Chocolate Socca Pancakes & a Smile

April 11, 2011 at 1:26 PM | Posted in Breakfast, Fitness, Food, Health, Nutrition, Recipes | 42 Comments
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You know what brings a smile to my face?

Not this, that’s for sure.


Hehe you can tell I was having fun with photoshop, can’t ya?

Now, THIS will bring a smile to your face!Β  Let’s go ahead and turn that frown right side up, shall we? πŸ˜€

Chocolate Socca Pancakes


1/4 C garbanzo flour (chickpea)

1/4 C oat flour (I grind my oats)

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp stevia

1/2 C almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla


First, grab a medium bowl and mix all the dry ingredients.Β  Then, simply add the wet ingredients and whisk away! The consistency will be perfectly liquidy, but will hold together rather well.

When you ladle on the batter onto the sprayed pan, you can use the 1/4 C measuring cup to make them even.Β  Approximately 3 pancakes will come out as a result.Β  Serves 1 happy camper. πŸ˜›

I had ’em with a side of bold coffee as usual.Β  I didn’t realize how much I missed coffee since my recovery!

Of course, I topped it off with one of my fave foods.Β  Fage Greek yogurt, honey,Β  and fruit.

I really loved these pancakes because of their nutritional value, and because they’ve been keeping me satiated for at least 3 hours so far!Β  That’s rare for me as I’m usually hungry every 2 hours.

They’re a bit on the chewy and dense side, as opposed to the normal “fluffy” and buttery effect that one would expect from pancakes.

Now, I don’t count calories and I usually eat perfectly sized portions for ME.Β  I wouldn’t want anyone to get obsessed with all that useless calorie counting junk–at least not when they’re here in this blog.

I do, however, count them if I’m eating, say…a twinkie or something.Β  Hah! Just an example.

Regardless of all that, I’d like to show you the amazing nutrition in this breakfast pre-topping!Β  Just because I know that calories are still important to some extent, and some of you may want to know the protein statistics. I think it all depends on when and why we should think about calories.Β  Moderation in thinking about calories is important too–I just think we shouldn’t overdo it.Β  I believe it ultimately comes down to listening to our bodies.

There are approximately 230 calories and well over 13%, or 10 g ofΒ  protein! I don’t think that’s too shabby considering that there’s a full day ahead of us and we can keep getting more protein from other foods. πŸ˜‰

With that said, make this breakfast with your favorite toppings on!

As for these cookies that I had mentioned last time…

Oopsies!!! Somebody lost the recipe!! Noooooo.Β  These cookies had the unique spice called “Coriander” and coconut oil, and it was my first time trying CorianderΒ  in a baked goodie.Β  Hopefully I can find the recipe the future.

My weekend was filled with “trying to effectively study” with not a whole lot of studying done.Β  I kept dozing off as I hit the textbooks and E-books.

I hope you’re all having a blessed start of the week.Β  After reading some blogs, I’m now craving Jessica’s Tiramisu Froast and Hannah’s bars. Mmmmm

Have you ever tried to post a recipe and then realized that you lost it?

What’s one memorable event about your weekend?

What’s have YOU been craving or wanting to try lately?

Grace & Peace,

Ellie <33


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  1. Your socca pancakes look so good! I love the versatility of socca.

  2. Mmm the socca pancakes look delicious…
    I often want to post a recipe but can’t since I tend to forget to write down what I use in my recipe because of all the last minute ingredient adding i do… oops πŸ˜‰

    • haha that’s why I always use the paper pad and pen right by my phone at the kitchen πŸ˜‰

  3. Socca flour is everywhere in the blog world lately, I can see myself jumping into that wagon soon.
    Highlight of my weekend is the japanese dining experience, pure art. πŸ™‚

  4. I cant find chickpea flour and it is slightly breaking my heart!! I guess I need to head to trader joes to find it. Sprouts usually has EVERYTHING, but they didnt have this flour 😦 LAME! These pancakes look so so good though! I NEED that flour darn it!

    • Kat have you tried Henry’s? do you have one around you? they definitely do have it! TJs doesn’t SEEM to have it. I got it at Henry’s though πŸ˜€

  5. Love the socca! I still haven’t found any so no socca recipes for me 😦 I have been craving that breakfast cookie and now that I had it, I will make it again tomorrow πŸ˜‰ Have a fabulous Monday!

  6. Love how dark and delicious your pancakes are!! My weekend was amazing thanks to being in Arizona! πŸ™‚

  7. ahhh i love making socca! πŸ™‚ i make socca bites: heheh. they are so yummy to snack on.

