Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Green Valentine's Day: Strawberry Chocolate Pancakes

It's always in the back of our minds. Sustainable living. A cause we all want to support.

But how to spread eco-love over Valentine's Day when the ground is frozen and a blizzard of imported roses and neon pink candies surround us?!

Relax, friends, the answer to many questions . . . lies in a warm pancake breakfast!

Our festive Strawberry Chocolate pancakes will delight singletons, couples and families, alike. And, Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa, Tea and Coffee help make this pancake recipe one to really feel good about.

A bowl of Dole pineapple (also Rainforest Alliance Certified) is the perfect snack while you flip.

Bonus Points! We also managed to score these local berries through our farm share.

IGI Greenhouse

Strawberry plants

                                                                                                                  photo courtsey of IGI

A Green Valentine's Day
Strawberry Chocolate Pancakes

serves 4
1 c whole wheat pastry flour (or your fave flour)
1 c unbleached all-purpose flour
2 T coconut sugar (or your fave sugar)
2 t baking powder
½ t baking soda
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
½ t sea salt
2 c chopped strawberries
2 c buttermilk
1 egg
3 t melted, unsalted butter
oil or butter for cooking

In a large bowl, sift the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the chopped berries, buttermilk, egg and butter. Combine with dry ingredients and stir gently.
Preheat griddle over medium. Grease with oil or butter and pour 1/4 cup serving. Cook until bubbling (about 3 minutes); then, flip. Cook for another minute or 2. Wrap stack with foil and cover with clean dish towel while you finish the process.
Serve with pure maple syrup, butter, and fresh berries. The pancakes are perfection but if you really looove chocolate, add some extra cocoa powder to the mix or shaved Rainforest Alliance Certified Chocolate on top.

Aren't you feeling all 'green and cozy' by now?
Enjoy every bite your flapjacks- remember no two are like! O shared this realization with me this very morning.

Happy Valentine's Day from Mount Driveway!

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