Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes With A Chocolate Cashew sauce

I had a typical work day today which isn’t such a bad thing. I do actually enjoy my job for the most part. Maybe not “enjoy” but I really don’t have any complaints. I work in the kitchen of a retirement community doing “salads” and “desserts.” Non of it is vegan, of course but other than that it’s a nice job. I get paid well, I like my co-workers and my managers are very accommodating to me. I really am excited to go back to school, however, I honestly miss it. At this point, I’ve decided to go to school for environmental studies. I cannot wait to move forward with my life. Just one step closer to my dream of owning a farm full of animals I’ve adopted!! No, but seriously.

On days I work my eating schedule tends to be really off. For example, I had breakfast at 5:50 am this morning (cereal), a green juice at around 10:20 (I go to my house on break because it’s close) and my lunch break was at 1 but all I had was a banana because I refuse to eat the gross food they serve where I work. It’s all processed with huge lists of ingredients for the most part and even the vegetables (which are of poor quality quite often) are covered in oil and cooked at high temps a couple hours before even being served. It’s just not my cup of tea.Anyway, enough rambling. Basically, I got home from work and had a nice work out and and was then in the mood for pancakes.

You really don’t need eggs or dairy to make good pancakes!

Pancake Recipe:

1 banana

1/3 cup coconut milk (or any other non dairy milk of your choice)

1 tbsp maple syrup or agave

1 tbsp liquid coconut oil

1/3 whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 cup cacao nibs or vegan chocolate chips

Mash the banana with a fork and combine with the milk and maple syrup and coconut oil. To get coconut oil to be liquid, it’s easy to just heat up a little bit of water and put the container in the water until the coconut oil softens and turns to liquid form. The whole thing doesn’t need to be liquid, just enough for the recipe. Mix together the baking powder and flour and then mix with the wet ingredients until everything comes together and then add nibs or chocolate chips.

It helps to preheat the pan to medium heat before hand because these pancakes are a little thicker with wet ingredients and take a little longer to cook. Cook on one side until ready to flip and golden brown and then cook on the other side until golden brown. The insides may still be a little wet because of all the wet ingredients, so if you like you can cook longer. This recipe makes about two nice sized pancakes, four little ones, or one huge one. Double if you want to feed more people, or if you’re really hungry!

Sauce recipe:

1/3 cup raw cashews

1/3 cup coconut milk (or other non dairy milk)

1 tbsp carob powder (or cacao or coco powder)

1 tsp maple syrup or agave

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk if you want the sauce to be thinner and add more maple or agave if you want this to be sweeter.

I had these pancakes with another banana but I was really craving strawberries, those would go so well with this recipe. Blueberries or raspberries would also be good.

Vegan Blueberry Carob Pancakes with Strawberry Cashew Sauce

 

 

These pancakes are so easy to make and loaded with healthy ingredients. I’ve even made this pancakes quick in the morning within 20 ¬†minutes before work and just eaten them with maple syrup. However, they’re definitely best with the strawberry sauce.

Pancake Recipe:

1 cup whole wheat flour (I used buckwheat)

1 tsp baking powder

pinch of sea salt

3 tbsp carob powder

1-2 tbsp of agave or maple syrup

1 cup coconut milk

2 tbsp liquid coconut oil

as many blueberries as you’d like

 

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and then pour the wet ingredients in and mix well. If the batter is too thick, add a bit more coconut milk and if too thin add a teeny bit more flour. Once you have a nice batter plop about 1/4 cup of batter or more (depending on how big you like your pancakes) onto a hot pan, griddle or whatever you have. Once they start to cook put your blueberries right in on top of each pancake.

 

Sauce recipe:

1/3 cup cashews

4-5 strawberries

1/3 cup coconut milk

1/2 tsp maple syrup or agave

 

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender and then pour over top of your pancakes! If it’s too thin add some more cashews, if its too thick add more coconut milk or water to get the consistency you want. ¬†I also like to add coconut flakes on top of my pancakes.

*You can use cacao or coco powder in place of carob, carob is just the “chocolate” powder I have on hand. You could also add cacao nibs or strawberry pieces or coconut flakes into the pancakes too. Be creative! These are also great cold too, so keep the left overs!