Sunday, September 8, 2013

One-Dish, Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes

I'm calling this breakfast because it's technically pancakes.  But it can be used as a sweet treat or snack item too.  My girls really loved these.  They are flour-less, delicious and packed with good protein and fat for a filling meal.

I spent several minutes on Saturday searching around for a different breakfast idea and came across this recipe from Detoxinista.  I bookmarked it to make a variation of it.  I agree with Detoxinista about baking pancakes instead of flipping them on a grill.  They are easier to make and require less effort. 

I took her idea a step further though and baked mine all in one large skillet instead of doing individual cakes.  I baked it on the stove top for five minutes.  Then I added a few spoons of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips to the batter before placing it in the oven for another fifteen minutes.  I didn't have to deal with parchment paper like she suggested.  I'm all about trying to simplify ways of cooking and baking to make my life easier!

Try out this delicious recipe.  You'll be glad you did!

One-Dish, Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes
Adapted from Detoxinista
(Makes 8 slices or Serves about 4)

olive oil for greasing pan
1/2 cup of peanut butter (or almond butter or other nut butter of your choice - read ingredients carefully so you're getting the most natural form possible) - I used a combination of an organic flavored Earth Balance Coconut Oil Peanut butter and a Chocolate Peanut butter I had on hand! 
1/2 cup of applesauce, no sugar added or unsweetened
2 whole eggs, from free-range chickens
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
1 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Turn on stove stop burner to low heat.

Spray your skillet (about 9-10 inch round in size) with all natural olive oil.  Or lightly brush it if you don't have the spray.  Set aside. 

In a mixing bowl, place your nut butter of choice, applesauce, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla or almond extract and baking soda.  Let your standing mixer whisk it around for about three minutes.  Or whisk by hand until smooth.

Pour into the greased large skillet.  Turn your stove top heat up to medium.  Cook for five minutes.  Add in the 2 Tbsp of Enjoy Life chocolate chips by sprinkling them over the top of the batter.

Then remove from the stove top and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes.  Be sure you chose an oven safe skillet. 

Carefully remove from the oven with an oven hand mit so you don't burn your skin.  Place on a towel and let it cool for several minutes. 

Slice it like a pancake pizza.  I cut mine into eight pieces.  Enjoy!  No maple syrup is even's sweet and delicious as is! 

Place any extras in a storage container so you can simply reheat in the microwave for several days in a row for busy, school mornings!   That's what our family does - they keep for at least five days in the fridge and makes mommy's life easy  :-)

Mmm, chocolate and peanut butter (or almond butter or cashew butter) - such a great combination! 

Want more pancake ideas? 
Try my one dish pumpkin pancake recipe
OR my banana cinnamon pancakes!

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