Monday, August 11, 2014

Walnut Brownie Oatmeal Pancakes

*fancy announcer's voice* Welcome to The Chocolate Soup Show! I'm your host, Nanner P.B. Oatie, and joining us on the show here today is the lovely Mrs.Walnut Brownie Pancake Stack! Quite a long name you have there Ma'am, but anyways, welcome to the show! To get us started, I'd just like to ask you a few questions about your life as a stack of pancakes. If you don't mind of course?
Mrs. Walnut Brownie Pancake Stack: . . .
Nanner P.B. Oatie: I'm assuming that that's a green light then! So here's my first question: You are well known all over the foodie world for your extravagant style and toppings. How do you choose what you wear for the day? Is it depending on your mood, or what the weather is like outside? Or does it have something to do with your consumer? I see your wearing a gorgeous drippy peanut butter dress today, and I especially love the walnut hat! Really ties everything together.
Mrs. Walnut Brownie Pancake Stack: . . .
Nanner P.B. Oatie: Okay then, I guess we'll just move on to the next question! So, being a type of food, I'm sure you must hear about your relatives being eaten all the time. Does that affect you in any way?
Mrs. Walnut Brownie Pancake Stack: . . .
Nanner P.B. Oatie: Your're not going to answer any of my questions, are you?
Mrs. Walnut Brownie Pancake Stack: . . .
Nanner P.B. Oatie: Can you even talk?
Mrs. Walnut Brownie Pancake Stack: Of course I can talk you nut head! I just choose not to answer any of your irrelevant questions, which is to say, all of them!
Nanner P.B. Oatie: *looking very flustered* Well, that was rather unexpected. *turns to audience with a smile* That's about it for today's show folks! Tune in next week for our next guest! Bye!

Walnut Brownie Oatmeal Pancakes layered with kiwi, fresh figs, and Peanut Butter Date Spread, and topped with peanut butter drizzle, walnuts, and a fig. 

Walnut Brownie Oatmeal Pancakes
-1/3 c old fashioned rolled oats
-2 tbsp coconut flour
-1 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-pinch baking soda
-2 tbsp coconut sugar
-1 tbsp walnut pieces
-1 tbsp caca nibs
-1/2 c milk of choice
-1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
-oil for cooking (I used coconut)

In a blender/food processor, blend your oats into a flour. Transfer the flour into a bowl, then add the coconut flour, cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda, and coconut sugar. In a separate bowl, combine your milk and apple cider vinegar, and let it sit for a couple of minutes. After the mixture has sat, whisk in the egg and the vanilla. Now would be a good time to start heating up a pan. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, then slowly pour in the wet ingredients, while mixing small scoops of the dry mixture in at a time. Once all the wet ingredients have been poured in, give it a couple more big stirs (it's okay if there are a couple of small dry bubbles), but be careful not to over mix. Fold in the walnuts and cacao nibs.

 Check to see if your pan has heated up enough. If you drop a drop of water onto it's surface, it (the water) should sizzle. Once your pan is hot enough, add a small amount of oil (I used coconut) to the pan, and spread it around with a napkin. I have a non-stick pan, so you might need a bit more oil if you don't. Using about 2 tbsp at a time, drop batter onto the hot pan and make a circle shape with a spoon. Let it cook until you start to see bubbles on the top, then flip. It should be able to flip quite easily. If you do not see bubbles after a few of minutes, use your spatula and gently check the bottom of the pancake. If it easily lifts and looks firm and browned, you may have just missed the bubbles (they are really small), so go ahead and flip it. If not, then let it cook more. Once flipped, cook a couple more minutes until the top is firm, then set aside. Repeat with the rest of the batter until it is all gone, then top with your toppings of choice and enjoy.

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