Mornings are pretty routine. The twins usually wake between seven and eight. Once they are up the day begins starting by brewing some fresh coffee in the French press, getting the kids their breakfast and letting the dogs outside. Once I have two happy and fed kids I clean up the kitchen and grab myself another much needed cup of coffee. The day seems to fly by and before I know it I am doing the same thing all over again the next morning.
I rotate a variety of breakfast dishes for the twins. One day it might be hot oatmeal tossed with fresh berries like blueberries, strawberries and mashed bananas with cinnamon and honey; the next would be a variety of pancake recipes I circulate through.
Not long ago I was testing a recipe for Chocolate Avocado Cookies (recipe still to come) when I decided to give it a shot in pancakes. The avocado really adds to the texture of these pancakes making them moist and delicious. I have made these several times. Usually when I make a batch of pancakes I get two days worth of breakfasts but for some reason when these are made they are eaten up with no leftovers. Honestly I have found myself nibbling on these pancakes throughout the day, even cold.
I love the combination of chocolate and cinnamon so I toss in a handful or so of cinnamon baking chip morsels into these pancakes which add another element to these already tasty pancakes.
Thankfully my kids like avocado. They love guacamole, they enjoy Avocado Pasta and I toss avocados it into smoothies. Avocados are packed full of good and delicious nutrients so I am happy I can incorporate it into their meals when I can.
These are delightful pancakes and for fun I use a cookie cutter to cut them into shapes. Since it is close to Valentine’s Day I choose to make them into hearts. Perfect for breakfast in bed.
Chocolate Avocado Pancakes
1/2 all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 large egg
1 ripe avocado, mashed
1/3 cup cinnamon baking chip morsels (optional)
In a large bowl mix together flours, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and add in milk, egg and avocado. Stir together until smooth. Fold in cinnamon chips or chocolate chips (optional).
Preheat a large greased skillet over medium heat. Pour in desired amount of batter and swirl to make round. Flip pancakes when pin size bubbles begin to form.
Use cookie cutter if desired to shape pancakes.