Monster Cookie Pancakes

by Holly on March 5, 2012

in breakfast,recipes,silliness,vegetarian

In the midst of anticipating the end of February, I forgot about something.

Something important. Something I doodled in my planner more than a month ago (complete with stars, confetti AND colored in pink highlighter to fully convey its awesomeness). Something so integral to life that I hang my curly-haired head in utter shame, for I let life get in the way of something that comes but once a year.


Pancakes…breakfast’s gift to us! And our bellies.

Should I tell you that French toast is still my favorite breakfast food of all-time? Nah…forget I even mentioned it. It’s totally beside the point because pancakes are still delicious. Pancakes are better than a boyfriend. You can put vegetables in pancakes and – shocker – they still taste good! You can even make MACARONI & CHEESE PANCAKES. Now, if that’s not a breakfast food you can throw your support (and tastebuds) behind, well then I just don’t know what is.

Pancakes make great fuel for 17-mile marathon training runs (<- me, on Sunday).

Pancakes are decadent vehicles for eating lots of cinnamon M+Ms. Would you like some pancake to go with your cinnamon M+Ms? Why thank you sir, yes I would.

Pancakes freeze well. Make a batch and have breakfast to-go all week long.

Pancakes can be healthy…or not. It’s up to you to choose how good (or baaadddd) you want to be.

Pancakes are happy food. You have to smile when eating pancakes. It’s mandatory.

I think somewhere in the Bible or the Constitution it says that at least once a week, you HAVE to eat pancakes for dinner. BFD, baby…B.C. and A.D. I mean, if Jesus and Thomas Jefferson say pancakes are cool to eat for supper, you don’t have to twist my arm. I’ll do it!

But most importantly, pancakes are the greatest form of BPAAD.

B = breakfast

P = parading

A = around

A = as

D = dessert

You can load them up with chocolate chips…and M+Ms…and raisins…and peanut butter. Hello cure for PMS! But you can also add oatmeal…and whole wheat flour…and heart-healthy canola oil…and yogurt. Then they’re practically a health food! A little messy. A lot gooey. And sinfully delicious.

And if you put it all together, you get Monster Cookies Pancakes.

Yep, I went there.

Monster Cookie Pancakes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes 

1 cup rolled oats
1 (6-oz) container vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 t vanilla extract
1 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup plain M&Ms
crushed walnuts, peanut butter, whipped cream + maple syrup, for topping

Mix the oats and yogurt together.  Add peanut butter, oil, flour and milk until combined.  Mix in the egg, vanilla, powder, cinnamon and sugar. Last, gently fold in the raisins, chips and M&Ms.

Spray a skillet or large saucepan with nonstick cooking spray.  Over low to medium heat, scoop 1/6 of the batter (for large pancakes) or 1/12 of the batter (for small pancakes) for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown.  Flip the pancake over and cook the other side for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serve with your choice of toppings.

Makes 6 large pancakes


dana @ my little celebration March 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

you had me at M&Ms : )

Stephanie March 6, 2012 at 12:20 am

This is the perfect week for these pancakes to come into my life. Nice weather = lots of long outdoor runs. What better to refuel with than pancakes?! Plus, they’ll be a nice treat after doing a Boot Camp Extreme event for charity on a Friday night and completing kickboxing and a TRX class on Saturday morning. Holla!!

Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats March 6, 2012 at 12:32 am

Goood god girl, those pancakes look like heaven! I don’t even like pancakes (it’s a texture thing..) but I would definitely try a bite of those. I think my problem with pancakes is I don’t find them healthy enough? o.O I donno, I guess I should try them with vegetables! I have two boxes of pancake mix (yeah I should probably tell my mum to stop giving them to me) to use up though, so you have officially inspired me to get pancake creative!

Erica March 6, 2012 at 5:16 am

Mmmm pancakes for dinner-the best!!! Im usually a banana pancake girl, but i could totally get behind dessert pancakes!

Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) March 6, 2012 at 5:59 am

Holy. hell. These look delicious/amazing/sinful. And I am pretty sure I didn’t need to know that cinnamon M&M’s exist. Now if I can only learn to make pancakes without them sticking to the pan …

Lauren March 6, 2012 at 6:21 am

Delicious! What a way to celebrate this grand holiday!

Amber March 6, 2012 at 6:27 am

That looks delicious! I love pancakes for dinner. It’s just so easy and I think they taste way better at night then they do in the morning. Yum!

Amy (CookingScraps) March 6, 2012 at 7:01 am

Not only does eating pancakes put a smile on my face, apparently just LOOKING at pancakes has the same effect; however, unfortunately without the belly satisfaction.

mindy - clueless nut March 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

Mmmmm… I’m thinking second breakfast RIGHT.NOW.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 6, 2012 at 7:25 am

Haha – cheers to BPAAD!

Cinnamon M&Ms?! How come no one hipped me to these this winter? My life feels so incomplete right now…

Amy B @ Second City Randomness March 6, 2012 at 7:33 am

Pancakes are my favorite! Sooooo good. And it makes me happy you roll this way. My favorite combo is chocolate chips, peanut butter, and coconut. Yep…

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List March 6, 2012 at 8:07 am

cinnamon m &ms?!!?!? well ok.

emily (a nutritionist eats) March 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

Can I eat these even if I don’t run 17 miles?! :)

Linds March 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

I don’t even like pancakes and you’ve got me drooling on my keyboard. Going to try to whip up a batch soon. Thanks for another great BPAAD!

Megan (Braise the Roof) March 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

I’d say these are equally impressive as the way you nonchalantly threw out that you ran 17 miles. :)

Andrea@WellnessNotes March 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I used to make lots of pancakes on the weekend and freeze them for the week. Not sure why I ever stopped doing that, especially since the kid just declared that pancakes are the best food in the whole world.

Now I really would like one of your monster cookie pancakes… :)

Hillary March 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Wait a second. Cinnamon M&Ms? Really? Where? And why not me?

I have all of these ingredients, except the M&Ms, on hand.
Guess what’s for dinner?

Katie March 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Monster cookies are one of my all time favorite things on this earth, and there you go putting them into pancake form…another of my all time favorite things on earth.

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef March 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Are you freakin’ kidding me?! Those look amazing, and probably taste even better… I’m starving and now I really want a pancake :)

Moira March 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm

this looks amazing!

Katharina March 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Ohhh my! I love the look and sound of these. And m&m’s keep coming out with new flaavors! Actually, I believe it was through you that I found out about the coconut ones. Man, I miss your posts and your voice that I imagine saying everything you write :) much love to you, girl! Awesome recipe!


Emily March 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Hmm… I am beyond words!

Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt March 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm

A+…Looks so yummy

brandi March 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

ooh my goodness. i am so happy that you made these :) i’ve got to make these for my sister – monster cookies are her favorite!

Kristina March 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

Omy these pancakes are GENIUS!! I’m happy I just found your blog :) I’m making these this weekend!

Kim March 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Wait…. cinnamon M&M’s?!

Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction March 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm

These look great! Yummy and chocolaty, mmm! :)

Amanda March 7, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Oh my gosh yum! I, too, celebrated the wonder that is National Pancake Day with my own version of BPAAD :) I whipped up caramelized banana pancakes–so good! Can’t wait to whip this recipe up, though!

Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo March 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Do the cinnamon M&Ms taste like Mexican chocolate? If so, I’m all in!

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