Tart yet sweet, plump and juicy, cherries and chocolate pair perfectly—in luscious layered cakes, elegant candies and chewy, chunky cookies. But have you considered the combo for breakfast? Like blueberry pancakes, a cherry-studded stack is an easy way to squeeze in fruit nutrition first thing in the morning. Add a scoop of chocolate whey powder and you get dessert-like flavor plus a powerful protein punch. Serve these drizzled with syrup for a breakfast treat, or have them pre or post workout in place of your usual protein shake.
Black Cherry & Chocolate Protein Pancakes
Makes 10 pancakes
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 cup oat flour
½ cup frozen black (or regular) cherries, chopped
1 tsp. baking powder
¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
¼ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. butter extract
2 Tbsp. chocolate hazelnut spread
(Optional: chocolate chips)
- Combine all ingredients in bowl of stand mixer; mix until smooth.
- Spray frying pan or griddle with non-stick spray. Over medium heat, pour ¼ cup of batter per pancake into pan or onto griddle.
- Let pancakes cook several minutes, then flip to cook other side. (Note: Add additional cherries, if desired, before flipping).