I had the strangest experience a while ago, I was tucked up in my bedroom studying for my final exam when I could swear I smelt chocolate cooking. That didn’t leave my thoughts all afternoon. When I finally emerged from my study den to find something chocolatey to satisfy that thought occupying my mind I discovered the horrible truth.
That beautiful chocolate smell that had filled my mind?
It’s fair to say I was horrified at the betrayal from my brain and senses, which probably fuelled my need to find something to put some chocolate into and call it a meal. (It’s study time, anything goes around here!)
I had some bananas ripening (err, over-ripening) that needed using so I decided why not make my three ingredient pancakes… with chocolate! I added a tiny amount of cacao powder to the batter which not only gave them a gorgeous colour but also rounded out the sweetness that was previously just from the banana. Since then I’ve upped the cacao to make them proper chocolate-banana pancakes! If you’re watching your calorie intake by all means leave out the cacao.
“Funny side-note, I call these three-ingredient because they’re made with only eggs, banana, and oats (plus a little salt and cinnamon). When my friend asked what the three ingredients were, I could only remember the eggs and bananas! He assumed my missing ingredient was “love” which is just adorable! Make sure there’s always love in your cooking.“
It’s pretty safe to say I’ll now stick with my new and improved four ingredient pancakes, the cacao (and love) really gives them something special. The best part is that these don’t needed drowning out in syrups because they’re already naturally sweet. Simply add a piece of bacon, fresh berries, heated frozen berries, fresh banana slices, cacao nibs, or whatever your heart desires, and enjoy.
Extra bonus: these pancakes are actually really good for you, with only banana, eggs, and a small amount of oats, they’re a natural and tasty source of protein to keep you powering through the morning, while the bananas provide some natural sweetness and the nutrients we’re all after, especially at breakfast. Plus the oats are a great complex carb to start your day with, are high in protein, and add to the fiber you’re getting from that banana too. Not to mention cacao is an excellent source of antioxidants. What a treat!
Unlike the usual 2-ingredient banana egg pancakes that are all over pinterest, I add a small amount of rolled oats to mine and blend it all together to give them a proper pancake consistency and make them 64 billion times easier to flip. Trust me, if you’ve had epic fails like me with the OG recipe when you accidentally end up with a weird scrambled egg-banana mess, this will solve your worries! Plus the texture is way better too!
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- Pinch of salt
- Dash of cinnamon
- Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.
- Heat some butter, ghee, or neutral oil in a frying pan over low heat.
- Pour pancake sized amounts of batter into the pan (it'll take a few batches) and cook 1-2 minutes on each side. You know they're ready to flip when they have some small bubbles, the edges look set, and the texture of the top changes from a glossy appearance to more velvety.
- Continue with the rest of the mixture in batches until they're all cooked.
- Serve with your favourite toppings.
Give them a shot and let me know what you think below!