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Chocolate Chip Strawberry Pancakes

I love pancakes, but very rarely do I find a cafe in Sydney that doesn’t smother them in syrup, or bacon, or both. So of course, I made my own – gluten and sugar free, of course. What better combination than the sweetness of fresh strawberries against earthy chocolate to start the day?

Thats right…I eat chocolate for breakfast.






  • 4 tablespoons rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Natvia (stevia) or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 free-range egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 4 large strawberries, hulled & quartered
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (for cooking)


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon coconut nectar / honey or  ½ teaspoon Natvia
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder


  1. In a blender, combine oats, baking powder, sweetner of choice, yogurt, egg, vanilla and milk until smooth.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a shallow frying pan, and pour in 1/6 of the batter.
  3. Immediately sprinkle over cacao nibs, and flip when edges of the pancake begin to bubble.
  4. Cook on other side for 1 minute, and remove to a warm plate.
  5. Repeat with remaining batter, and stack pancakes.
  6. Stir together chocolate sauce ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
  7. Top with strawberries and pour over sauce and enjoy.

Raw cacao powder is full of antioxidants but if you can’t lay your hands on any, unsweetened cocoa powder will work.

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

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