Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Let’s talk about these pancakes. We already know orange and chocolate are a heavenly combination, add a handful of other simple ingredients and you have the most rich and decadent stack of fluffy pancakes. With fresh orange juice and zest in the batter they are bursting with zesty orange flavour. I used cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips, which added a delicious crunch and texture to the dish. I lathered my stack with homemade chocolate sauce and natural yogurt, the perfect bitter sweet combo. They are finger licking good, not a crumb was left on my plate this morning! Little would you know that these taste bud tantalizing pancakes come packed with nutritional benefits – vitamin C from the oranges, potassium from the banana, fiber from the buckwheat and coconut flour, antioxidants from the cacao nibs and protein from the egg, they will keep you buzzing for hours!

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IMG_6895IMG_6887Pancake Batter

  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup buckwheat flour
  • ¼ cut oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Juice of one orange
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs

Chocolate Sauce

  •  1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder

Toppings

  • Orange or mandarin slices
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ¼ cup natural yogurt
  • Sprinkle of cacao nibs
  • Chocolate sauce (recipe above)

Mix all the ingredients for the pancake batter (except the cacao nibs) in a food processor. Then stir through the cacao nibs. Heat a pan over medium heat, add a little coconut oil to grease the pan. The mixture will make four to five small – medium sized pancakes. Cook pancakes for several minutes on each side. Serve with yogurt, orange wedges and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

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