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How to make heart healthy chocolate pancakes and syrup

healthy chocolate pancakes and syrup

This week Dinner easy is featuring a heart healthy breakfast treat with chocolate pancakes and syrup from guest blogger Dr. Janet Brill. Every week we chose a recipe for dinner easy to feature. And this week we are heading to the most important meal of the day, namely Breakfast. Visit Dr. Janet’s  blog for more of her heart healthy recipes and more!

Who says chocolate can’t be healthy? Dr. Janet tells us that you can treat your Valentine with some chocolate pancakes this Valentine’s Day!  Read more about this recipe from Dr. Janet.

make heart healthy chocolate pancakes and syrup


Mix for Chocolate Pancakes:

  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ cup plain unsweetened soymilk (or almond milk)
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Syrup

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 plain unsweetened soymilk (or almond milk)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Optional: Confectioner’s sugar for dusting final product



In a small bowl, whisk together the soy milk and vinegar and let mixture stand for 10 minutes. Mix together in medium size bowl, flour and baking soda and set aside. In another small bowl, combine the cocoa powder and chocolate chips and add ¼ cup of boiling water. Mix chocolate mixture until a smooth consistency (add more boiling water as needed).

Whisk the soy milk mixture into the chocolate mixture. Whisk in the brown sugar, canola oil, and vanilla. Slowly, whisk in the flour mixture. Heat a large greased skillet on medium (lightly with canola oil). Cook pancakes until the pancake batter is not gooey and the both sides of the pancakes are slightly dark brown.

Chocolate Syrup:

In a small pot, whisk together cocoa powder, maple syrup, soy milk, and vanilla over medium until a smooth consistency. Keep the syrup warm until the pancakes are ready to be served with a drizzle of chocolate syrup!

Optional: Dust each pancake with confectioner’s sugar.

* You can use this pancake batter to make waffles as well!

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

Plain cocoa pancake:

Calories: 164 kcal, Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Carbohydrate: 23 g Dietary Fiber: 4g, Protein: 3g, Sodium: 68 mg

Chocolate Syrup (1 Tablespoon):

Calories: 27 kcal, Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Carbohydrate: 7 g Dietary Fiber: 1g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 2 mg



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