The last time I shared a pancake recipe, it was the easy vegan whole grain pancakes that I prepared for my Mom during our staycation. That was quite a while ago, and I realize that I’m overdue for a delicious vegan breakfast recipe. These vegan carob chip pancakes are easy, tasty, and the addition of carob chips gives them a sweetness and decadence that’s fitting for a fancy brunch or special occasion.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a huge carob fan. I don’t seek it out as a chocolate substitute, per se; I love chocolate, and I get no shortage of it. But in spite of the fact that carob tastes like chocolate, I think it has a particular sweetness and flavor of its own, and it’s a flavor I really like. (Plus, it’s got trace amounts of calcium, which I think is pretty cool.)
This was my first time making carob chip pancakes (or chocolate chip pancakes, for that matter), and used a simple vegan pancake “template”–one I’ve used to make pancakes for a long time–adding carob chips at the end. It’s nice when we know the proportions of a certain kind of food (pancakes, soup, scramble, whatever) so well that the recipe resides in our memory. That’s how I judged proportions on this one.
The kitchen smelled heavenly–as only kitchens in which pancakes are being prepared will–and by the time I’d finished up the batter, I was ravenous! If you make these for friends or loved ones as part of a brunch, I definitely recommend cooking and flipping them after your guests arrive. The breakfast aromas are pretty irresistable, and anticipation makes the pancakes all the more enjoyable.
Of course, you don’t have to use carob chips in the recipe. You can use vegan chocolate chips instead, or you can use berries, chopped nuts, or another mix-in of choice. If you haven’t tried carob, though, it’s really worth giving it a try. And this brunch recipe is an excellent place to start 🙂
See you on the morrow!
Photographs courtesy of Lighter.