Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

Soft, thick, vegan chocolate covered strawberry pancakes topped with a healthy chocolate sauce. Perfect for Valentine’s day, or any fun special breakfast! Gluten free and naturally sweetened.

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

So…how do you guys feel about Valentine’s Day? Considering I have heart shaped vegan chocolate covered strawberry pancakes for you, I’m hoping you’re a fan.

I love Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s because I’m married to the most wonderful man on this earth, but Valentine’s Day just seems so fun and special. Plus, I LOVE the colors. The emphasis on flowers and chocolate doesn’t hurt, either.

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

If we’re being honest, Valentine’s Day is coming at the perfect time for me this year. I’ve been feeling a little off lately, in a way that’s hard to describe. Just feeling lost, but I know exactly where I want/am supposed to be. Sounds like it makes no sense, I know! Regardless, I’m trying to stay strong in my faith and be positive – I know things always work out, some way or another, and I’m blessed to have the best partner in life to be there for me through it all. Oh, and I’m blessed to have you guys and this blog! Seriously keeps me going and I LOVE every second of it.

So if you can sympathize with a low phase, just keep going! We’ll get through these weird times in life together.

In the meantime, the bright fun colors and celebration of all things sweet and loving is more than welcome around here! Oh and PS, you don’t have to have a Valentine/love Valentine’s day to love yummy, healthy sweets. 🙂

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

This pretty stack of vegan chocolate covered strawberry pancakes would be the perfect special breakfast for your favorite person on Valentine’s Day. OR it could be the perfect breakfast for you on any random Thursday! Either way, these pancakes are easy to love.

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

First of all, I based these off of my favorite base pancake recipe. That recipe is seriously one I use every weekend, it’s so easy and always creates a stack of thick, fluffy pancakes.

I made a few little changes to make them super chocolatey. The base is still banana flour, and here we need some cocoa powder, of course. Stevia for some sweetness, pumpkin for moisture, and almond milk. Today’s recipe calls for a little bit more almond milk than the plain pancakes, because the cocoa powder tends to have a drying effect, so we need a little more moisture to bring the pancake batter together.

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

Once the pancake batter is ready, cook it on a medium-high heat griddle (or in a pan), for about 8 minutes on each side. Once the pancakes are cool, I use a heart cookie cutter to cut out the shapes.

Of course, no cutting necessary if you’re just looking for some scrumptious chocolate pancakes ASAP.

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

Once the pancakes are in cute little heart shapes, pile on the strawberries. I had a little too much fun seeing how high I could get mine before they all toppled over – feel free to scatter them on the plate or on the side like a normal person!

It’s not always my first instinct to combine fruit and chocolate – I love them both so much on their own! I’m always happy when I decide to – plus, it’s a known fact that strawberries and chocolate are a serious match made in heaven.

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

If you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with this special breakfast, we need some decadence. I add a thick, healthy chocolate sauce all over the top to get the whole chocolate covered strawberry vibe. The sauce is a simple mix of stevia, cocoa powder, and almond milk. I just blend it for about 5 seconds until  smooth, then drizzle over the pancakes.

I’m a total condiment/sauce addict, I always need something to dip or pour over any of my food. That sounded really weird. But anyway, the sauce really takes these over the top! So rich, and you can never have too much chocolate.

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

This recipe makes 2 servings, because if you’re making vegan chocolate covered strawberry pancakes for your loved one, you definitely deserve some, too. Because I said so, and I love ya.

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

Healthy pancakes are the best. These vegan chocolate covered strawberry pancakes seem so indulgent, like such a special treat – you’d never know they’re healthy, gluten free, and sweetened naturally. I have to be honest, here…I may even like these better than my original, beloved base. There is SO much chocolate flavor!

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

These vegan chocolate covered strawberry pancakes are the perfect way to start Valentine’s Day. Easy to make, so cute, and even more fun to eat! Better than any old box of chocolates, and made with love! 🙂

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • Pancakes:
  • 3 c banana flour
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp stevia
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 2 1/4 c almond milk
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tbsp stevia
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c almond milk
  • Optional: strawberries to top!

Instructions

  1. To make the pancake batter, mix the banana flour, cocoa, and stevia in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Add the pumpkin puree and almond milk, and stir until the batter is fully combined.
  3. Put the batter onto the griddle (I made four large pancakes, so I'd be able to cut them into shapes!), and cook about 8 minutes on each side.
  4. To make the chocolate sauce, combine the stevia, cocoa powder, and almond milk and blend until it's combined.
  5. Use a heart cookie cutter to cut the pancakes if desired, and top with strawberries and chocolate sauce.
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Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes