Chocolate Pancakes with Peanut Butter

Here we go again… chocolate and peanut butter. It will take a lot for me to give up this addiction so glad to say it’s here to stay!

When the pancake cravings strike, you really just have to get on top of it and so I chose to change up my go to pancake recipe by adding cacao powder to make them chocolate.

These measurements below are a rough guide. I have a tendency to forgot to measure my ingredients when I am making things but with this mixture, it’s important to have an equal balance of wet and dry ingredients. You don’t want the batter to be super runny or super thick.

You will notice that there is both self raising flour and baking powder in this recipe. I wanted to give the mixture as much lift factor as possible without using eggs (I normally make really small quantities and so an egg would overpower the batter).

These are conveniently dairy free and egg free!

Okay here I present to you…

Chocolate Pancakes with Peanut Butter (yields 6)

What you’re going to need

1/2 cup self raising flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder (or a “pinch”)

1 tablespoon cacao powder

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup non dairy milk (rice, oat, almond)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

peanut butter (I used Pic’s Crunchy PB for these)

Method

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and cacao into a bowl
  2. Add the wet ingredients and whisk until mixture is well combined without any lumps.
  3. Allow mixture to sit for a few minutes before heating up a flat pan on a medium heat.
  4. Place even amounts of batter onto the pan. Flip when you see the top is covered in bubbles.
  5. Serve in a stack with peanut butter in between each layer!
  6. Top with some dairy free chocolate (optional)

 

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Protein Choc Chip Pancakes

So some of us out there absolutely hate the taste of protein shakes. Alas, a great way to get extra protein into your diet if you feel like you are not eating enough protein rich food is to put it in your own cooked goods! A friend of mine suggested I try protein pancakes! I had some leftover dairy free choc chips so thought I would put them to good use! These were divine and best of all, the only added sugar was the chocolate chips! The batter has no added sugar. These are dairy free and egg free pancakes too!

Protein Choc Chip Pancakes

What you’re going to need

3/4 cup plain flour

2 scoops protein powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup non dairy milk (rice, almond, soy)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

pinch salt

2 tablespoons dairy free choc chips**

Method

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients minus the choc chips.
  2. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Once combined, stir in the choc chips until distributed well through the batter (aside: if you want, leave the batter to stand for 5 minutes so that the baking powder and liquid have time to react and will therefore lead to fluffier pancakes)
  3. Heat up a non stick pan and pour even amounts of batter spaced apart enough to give room to flip. Cook on each side for approximately 2 minutes
  4. Serve with additional choc chips and maple syrup!

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** I found dairy free choc chips at my local Coles supermarket. I am not sure if they are sold overseas. If you can’t find them, you could cut up some dairy free chocolate into small chunks and mix through the batter. You will end up with a similar result!ย 

Egg Free Pancake

So since I had already eaten a stack of eggs this week, thought I should cut down for a little bit and so this gave me the chance to experiment with homemade pancakes without eggs. This is also great if you run of eggs during the week and still want pancakes for breakfast! These were so easy, I couldn’t believe it! But me being me, I was really indecisive with what flavour pancakes I wanted so I made two kinds!

Chocolate and Vanilla Egg Free Pancakes (yields 6 – 3 chocolate, 3 vanilla)

What you’re going to need

1 cup flour

1 cup soy milk (keep handy because you might need it again later)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cacao powder (keep aside for now)

Method

1. Sift the flour and baking powder together in a small bowl

2. Add the milk and vanilla extract and whisk until mixture is smooth and combined

3. Warm up a non stick pan on a medium heat. Use a ladle to add 3 equal portions of batter on the pan whilst keeping half of the mixture in the bowl

4. Once bubbles start forming, flip over and cook for another minute or two (I noticed these pancakes cook a lot quicker than any other pancakes I’ve made). When cooked, set these aside.

5. To the remaining batter, add the cacao powder and whisk until combined (I found that I needed to add a little bit more milk here because the batter was way too thick otherwise)

6. Cook the same as the first batch by creating 3 equal portions on the pan and flipping when the bubbles appear.

7. Serve with fruit and maple syrup!

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