Are you a runner who loves chocolate? If so, these chocolate pancakes taste amazing. They have the right amount of chocolate without being too sweet or rich. And each serving provides 41 grams of carbohydrates and 12 grams of protein, making them a great choice for runners.
I love pancakes after a long run. I have made this recipe several times now. Instead of using chocolate chips like many traditional chocolate pancake recipes, this recipe uses unsweetened cocoa powder to give it its chocolatey taste. If chocolate isn’t your thing, you may want to try my protein-packed, healthy banana pancake recipe as an alternative.
One thing I had to buy, which wasn’t something my wife and I usually stocked, was coconut sugar and vanilla sugar. Coconut sugar has a slight caramel flavor and is both Paleo and Vegan friendly. Vanilla sugar is made from pure cane sugar and infused with vanilla powder giving it its slight vanilla taste.
You can substitute regular table sugar, but coconut and vanilla sugar will give a slightly more flavorful pancake with hints of vanilla and caramel in addition to the chocolate.
These pancakes are light and fluffy. If the batter comes out a little heavy, simply add a small amount of water or milk, but usually, this is not the case if you measure the ingredients appropriately.Print
1 cup (250g) Greek yogurt, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla sugar
1 tbsp. coconut sugar
1 ⅓ cup (170g) all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. coconut oil
toppings of choice
In a bowl, whisk the yogurt with the eggs, vanilla sugar and coconut sugar. In a second bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until the ingredients are combined.
Preheat a frying pan over low heat, brush it with some oil and place 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake. Fry over low heat until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook again for about 3 minutes.
Serve with your favorite toppings (not included in the nutrition information).
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: breakfast
- Serving Size: 4
- Calories: 279
- Fat: 7 grams
- Carbohydrates: 41 grams
- Fiber: 7 grams
- Protein: 12 grams
Keywords: chocolate, pancakes, healthy, runner-friendly, recipes for runners, high-protein pancakes
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Steve Carmichael is a running coach, sports performance coach, nutrition coach and has been a recreational runner for over 18 years. Steve holds multiple certifications as a certified running coach through the RRCA and USA Track and Field as well as he is a NASM certified personal trainer, and PN1-L1 certified nutrition coach.
Steve has been coaching since 2010 and has helped thousands of runners online and in the Central Ohio area maximize performance and run injury-free.