Recipe: Chocolate, Chocolate, Say It Twice Pancakes

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘Digestive Healing and Recovery from Crohn’s Disease‘.

Sometimes chocolate is so great you have to say it twice. These pancakes are a decadent and delicious start to the day – or perhaps even better – a sweet end. Try them with my Special Syrup featured in The UnDiet Cookbook. (Makes 8 – 10 pancakes)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes (or 5 – 8 minutes per set of pancakes)

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup arrowroot starch
  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 egg or 1 serving Chia Paste (1 Tbsp ground chia + 1/4 cup water)
  • 1½ cups water
  • ⅓ cup organic unsweetened applesauce or Simple Applesauce (The UnDiet Cookbook, page 204)
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil or organic ghee, softened
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips

1) In a medium mixing bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. The sifting is a bit tedious, but it does help with the pancake fluff factor. (You can skip the sifting if you like.)

2) In a separate bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together. If your coconut oil is solid, you may wish to warm it over the stove to liquefy it. (Sometimes I’ll totally cheat and throw all the wet ingredients into the blender.)

3) Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix, and then stir in the chocolate chips. If you like your pancakes on the thinner side, add a little more water to the batter. It doesn’t take much to thin the mix, so be careful. You don’t want your pancakes to become a runny mess.

4) Heat your skillet to medium heat and dollop on some coconut oil or ghee. Scoop ¼  cup of batter at a time into the hot skillet.

5) Once you see bubbles start to form, it’s time to flip these babies over. The trick with pancakes is to keep the heat high enough to cook them through, but not so high that it burns the outside while the inside is left raw. Once you find the right spot on your stove, take note!

6) Let the pancakes sit for 5 minutes before serving. This helps them firm up in the middle.

7) Serve with your favourite toppings. I love unsweetened, dried, shredded coconut, ground flax, ground goji berries, and a drizzle of Special Syrup (found in The UnDiet Cookbook on page 205).

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