A loving aunt serves up a snack to her 8 year old nephew. The offering – a moist, rich, chocolate cake.
After gobbling up his first piece, he asks for a second. She dishes it up, and as she passes it back to him, here is their exchange,
“I’m so glad you like my Chocolate Zucchini Ca—“
“I think I’m full.”
Cake plate pushed politely back across the table.
The scene was real. The loving aunt was played by my sister and the nephew, my eldest child. Picky in his younger days. Less so now.
Because of said pickiness, I have been known to employ covert tactics in some of my cooking.
These chocolate pancakes are sneaky delicious. They are rich and chocolatey, and filled with veggies. They are sure to satisfy a sweet tooth and a health nut.
And because much of the work is done in your blender, they are super easy.
They are made to be customized, too. I add what I’ve got. Got a surplus of cooked pumpkin…throw some in! Don’t have one of the listed veggies – no problem. Substitute something else or leave it out altogether. I find that I make these the most towards the end of summer, when I’ve got a freezer full of shredded zucchini and piles of other veggies from the CSA we participate in.
Play with it. Have fun.
You can serve these just like regular pancakes, with syrup. But I like mine with very lightly sweetened whipped cream. And berries, if we’ve got them. My oh my. Mouth watering.
This recipe has definitely earned it’s spot in my rotation when we have Breakfast for Dinner nights. But I can’t say I’d turn them down in the morning, either.
Chocolate any time of day is all right with me. I can feel where Augustus Gloop was coming from when he said of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate River, “Gosh, I need a bucket to drink it properly.” Yeah, that would be me. And then I’d fall in, just like Augustus.
But I digress…
Make these pancakes. Make them for your picky eater or chocolate lover or health nut or anyone you just really love. And if you’ve got a non-chocolate eater (they do exist), but have pancakes on the brain, check out my go-to pancake recipe.
Do you have any sneaky recipes you’ve used? I’d love to hear them!
Recipe adapted from this one.