My Ally [Chocolate Chip Brownie Pancakes]

I can be difficult. Frequently moody, sour and callous. I can be anti-social (read: crusty), nit-picky, sharp-tongued and straight up cold at times. I would have to think twice about dating myself, let’s be clear on that. 

Despite those flaws, I managed to find a man who loves me. He is the sunniest part of my day, continuing to smile when I have nothing but a frown to offer. He let’s me be. Allows me to sit in the silence I hunger for so often while he sits, silent, by my side. I can ask him for anything at any time, a
nything, knowing he won’t sigh or roll his eyes at the idiocy of my requests. He simply smiles and says, "of course". When I feel dark, he’s the light. In every sadness, he’s my joy. His love is everything and I’m so lucky to know him, to have the gift of his friendship, and to call him mine. Olive you, my Ally. 

I realize It’s not Valentines Day yet, but I wanted to get these out sooner than later so you could whip them up for the person(s) you love most.

Chocolate Chip Brownie Pancakes
adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
makes 6-8 mini pancakes

These are decadent, rich and delicious. Pass up the box of chocolates and head for a plate of these instead - I promise your valentine will be thrilled with your brilliance and adeptness in the kitchen and you might even get to steal a bite.

Use spelt flour in place of AP flour to make these gluten free. 

1/2 cup whole wheat or AP flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cane or brown sugar
4 tbsp cocoa powder (I use Camino Natural Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp milk of your choice
handful dark or semisweet chocolate chips
vegetable oil, for frying

to serve: 

maple syrup
cocoa powder

Whisk all dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry, add the chocolate chips and whisk just to combine, it’s OK if there are some lumps. Pour a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil into a non-stick skillet and bring to medium-high heat. Pour about 2 heaping tablespoons into the pan and cook until bubbles start appearing towards the center of the pancake. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Repeat until no batter remains. Makes approximately 6-8 pancakes. 

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