May 11, 2015

Chocolate Chia Chai Pancakes

Chocolate Chia Chai Pancakes

When I was in high school I used to drive 40 minutes just to get an iced chai tea latte from Nordstrom eBar.  This was in 2007, making me blissfully unaware of what a calorie was.  Upon discovering a large cup weighed in at a whopping 700 calories, I wish I could say I stopped ordering them but I absolutely did not because I’m weak and my taste buds trump good judgement a good majority of the time.  Now a more “mature” and mindful young adult, I now try to recreate that same taste just without the processed fats and sugars.  This week, I did that via pancakes for Mother’s Day / Plancake Sunday. Although there is a bit of natural sugar, the fiber in the oats and chia seeds helps slow the sugar absorption and maintain the body’s blood sugar levels.  The result was divine, due largely in part to using Blake Orchard’s Chocolate Almond Mylk for an extra kick of chocolate.  Recipe is below!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chocolate almond mylk
  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 1.5 cups oat flour (or oats grounded into a flour)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tsp baking power
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • Pinch ground clove
  • Pinch ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

Recipe:

  1. Add milk and tea bags to a pot and bring to a simmer until heated. Remove tea bags and let milk cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix your oat flour, baking powder, cacao powder, all the spices and coconut sugar. Whisk to combine. In another small bowl, whisk together your maple syrup, eggs, oil, chia seeds and vanilla. Once cool, slowly whisk in the chai milk. Pour the wet into the dry and fold together until just combined. Let the mixture sit for 10-12 minutes so the oats and chia seeds can absorb the liquids and thicken up. While it sits, preheat your skillet.
  3. Pour batter into skillet and flip away.
  4. Makes 8-10 pancakes

Choc Chai 1

Recipe adapted from The Gouda Life

Superfood Spotlight

Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and are high in antioxidants, which decrease inflammation.  A study in type 2 diabetics showed that chia seeds can significantly lower blood pressure and a marker for inflammation.

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