Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes

Do you like pancakes? Do you like cookie dough? Well then, I don’t see why you wouldn’t love these pancakes! Soft and gooey with melt in your mouth chocolate, these pancakes are healthy, vegan and gluten free!

IMG_0032Many people ask the question: “are oats gluten free?”.  Anything that contains wheat has gluten in it. Luckily, pure grown oats are wheat and gluten free. Unfortunately some commercially processed oats have been contaminated during the growing and harvesting processing stages. If you don’t want gluten in your oats, make sure you read the label or buy gluten free oats.

These pancakes taste like soft chocolate chip cookies. The flax-seed meal gives them a gooey texture and when I was licking the bowl it tasted just like cookie dough. I rate these an A++ in taste.

IMG_0039Onto the recipe…

You will need: oat flour, flax-seed meal, coconut sugar or a substitute sugar, brown sugar, 1 ripe banana, almond milk, vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, and all natural peanut butter.

1.  In a large mixing bowl, pour 1 cup of oat flour, and 1/2 cups of flax-seed meal (make sure you buy ground flax-seed meal to get the full nutritional value)

2. In a blender or magic bullet, break up and add 1 ripe banana and 1/2 cups of almond milk

3. Blend it together really well, then pour it into your bowl.

4. Add 1/2 cup of water and stir in really well. You may need more water if your mix is too thick and dry. You want to make it liquidy

5. Add in 2 tbsp. of coconut sugar and 2 tbsp. of brown sugar. (If you don’t have coconut sugar you can just use 4 tbsp. of brown sugar)

6. Add in 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract and 1 tsp. of all natural peanut butter

7. Finally, add in 1 tbsp. of pure maple syrup.

8. Mix everything together really well, and like I said above, make sure it’s more liquidy rather than thick.

9. Add in vegan chocolate chips, stir mix them in well.

10. Grease your pan with coconut oil which should be set to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. You may need to turn up the heat a bit as they are cooking. Just make sure they don’t burn.

10. Cook them until they are brown and cooked. They will have a soft and flimsy texture.

This should make 10-12 regular sized pancakes. I topped mine with strawberries, bananas, and pure maple syrup.

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Spinach Pancakes

You could say one of my favourite things to do is experiment in the kitchen – especially with pancakes. I have so many different pancake recipes now, I have a hard time choosing which one I want to make in the morning. But oops, I did it again. I created yet another pancake recipe. And like the sweet potato pancakes, these ones contain a vegetable as well; a leafy green.

IMG_9672Spinach is awesome. Spinach is one of the best super foods for your body. It contains almost every single vitamin and nutrient you need, and gives you so much energy for your day. So when I thought about making pancakes, I thought, what better way to make healthy pancakes than with none other than the world’s best super food – SPINACH!

IMG_9634Spinach pancakes everybody. Take it all in. I know what most people are thinking – mostly because my brother was one of those people. “Ew, spinach in pancakes? That’s disgusting” or “Pancakes …. why are they green!?”

Well fear not my friends, I assure you that you can’t even taste the spinach. I use spinach all the time in my smoothies, and it doesn’t have a distinct or gross flavour. It just adds colour – and a ton of vitamins and nutrients. So don’t let these pancakes scare you – they’re awesome.

IMG_96511. Start off by preheating your stove top of skillet to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a magic bullet or blender, add 1 ripe banana and 1 handful of spinach.

3. Add 1/2 cups of water and blend it together for 30 seconds

4. In a large mixing bowl, add 1 and 1/2 cups of oats

5. Pour the green smoothie contents from the blender into the bowl and stir it in

6. Add 1/4 coconut sugar and 2 tsp. of peanut butter

7. Add 2 tsp. of pure maple syrup and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.

8. Add 1/2 cups of almond milk. If your mix is too thick, simply add more liquids to get it to a thinner consistency.

9. Grease your pan with coconut oil

10. Cook until they look ready.

The batch should make about 10 regular sized pancakes. I topped mine with banana, strawberries, vegan chocolate chips, and pure maple syrup.

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Maple Cinnamon Pancakes & Sweet Spreads Review

I recently received a sample package from Mel over at Sweet Spreads. They are a company based in the United States that makes healthy all natural nut butters. As soon as I got the package, I quickly opened each jars (there’s 6) and tried each flavour, and they were amazing to say the least. The six flavours they have are: Maple Pancakes, White Chocolate, Cinnamon Roll, Dark Chocolate Mint, Vanilla Cupcake, and Chocolate Brownie.

IMG_9225I love chocolate… so much. So when I saw the chocolate brownie flavour, I knew I’d be in love; and sure enough, I was. My second favourite is vanilla cupcake because it tastes so sweet and delicious. I had my mom try the flavours with me and she loved vanilla cupcake and cinnamon roll. All of their flavours are so good, it’s hard to believe they’re all healthy! You can spread these nut butters on toast, put them on your oatmeal, or just eat it with a spoon and you won’t even feel guilty! What I chose to do with two flavours in particular was put them in my pancakes. Best idea I’ve ever had.

IMG_9385The other morning I decided to make pancakes, and I thought to myself: “which flavours can I add in here that will be incredibly tasty together?” Then the idea popped into my head; Maple Cinnamon Pancakes. I used the flavours Maple Pancakes and Cinnamon Roll, along with many other ingredients to create the perfect healthy and vegan breakfast.

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  1. Start off by preheating your stove top or skillet to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup of oat flour
  3. Add in 2 tbsp. of coconut sugar
  4. Add in 1 tsp. of Maple Pancake nut butter and 1 tsp. Cinnamon Roll nut butter
  5. Add in 1 tsp. of regular cinnamon
  6. In a separate smaller bowl, mash up 1 ripe banana
  7. Add in ¾ cups of almond milk
  8. Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  9. Add 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
  10. Add 1 tsp. of raw honey or agave and mix it together really well
  11. Pour the contents from the smaller bowl into the larger bowl, and mix everything together well
  12. You may or may not need to add more almond milk, depending on how thick your mixture is. If it is too thick, just keep adding little amounts of almond milk until you get a fairly liquidy (but not too liquidy) texture.
  13. This is optional, but I also added a few vegan chocolate chips to my batch because well.. I love chocolate.
  14. Grease your pan with coconut oil or any other kind of oil
  15. Cook them until they are a nice golden brown colour
  16. The batch should make 8 small pancakes

Toppings:

  1. In a small bowl, put 1 tsp. of Maple Pancake and 1 tsp. of Cinnamon roll nut butter
  2. Microwave them for 20-30 seconds and stir it around
  3. Pour it on top of your pancakes
  4. Peel and cut up an apple and cook the slices for a few minutes in your pan.
  5. Put the apples on top of your pancakes and sprinkle them with cinnamon.

IMG_9390These pancakes were soft, gooey, and straight up delicious. I always make pancakes for my mother and I and she loved these ones. For more information about Sweet Spreads and to see the delicious photos they post, check them out on Instagram: http://instagram.com/sweetspreads#

Hope you guys enjoy the recipe!

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