Gluten Free Chocolate Pancakes

GFCP 3Woweee! 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 someoneGFCP 1 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.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Pancakes

appx 2 dozen pancakes
Ingredients

Gluten Free Pancake Ingredients

  • 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
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, combine and whisk together gluten free flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. When thoroughly combined, set aside.GFCP dry ingredients
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla. Set aside.GFCP wet ingredients
  3. 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.GFCP merengue
  4. 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.GFCP batter
  5. Once all the wet ingredients are incorporated, gently fold in the egg whites being careful not to deflate them.GFCP whites fold
  6. 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.
  7. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook 1-2 minutes on each side.GFCP pan
  8. 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.

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11 responses to “Gluten Free Chocolate Pancakes

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  2. I would whip up a few egg whites any day if I knew I could sit down to this beautiful plateful of chocolate pancakes! It totally looks like a scrumptious birthday cake! I will remember this for a special brunch for sure! And bonus that it is also GF:) I’m so sorry you have had to experience two funerals.. and you are so right, bad things can happen to any of us. Bless the friendships and family and good times we have together.. it’s what gets us through:) Sending hugs! xx

  3. they look so amazing! i can’t imagine the taste though! Great post! i bet it was a huge success!

    • Thank-you!, And thanks for visiting us! The pancakes taste very chocolaty, like an un-frosted chocolate cake doughnut. It gets even richer once you pour on the syrup and dress it up with strawberries and whipped cream. Very yummy stuff!

  4. Ooh yummy! Those pancakes look so delicious.

    • Why, thank you, Lucy! And thank you for stopping by for a visit. BTW, love you Eleanor Roosevelt quote (and your outfit!) on your about page. Life is truly here for us to experience to the fullest 🙂

  5. Sorry that life has been giving you a hard time lately. Your stack of pancakes looks scrumptious with the strawberries and whipped cream.

    • Thank-you so much , Karen. I’m hanging in here. It’s a struggle, but one that can be overcome so long as I choose to not be complacent. I truly believe that there is joy out there for anyone willing to take the effort to find it and I am definitely willing! 🙂

      BTW, these pancakes taste even yummier than they look! There’s nothing like summer sweet strawberries and chocolate. Do you have strawberries in your garden this year?

      • It is great that you have a positive outlook. I don’t have strawberries in our garden…too many little critters. We have wild blueberries but they get most of them.

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