Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Pancakes With Nesquik

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I think it’s no secret to you by now that the back to school season makes me nervous. If it’s not memories from my own shaky times, it’s getting used to new developments that affect my life, and my kids’ lives. If it’s not the new developments and transitions, it’s thinking about my own end of summer memories. Exciting, yes. Easy? No. Today is the first day of school.

Scarlet is starting second grade and Des is starting preschool. Right now they’re both in new classrooms with new teachers and I can’t stop thinking about them. I can’t stop thinking about the smiles and laughter, and of the wonderful summer we had mostly together. Except for those ten days apart when we went to Alaska on our honeymoon. (did you know I went to Alaska????) I miss them, but all I can focus on is that I gave them the tools they need to succeed. They have backpacks full of nutritious lunches – with love notes(!) – and we have prepared them socially, emotionally, and with love, to make strides in the classrooms on their own. And I do know that I made a special first day of school breakfast, like my mom used to make.

I’d almost call this a weekend breakfast, but in fairness, NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder has a lot of uses. Whether we’re using it in chocolate milk or a smoothie, or pancakes – like in my recipe below – I love that it can be part of a complete breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, and even dessert. Since I think we tend to need a lot of fuel in the morning, I love to use Nesquik powder in chocolate flavor in my favorite pancakes recipe. In fact, the powder is a big part of what makes the recipe my favorite. The busy back-to-school season doesn’t have to get me down. I’m starting to learn that! What I love is helping my kids kickstart their days. And it doesn’t hurt that I’m helping to kickstart my own day too. I need it and this recipe rocks:

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

These chocolate banana oatmeal pancakes have many layers of deliciousness and nutritiousness to power you through the busiest mornings!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder
  • 1 cup organic oats
  • 2 Tbsp light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon and sugar mix
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract


  1. Mix together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon-sugar mix into large bowl until well mixed
  2. Set aside NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder until a bit later
  3. Add butter, eggs, vanilla and milk last - to adjust amount with batter consistency - and mix until well combined
  4. Add NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder until you reach desired "chocolate level"
  5. Let batter sit for AT LEAST 20 minutes to soften the oats
  6. Heat your griddle or pan to medium heat, coat with cooking spray or butter, and drop batter onto skillet
  7. When pancakes are bubbly, flip carefully to the other side
  8. Top with banana slices
  9. Drizzle with maple syrup


Pro tip: allow the oats to soak into the pancakes batter for at least 20 minutes - or even more - so that they soften

First, let’s talk about the NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder. You can also use NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder Strawberry in a delicious pancakes recipe, as a snack, and as part of a complete breakfast. We get our Nesquik powder at Target with Cocoa:

It’s the chocolatey taste that my kids love, and you know what? So do I. NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder contains 7 essential vitamins and minerals, has no artificial colors or flavors, and has 45% less sugar than the leading chocolate syrup brand. When you combine it with milk, it’s not just a glass of chocolate milk. It has 8 grams of protein when combined with 8 fluid ounces of low-fast milk! It is a glass of limitless potential. Nesquik is a wonderful part of a complete breakfast.

These pancakes will help you start your day. Why do I use oats? Oatmeal gives the pancakes a thicker, more filling consistency, as well as protein and fiber. With the added bulk and texture from the oats, the sweetness from the bananas and maple glaze, and the chocolatey goodness of the Nesquik powder, this breakfast makes me happy. I think you all know I’m not an early morning person. I wake up cheerful enough, but not focused until I’ve eaten something satisfying. Enjoy!

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  1. Aw, tomorrow is the first day of school here and have all sorts of feelings running rampant right now myself over that. Still can’t believe that both my girls are no longer pre-school or even kindergarten age. But still going to have to try your pancake recipe maybe this weekend now for them 🙂

  2. Oh man those pancakes just look almost too good toe at. We just love pancakes here at our house and we love Nesquik too. We are never without it because Madison just LOVES chocolate milk and it’s the only thing that she’ll drink. Everything else tastes yucky! 🙂

  3. I’m ready to make a second breakfast! Those look amazing, and we all grew up with Nesquik. Definitely trying these!

  4. Oh my goodness – this isn’t breakfast… it’s dessert! YUMMY! I love the combination of chocolate and bananas too. Although if you add some peanut butter in there, I would be totally in heaven.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love saving with Cartwheel. I love it that you can just scan an item to see if there are any deals for that item.
    These pancakes look delicious.

  6. OMG YOU ARE SUPER MOMMMMYYY! If I woke up in the AM to the smell of these pancakes.. Oh crap. I would go to sleep super early every night just so I could wake up to them QUICKER! Nesquik perhaps?!?! HAR HAR HAR!

  7. Reiko and I love choco pancakes! You just gave me an idea about the oats – never thought about that before and I always have a pack on hand.

    Also, I’m still preparing for my 10 days away from home. I’m not sure how it’s gonna be like. Sheesh

  8. OH YUM!! These look amazing, Tamara.
    My babies started school yesterday. I miss them.
    I’m trying to get over the fact that my daughter started high school, which means only FOUR more years.
    SH*T I’M CRYING AGAIN! What the heck!! I was okay yesterday, and this is like the second time today.
    Anyway, pancakes… they look great and would probably make me so happy right now.

    1. I would have thought my daughter would have wanted the strawberry kind (she’s also the first to try pancakes anything) but she favored the chocolate!

  9. Hmm, we don’t have the powder on hand but I have the liquid. Any ideas what the substitution would be? This looks like a great option for dinner tonight and I don’t really want to run to the store… lol!!

    1. I’m sorry I didn’t respond yesterday! I think the liquid would blend better but if you used too much, it might make thinner pancakes? Although I love that. I’d probably try trial and error!

  10. What an interesting idea to add Nesquick to pancakes! Though, I have a tendency to burn pancakes. It’s a real bummer when that happens. Perhaps the brown color would hide the burnt spots? 😬

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