A healthier version on a childhood favorite – Chocolate Pancakes of course

I have always associated Valentine’s Day with a scrumptious and sinful brunch….and some bubbly!  It’s my favorite way of celebrating this day of love and chocolate.

A Valentine’s tradition in our house was to make a delicious brunch, which included chocolate pancakes.  Back then we used a lot of sugar and flour, but today, my digestive system cannot handle the inflammatory effects of processed sugar and gluten.

So I’m always in search of gluten-free alternatives that are just as delicious.

Today, on Valentine’s Day, I want to share with you my favorite chocolate pancake recipes adapted from The UnDiet Cookbook: 130 Gluten-Free Recipes for a Healthy and Awesome Life by Meghan Telpner.


Chocolate, Gluten-free Pancakes 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time:  5–8 minutes per set of pancakes
Makes 8–10 pancakes

Dry Ingredients
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/4 cup chickpea flour
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients
Chia Paste:
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup warm water
2 tsp arrowroot starch (optional)

1 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup organic applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut oil (soften to liquid form by lightly heating it)
1 tbsp tahini
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients.

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.

4. Heat your skillet to medium heat and dollop on some coconut oil or ghee. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter at a time into the hot skillet. 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! Let the pancakes sit for 5 minutes before serving. This helps them firm up in the middle.

5. Serve with your favorite toppings like shredded coconut, strawberries, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

I hope this recipe will bring you some sweet memories like it did for me.

Happy Valentine’s Day – xo


chocolate pancakes pic

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