Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes

With Strawberry Compote

Last weekend was real “indoor weather”; it was cold, rainy and miserable. It was also the perfect excuse to make a delicious, warm winter breakfast, so I whipped up some chocolate chip oatmeal pancakes with a warm, gooey strawberry compote. They turned out beautifully and were so yum!

I made crumpets from the remaining batter and kept them in an airtight container. I had them the following day as a mid-afternoon snack with peanut butter and fresh fruit. They are perfect as an on-the-go-snack. You could easily omit the chocolate for a more neutral, healthier choice; or add in some herbs and spices to make them savory.


 

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Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1/2 almond 1/2 dairy)
  • pinch of salt
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBS flaxseed
  • 2 blocks of 80% good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped.
  • 4 almonds roughly chopped

 

Directions

  1. Blend the oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together until you have a flour-like texture.
  2. Add the wet ingredients and blend together making a smooth batter.
  3. Add the roughly chopped nuts and chocolate.
  4. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes to thicken.
  5. Heat a pan to medium heat and wipe a thin coating of coconut oil over it with kitchen paper.
  6. Add about 2-3 tablespoons of batter into the centre of the pan and spread it out evenly into a circle. Make sure you haven’t poured too much batter into the pan otherwise your pancake will be thick and dense.
  7. Cook each side for about one minute, or flip the pancake after you see little bubbles form in pancake.
  8. When it is golden brown remove it from the heat. You can warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds just before serving, or keep them warm in an oven set on low.
  9. Oil the pan again, and repeat.

Serve with strawberry compote and yoghurt, or sprinkle with cinnamon, honey and a squeeze of lemon juice.

 

*Because these are gluten-free and made with oats they do have a different texture to regular pancakes and are a bit more dense, but they are equally delicious and a much healthier option.


 

Strawberry Compote

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  • 1 cup of mixed berries (I used frozen blueberries and strawberries)
  • slice of lemon
  • cinnamon stick
  • tsp honey

 

Directions

On a medium-low heat, mix all the ingredients together. Add a few tablespoons of water and simmer for about 5-7 minutes.

Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary to avoid drying out.

When the fruit has softened and darkened in colour, remove from the heat and place in a separate bowl for serving.

 

Serve with pancakes, plain yoghurt and love!

 

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