Banana and Dark Chocolate Pancakes

HEALTHY AND HAPPY IS HOW THIS REAL FOOD MEAL MAKES ME FEEL!!

These delicious pancakes are a comfort food for me that brings a smile to my face. It seems like indulging in dessert for breakfast, but the ingredients are Real Foods, even a little whipped cream, and I feel good after eating them. The whole grains and potassium rich bananas are a great way to start the day.

Being sensitive to certain foods and the white flour and large amounts of white sugar that can usually be found in pancakes, I normally avoid them. With this healthy version though, I don’t feel I have to deprive myself at all!

I love a little whipped cream and don’t mind enjoying an occasional dollop, as well as the antioxidant loaded dark chocolate. Moderation is the key. Make sure the heavy whipping cream has only one ingredient. That would be cream and nothing else.

WITH OR WITHOUT THE WHIPPED CREAM

If you don’t care for whipped cream, try the pancakes without an additional topping or use a little maple syrup instead.

THE SATISFYING HEALTHY INGREDIENTS

Start with a medium bowl, whisk an egg slightly and then add buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla. Whisk until everything is combined.

In a separate bowl, add the whole wheat flour, oat flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients until they are light and evenly combined. I prefer whisking to sifting, but you can sift if you like.

Note: Organic Cane Sugar is much less processed than granulated sugar and retains a lot of its nutrients. Being organic, damaging pesticides are also eliminated.

Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir together gently until just combined. Be very careful not to over mix, to help keep the pancakes tender.

Heat a lightly greased pan or griddle on medium low heat. Do not let the pan get too hot or the cake won’t be able to cook thoroughly before it starts to burn. I like to use coconut oil to grease the pan, but you can use butter if you would rather. With a small measuring cup, spoon the batter onto the well heated pan.

Drop pieces of chopped banana onto the cooking pancake. Make sure the pieces of banana are not too thick or they’ll burn when you turn the pancake.

When the pancake is brown flip it over and cook until it’s brown on the second side. Then as the second side cooks, drop a handful of chocolate chips and a few more pieces of banana onto the top of the pancake. The chocolate chips will start to melt. When the second side is brown, move it to a plate and, the best part, top the pancake with a dollop of whipped cream.

Then serve and enjoy! These are one of my family’s favorite.

To make the whipped cream, add a little vanilla and a very small amount of sugar to some heavy cream and whip it with a hand mixer. HERE is the recipe.

The whole wheat flour and the whole grain oat flour are both good sources of fiber. It is said that fiber is the foundation to a healthy diet, so enjoy these healthy pancakes soon.

For additional information on the health benefits of whole wheat, visit the world’s healthiest foods website.

Banana and Dark Chocolate Pancakes

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    Prep Time: 15 Minutes     Cook Time: 20 Minutes     Yield: 4 Servings


    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup Buttermilk (Ingredients Should be Cultured Milk and Salt Only)
    • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
    • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted and Cooled
    • 1 Large Egg, Room Temperature
    • 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (100% Whole Grain)
    • 1/2 Cup Whole Grain Oat Flour
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
    • 2 Tablespoons Organic Cane Sugar (Or Granulated Sugar)
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon (I Used Organic Ceylon Cinnamon)
    • 2 Bananas Chopped (Not too Ripe and Not too Green)
    • 1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (Check the Ingredient List for Unwanted Additives)

    Preparation 

    1. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg slightly and then add the buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
    2. In a separate bowl add the whole wheat flour, oat flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk until combined.
    3. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir together gently until just combined. Don’t over mix.
    4. Heat a lightly greased pan or griddle on medium low heat. I use coconut oil to grease the pan.
    5. Pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter into the well heated pan.
    6. Drop pieces of chopped banana onto the cooking pancake. Make sure the pieces of banana are not too thick.
    7. When the pancake is browned flip it over and cook until browned on the second side.
    8. As the second side cooks, drop a handful of chocolate chips and a few more pieces of banana onto the top of the pancake.
    9. When the second side is brown, remove it to a plate, top the pancake with a dollop of whipped cream and serve.

    Whipped Cream 

    Add a little vanilla and a very small amount of sugar to the heavy whipping cream and whip it with a hand mixer.

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