These Chocolate Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes taste totally indulgent, yet are actually super healthy and guilt-free! You'll never know that these pancakes are packed with protein and fiber, while boasting both a low carb and low sugar content. Perfect for fall breakfasts, or any time of year!
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Ladies and gents, I bring you the first ever pancake recipe here on R+R!
I didn't use to be a big breakfast person, but sometimes, nothing hits the spot on a weekend morning like homemade pancakes. My go-to is blueberry pancakes with bacon and super runny fried eggs, all eaten together. But sometimes, like when it turns to Fall and all I want is pumpkin everything, it's time to mix it up.
The thing is, typical pancake recipes are made with refined white flour and sugar, toting about zero health benefits.
These paleo pancakes not only deliver that rich and satisfying pumpkin flavor that so epitomizes fall (plus a boost of rich chocolate!), but they're packed with clean ingredients and nutrients! No, it's not too good to be true. It's real life, and it's a crazy easy recipe.
Lemme show you how it's done.
Health Benefits of Chocolate Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes
While traditional pancakes get a little protein from eggs, I decided to boost the nutritional value and take the protein content of these paleo pancakes up a notch with Health Warrior's Superfood Protein Powder.
This product just hit the shelves like yesterday and I was so stoked to see the clean, plant-based ingredient list. The protein is sourced from real foods like pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds, whereas many protein powders on the market use grains.
While I'm not personally paleo or keto or vegan, and I don't avoid grains or carbs, I do try to reduce my intake and mostly avoid gluten, refined grains and refined sugars, especially when I'm eating at home. Not only are Health Warrior's Superfood Protein Powders free of all these ingredients, they're actually free of added sugar and have only two grams of naturally-occurring sugar per serving!
This is pretty remarkable and means that this protein supplement won't spike your blood sugar, unlike some other protein powders out there.
So how is it sweetened? With monk fruit, a natural, zero glycemic sweetener that actually has a myriad of health benefits, including its ability to fight free radicals, lower risk of obesity and diabetes, act an an anti-inflammatory and coolant, help treat and prevent cancer, combat infections, fight fatigue, naturally treat diabetes, and work as a natural antihistamine. (source)
Plus, Health Warrior's protein powder has 1 Billion CFU of probiotics and prebiotics (from the chia & flax), which is important for nourishing our microbiome with good bacteria. They're also an excellent source of fiber, which is another key to supporting healthy digestion. Yay for gut health!
Health Warrior's Superfood Protein Powders come in both chocolate and vanilla flavors (I clearly used chocolate in this recipe, but I bet the vanilla would be super tasty too!). You can get them at Thrive Market or order direct on Health Warrior's website, where you'll get 20% off your order with the code rootandrevel20!
What are the other key ingredients in this recipe?
We've got organic and pasture-raised eggs, which not only add to the protein count, but are jam-packed with nutrients. Did you know that pasture-raised eggs have more nutrients like 2/3 more Vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more Vitamin E and 7 times more beta carotene than conventional eggs?! (source)
For the flour, I opted for grain-free, sweet coconut flour, along with some ground flaxseeds for binding and added a big ole' fiber boost.
For the sweetness, I found not much was needed since the monk fruit in Heath Warrior's protein powder does a great job, so simply added one ripe banana to the batch. If you've never used ripe bananas to sweeten recipes before, you are missing out! It's such a natural and delicious way to use real food, and you truly don't need to add any other sweeteners.
Finally, we can't forget the star of the show: pumpkin! What's so great about this simultaneously sweet yet savory ingredient that now has a cult-like following?
The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C content in pumpkin are key for heart health, plus pumpkin is one of the best-known sources of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that gives orange vegetables and fruits their vibrant color and is converted to vitamin A in the body.
Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against asthma and heart disease, and delay aging and body degeneration. (source) Woohoo–more pumpkin, please!
Do you love pumpkin like me? Check out more of our favorite pumpkin recipes!
- Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
- No Bake Energy Bites: Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls (Gluten-Free)
- Easy Pumpkin Bolognese Pasta Sauce with Mushrooms (Gluten-Free)
- Superfood Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie (Vegan)
- Pumpkin Pie Ketogenic Fat Bombs (Paleo)
This recipe is seriously easy. Just mix everything together and fry 'em up on your griddle or cast iron pan. You can even make a big batch and eat them all week long, or freeze them for later. They make an ideal grab and go breakfast!
I hope you love these paleo pancakes that are bursting with nutrients, protein and clean ingredients, all while being low in sugar and carbs. What a perfect combo!
If you try this recipe for Chocolate Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes, be sure to share a photo and tag me @rootandrevel on social media–I’d LOVE to see how it turned out for you!
Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon Health Warrior's chocolate protein powder
- 2 tablespoon coconut flour
- 2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- pinch salt
- Coconut oil spray to grease pan
- Optional: serve with organic maple syrup and top with crushed Health Warrior pumpkin seed bars and/or banana slices and organic, grass-fed butter
- Whisk wet ingredients together in a large glass bowl; whisk in dry ingredients until smooth.
- Spray hot skillet with coconut oil, but keep heat level to medium low to avoid burning pancakes on the outside. Add batter to make pancakes of your desired size. When a few bubbles appear, flip the pancakes once to finish cooking (about 2-3 minutes per side). Repeat until all batter is gone.
- Optional: Garnish with a pat of hot butter, a drizzle of maple syrup and/or crushed Health Warrior pumpkin seed bars and/or banana slices.
Note: nutrition panel does not account for optional toppings.
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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