Cacao Orange Pancake Stack

I love pancakes. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, despite being rather anti ‘trends’ I’m a huge #PancakeSunday fan. Pancakes became of my first ways to truly experiment in the kitchen and the Sunday morning routine of whipping up a batch quickly became dedicated ‘me time’ no matter what is going on in my life. So with Pancake Day this coming week, I thought I’d share a recipe for you in advance of the big day. This gives you plenty of time to gather all the necessary ingredients - you can thank me later after you’ve tried them!

Before launching into some serious chocolaty deliciousness, let’s not forget why we celebrate Pancake Day. Pancake Day marks the day before the start of Lent. Known as Shrove Tuesday, it’s the day preceding Ash Wednesday and it always falls somewhere between February and March. Pancakes were traditianlly eaten on this day to use up one’s indulgent foods before the 40-day fasting season of Lent began. In today’s society Pancake Day sees the beginning of 40 days where many people give up something indulgent (usually chocolate). Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why people may wish to do this, but this year I’ve thought a lot about society’s negative pressure to cut out ‘bad food’ and so ironically feel rather anti this! Instead I’ve decided to take up something new, embarking on 40 days of random acts of kindness. Whether it’s giving up my seat on the bus, buying a coffee for stranger, or donating to my local Foodbank, I’m going to do one small thing each day. If this resonates with you at all, I would absolutely love for any of you to join me.  Who knows, maybe together we can help make the world a slightly happier place? I’ll be sharing some of these actions (using the hashtag #40daysofkindness) on social media so keep an eye out over the coming weeks. If you’ve got any particular ideas, or would like me to share one of yours, then let me know.

Now back to today’s pancakes! I like to switch things up each time I make pancakes, so this time I based my recipe on a childhood favourite, Jaffa Cakes. For my fellow kids of the 90s, maybe you’ll remember those super cute orange snack boxes, filled with 6 miniture jaffa cakes. Did anyone else have competitions to see who could end up with just the round piece of orange jelly? You’d have to nibble away all the chocolate, and then ever so carefully remove it from the spongy base. Alongside Pringle shaped tupperwear (*see below), these gems made my packed lunches back in the day!

Reminiscing aside, I love the combination of chocolate and orange. They compliment each other so well. Cacao is rich and decadent, while orange is zesty and sweet. I chose to use a chocolate protein powder by That Protein (as it's got a high cacao content, made purely from brown rice protein and raw cacao), but this can just as easily be replaced with a mix of raw cacao powder and a little extra flour if that’s more your thing.

One last thing. I highly recommend making the cacao drizzle. It’s one minute of extra effort for mouthfuls of extra deliciousness. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Now for the recipe that you’ve been waiting for…

 

Cacao Orange Pancake Stack

Time: 15 minutes 

Serves 1 (makes 5-6 pancakes)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (40g) chickpea flour (*any all purpose flour should work, e.g. plain/rye/buckwheat)
  • 1 heaped tbsp. coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp. chocolate protein powder (*or sub with 1 tbsp. raw cacao + 1 extra tbsp. flour)
  •  1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg white (*see note below) 
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) dairy free milk (plus a splash more if necessary)
  • 1 tsp. honey (or other liquid sweetener)
  • Coconut oil, for frying

Toppings

  • Cacao drizzle (1 tsp. honey, 1 tbsp. raw cacao, 1 tbsp. boiling water)
  • 1 large orange (segments + zest)
  • 120g greek yoghurt (*sub with coconut/soya yoghurt if dairy free)
  • 1 tsp. cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp. desiccated coconut

*Note: I haven’t yet tried making a vegan version of this recipe yet, but if you’d like to give it a go, then let me know how you get on. I suggest substituting the egg and egg white with two flax eggs (2 tbsp. ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp. water) and the honey with brown rice syrup.

Method:

  • Crack one egg and one egg white into a medium sized bowl and whisk together with a fork.
  • In a separate bowl measure out the chickpea flour, coconut flour, chocolate protein powder, baking power and salt.
  • Sift the dry ingredients in with the eggs and then mix together to form a thick batter.
  • Add the honey, and then gradually add the milk. Stir until no lumps remain.
  • Set the batter aside.
cacaopancakebatter

Whilst the batter rests, prepare your toppings:

  • Orange: Using a grater, zest a small amount of orange peel, then peel it and chop it into segments.
  • Cacao Drizzle: Mix 1 tsp. honey (or liquid sweetener of choice) and 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder with 1 tbsp. boiling water to form a runny paste. 
  • Gather the yoghurt, cacao nibs and desiccated coconut.

Once you’ve prepared your toppings, it’s time to cook your pancakes.

  • Heat a small amount of coconut oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Get the pan really hot to begin with and then turn the heat down once it begins to sizzle.
  • Dollop approximately two tablespoons of batter into the pan to form each pancake.  I usually do about 3 pancakes in each batch. Cooked them for 2 minutes, until bubbles begin to form on the top, and then carefully flip over and cook for a further minute on the other side.
  • Remove the first batch, place to one side and repeat until no batter remains.
cacaopancakesandtoppings

Now it’s time for the fun part – assembling your stack:

  • Pile your pancakes into a mini stack.
  • Add a generous dollop of yoghurt, and then decorate with orange segments, cacao drizzle, cacao nibs, desiccated coconut and a pinch of grated orange zest.
  • Enjoy straight away whilst still warm!

I don’t know about you, but these are a far cry from the lemon and sugar filled crepes I used to have as a child. Don’t get me wrong, I still love traditional crepes, but why not shake things up a little and have a go at something new? I love seeing how you get on too, so feel free to tag me @mylifeisforliving, use the hashtag #mylifeisforliving, or comment below if you give these (or any of my pancake recipes) a try! If any catch my eye, then I’ll be sure to share them on my Instagram too.

 

Happy pancaking my lovelies!

Until next time,

Hannah x

#mylifeisforliving