Dessert-for-Breakfast Chocolate Pancakes

A sweet breakfast is often the norm – think sugary cereal, pop-tarts, donuts, granola bars. But these highly processed and sugar-filled foods give blood sugar levels a roller-coaster ride that often sets the stage for the rest of the day. It can be a never-ending cycle: eat highly processed, sugary foods -> big blood sugar spike -> big blood sugar drop -> crave more sugar.



The good news: to prevent this, we don’t have to drop the sweetness at breakfast! These chocolate pancakes satisfy the need for something sweet yet are full of whole, plant-based ingredients.

Whole grains (oats in this case), flaxseed, cacao and banana offer fiber that will prevent a big blood sugar spike. A typical serving is 3-4 pancakes – so there’s 11-14 grams of fiber in just 1 serving! Toppings such as peanut butter and sliced fruit make these even more filling!

Beyond fiber, cacao has other benefits – even outside of making these pancakes taste amazing! Specifically, cacao is a powerhouse when it comes to antioxidants. Cacao powder is raw (unlike roasted and more processed cocoa powder) and therefore doesn’t lose a bunch of nutrients in processing. Cacao nibs are simply chopped up cacao beans. This is vastly different than chocolate chips that have a little bit of cacao and a ton of add sugar and fat.

Leftover pancakes keep for up to 1 week in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Simply heat for 20 seconds in the microwave and cover with your favorite toppings for a quick breakfast. Or – if you’re running late – grab a couple on the way out the door and eat with your hands. I can say from experience, they’re still delicious!

Dessert-for-Breakfast Chocolate Pancakes

Chocolatey, fluffy and sweet whole grain pancakes made with oats and free of sugar. Best topped with peanut butter and sliced fruit.
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, pancakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 98kcal



  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 2 T cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 T ground flax
  • 1/2 medium banana, mashed with a fork
  • 1 T cacao nibs (or dairy-free chocolate chips)


  • peanut butter, no sugar added
  • sliced banana
  • sliced strawberries
  • cacao nibs (or dairy-free chocolate chips)
  • pure maple syrup


  • Combine almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a medium mixing bowl. 
  • Add oats to a food processor and process for 20 seconds. 
  • Add baking powder, cacao and flax to food processor and pulse 2-3 times to combine.
  • Add oats mixture, mashed banana and cacao nibs to milk and vinegar mixture and stir to combine, avoid over-stirring. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes. 
  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat and lightly rub with oil to prevent sticking. 
  • Once heated, scoop batter onto skillet using a 1/4 cup measuring cup. Since the batter is fairly thick, you may need to use a spoon to push it out into a small circle. Let cook until bubbles form (3-4 minutes), flip and allow other side to cook (2-3 minutes). 
  • Serve with toppings of choice. We recommend a thin layer of peanut butter and sliced fruit. 


One batch will make 7, 1/4 cup pancakes. Calories are per pancake. 


Calories: 98kcal
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