Last updated on February 16th, 2019
Low Carb Chocolate Pancakes
When most people hear the word “pancakes” they think of lazy Sunday brunches. But in my house, pancakes are a regular breakfast staple- which is why I need them to be healthy! Like my daughters favorite pancakes (my high protein yogurt pancakes), these low carb chocolate pancakes are healthy and delicious!
While breakfast is often viewed as the most important meal of the day it’s not often nutritious or even really filling. More often than not, children’s breakfasts are full of processed sugar, poor quality carbohydrates and minimal nutrition.
It’s no wonder that we end up with hyper active kids who can’t focus in school and crash only an hour after eating. Not only are we not giving them the fuel they need to start their day but we’re literally setting them up for failure!
When kids consume sugary breakfasts right after waking it provides them less than optimal fuel for their day. Not only will they be hungry faster but they’ll also feel foggy and have trouble concentrating and learning.
This issue stems not only from our choice of breakfast foods but also from the way breakfast is marketed. For instance, oatmeal is a wonderfully filling, healthy breakfast option.. except the ones in pre made packages are often quick oats (stripping them of their nutrients) and loaded with processed sugars for flavor.
So it’s my personal goal to make our breakfasts as healthy as possible in order to provide our bodies with the fuel they need each and every morning- hence the low carb chocolate pancakes 😀Breakfasts should be about fuel, flavor and simplicity! Low carb, chocolate paleo pancakes are all of these.Click To Tweet
These healthy chocolate pancakes use walnuts (the meal actually) as the base instead of a grain making them low in carbohydrates. I love using nut flours in place of grains (like in these almond pancakes) because they come with so many more health benefits and become naturally gluten free.
Walnuts have been said to be one of the worlds healthiest foods- and they are! They’re a wonderful source of healthy fats, particularly omega three’s.
Omega three fats have been shown to improve brain development (specifically in utero), help ease the pain of arthritis, reduce symptoms of depression and inflammation and improve your heart health. Which means boosting your intake of these fats is a great way to improve your overall health profile- and to get your kids started on their way to school!
Another wonderfully healthy perk of these low carb chocolate pancakes is that they’re chocolate based! And while chocolate doesn’t always seem like the healthiest choice, using pure raw cacao powder is.
Cacao powder has 40 times the antioxidants that blueberries does and is the biggest source of plant based iron. It contains a host of minerals as well and more calcium than cow’s milk. This is always great news to me because it means I can make everything chocolate based and feel great about it! Seriously, I’m obsessed. I use the Organic Traditions brand because I trust it’s quality.. and we go through a lot of cacao!
Lastly, these chocolate pancakes omit processed sugar and instead use maple syrup for added sweetness (and to really bring out the chocolate flavor).
While maple syrup still breaks down into sugar when ingested, having a base of healthy fats and proteins helps slow the release of the sugars. This helps counter the issues of poor focus, energy crashes and hyperactivity from sugar loaded meals.
So while these low carb chocolate pancakes may seem and taste decadent, they’re actually extremely healthy and the perfect way to start the day!
Ingredients In The Low Carb Chocolate Pancakes
- 1 cup ground walnuts
- 1 tablespoon Coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 5 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 5 drops liquid stevia
Note: all of these health boosting ingredients can be purchased through my favorite retailer Well.ca– and the best part is that they offer free shipping!
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How To Make The Low Carb Pancakes
Spray a pan with non stick and heat over medium heat.
In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix.
Add the egg, vanilla and syrup to the dry ingredients. Mix.
Batter should be sticky.
Add in the almond milk and mix until combined and the batter has thinned slightly.
Portion the batter out into three even circles. Cook uncovered for -6 minutes until edges are starting to brown.
Flip and cook another 3-4 minutes until they look mostly done
Turn the pan off and cover. Let sit two minutes to finish cooking.
Makes three pancakes
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Low Carb Chocolate Pancakes
These healthy chocolate pancakes are low in carbohydrates, free from processed sugar and absolutely delicious! They make a wonderful, healthy start to your day and give your kids the fuel and nutrients they need to focus, learn and thrive.