These are based on my Chocolate Orange and Ginger Sweet Potato Brownies and my Chocolate Sweet Potato Pancakes. I’m always on the hunt for new ideas and I love to flavour the food we eat as a family. So this idea came to me when I was making the Choc, Orange Brownies. I wondered what chocolate and orange would taste like as a pancake. My little family and I have eaten this recipe several times and we loved it.
As a mum it pleases me when my son enjoys his food. For those of you that don’t know, he’s a bit of a fussy eater. I have written a blog on this called My Top Tip for Feeding a Fussy Eater. It’s not just the fact that he enjoys eating these delicious pancakes which makes me happy. It is the fact that this breakfast is full of fantastic foods that leave you feeling full and ready to face the day ahead.
The raw cacao powder is natural and unrefined and it has lots of fibre and a source of protein. Protein everyday helps to maintain healthy muscle growth. Cacao powder is high in iron and magnesium which both help to reduce tiredness and fatigue. The copper will support your immune system and manganese to help release energy. The potassium will help to maintain normal blood pressure.
So with all these fantastic nutrients and loads more including antioxidants for the orange it is a great breakfast for everyone. My fussy eater certainly enjoyed it which is a miracle meal for us in this house. The chocolate is sweet and the orange cuts through to give these pancakes a refreshing flavour. No wonder everyone enjoyed them here. Well worth a try.
- Large bowls x 3
- Small saucepan
- Metal spoon
- Potato masher or Stick blender
- Frying pan
- Ice cream scoop or a small ladle
- Fish slice
- Plastic brush
- Sweet potato x 200g
- Orange x 1 large
- Spelt flour x 200g
- Raw cacao powder x 2 tbsps
- Baking powder x 1 tsp
- Oat Milk x 200ml
- Eggs x 2 (large)
- Cinnamon x 1 tsp
- Coconut oil to cook the pancakes in
- Maple syrup or honey to serve
- Fresh or frozen fruit to serve
- Start by peeling the sweet potatoes and cut into 2 cm pieces.
- Place the small saucepan on the hob and add boiling water to it.
- Then place the colander on top and put the sweet potato pieces in it.
- Leave on the hob with the water simmering below for 15 -20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the spelt flour, raw cacao powder, baking powder and cinnamon together.
- Next add the milk.
- Then add the eggs and whisk all the ingredients together and set aside.
- Grate the orange using the zester, cut in half and squeeze the juice into the pancake mix using the fork.
- Once the sweet potato is cooked, add it to the pancake mix and blend together.
- Don’t worry if there are any lumps but try to make it as smooth possible.
- To make my life less stressful I make these on a Friday night ready for Saturday morning.
- I have bowls with lids on so I can put it straight in the fridge.
- When you are ready to cook the pancakes put the frying pan on the hob on a high heat.
- Put a small amount of coconut oil in the pan and use a plastic brush to cover the base.
- Take your ice cream scoop or ladle and fill it with pancake mixture and place it in the pan.
- Now wait until the pancake starts to cook around the outside.
- Give it a good minute or two before flipping over.
- Hopefully they should be a nice golden brown colour.
- Wait for the other side to cook.
- Once they are cooked, serve with maple syrup or a local honey and enjoy.
These delicious and healthy pancakes should make about 24 small pancakes or 12 large ones. If there are only two of you, you can freeze the other half of the mixture and eat it at a later point. Pancake mixture freezes well. Alternatively, you could make them all and freeze what you don’t eat. Then remove from the freezer, defrost for a couple of hours and toast under the grill or in the toaster. Just add a bit of butter, honey or maple syrup. They make a great snack at anytime during the day. However you decide to enjoy this dish, as always, enjoy.