ya heard me! And you might be thinking “ehm, Christina, do I look like I have time to make pancakes on a weekday? I barely have time to put pants on.” While we all have those mornings where we run late, I want to show you my trick to never needing to forgo breakfast again.
Let’s get you on the MEAL PREP train! Preparing a few simple dishes ahead of time (like cooking a pot of brown rice or oven roasted veggies) has saved me from eating the less healthier option or skipping meals entirely.
Personally, I do not diligently prepare all my meals for the week. I have tried that in the past and it doesn’t work for me. But, I do like to pre-cook a few items in bulk (like those I mentioned earlier) at the beginning of the week and it has made mealtimes a lot easier. One of these are my chocolate oat pancakes (I am drooling just thinking about them). The recipe has very simple ingredients and is made in the blender (minimal dishes to clean!). You can double or triple the quantities and reheat them over the next few days. They hold up really well and are easy to take with you if you need to eat on the go.
Chocolate Oat Pancakes
1 ½ cups oats
1 scoop of Sunwarrior chocolate plant-based protein powder (seriously my favorite protein powder ever)
2 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp cacao
2 cups water or your favorite nut milk (I use almond)
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp baking soda
Blend the oats in a high-speed blender until powdery
Add the protein powder, ground flax seed, cacao, milk, vanilla, and baking soda
Blend well (add more liquid if too thick)
Cook in a large non-stick pan on medium heat, flipping once the surface is bubbly (3-4 min).
Top with bananas, berries, almond butter, and maple syrup or coconut nectar.
Store the extra pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave or in a pan on the stove.
Whenever I have batch already made and I know that they are waiting for me in the fridge, I cannot help but get excited. I mean, who doesn’t like to eat something that has the word “cake” in the name AND that you can cover in maple syrup! The best part of this recipe is that the pancakes are made from simple ingredients without any processed sweeteners so your blood sugar will remain stable and you’ll be full until lunch. Just go easy on the syrup.
Do you share my love of pancakes? Especially those that you can easily reheat and that didn’t come from a box? Best morning ever! Let me know what’s your favorite breakfast dish.
I can’t wait to hear from you!