You may look at the title of this post and think "Seriously? Chocolate pancakes? Does she want me to get fat?". The answer is no, I do not. I can also safely say that these pancakes will not make you fat. They are vegan, low in fat and are actually just as healthy as regular pancakes.
The reason for this is that the things that are really bad for you in chocolate are the sugar and the milk fat or butter fat. These pancakes are made with cocoa, which makes them practically healthy because cocoa is actually really good for you. So don't dismiss these. Just eat them. And love them.
These chocolate pancakes also already have the jam in them, so you actually don't need to top them with anything. Just add a small amount of your favourite non dairy margarine or butter and off you go! You can use any jam you like, but I recommend sticking with berry based jams. So try them with strawberry jam, blueberry jam, blackberry jam, strawberry and mulberry jam or even strawberry and rhubarb jam.
Pancakes are also a traditional dessert food in countries such as Sweden, so you could add a touch more sugar and serve them with some whipped cream or chocolate sauce for a different and easy dessert.
1 1/4 cups soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup wholemeal flour
4 tbsp cocoa
3 tbsp sugar
4 heaped tsp raspberry jam
1 tsp hot water
About 4-5 tablespoons of nuttelex (or other non dairy butter/margarine)
1. Mix the soy milk and vinegar in together and set aside for a few minutes (it will curdle slightly).
2. Put the flour and sugar in a mixing bowl and sift in the cocoa, mix to combine.
3. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour the milk into it. Use a whisk to combine.
4. Mix the jam with the tsp of hot water to thin the jam out slightly.
5. Add the jam into the pancake batter and mix through.
6. Melt a tbsp of nuttelex in a frypan over a medium heat and add a ladle of batter. You should be able to cook about 2 at a time. Once bubbles start to appear around the edges you can carefully flip them over and cook the other side. They should need about 3-4 minutes on each side, but check to see how they look and you can cook them a bit longer or a bit less according to preference (and how hot your stove is!)
7. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Serves 2 (about 4-5 pancakes)
This post is part of the Holiday Recipe Club's Hop to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne, which is pretty amazing. She was only 26 when she suddenly became queen, which must have been a huge change for her. Not only grieving for the death of her father, but suddenly becoming queen at such a young age.
At this point I feel I should mention that way back in my family tree I'm descended from King Henry VII, which means I should be some sort of princess in Australia right? :)