The day has so far seemed like a gift to me and to the boys. We have nowhere we have to be and nothing that needs to get done right away, so we've had plenty of time for building forts out of sheets and painting pictures of robots and reading and playing happily out in the mounds and mounds of soft, fluffy snow. This morning was also the perfect opportunity for me to try out a new chocolate banana pancake recipe I've been dreaming of since last week, because I had two eager taste testers home to help me. These scrumptious pancakes are a modified version of our favourite hearty oatmeal pancake recipe -- they're made from wholesome ingredients and are free of gluten, dairy, and eggs. Yum!
Chocolate Banana Pancakes
1 1/2 cups certified pure oats
2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 cup ground certified pure oats (I use a Magic Bullet to grind them)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp gluten-free baking powder
1 tbsp ground chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp warm water (stir and let stand to make a gel)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Pour the almond milk over the whole oats and let them sit for ten minutes. Sift the ground oats, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, sea salt, cinnamon, and baking powder together, then add them to the oat/almond milk mixture and stir to combine. Add the chia seed gel, melted coconut oil, and vanilla, and mix well. Fold in the mashed banana.
Ladle the batter onto an oiled hot griddle. Flip the pancakes when the edges begin to set, and then cook the pancakes on the other side until they are cooked through. (This recipe makes approximately 12 pancakes.)
To serve these pancakes, I topped a stack of them with a dollop of cashew cream (you can find instructions for making that here), then added a few fresh strawberry hearts and a sprinkling of finely chopped dark chocolate and drizzled them with pure maple syrup. Oh my.
Noah and Will gave a very enthusiastic thumbs up to these decadent (and still healthy!) chocolate pancakes this morning after they inhaled them. The pancakes were a delicious snow day treat and would also make a perfect breakfast for Valentine's Day next week. I hope you enjoy them too!