How to Cook Quinoa Chocolate Pancakes

by Michel Daher

I woke up yesterday with a craving for pancakes and chocolate. Don't we all get this craving?? I rummaged through the cupboards and found quinoa! It just looked like bird seed to me. Experiments begin


  • 1 Cup White Flour
  • ¾ Cups Full cream
  • ½ Cups Soda water (sparkling water)
  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Chocolate drinking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Essence
  • 1 Teaspoon Mixed spice
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Cups Quinoa seeds (tri-colour)
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 1 Can Strawberry In pulp
  • 1 Can passionfruit in pulp
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    I'm back in my Christmas outfit ready to entertain the staff at Big W in Perth, who so kindly told me to leave the store. No fun!! Lucky they didn't see me trying the underwear on my head lol. Jokes!!

    Step 2

    So we're making simple, yet fluffy, soft, creamy, velvety, smooth, mouth watering pancakes. And we definitely can do this on an abused Christmas credit card budget. Let's begin!!

    Step 3

    This recipe will give you the flexibility to flavour your pancakes as you wish. First we'll make the base white pancakes then we will make a second batch with the chocolate and quinoa.

    Step 4

    Gather up all the ingredients in the same place close to your mixing bowl. This recipe will take you no more than 7 minutes to prepare. No sifting required :)

    Step 5

    Put all your dry ingredients first and then all your wet ingredients. Add 1 egg last. The secret ingredient here is the cream and soda water. Cream for pancakes and decorations.

    Step 6

    Keep whisking until a smooth texture. You'll see your mix to appear curdling. It's not curdling. It's the soda water bubbles making their exit into the world. Lol. Feeling all Christmassy?

    Step 7

    Easy flipping: instead of trying to do a magic flip I simply oil up two non stick pans. Using oil spray, spray both pans. Make sure they're both hot. Place some mixture to your pan...

    Step 8

    Once you can move the first pancake, cover with the second pan and flip it from one pan to another. Bubbles are fantastic for pancakes. Means they can soak up more juices.

    Step 9

    Stack them up. Repeat steps 5 and 6, add 2-3 tablespoons of chocolate powder and 1/2 cup of quinoa. If your mixture is too firm, add more soda water. Optional: add sugar if you like sweet pancakes.

    Step 10

    Use your catalogue special fruits in syrup. These were just 2.50 each. Save the balance syrup in the fridge for future smoothies and toppings.

    Step 11

    Place the fruit and syrup on top. You're read to devour these delicious fruit pancakes. But... There's more!!

    Step 12

    There's still a lot of cream left over. Pour a few tablespoons of cream over the top if you want to gain a few extra pounds. Oh dear, someone's taken a few bites out of the vanilla pancakes. Lol

    Step 13

    Snapguide Question: My Father's garden has these flowers: Does anybody know what type of flower this is? This flower blooms fortnightly. It drops all the flowers and grows news ones.

    Step 14

    I've not been able to find a name for these flowers. Snap guiders?? Any suggestions or flower experts out there?

    Step 15

    Get ready for 3cm chocolate upside down chocolate cheesecake. Coming up soon. Making some changes to the problematic biscuit base. Coming up soon :)

    Step 16

    Scrumptious, creamy with a bouncy dough. We hope you enjoy these delicious pancakes. Give them a try and let us know how you go. Remember to share the love his Christmas and every other day ;)