It’s Friday, which means tomorrow’s Saturday, which means pancakes for breakfast. This was my thought last Friday and usually when I have this thought I make my Oatmeal Banana Chip Pancakes, but recently I’ve been on a chocolate craze so I ventured into the unknown world of simple chocolate pancakes…Like ALL of it is chocolate, not just a few chips. What happened was magical and delicious and I didn’t even need to run to the store. Stocked pantry for the win!
Making pancake mix from scratch is simple. Flour, sugar and baking powder are the main players and from there it’s just a matter of adding any spices you love or substituting things to meet your dietary needs. AND you can add cocoa powder. In fact you should add cocoa powder and you should never make pancakes any other way for the rest of time.
Whenever I order pancakes at a restaurant (which honestly is never, I’m an egg breakfast girl)…so let me restart. Whenever my husband orders pancakes for breakfast and I inevitably eat some, they always make me feel really full really fast. I don’t like feeling overly full, I like feeling satisfied. So when I made these simple chocolate pancakes at home I assumed I’d get the same overly stuffed feeling as usual, but these little guys were so light and not too doughy that I devoured a whole stack. I wasn’t stuffed, I could breathe just fine, and I felt good. The baby in my tummy loved them too.
Let’s talk about pancake toppings. Personally I can’t stand syrup. My hands feel sticky just thinking about it. I’m a fresh fruit, powdered sugar kinda pancake topper, which is what we used for this recipe. I thawed a few cups of frozen mixed berries to pour over top then dusted them with a little powdered sugar. Chocolate + Berries + Sugar = A Good Saturday Morning.
Here are a few other topping ideas I debated:
- peanut butter
- chopped almonds
- whipped cream
- cinnamon sugar and butter
- chocolate chips
- fresh strawberries
Go with what you’ve got in your fridge, freezer or pantry. Honestly, you could just throw some butter on these and call it a day.
I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who has jars and bins and bags and baskets full of homemade everything. Homemade bread in a vintage bread bin, homemade jam in jars in the pantry, homemade muffin mix in a tin by the toaster…ah how wonderful it all sounds.
I think it’s 100% doable to be this kind of person, but life, as it always does, gets in the way of our goals and dreams to be a better person…if we let it. Well I’ve decided to start taking these homemade dreams one little baby step at a time in the hopes of someday being that person I want to be. I’ve slowly started incorporating ‘from scratch’ recipes into my weekly meal planning (homemade stir fry sauce was a winner) to see how easy (or hard) it is to make the switch to homemade. What have I discovered so far? It’s not hard at all. This recipe proves it.
Do you have someone in your family who has a secret homemade hot chocolate recipe or something similar? You never understand how they do it, but it’s always delicious and they made it with their bare freakin hands. Well, now’s your opportunity to be that person. Use this recipe to make a simple go-to pancake mix to have on hand whenever someone comes over, or give it away as a gift.
Simple baking mixes like this make great gift ideas for housewarming parties, birthdays or weddings. They also make a thoughtful gift for someone you know who has recently had a baby (i.e. someone bring me simple chocolate pancakes), or is otherwise going through a challenging time. Simply combine all of the dry ingredients into a mason jar and provide instructions on the wet ingredients that need to be added and how to cook them. Add a nice note and be done! Now you’re that person.
What to Bring to the Store
In order to reduce your packaging waste, bring the following reusables with you to the store:
- As many reusable bulk or bulk spice bags you need for ingredients you don’t already have on hand (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, additional toppings)
- A produce bag or two for any fruity toppings you decide to smother these in
And of course, don’t forget your reusable grocery bag!
Waste Meter- 5!
You shouldn’t need to throw anything away in the process of making this simple chocolate pancakes recipe since you dominated the bulk section and/or used what you already had on hand. This makes this a 100% zero waste recipe! But as a reminder:
Compost: Fruit scraps (if you have any)
There won’t be leftovers.
- 1 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other milk)
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- In a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, cocoa powder and cinnamon).
- In a separate bowl combine milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined.
- Using a griddle or large frying pan over medium-low heat, add 1 tbsp butter. Once the pan is warm and the butter has melted, drop batter in 3" diameter circles. When you see bubbles appearing and the outer edge cooked, flip the pancake over. Cook an additional 60 seconds. Repeat until all batter is gone.
- Top with mixed berries, bananas, powdered sugar, peanut butter, syrup or whatever you like!