Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes

By Rena |

Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes are naturally sweetened with fresh banana and extra delicious topped with chocolate chips. Full of protein and gluten-free, this recipe creates oatmeal pancakes that are fluffy, soft, and rich with cacao and vanilla flavors!

stack of chocolate pancakes with banana, chocolate chips, syrup

Healthy protein oatmeal pancakes are a great way to start the day off with a filling breakfast. Rich chocolate flavors are mixed with oat flour to create pillowy-soft gluten-free oat pancakes that are tasty, indulgent, and perfect for breakfast at home any day of the year!

Flavors from a sweet banana and rich cinnamon shine through these chocolate oatmeal pancakes to make them contain just enough sweetness to satisfy sweet cravings. This recipe is super easy to make within minutes and a great option for meal prep, family breakfast, holidays, and more.

Enjoy these pancakes without chocolate and make fluffy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes or change things up and make Keto Pancakes, Blueberry Protein Pancakes, or even these irresistible Red Velvet Pancakes. There are so many options for healthy breakfast recipes.

Go all out with these chocolate banana oat pancakes are top them with your favorite toppings such as chocolate chips, sliced banana, maple syrup, honey, or other fresh fruit. There are so many ways to enjoy these yummy pancakes.

WHY THESE CHOCOLATE OAT PANCAKES ARE THE BEST

  • Versatile: These pancakes are easily vegan-friendly for those who are vegan! Just soak one tablespoon of flax meal in three tablespoons of water and be sure to use a dairy-free milk.
  • Easy: Ready in minutes, these easy oatmeal pancakes are ideal for whenever you’re wanting a simple and quick breakfast! Mix ingredients in bowls and combine, that’s it!
  • Healthy: This gluten-free recipe is naturally refined sugar-free, easily dairy-free, plant-based, and made with wholesome ingredients that are great for starting the day. These pancakes are rich in protein and fiber!
  • Great for Holidays and Occasions: Create your own pancake bar at home with all types of fluffy pancakes including this recipe. Allow family and friends to dress their own pancakes and top with an array of creative toppings!
  • Family-Friendly: This recipe is a great kid-friendly option and satisfying for all ages. The kids will love the sweet chocolate flavors of these oat pancakes and will love topping them with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, etc.
  • Perfect for Meal Prep: Stay ahead and prep breakfast ahead of time with easy pancakes. Just cook, cool, and store the pancakes in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy!
one stack of oatmeal pancakes with chocolate chips and banana

INGREDIENTS FOR HEALTHY CHOCOLATE BANANA PANCAKES

This is a list that features the easy ingredients that are in this protein oat pancake recipe! For a list of the full measurements, be sure to scroll down to the recipe card.

  • Banana– One ripe and spotty banana is used to give these oatmeal pancakes plenty of moisture and sweet flavors. The riper the banana the better to be sure to use up any older bananas you have.
  • Egg– You use one large egg to keep everything together to use flax eggs instead for an egg-free version.
  • Vanilla Extract– Pure vanilla extract gives these pancakes all of the extra flavors they need.
  • Cinnamon– Ground cinnamon creates a delicious combination with the chocolate and gives these pancakes a little spice filled with tasty fragrances.
  • Milk– Use any kind of milk for this recipe such as dairy, oat, almond, cashew, etc.
  • Oat Flour– Make your own oat flour at home in a blender or food processor or use your favorite gluten-free oat flour from the store. Oat flour creates pancakes that are made without gluten but still super fluffy.
  • Cacao– Rich cacao powder is a great option for chocolate or you can use cocoa powder. Both can be found in the baking aisles of most grocery stores.
  • Baking Powder– Just a little bit of baking powder is used to make sure these pancakes rise.
  • Spray Oil– I like to use coconut oil spray while cooking pancakes but feel free to use any vegetable cooking spray.

