Chocolate Pancakes and other breakfast ideas


The past few days I have been focusing on breakfast ideas for Christmas morning.  Today I want to share a recipe for chocolate pancakes.  I found it on a site called Everything and Nothing. She got the recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  For me, chocolate pancakes are a special treat saved for a special time of year.  I like to serve them with caramel banana topping or warmed cherry pie filling then topped off with some whipped cream.  My favorites is the cherry pie filling.

I also found a cute way to make regular pancakes fun for Christmas.  I found this image at the Taste of Home website.  Take some banana slices, cherry pie filling, a couple chocolate chips and some whipped cream and you’ve got a cute Santa Pancake.

santa pancake idea

Today I also am sharing my favorite recipe that fall under the pancake, waffle, and french toast category.  The list is a little long but they are all fabulous.  If you didn’t know I LOVE breakfast.

Tender Sour Cream Waffles – my favorite homemade waffle recipe to make in my Belgian waffle maker.  Love to serve these with Merry Berry Syrup.

Eggnog French Toast with Eggnog Syrup – a yummy way to bring the flavors of the season to breakfast.  The eggnog syrup is also excellent on regular french toast.

Pumpkin Begian Waffles – another yummy way to bring in a favorite seasonal flavor.  These are great to serve with orange walnut butter and syrup.

Mini German Pancakes – so cute and a fun new way to serve German pancakes.  These are good served with triple berry sauce.

Pain Perdu (AKA French Toast) – a yummy version of french toast.  I especially enjoy the topping made from fresh strawberries, sugar, and orange zest.

Pecan Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast – french toast stuffed with a cream cheese mixture then served with an almond citrus syrup.  You can stuff the french toast a head of time and keep wrapped in plastic in the fridge until you are ready to dip them in the egg mixture.

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast – another yummy stuffed french toast that uses strawberries.  One on my kids favorites.

Sausage-Peach Filled Puff Pancake – similar to a German pancake and filled with a mixture of syrup, sausage, and peaches – a yummy combination.  You can make the filling ahead of time and warm before serving.

Chocolate Waffles – a yummy waffle recipe.  Love to make this one in the Belgian waffle maker too.  Excellent topped with strawberries, berry topping, or caramel banana topping.

Gingerbread Waffles – these waffles get a seasonal makeover with the flavor on gingerbread.  I serve them topped with lemon syrup and lemon cream.

Pumpkin Patch Pancakes – an easy way to give a boxed pancake mix a seasonal flavor.  I like to serve these with apple cider syrup.

Creme Brulee French Toast – this is made the night before and kept in the fridge.  Just bake in the morning.

Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes - a yummy way to make blueberry pancakes.

German Apple Pancake – a delicious version of a German pancake that incorporates apples.

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Chocolate Pancakes

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  1. In a large bowl combine flour and other dry ingredients.(I like to put the cocoa through a sieve to get rid of any lumps)
  2. In a second bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
  3. Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until slightly lumpy.
  4. Heat a lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet over medium heat until a few drops of water dance across surface.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter onto griddle. Cook until lightly browned; turn when tops are bubbly and edges are slightly dry (about 2 to 3 minutes per side). Makes 16 pancakes.

Each pancake: 104 calories, 4 g fat (1 g sat), 15 mg chol, 16 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein

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