Good morning and happy Saturday!

As you can see from many of my breakfast-oriented recipes, I eat overnight oats quite a lot. It's a breakfast staple during the work week because I can throw it together the night before and not have to spend any time preparing anything in the morning. On the weekends, however, I like to spend some time making breakfast. And I love to experiment with it.

Saturday morning growing up in my parents' house usually meant pancakes. And my dad was a wiz with making them. My favorite was his Mickey Mouse pancakes. Oh, childhood. I have no shame in admitting he still makes them for me occasionally when I visit. Buuuutttt...I woke up this morning and was really wanting those pancakes for breakfast. And Daddy isn't here, so I have to make them myself.

Because I'm a grown-up and have to make these pancakes myself now (darn!), that also means I'm taking a closer look at what is actually going into them. No pre-made pancake mix here. These pancakes contain no flour. Like the omelet I put together a few weeks ago, they are another healthy way to get your daily dose of chocolate for breakfast. They also include almond butter. I love the combination of chocolate and almond butter. It's very similar to chocolate and peanut butter. But I tend to use almond butter more often because it's a little healthier. And it's also delicious in its own right. If, however, you do not like almond butter, you can use peanut butter, cashew butter, etc.

Whip up these clean eating pancakes, turn on the cartoons and let yourself drift back to the good old days when you didn't have any other responsibilities outside of lounging around in your pajamas and gaming all weekend. Oh, wait...I still do that...

Flourless Chocolate Almond Butter Pancakes

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~ Ingredients ~

Makes 1 serving (2 pancakes)

½ c. rolled oats (uncooked)
½ ripe banana
2 egg whites
1 Tbsp. almond butter
1 Tbsp. cacao powder
½ tsp. stevia
Cacao nibs (optional)

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~ Directions ~

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth batter is formed. Pour the batter into a bowl.

Optional: Add a handful of cacao nibs to the batter. I did this to get the chocolate chip-like pancake. Cacao nibs are essentially the purest form of a chocolate chip. Much healthier without all the sugar.

Heat a skillet on medium-high heat. Once heated, spoon half of the batter onto the skillet and cook until both sides are firm and the middle is done. Repeat with the remaining batter. Move pancakes to a plate and consume. Om nom nom!