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Oatmeal Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

I am all kinds of messed up today: I made my recipe for Meatless Monday on Saturday and now I’m posting it on a Tuesday! Better late than never, I suppose ūüėČ

I woke up on Saturday morning really craving pancakes. But since I’ve started reading Wheat Belly, I’ve been trying to cut back on the wheat (ie flour). I’m doing a pretty good job, but there are some things that I just haven’t been able to commit to yet–like beer and the small amounts of wheat that are found in salad dressings and sauces, for instance. (My¬†appreciation¬†and awe goes out to those who are completely wheat- or gluten-free by choice and¬†especially to those who have wheat or gluten allergies.)

Luckily, I had seen a recipe somewhere that made pancakes with oats and my morning was saved! (Side note: oats are not always gluten-free, but they are wheat-free) I took to the internet immediately and managed to find a recipe that included ingredients I already had in my house. Hooray!


I used this recipe from tastykitchen.com which calls for:

  • 2 ripe bananas, cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (I was somehow out of baking powder, so I used a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda instead)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (which I left out at request of the Boy, and it tasted just fine!)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (I have no idea how much I used–I just sprinkled them on top and stopped when I thought I had enough ;-))

The recipe is very simple. First, you blend the banana and almond milk.


It smelled and looked so good! It was really hard to not abandon this project and just make a smoothie, but it was definitely worth the waiting ūüôā

Next, blend the oats and baking powder (or soda) and salt (or not) until it’s all combined. I left mine a bit chunkier than the original recipe.


Let it sit for a minute or two so it thickens up, and then you’re ready to start cooking! Spoon some batter onto a hot griddle that’s been greased and wait for those air bubbles to start popping!


Sprinkle those chocolate chips on and get to flippin’! I somehow accidentally deleted the only picture I had of my finished product ūüė¶ But it’s probably better this way because I am not good at the flipping¬†aspects¬†of cooking–pancakes, omelettes, you name it. No good!

Anyway, these pancakes were FANTASTIC! I have to say though as a warning, they did not taste like typical pancakes. They were not light and airy and they did not taste like plain pancakes. As you could imagine–given the ingredients–they tasted like banana bread. But they tasted like the best banana bread you could ever have!¬†They were absolutely¬†delicious! They were dense (but not heavy) and moist and so so flavor full! The added chocolate made it feel like a decadent splurge.

I personally felt that they didn’t need any kind of topping, but the Boy liked his with maple syrup and the website suggested peanut butter, which I think would be SO good as well! I guess I just wasn’t ready for that much awesome all at once ūüėČ Now all I have to do is figure out a way to reheat pancakes effectively so that I can make huge batches at once for weekdays! Any suggestions?

Happy Meatless Monday Tuesday!



My Meatless Monday [recipe]

I am not a vegetarian, but I do enjoy vegetarian meals. At least once or twice a week, I’ll go¬†through¬†my entire day and then think to myself, “Huh. I didn’t eat any meat today.” While this is all well and good, I don’t really¬†consciously¬†try to eat vegetarian for an entire day. So, I decided to commit to the Meatless Monday ideal that has caught on as of late.

Meatless Monday is a campaign that encourages people to live a meat-free lifestyle for one day a week. While meat can be very healthy for us and our bodies, at times, we can consume too much. By participating in Meatless Monday, we can cut down on the impact consuming meat has on our bodies and the rest of the planet. (Check out their website for more of the health and eco-friendly benefits and for vegetarian recipes to try.)

So, for my first My Meatless Monday post, I am going to share with you a breakfast recipe that I have been obsessed with for weeks now.¬†It’s called Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal and it is so so so good! And the best part is, you can make it quickly and easily and transport it¬†just¬†as well, too.

Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal (adapted slightly from The Fitnessista)

You’ll need:


  • 1/3 Cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp nut butter (I love almond butter, and as The Fitnessista says, the drippy kind works best for this)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (I used chocolate)
  • A few drops of vanilla
  • Milk (I like vanilla unsweetened almond milk)
  • Any other toppings you want to use

Combine oats, protein powder, nut butter, and vanilla into a bowl.


Then, give it a nice stir until it starts to clump up, like this:


Add your milk and other toppings and enjoy!

If you’re like me and always find yourself with less time than you planned in the morning, you can take it to go and add your milk later! I have a half-gallon of almond milk in the fridge at my work that I save for these¬†occasions¬†ūüôā (That’s my snack and lunch included in the picture below. I love hearty soups in the winter, and this lentil and vegetable soup is great! So tasty, warming, and¬†satisfying!)


It’s a big joke at my office that I always have a snack stash hidden in my drawers somewhere. I always have a bag of nuts, dried fruit, granola bars, graham crackers, candy… any kind of snack you can imagine! So, today for my cereal I added dried bing cherries that I had on hand.


So yummy and very filling! You can add anything in here you’d like. I often eat it with no toppings at all, it’s still just as good! Although, my favorite topping is fresh blueberries, but I gobbled those up before I even thought about the fact that they’d be absent from this post ūüė¶ WOMP womp! I highly suggest it.



With some green tea, this was an awesome breakfast to cap off a productive early morning. I started this morning bright and early with Elise Lorimer’s Fun Flow routine I did during Day 13 of my 21-Day Yoga Challenge. I know I said I can’t wait to try new routines after the challenge, but I just love that video! And it was exactly what I needed on this dreary Monday morning–very energizing! Speaking of, what is with this Midwest weather?! Single digits and even negatives last week and 40-50 and rainy this week?! Guh! I am counting the days till spring and summer…

Enjoy your Monday!