Men: Please feel free to read or I won't be offended if you skip over the first few paragraphs. If you chose to read, just be warned that I warned you, it may be TMI. LOL
I have a confession. I may seem like I am a chocoholic by the things that I share and post on my fan page and blog, but the truth is, I really don't eat that much. EXCEPT, once a month. So where do all the yummy sweets go? To our neighbors and friends of course.
I will spare you the details but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the meaning of the phrase "once a month". During the days that lead up to this event in my life, because these days (at 45) it's an event, my body informs me that any healthy thought of eating right that I may have sworn upon my soul, body and mind... is out the window. I become almost a different person in regards to my eating habits.
I thought you were only supposed to have cravings while pregnant.
All I want to eat is chocolate and to drink, cover your ears, DR. PEPPER! I have about half a soda can a month. It does the trick.
What better way to start off my "week" than with something that I will tell you, is, in every sense of the phrase, comfort food. I wrapped my arms around my plate, that was stacked with three rich chocolatey brown pancakes and we shared a moment. I believe I may have actually closed my eyes and whispered the words, thank you. Once I added the almond joy syrup to the equation, I never looked back. 6 pancakes later, my belly was full and I was in need of a nap.
I smiled, they smiled.
Love at first bite. The pancakes and syrup have moved up the ranks and now rest amongst those favorite foods that I keep mentally pinned in my head.
My craving had been fulfilled. A new favorite found.
Pancakes are so simple to make from scratch. They are filled with simple whole ingredients. When we add chocolate to the mix we take them to the next level. This is a bit of gourmet cooking to be shared with your families OR to be made and hidden in the back of your fridge for late night snacks.
Purely your choice! LOL
Recipe: Chocolate Pancakes
Makes: 22-24, 1/4 cup servings
3 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 1/4 cups of milk
2 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons of melted butter
Almond Joy Syrup, recipe below
Prepare your grill. I set mine to 350 and let it warm up while I make the batter.
In a mixing bowl, add all of the dry ingredients.
In a small bowl, combine the 2 egg yolks, melted butter and milk. Beat well.
In a small bowl, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Add the milk/egg/butter mixture to the dry. Mix. Fold in the beaten egg whites.
|Isabella had a great time stirring the batter for me. It looks like she even grabbed a taste to make sure it would past the taste test. She will make a fine cook for her family.|
I use a 1/4 cup to add my batter to the grill. The pancakes will start to bubble and this is a good sign they are ready to be turned.
Remove from grill and serve immediately.
Recipe: Almond Joy Syrup
I know you will think this is odd because there are actually no Almond Joy candy bars in the making of this syrup. It is just the flavor that you get when the ingredients are combined. I could have easily called it Nutella syrup but the fact that it has coconut oil and it definitely lets you know that it is an ingredient, it made sense to me to call it what it taste like not necessarily what it was made out of.
1/3 cup of coconut oil
1/3 cup of Nutella
1/3 cup of real maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a blender, combine all of the ingredients. Blend for 4-5 minutes.
Pour into a cup to serve. You can also warm the syrup up in the microwave.
NOTE: I also make this with peanut butter and it taste so good, but the coconut is still a presence in the flavor.