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Vegan Chocolate and Granola Pancakes

I may have mentioned, I have a very rambunctious toddler.  I wish I could bottle his energy.  Every morning he wakes up and is ready for the day.  I mean, READY!  He is ready to run!  He is ready to play!  He is ready to EAT!

Seriously, my toddler can eat in the morning.  It’s his largest meal of the day.  I usually start with a cereal bar for him.  Then I go into fruit – usually a banana or an apple.  Then we have breakfast as a family.

I like to make something protein based for breakfast, but recently, my boy has learned how to request food.  There is nothing he loves more than pancakes.  He can eat his weight in them!

One morning he requested pancakes, and I had nothing in the house.  So, I went to my pantry and started to get creative.  From that, I created this recipe, which has become a family favorite.  I tweak it from time to time, sometimes omitting the cocoa and granola to make simple pancakes.  I also like to add cinnamon for a bit of spice or a sliced banana for some sweetness.  Enjoy!



  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup granola



  1. Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Create a well and pour in the water and oil.
  3. Whisk all the ingredients together until blended.
  4. Warm a pan on medium heat and spray with cooking spray or oil.
  5. Pour in small amounts of the batter and sprinkle some granola on each cake.
  6. Cook until bubbles start to appear through the dough.
  7. Turn each cake over and cook for about 1 minute longer.
  8. Serve with condiments of your choice. I like to eat mine plain, but they can be served with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, peanut butter, Nutella, or…?

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