I love pancakes. Especially pancakes American style, i.e. small, pillowy pancakes. The pancakes we are normally used to around here, are rather flat pancakes and as large as a regular dinner plate. Nothing wrong with that, but I often can’t even finish one. And I love to use different toppings. So the smaller pancakes come in very handy. I can eat a few and top one with syrup (especially if there is bacon involved), another one with strawberry preserves and maybe a third with Nutella. Whenever the kids request pancakes, I mostly make my buttermilk spelt pancakes. Always a winner. But I had recently seen these lovely choc and cherry pancakes over at Food, Family and Fun with Alexis Knibbs and I could not think of anything else than chocolate pancakes.
Last week the boys had a week off from school. On Wednesday, our oldest was off to a birthday party in the afternoon, so I took our youngest and a friend to see Robinson Crusoe, a really funny ‘remake’ of the classic story. After the movie, I made pancakes. Most requested meal when boys have friends staying for lunch or dinner. Of course, I made my tried and tested buttermilk spelt pancakes, and… chocolate pancakes!
Like I said, I could not put chocolate pancakes out of my mind. I had to make some. Not sure whether the boys would like chocolate pancakes as well, so I decided to make both. I often get inspired by recipes or pictures of food when I browse the internet (love Instagram!). Having a picture in my mind, I usually make up a recipe of my own. Now I got inspired by Food, Family and Fun with Alexis Knibbs. And here it is, my own version of chocolate pancakes.
They have a deep chocolate flavor and go very well with strawberry or raspberry preserves. Or just a simple syrup and some icing sugar. When I got hit by sudden hunger pangs in the evening, I put a bit of peanut butter on a chocolate pancake, topped with a few chocolate sprinkles (more chocolate is always good), and reheated it in the microwave for a minute. Because… chocolate + peanut butter… It was awesome!
When I served the pancakes and our guest saw those ‘black’ discs, he asked: ‘Oh, are these burnt?’ I totally cracked up. ‘No, sweetie, these are chocolate pancakes’. ‘ ‘Oh, all right!’ and he dug right in :).
- 80 g spelt flour
- 60 g oat flour*
- 50 g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 200 ml milk
- 125 g Greek yogurt
- 60 ml maple syrup
- 2 medium eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 50 ml veg. oil
Mix spelt flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
Then mix, milk, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla extract and oil in a separate bowl.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well, but do not overmix.
Let sit for 15 minutes.
Heat a little bit of butter or oil in a pan.
Pour batter (I use an ice cream scoop) into pan and bake until you get little holes on the top (about 2-3 minutes).
Then flip and bake another minute or so until done.
*Simply ground oat meal in a food processor.