Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chocolate Pancakes, shh, they're healthy!

I made some chocolate pancakes for us to have for breakfast.  They are gluten free, dairy free, and healthy.  Healthy as in made with buckwheat and quinoa healthy!  And oh do they taste GOOD.  They're delicious plain, with some peanut butter, with some jelly, with some peanut butter AND jelly.  I bet they'd be great with some marshmallow fluff too :)  We will be enjoying these along with some berries (and I bet a couple people in my house will have some with peanut butter and banana slices!) for breakfast.
GF/DF Chocolate Quinoa Pancakes
2 cups GF all purpose flour* (I use Silvana's blend from Cooking for Isaiah)
1 cup buckwheat
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2-3/4 cup sugar (could sub another sweetener if desired)
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4-1/3 cup milled flax seed
2 eggs**
1-2 teaspoons vanilla
2-3 cups almond milk (or rice, soy, cow milk)
2-3 Tablespoons oil (I used olive oil)
1/2-1 cup cooked quinoa (I used some that was left over from a previous recipe. To make the quinoa, use 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa, mix the 2 together in a pot, bring to a boil, simmer for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before adding to batter.)

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Add in the eggs, oil, vanilla, quinoa, and 1-1.5 cups of the almond milk.  Mix well.  Slowly add in more almond milk until your batter is the consistency of thick pudding (if you want thinner pancakes, use more milk to thin out the batter).  Let batter rest while the pancake griddle heats up.  Use about a 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake.  If your batter is nice and thick, use the back of a spoon to help spread it in to a round pancake shape.  Cook until the edges are done then flip to finish cooking.  For me, this made over 2 dozen pancakes--plenty for breakfast for the family as well as some to stash in the freezer.
*Can be made with regular all purpose flour
**Can be made egg free by using more milled flax seed (3T=1egg)

Leave a comment here and let me know if you give these a try.
Linked up at A Little Nosh and Momnivore's Dilemma 

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