Chocolate Almond Butter Pancakes

Chocolate Almond Butter Pancakes

Did you just start to salivate? Yeah, me too! Well, sometimes the best recipes come from what you have in the house, instead of what the recipe calls for. What was originally a non-vegan (but delicious looking) chocolate peanut butter pancake recipe, turned into these VEGAN, heaven on earth, shouldn’t even be called breakfast, I can’t even believe they’re healthy….pancakes.

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Ingredients:

(1 Serving)

DRY:

  • 1/4 cup oat flour (Don’t have it? No problem. Take 1/4 cup plain oats and put them in a blender until it looks like flour. Done!)
  • 1tbsp coconut sugar (I use this for its low-glycemic effect, but you can use a no-calorie sweetener if you like)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

WET:

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened flaxmilk (or whatever vegan milk you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter, melted
  • 1 flax egg : Add 3 tbsp ground flaxseed to 1tbsp warm water and let sit for 5 minutes before adding to the batter

TOPPINGS:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 5 pecans, in pieces (or walnuts, or almonds, or whatever you prefer)
  • Peanut butter sauce: 1 tbsp powdered peanut butter & 1/2 tbsp unsweetened flaxmilk
  • Chocolate sauce: 1 tbsp dark chocolate, 1/2 tsp coconut oil

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Instructions:

Mix the dry & wet ingredients separately and slowly whisk the wet into the dry. Keep the stove at medium or medium-low heat. Make the pancakes whatever size you fancy and top with all that delicious sauce! No syrup necessary here!

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Nutritional Facts:

Just the cakes:

Calories: 328

Carbs: 42g

Protein: 12g

Fat: 16g

With the banana & sauces:

Calories: 481

Carbs: 64g

Protein: 15 g

Fat: 24g

These pancakes contain 15g of fiber, are high in potassium, vitamin C, iron & omega-3’s!!!!! Remember, 50% of that fat you’re worrying about are poly and monounsaturated fats–the good stuff) The high carb and fat content of these pancakes make them a PERFECT pre-workout breakfast before a lifting/or cardio session. The body will utilize the glucose from the carbohydrates first, to get you going, and it will utilize the fat later in the workout, to KEEP you going once you’ve utilized your muscles immediate glycogen stores.

With all of that said, these pancakes would not be as beneficial post-workout, due to their low-ish protein content. Post-workout, your body needs about a 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein for nutrient replacement, and even more protein if you’re trying to gain muscle…but not as much fat.

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*This recipe was adapted from a chocolate peanut butter pancake recipe from the lovely Sammy at withpeanutbutterontop.blogspot.com

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