Lemme clue you in to a little secret. Sometimes I can’t choose between chocolate and carbs.
I knew I wanted to do a Valentine’s Day post, but I wasn’t sure which to focus on. After all, how does one pick between carbs and chocolate?
Well, the normal focus for V-Day seems to be chocolate, but I would be just as happy to get a steamin’ hot plate of pancakes as a present as I would getting a box of chocolates.
After much deliberation I decided to go with pancakes because it was the perfect opportunity to use one of my Chanukah presents, THIS SQUEEZE BOTTLE! (Thanks Mom & Dad!)
There’s a connection, I promise. A guy on YouTube has become famous for making super intricate pancake pictures using just a squeeze bottle and his immense talent. You might have seen his stuff shared on Facebook. He did the Beatles. It was awesome. Click here to watch the video.
Pancake art sounds like the yummiest art form I can imagine, so I’m giving it a go. So far I can do hearts and backwards letters (since you flip the pancakes you have to do words backwards). Not quite the Beatles, but a girl’s got to practice right?
Once I’d settled on pancakes for this post, I had to weigh some more options. Should I do strawberry pancakes because the color is Valentine’s-y, or should I do chocolate chip pancakes (because chocolate)?
And then I was like, “Molly.
Molly, Molly, Molly. Silly girl. Why not do both?”
*In falsetto* Jackpot!
Chocolate and strawberry are meant to be together anyway. And then you add pancakes to the mix (ha ha), and HUZZAH!
These pancakes are like a strawberry coated in rich, semi-sweet chocolate and then surrounded by the fluffiest pancakes known to the world ever.
Uh, you better know I ain’t eating these just on Valentine’s Day.
They’re just as delicious in not heart form, but I really recommend splurging on the squeeze bottle! It will cost you like a full 34 cents and you will have SOOOOO much fun. I’d love to see your pancake designs so pleaaaaase share them with me ok?!?
Ok. Pancake time. (Also, syrup pouring creds to Tori)
- 3/4 c. dark rye flour (or other whole grain of your choice)
- 3/4 c. white spelt flour or unbleached all-purpose
- 3.5 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tbsp. melted coconut oil, vegan butter, or ghee, plus more for pan
- 1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
- 3-4 strawberries, washed and sliced
- 1/4 c. chocolate chips
- Whisk together flours, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except for the strawberries and chocolate chips. Whisk until fully incorporated and frothy.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Lumps are ok!
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. If making heart-shaped pancakes, fill your squeeze bottle with batter while the skillet heats. Add some butter to the pan. Draw a heart outline with your squeeze bottle, then use a ladle to fill in inside with batter. Press some chocolate chips and strawberries directly into the pancake in the skillet. When you see bubbles forming, flip and cook on the other side for another minute or two. Repeat with remaining batter.