Chocolate Maca Pancakes

October 01, 2014

Chocolate Maca Pancakes

I love pancakes.  They are so easy to make and really yummy, especially on the weekend.  Finding new pancake recipes was one of the first things I did when I stopped eating gluten, dairy and sugar.  So here is one that everyone in my family loves.  This recipe is extra good because it has raw cacao powder and maca powder in it, two foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  These pancakes are also egg free, nut free and vegan. 

I bought a big 5kg bag of millet flour the other week, so I’ve used millet flour in this recipe.  However, you can use any other gluten free flour you like, e.g. rice flour, besan (chickpea) flour, quinoa flour or buckwheat flour.  These pancakes are very satisfying and will fill you up much more than wheat flour pancakes will.  I suggest two pancakes per person with the toppings.

Chocolate Maca Pancakes

Serves 4 (2 pancakes per person)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup millet flour
  • 1 cup soy milk or almond milk
  • 1 banana, chopped into chunks
  • 1 chia egg (1 tablespoon chia seeds plus 3 tablespoons of water)
  • 3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder (or good quality cocoa powder with no milk fats or sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons maca powder
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Coconut oil for frying

To serve

  • A few tablespoons of peanut butter (depends on how much you want to spread on each pancake)
  • 2 bananas, chopped
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Organic or 100% pure maple syrup
  • Cacao nibs (optional)

Conventional Method

  1. Make your chia egg.  Mix the chia seeds and water in a cup and let this mixture stand for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in an electric mixing bowl or food processor and mix until the batter is smooth and well combined.
  3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat.  Place 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in the pan and let this melt.  Place ¼ cup amounts of batter into the pan.  Let the pancakes brown on the bottom and when bubbles appear on the top, flip them over.  Brown on the other side for a few minutes. Remove the pancakes from the pan and continue this process until they are all cooked.

Thermomix Method

  1. Follow step 1 above.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in the Thermomix (TM) bowl and mix for 20 seconds on speed 4.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for a further 5-10 seconds.
  3. Follow step 3 above.

To serve

Place the first pancake on your plate and spread with peanut butter.  Add slices of chopped banana.  Layer with the second pancake and repeat the process with the peanut butter and banana.  Top with blueberries and cacao nibs.  Drizzle generously with maple syrup.  Enjoy straight away.




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