Thursday, November 19, 2009

Can You Have Dessert for Breakfast?!

Okay, this is not a dessert, but it sure LOOKS like it! I'm not the kind of mama that feeds her family sugar for breakfast. Who says you can't have a little bit of cacao for breakfast? It is extremely nutritious and a superfood that actually gets your day going on a good start.

I made these pancakes using the blender & soak-method (like the millet & brown rice pancakes). They came out rich & oh so soft... like velvet. The rich, creamy sauce was the perfect touch of love. Must I say more?!

Double Chocolate Velvet Pancakes

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cups soft wheat berries
  • 2 cups kefir, buttermilk or water with 2 Tbsp whey, lemon juice or vinegar
Pour the ingredients in your blender and blend for a few mintues. Leave at room temperature overnight or up to 24 hours for improved nutrition.

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa/cacao powder
  • 1/3-1/2 cup coconut sugar (or other sweetener)
  • 1 Tbsp flax seed (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • dark chocolate chips

Oil & preheat your pan (preferably cast-iron) on medium heat (be careful not to let it smoke).

Add and blend eggs, vanilla, sea salt & coconut oil. Make sure a vortex forms (if needed, add 1 tablespoon or more of water till batter is churning) before adding in cocoa powder, coconut sugar, optional flax seed and blend till smooth. Finally, add baking soda & baking powder and blend in thoroughly but briefly.

Make your pancakes by simply pouring the batter from the blender onto your hot pan. Let it sit for a minute and then drop a small handful of chocolate chips on top to evenly distribute the chocolate love. When you see bubbles on the top and the edges firming up... flip it over and cook it for a couple minutes. Usually, the first side takes longer (4-5 minutes) than the second side (1-2 minutes).

Serve it on a fun plate and drizzle heavily with Banana Love Sauce.

Banana Love Sauce

  • 4 frozen bananas, slightly thawed
  • 1/4-1/2 cup cream
  • 3-4 Tbsp peanut butter

Blend everything together in your food processor or blender. Start with 1/4 cup cream and if you want a thinner sauce, add more cream (I used 1/4 cup). You can prepare this the day before… before you prepare your pancake batter and store in a sealed container in the fridge. Or if you have a food processor, make the sauce while making the pancakes. Drizzle in between pancakes for the best results.

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Double Chocolate Velvet Pancakes W/ Banana Love Sauce on Foodista


  1. That looks really good. I would really love to have this for breakfast. I have no doubt about it. I guess I can also use millet and rice instead of the oats and wheat berries?

  2. Oh my, this is awesome good! How to say NO to these especially the banana sauce, yum!.... Hmmm.... mm...

  3. OH! I don't like sugary things for breakfast, and normally not chocolate but the banana love sauce really looks like it might turn my taste around! Thanks you for all the healthy recipes you give us, we really appreciate them!

    Esther DeL

  4. Oops. the last comment was meant to go with this post! I reckon that's what happens when I go wild opening too many links in too many tabs. :)

  5. *drools all over computer screen* this looks amazing. I want it in my belly right now!! I am such a fan of kefir and I love that you used flax seeds -- deeeeelicious!

  6. Ok! I'm a little embarrassed to ask this but where can I find most of this stuff? Wheat berries? Cacao powder? Coconut sugar? I'm in little old Panama City, FL! Do I need to order online? Help a sista out!

  7. I have dessert for breakfast every morning! Gotta have some sweet to pump up my adrenaline!
    Have never had something that indulgent as your pancake though!

  8. Divina - you could use millet and rice, but it won't give the same soft texture and it has a very different flavor. Try it and let me know if its good!

    My Little Space - Thanks!!

    DeL Sisters - I know what you mean.. that's why I only made it one time :o) Thank you for stopping by!

    Leigh - LOL!!

    Joy - Thanks!!

    StillMe842 - Don't be embarrassed... that's what we are all here for... to help each other :o) You can use cocoa powder instead of cacao... First thing I would do is see if there's a food co-op near you where you can buy most things in small or large bulk for less. Then you can check out They have a large grocery section and great prices. You can order wheat berries online, but I find that expensive... I would look around locally for a food co-op. All of these you can find at a health food store like Whole Foods or Sprouts or something like those.

    lululu - LOL!! you are funny :o) Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I tried these this morning and they were a big hit! I didn't make the banana love sauce because I knew my kids wouldn't go for it, but I had peanut butter on top and it was great! Thank you for the GREAT recipe!!!

  10. Lindsay - Awesome!! So glad you guys enjoyed the pancakes... Thank you for sharing!!

  11. Dessert for breakfast is totally allowed if it's this good!

  12. Wow! I love the banana love sauce. Yum yum yum. And I eat muffins for breakfast most days, so I think dessert for breakfast is totally okay especially if it lifts your spirits.

  13. Wizzy - LOL!! Great, that's good to know :o)

    mangocheeks - Great to meet you and LOVE your profile name... so cute! Thank you for coming by and sharing your thoughts :o)

  14. Wow, those look fantastic! Could you use a different sweetener in replace of the coconut sugar? Please consider submitting this to our recipe blog: You could win 2 free quarts of coconut oil. :)

  15. Thank goodness for your article and not just the headline. I was going to say "of course you can have chocolate any time of the day as long as it is in Moderation and with a Purpose."

    And now I don't have to because you basically said that in different words.


  16. Wonderful recipe, and the picture is beautiful too!

  17. wow of course I can! This looks amazing!

  18. My kids would eat this all up! Sounds wonderful!

  19. Jenn - THank you!

    Tasty - Thank you! I do hope you will make it for your kids someday soon :o)

    pigpigscorner - Thank you!

    Sarah - Yes, you can use any kind of sweetener. Of course I'll submit it to your recipe blog! Thank you for asking :o)

    Mother Rimmy - Thank you!

    TheChocolateP - LOL!!! Thank you :o)

  20. Yes I can and have. Bring on desserts anytime of the day.

  21. Mare sorry I'm late on this, been busy with the holidays and all :)

    but I gotta say HOLY MOLY! those pancakes look amazing I would have this anytime of the day!

  22. I am a firm believer in eating dessert first - on occasion. But I could totally go for these as a start to a Sunday morning. Yum. With my biggest vice, hot black coffee, this would make my morning. I bookmarked this to make soon. :)

  23. Wow these look amazingg. I'm adding you to my blog roll.

  24. Thanks Penny!

    LOL! Thanks Jessie :o)

    Amy - Thanks!

    Karina - Thank you! Nice to meet you :o)


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