    • your socca bites look delish Junia!

  8. These look amazing, I’m definitely going to have to pick up some chickpea flour!

  9. Wow! Those look so good πŸ™‚

  10. YUM! I added some socca to my pancakes too, and they were a little dense…but delish πŸ™‚

  11. Ohhh make me some, make me some! πŸ™‚


    • Should I send you electronic ones? blech! that dosn’t sound so good lol.

  12. YUM those pancakes look good πŸ™‚

    I have been craving banana bread! Oh and I hate losing recipes 😦

    • oh banana bread~when do we NOT crave it? that sounds good right now actually πŸ™‚

  13. Ahhh…. those pancakes look super duper fabulous!! My pancakes are hardly ever fluffy either. I guess it just proves that pancakes don’t have to be fluffy to be delicious! πŸ˜€

    I hate losing recipes! It usually happens to me when I make something that I don’t blog about for a while. I never right down my recipes before hand, but it’s definitely something I need to work on!

    Memorable event this weekend…. going to my friend’s concert! She plays the violin and did the most AMAZING job!! It was such a blessing to here her play πŸ™‚


  14. Oh my goodness, those look amazing!! I think those are what I’m craving now, LOL, I seem to just crave stuff I see on blogs. So needless to say I’m usually hungry for a bunch of random stuff. I haven’t had socca in a couple weeks, I think it’s time to bring it back! πŸ™‚

    • it’s funny how it usually happens late at night too πŸ˜‰

  15. Chocolate socca?!?!? Ohhhh Emmmm Geeee! What a great idea!

    • perhaps UPPING the cocoa powder would be better if you truly desire chocolatey overflowing goodness lol

  16. You know, a few years ago when I was in college I would have had maybe one of these ingredients in my kitchen. Now I have them all, I could literally go make these right now. And perhaps I will, because I’m kind of hungry!

    • how awesome is that?! It’s such a privilege to be able to make whatever we want whenever πŸ˜€

  17. those pancakes look AWESOME! I really need to get me some chickpea flour- im soo outa the loop with that!

  18. I’ve actually never tried socca. But I’m thinking that those chocolate socca pancakes would be the best place to start. Time to go pick up some chickpea flour. πŸ˜€

  19. such a wonderful twist to regular pancakes. thanks for sharing.

    i find myself lots of times forgetting how much I used in my recipes since the note I wrote on got lost., it’s frustrating.

    • Yeahh I also find that putting the titles on them helps me to NOT lose them!

  20. I think counting calories can quickly become an evil, evil, mind-suffocating trap, so it’s wonderful to hear you haven’t fallen in! These pancakes/soccaa look amazing! I’ve yet to try socca, because I promised myself I’d finish my coconut flour before I bought chickpea flour πŸ™‚

    • good on you for the self-control! woowhooo i admire that πŸ™‚

  21. I can’t help but count calories roughly and that is great for each serve especially if you have a big day ahead of you!

    • that’s very true Lorraine! sometimes it helps to know the estimate when your day starts at like, say…5 or 6 am! πŸ˜€

  22. Those pancakes made my day! So healthy yet they look so good πŸ™‚

  23. I will find an excuse to put cocoa powder in anything, so these are right up my alley πŸ™‚

    • haha I find myself adding chocolate/cocoa to everything lately.

  24. Those pancakes look delicious! Chocolate for breakfast would be amazing! Yum!

  25. I’ve never thought about socca pancakes. What a good idea, Ellie!!

  26. I actually LOVE chewy carbs, so these pancakes are lovely to me. I don’t like chocolate though, so I’ll turn them into green tea socca pancakes. How’s that? πŸ˜€

    I think people ironically get more and more unhealthy as calorie-counting became an obsession.

    • that’s a genius idea sophia!! green tea, black tea, coffee??!!

  27. I’ll say this for sure: I had pancakes this weekend but they were no where near as delicious as yours 😦

    Love this recipe and special breakfasts on Sunday mornings. Thanks for the idea, Ellie!

    • aww you’re welcome! I think every breakfast is so special around here lol. I’ll make pancakes whenever i feel like it ;P

  28. Oh my stinkin’ goodness, those socca cakes look INSANELY delicious! I can’t believe how cute and perfectly shaped they are, making them look that much more tasty! If only garbanzos didn’t do such a number on my tummy 😦 I miss you, garbanzos babies!

    Have a great week!

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