Sunday, 10 February 2013

Caramel covered Chocolate Brownie Pancakes

With pancake day coming up on Tuesday, it's time for pancakes. However, what I really wanted were brownies. And having promised myself a chocolate recipe or two over February, I decided to mix the two.
Et voila! So here we have my chocolate brownie pancakes.

Decadent, moist and cakey, these pancakes are definitely a sweet treat that will be a very occasional indulgence. Incredibly rich, it's actually difficult to overeat these (despite trying! ;) .

As if these didn't taste devishly sinful enough, I made a super quick caramel sauce to drizzle over the top. Although my drizzling may have turned into a complete caramel drenching!

These pancakes contain butter and so if you are completely avoiding dairy then you can omit the butter. I find the butter lends a richer flavour to the pancakes.

They are very fudgey pancakes and so must be cooked over a low heat and flilpped very carefully.

Without further ado, here are my;

Chocolate brownie pancakes
Paleo, Primal, Grain -ree, Naturally gluten-free, refined sugar-free, can be dairy-free; omit butter

Serves 2 / makes 8 pancakes

Ingredients;

25g coconut flour
3 eggs
3 level tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
25g butter
100ml coconut milk (full fat)
75g dates
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Pinch sea salt

How to make them;

  • Add the dates to a small bowl with a splash of water and the salt
  • Heat in a microwave for a few seconds until soft enough to mash with the back of a spoon until fairly smooth
  • Allow to cool and the add with the butter to a big bowl and use an electric whisk to mix the dates and the butter together
  • Add the eggs, coconut milk, coconut flour, cocoa powder and vanilla essence and whisk together until smooth
  • This should make a thick batter
  • Heat a frying pan over a low heat
  • Add a knob of butter to the frying pan and melt
  • Add a tablespoon of the batter to the frying pan and smooth out slightly until rouhgly round in shape; don't worry if this is not perfectly circular. These are thick, fudgey pancakes and so are not going to be uniform but they will make up for it in taste :)
  • Allow the pancakes to cook over the low heat until cooked on one side and then very carefully use a spatula to flip the pancakes over to cook on the other side
  • Once cooked on both sides, remove from the frying pan and stack up in two stacks of four pancakes

...with a super quick caramel sauce
Paleo, Primal, dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free

Makes enough to drizzle over 2 servings of chocolate brownie pancakes

Ingredients;

100ml coconut milk (full fat)
1 tablespoon palm sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
pinch of coarse sea salt
(up to) 1 teaspoon coconut flour

How to make the sauce;
  • Add the coconut milk, vanilla essence, salt, coconut flour and palm sugar to a small pan and heat over a low to medium heat
  • Heat gently until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency; this should be a syrup-like consistency
  • Once this is reached, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly
  • Drizzle over the chocolate brownie pancakes and serve
  • Yum! :)

Happy Pancake day for Tuesday everyone! :)

Which pancakes are YOU making for pancake day? Plain and simple? Or pancake extravagance? Are you going to try these chocolate brownie pancakes?
Let me know in the comments :)

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