Easy Chocolate Pancakes

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I made these pancakes several times this week and last week. There’s no added sugar (okay technically I add chocolate chips to my own, BUT the baby’s version doesn’t have added sugar). There is cocoa powder, which means there’s a tiny bit of caffeine. Read this post I wrote yesterday about caffeine!

In today’s recipe, it calls for 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. It makes 6 small pancakes. According to Hershey, 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder has 8.4 mg of caffeine. Divide that by 6, and each small pancake contains about 1.4 mg of caffeine. My son ate just under 1 pancake, so it’s no concern to me!

So… onto the recipe!

It’s SO EASY.

First, the cast of characters: You’ll need 1 banana, 1 egg, and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. You’ll also need a little butter for the skillet (or cooking spray, if that’s what you prefer). I also added some chocolate chips to my own. You know what would be great?? Peanut butter chips. Oh my. I may have to go find some.

Oh, wait! Maybe I could put tiny pinches of peanut butter into each pancake as they are cooking! 

Onward! Tomorrow, I will try this. Mmmmm.

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Next put all of that into a blender and blend it for a minute, until it’s nice and smooth.

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By the way, when we move (in a week or so), we are getting a food processor. I’m soooo excited.

Okay, next you’ll heat a bit of butter (I use about half a tablespoon) on low heat. If it’s too hot, then the pancake gets dark on the outside and stays too soft inside. Wait until the pan is hot and then pour your mixture on. I made two small and two large. The small ones were plain, and I added chocolate chips to the large ones.

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I made a bit of a mistake this time around….I had the pan on the lowest possible setting instead of the next one up, like I normally do. So they took forever, and they didn’t look all that pretty. But they tasted great, and they look… acceptable. With a little brightening of the image, you almost can’t tell! *wink*

Here is your printable recipe, if you’d like it:

Easy Chocolate Pancakes
Yields 6
A flour-free, easy chocolate pancake that uses just 3 ingredients.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 banana
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. butter, to heat in the pan
Instructions
  1. Blend the banana, egg, and cocoa.
  2. Heat a skillet on low with a little bit of butter.
  3. Pour the mixture into 6 small pancakes (or you can make 2 big and 2 small).
  4. Flip once after 3-4 minutes.
Notes
  1. You can add chocolate chips to the "grownup" version!
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