Woweee! Who is ready for some chocolate? I know I am! Honestly, I thought life would get back to normal after the GRE was over. Nope! Life’s crazy, work’s crazy…oh wait, that is normal! LOL! It’s all good. You see, I am a full believer that God made chocolate just for this: to get us through that in between time when we think life really, really, REALLY bites to the time when we realize everything will be all right. And let me tell you, these chocolatey gluten-free babies taste just like heaven. They are the perfect reminder that there are good things in life…but that also the good things might take a little (or a lot) of work.
Be prepared folks, this is going to get a bit trippy.
Like I said, life and work are going crazy! I will stop at two funerals. You know the saying about the straw that broke the camel’s back? That is where I was, staring death in the face. Usually he sits next to me, but not this time. This time he was standing in front of me, arms crossed, eyebrow cocked, finger rhythmically tapping on his forearm. “Your move”, he said.
That snapped me back to reality. So what is reality you might ask of someone who just inferred seconds ago that she and death have tea and crumpets together? Well, it’s this: bad things happen. Bad things happen to everyone. Bad things happen to good people and to bad people alike. Bad things happen whether you have done the right thing, the wrong thing, or even nothing at all. Bad things just happen.
This snap back to reality reminded me of quote and a story. Pat Summitt. I learned about her in leadership training. The most successful college basketball coach in US history, if you are a sports fan you know what I am about to say.
“It is what it is, but it becomes what you make of it.”
This was her response to her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.
“Your move,” he said.
“How about pancakes?” I replied.
Bad things just happen, but good things require work.
Like these pancakes. They are deliciously decadent…and they will require a bit of work. They are not hard to make, but the whipped egg whites definitely keep these pancakes from being quick and easy…and the whipped egg whites are key. Remember, these pancakes are gluten-free. They need some extra oomph to get the fluff.
Bringing something good into the world is always worth the effort.
Gluten Free Chocolate Pancakes
appx 2 dozen pancakes
- 2 1/3 cup gluten free flour recipe
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- 2 eggs, yolks and whites seperated
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 tbsp melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a large bowl, combine and whisk together gluten free flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. When thoroughly combined, set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla. Set aside.
- In a medium to large bowl, beat egg whites with a whisk or hand mixer. When foamy, add about 2 tablespoons of sugar. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- Taking your bowl of dry ingredients, add remaining sugar and begin whisking in the wet ingredients to form a batter. The batter will be more on the thin side.
- Once all the wet ingredients are incorporated, gently fold in the egg whites being careful not to deflate them.
- Spritz a pan with oil spray (or melt about 1 teaspoon of butter) and heat over medium. If using pancake molds, also spritz with spray. Be sure to re-spritz the molds after each use. Re-spritz the pan itself as needed.
- Pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook 1-2 minutes on each side.
- Serve with maple syrup, strawberries, and whipped cream as desired.
BTW, these pancakes freeze beautifully. Place them in a freezer bag with parchment or wax paper separating each layer. Prepare by placing in your toaster as you would your favorite brand of frozen pancakes. For me, I set the toaster to a lower setting and hit the “frozen” button. This method provides a much better texture than the microwave strategy.