Cranberry and White Chocolate Pancakes


Firstly, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented on my struggles in my Year of Running, or on Becca’s Finding Myself posts last week. We were both so grateful for your support, and it truly means a lot to me that I am surrounded by such wonderful, supportive people. Thank you!

It’s Monday again! Now I have been working full-time for a little while, I feel like I am allowed to say “Ugh, is it already Monday?!” like everyone else….although, I am very lucky that my boss is flexible with my hours to allow me to go do the therapy, massage, and strengthening work I need to for my training.

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I am very excited that one of my recipes will be featured in Verily magazine next week! My friend Tana (who cooked and photographed my Berry Quinoa Kale Salad recipe) and I worked together to create another recipe for the holidays. What could be more festive than white chocolate and cranberry? Not much in my eyes! This recipe is healthy, yet still delicious!

What are you bringing Confessions of a Mother Runner and I for Meatless Monday?

These cranberry and white chocolate pancakes are a healthy way to make the most of the festive season, without sacrificing flavor! Perfect for a special breakfast!

Cranberry and White Chocolate Pancakes

Serves 3 (makes about 6 pancakes)

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes


1 tbsp sugar

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

1 ½ tsp baking soda

1 ¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp ginger

1/2 cup applesauce

¾ cup Greek yogurt

1 1/2 tbsp butter, softened

1/3 medium mashed banana (about 1/4 cup)

1 1/3 cup milk (I used almond milk)

1 tbsp butter

¼ cup cranberries

¼ cup white chocolate chips


Combine the sugar, flours, baking soda, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl.

Stir the applesauce, greek yogurt, butter and milk in a third bowl. Mix until combined.

Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture, there will be lumps in the batter.

Heat ½ the remaining butter on a pancake griddle over a medium heat. Pour a ladle full of batter onto the griddle. Leave to cook for a few minutes, until bubbles come through the surface, and remain there (initially the bubbles will pop and then be covered over by the batter again. Flip the pancake, and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown.

Serve with maple syrup.

Nutritional Information

402 calories, 12g fat, 755mg sodium, 70g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 22g sugar 17mg cholesterol, 10g protein

Have a Marvelous Monday friends!
I am participating in the ASPCA Humane Holiday Cooking Challenge by using applesauce instead of eggs, and of course participating in #MeatlessMonday! You can check out 5 ways you can have a more humane holiday here.

What outside help do you use in your training? What is your favorite festive flavor?

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  • I just have to tell you how proud of you I am. You’ve started a blog and have run with it. Really taking it to the next level. Everything you’ve received from it (this magazine & job deal), is worth it. To hear how much you love your job just makes my heart smile. Your boss picked a winner!

  • Look at me with a Meatless Monday recipe finally on a Monday! HA!

  • I’m loving this and can’t wait to try it after a nice crisp winter long run. I love to dream about what I’m going to eat when I get home, while I’m out there freezing! Thanks Tina!

  • oh yummy those look so good and dangerous! They look easy to make too for those holiday breakfasts. Happy Meatless Monday!

  • Lake Shore Runner
    December 15, 2014 6:38 am

    These look amazing! I have been loving white chocolate lately.I love the flavor combo of white chocolate and cranberry. Oh and the addition of greek yogurt!

  • Yum! Pancake love 🙂 Have a marvelous Monday Tina!

  • Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife
    December 15, 2014 6:41 am

    Yummmmmmyyyyyyyy! I’m pinning these! (:

  • Oh yum! That looks so delicious!

  • Who doesn’t love a good pancake?! The festive color and flavor is the icing on the pancake! Happy Monday Tina! xo

  • Brittany Trentham
    December 15, 2014 7:24 am

    your food always makes me drool girl!!!

  • carla birnberg
    December 15, 2014 7:30 am

    HUGE CONGRATS on the VERILY publication!!!!!

  • These sound delicuius! Anything with white chocolate has my heart. Congrats on the magazine feature!

  • faithvandermolen
    December 15, 2014 7:34 am

    These look amazing! I completely forgot about Meatless Monday…I was even gonna bring some Gingerbread Pancakes! Oh well. Next week!

  • a) cranberry and white chocolate is one of my FAVORITES and b) I echo everything that Jessie said. You are rocking it OUT everywhere. But save some time for yourself in the midst of all of this!

  • they are almost too pretty to eat! and i agree with jessie —> WELL DONE

  • The white chocolate cranberry combo may very well be my favourite holiday flavour, and these pancakes look like perfection. Now I just need someone to come cook them for me for breakfast to make up for my lack of morning pancake flipping skills lol.

  • Drooling! So festive and yummy!!

  • These photos are so gorgeous, Tina!! Loving them!! Your blog is growing so much so quickly, it makes me so excited! Happy [meatless] Monday! xoxo

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus
    December 15, 2014 9:25 am

    I’ve never tried white chocolate pancakes! It seems like a great combo with the cranberry – perfect for the season! I need to go on a hunt for lactose-free white chocolate chips! Maybe Whole Foods will have some! Thanks for hosting the link up, as always 🙂

  • I really like the pictures so contracts to you and Tana. I also wanted to couple what Jessie said, you’ve done such a great job with this blog and it’s fun to see the changes. Okay now those pancakes…YUM!!

  • Ohhhh…this is what we’ll have for Christmas morning breakfast! Question for you…would they work with all whole wheat? Just b/c I don’t’ usually have the other flour around and need to know if I should buy it.

    Love RC–I think the info on the site is second to none! You are such a great fit for them.

  • Yummm what a sweet breakfast surprise! Looks like the job is going well! I’m an indoor runner for the most part now with all the snow…boooo!

  • YUMMY….I would have to say that cranberries are definitely one of my favorite festive flavors…

  • Delicious!! My favorite festive flavor hmm not sure I can pick just one as I love peppermint, cranberries, ginger… this year would have to be ginger/gingerbread I just can’t get enough!

  • I should make pancakes more often – I know the boys would like it if I did especially if I made this recipe!!

  • Martina Di Marco
    December 15, 2014 1:22 pm

    …I already know what I am gonna have after my long run next Saturday 😉

  • Congrats on being featured in a magazine! That is super exciting and the recipe looks great and perfect for the holidays.

  • Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead
    December 15, 2014 3:08 pm

    I somehow missed that you moved sites! I’d been wondering where you were. I have so much catching up to do, but I’m glad I found you again.

  • These look delicious. I’m not really a fan of bananas, do you think it would be ok to leave them out?

  • Erin @ The Almond Eater
    December 15, 2014 6:03 pm

    MMM Cranberry and white chocolate go together like PB&J. Oh, and congrats on the magazine features! That’s so cool.

  • Stephanie Felder
    December 15, 2014 9:32 pm

    My family and I LOVE pancakes! I love the fact that these are eggless… Thankfully we don’t have any egg allergies in my house but I have friends who do and this will be a great option for me to share with them. I look forward to trying these and thanks for hosting another fabulous Meatless Monday!

  • YUM! These sound delicious and the pictures are gorgeous.

  • These are delicious. I made them without the white chocolate and cranberries and instead subbed coconut. It was delicious like that. Also, I wasn’t sure if you recommended plain greek yogurt or vanilla but I made it with plain and it was still plenty sweet. Thanks for sharing this!

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