With Strawberry Compote
Last weekend was real “indoor weather”; it was cold, rainy and miserable. It was also the perfect excuse to make a delicious, warm winter breakfast, so I whipped up some chocolate chip oatmeal pancakes with a warm, gooey strawberry compote. They turned out beautifully and were so yum!
I made crumpets from the remaining batter and kept them in an airtight container. I had them the following day as a mid-afternoon snack with peanut butter and fresh fruit. They are perfect as an on-the-go-snack. You could easily omit the chocolate for a more neutral, healthier choice; or add in some herbs and spices to make them savory.
Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Pancakes
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup milk (I used 1/2 almond 1/2 dairy)
- pinch of salt
- tsp cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 TBS flaxseed
- 2 blocks of 80% good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped.
- 4 almonds roughly chopped
- Blend the oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together until you have a flour-like texture.
- Add the wet ingredients and blend together making a smooth batter.
- Add the roughly chopped nuts and chocolate.
- Let the batter sit for 5 minutes to thicken.
- Heat a pan to medium heat and wipe a thin coating of coconut oil over it with kitchen paper.
- Add about 2-3 tablespoons of batter into the centre of the pan and spread it out evenly into a circle. Make sure you haven’t poured too much batter into the pan otherwise your pancake will be thick and dense.
- Cook each side for about one minute, or flip the pancake after you see little bubbles form in pancake.
- When it is golden brown remove it from the heat. You can warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds just before serving, or keep them warm in an oven set on low.
- Oil the pan again, and repeat.
Serve with strawberry compote and yoghurt, or sprinkle with cinnamon, honey and a squeeze of lemon juice.
*Because these are gluten-free and made with oats they do have a different texture to regular pancakes and are a bit more dense, but they are equally delicious and a much healthier option.
- 1 cup of mixed berries (I used frozen blueberries and strawberries)
- slice of lemon
- cinnamon stick
- tsp honey
On a medium-low heat, mix all the ingredients together. Add a few tablespoons of water and simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary to avoid drying out.
When the fruit has softened and darkened in colour, remove from the heat and place in a separate bowl for serving.
Serve with pancakes, plain yoghurt and love!