Optional Toppings

Top the pancakes with nuts, whipped cream, nut butter, fresh fruit, maple syrup, or any other favorite pancake topping.

flour, cinnamon, cocoa powder, banana, egg, milk, baking powder, vanilla

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE OATMEAL PROTEIN PANCAKES from scratch

  • Mix banana: First, in a bowl, mix together the soft banana with the egg, vanilla extract, cinnamon powder, and choice of milk. Set aside.
  • Stir dry ingredients: Next, stir in the the oat flour, cocoa or cacao powder, and baking powder. Mix with a spoon until all of the ingredients are just combined.
  • Cook the pancakes: Spray a large pan with cooking spray and warm over medium-low heat. With a measuring cup, scoop ⅓ cup of the pancake batter and transfer to to the heated pan or griddle. Cook the pancakes until bubbles appear on top, then flip.
  • Continue to cook: Continue to cook the flipped pancakes for one to two more minutes and remove them from the heat once cooked. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  • Serve: Serve the pancakes warm with your toppings of choice and enjoy!
one bowl with egg, flour for pancakes
bowl with egg, flour, and milk for pancakes

RECIPES NOTES, TIPS, AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • For sweeter pancakes, add honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar to the pancake batter.
  • You can use either a griddle or large pan for cooking the pancakes.
  • Store the leftover pancakes in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • To freeze the pancakes, allow them to cool after to cooking, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag. Freeze for four months. Allow the pancakes to thaw in the microwave or refrigerator when ready to reheat.
  • Add nutmeg for extra flavors.
  • Feel free to add some Greek yogurt for extra protein and soft pancakes.
  • For extra protein, add a scoop of protein powder.
  • Alternatively, mix all of the ingredients in a food processor.
one stack of chocolate oat pancakes with banana and syrup

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I make perfect oatmeal pancakes?

To make the perfect chocolate oatmeal pancakes, be sure not to overmix the batter, use the correct measurements, and be sure the griddle or pan is fully heated before cooking the batter.

Can pancakes be healthy?

Yes! If you’re making pancakes from scratch, then you can do all types of things to make sure the pancakes stay healthy. This recipe is filled with protein, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free and is just one of many options for healthy pancakes!

What can you use instead of baking powder?

If you need to use something else other than baking powder, then you can try a cream of tartar in its place.

side shot of stacks of chocolate pancakes topped with bananas syrup and chocolate chips

MORE HEALTHY BREAKFAST RECIPES YOU WILL ENJOY

Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats

Chocolate Overnight Oats

Keto Waffles

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side shot of stacks of chocolate pancakes topped with bananas syrup and chocolate chips

Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes

Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes are naturally sweetened with fresh banana and extra delicious topped with chocolate chips. Full of protein and gluten-free, this recipe creates oatmeal pancakes that are fluffy, soft, and rich with cacao and vanilla flavors!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 banana large, spotted, and mashed
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder unsweetened; cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • cooking spray coconut oil

Optional Toppings

  • chocolate chips
  • banana slices
  • maple syrup
  • honey
  • nuts
  • whipped cream

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the mashed banana with the egg, vanilla extract, cinnamon powder, and milk.
  • Stir in the oat flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
  • Spray a pancake pan with coconut oil cooking spray and pour 1/3 cup of batter. Cook for 2 minutes, or until bubbles appear, then flip.
  • Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve the chocolate oatmeal pancakes with a topping of choice.

Notes

Tips
  • For sweeter pancakes, add honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar to the pancake batter.
  • You can use either a griddle or a large pan for cooking the pancakes.
  • Store the leftover pancakes in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • To freeze the pancakes, allow them to cool after to cooking, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag. Freeze for four months. Allow the pancakes to thaw in the microwave or refrigerator when ready to reheat.
  • Add nutmeg for extra flavors.
  • Feel free to add some Greek yogurt for extra protein and soft pancakes.
  • For extra protein, add a scoop of protein powder.
  • Alternatively, mix all of the ingredients in a food processor.

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg
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