Triple Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Breakfast for dinner happens (at least) once or twice a month in my house (more if Hubs is out of town).

Since I finally successfully made chocolate waffles, I decided to try my hand at chocolate pancakes.  Then, I thought, I make chocolate protein muffins all the time – why not try for chocolate protein packed pancakes.  Challenge accepted.

I adapted my multigrain pancake recipe adding protein powder, three types of chocolate (ovaltine, cocoa powder, & chocolate chips) plus peanut butter and banana (for sweetness).

The pancakes were absolutely perfect.  They satisfied the chocoholic in all of us and I was happy with the hidden protein and fruit!  Win-win!

Triple Chocolate Protein Pancakes

½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup all purpose flour
¼ cup cornmeal
¼ cup old fashioned oats
2 tbsp ground flax
2 tbsp unsweetened protein powder
2 tbsp Ovaltine
2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 egg
1 ¼ cups lowfat milk or buttermilk
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Syrup or whipped cream, to top
Fresh fruit, for serving

Preheat a skillet to medium (350) and grease with butter.

In a large bowl whisk together the flours, cornmeal, oats, flax, protein powder, ovaltine, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the honey, butter, and peanut butter.  Add in the egg and banana, and whisk to combine.  Last, whisk in the milk.

Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined.  Stir in the mini chocolate chips.

Scoop 3-4 tablespoons of batter onto the hot skillet.  Once bubbles form on top, flip the pancakes and continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Serve stacks of pancakes topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Serves 3


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