Monday, June 18, 2012

Recipe: Chocolate Brownie Batter Pancakes with Chocolate Gravy

Last night while I was exploring Pinterest (you can follow me here) for inspiration for the new condo, I found a recipe that compelled me to set my alarm for 7AM just to try it. 

Chocolate Brownie Batter Pancakes. 
Need I say more?

The pancakes were delicious, but the addition of my grandmother's chocolate gravy made it heavenly. I know what most of you are thinking... "Chocolate gravy? Gross!" Right? WRONG! The first time I told Randall I was making biscuits with chocolate gravy, he was horrified. But after trying it, with all of its chocolatey goodness, he didn't want to stop eating even after he was full. 
True story. 

But if you're reluctant to try it (you're missing out!), you can serve these pancakes with chocolate syrup ( homemade recipe located at the end of my Ziploc Bag Ice Cream blog, here), regular syrup, or even by themselves.

Brownie Batter Pancakes: What You'll Need
 1/4 cup Flour
1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tbsp. Cocoa Powder (I used unsweetened)
1 tbsp. Splenda + 1 tsp. Sugar (If you prefer, you can switch out Splenda for more sugar)
A dash of Salt
1 & 1/2 tbsp. Oil (or Applesauce)
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
5 & 1/2 tbsp. Milk

Step 1
Set stove to medium and lightly grease a frying pan with cooking spray, or butter.

Step 2
Mix flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, sweetener and/or sugar, & salt together.

Step 3
 Add oil, vanilla extract, & milk, and mix well.

Step 4
Once pan is hot enough (you can test this by adding a few drops of water. If they immediately bubble and dissolve completely, you're ready for the pancake makin'), pour a little less than 1/4 a cup into the center.

When the pancake starts to bubble up, gently flip it over with a spatula.

Allow pancake to cook for a few more minutes and remove.

Pancake Finished Product

If you really wanted to go chocolate crazy, you can add chocolate chips to the batter!

This recipe makes about 5-6 pancakes. If you need to make more, you can easily double the recipe.

Chocolate Gravy: What You'll Need
4 tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup Sugar
2 tbsp. Flour
1 & 1/2 cup Milk
4 tbsp.Butter (1/2 stick)
1 tsp. Vanilla

Step 1
Mix cocoa powder, flour, & sugar together in a sauce pan.

Step 2

Add milk and mix until all ingredients are completely combined (meaning no puffs of cocoa powder on the surface). Turn stove up to medium-high heat.

Step 3
 When the mixture starts to bubble, turn heat down to medium and stir until it reaches a thick, gravy-like consistency.

Step 4
Remove from heat and stir in butter & vanilla extract until completely blended. Allow gravy to cool, and then serve.

Chocolate Gravy Finished Product

 You can serve this with biscuits, pancakes, waffles, etc. I remember when my grandmother served us chocolate gravy with regular pancakes for the first time. It was like having dessert for breakfast! 

This recipe makes quite a bit, so you can store the leftovers in the fridge.

Brownie Batter Pancakes with Chocolate Gravy Finished Product

This is a chocolate lover's dream breakfast. The only thing that could have made it better was a side of chocolate covered bacon!

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