Hazelnut Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce {Paleo} & Giveaway

Make your Valentine breakfast in bed...Hazelnut Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce {Paleo}

My husband just loves pancakes. I’m not sure either of us realized how much. But if I examine it, I notice every time we have gone to brunch in the past year and a half he has ordered pancakes.

His favorite dinner seems to be “breakfast for dinner” which is always pancakes. I think he may have become obsessed and not realized it. Hmm.

Make your Valentine breakfast in bed...Hazelnut Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce {Paleo}

February 5th was World Nutella Day. World Nutella Day is like my Christmas so I’ve spent the past week obsessing over the deliciousness of all things hazelnut and chocolate. I just can’t stop and I simply don’t want to.

Now combine my husband’s love of pancakes with his love of nuts and it is easy to see why I created this recipe for Valentine’s Day. And since Valentine’s Day is just not Valentine’s Day without chocolate, these are topped with a sweet chocolate sauce instead of maple syrup. After all, I’m not one to mess with tradition, especially if that tradition involves chocolate.

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So how great would it be to wake up to breakfast in bed this Valentine’s Day? But not just any old breakfast in bed but pancakes.

And not just pancakes but hazelnut pancakes.

And not just hazelnut pancakes but hazelnut pancakes with chocolate sauce.

And not just hazelnut pancakes with chocolate sauce but hazelnut pancakes with chocolate sauce that are paleo.

And not just…well you get the idea.

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Hazelnut Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce {Paleo}

Yields 12

This Valentine’s Day surprise your loved one with breakfast in bed.

25 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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For hazelnut pancakes:

i]Adapted from The Spunky Coconut’s [Best Ever Paleo Pancakes [/i]

4 large eggs, separated

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup coconut milk

3/4 cup hazelnut flour

1/2 cup arrowroot

2 tablespoons honey

For chocolate sauce*:

i]Adapted from Does No Justice’s [Simple and Quick 10-Minute Paleo Chocolate Sauce [/i]

Yield: 2 cups

1 cup water

1/3 cup cacao powder

pinch of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1/2 vanilla bean)

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup honey

*This sauce is very sweet because it takes the place of pancake syrup. If you wish to use this sauce elsewhere, only use 1/4 cup honey.


    For hazelnut pancakes:
  1. Place cold eggs in a bowl of hot water. Note: Warm egg whites hold air better. 15 minutes in hot water does the trick.
  2. In a blender, puree the egg yolks, coconut milk, hazelnut flour, arrowroot and honey.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites with the salt into stiff peaks. i]Tip: Add the salt 30 to 45 seconds into whipping the whites. Click here for [Egg Whites 101 .[/i]
  4. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter in thirds. Tip: View a video on How to Fold an Ingredient into your Batter. Keep folding until you don’t see any more white. The batter will be lumpy. Tip: Lumpy dough makes a lighter pancake. The smoother the dough, the denser the pancake.
  5. Preheat a nonstick griddle over low heat.
  6. Brush the hot griddle with coconut oil or ghee. Tip: If you don’t have a pastry brush, just spread the coconut oil or ghee with a paper towel.
  7. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup of the batter on the griddle. (I used an ice cream scoop. A ladle or measuring cup also works.) Swirl the batter out with the back of the spoon to make the pancake larger.
  8. Cook the pancake is cooked through (About 2 minutes. It will not bubble like traditional pancakes.). Cook the flipside about 2 minutes more. Repeat until no batter remains.
  9. For chocolate sauce:
  10. In a small sauce pan set over medium-high heat, combine the water and cocoa powder. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  11. Bring to a boil. Allow chocolate water to thicken (about 4 minutes).
  12. Turn the stove down to medium heat and add the salt, vanilla, maple syrup slowly, and honey. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  13. Bring to a boil again. Allow sauce to thicken (about 4 minutes).
  14. Remove the sauce from heat and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Pour the sauce into a glass container. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Make your Valentine breakfast in bed...Hazelnut Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce {Paleo}

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27 thoughts on “Hazelnut Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce {Paleo} & Giveaway

  1. These look SO delicious. I'm a huge hazelnut fan so these are right up my alley. Can't wait to try them! Thanks so much for sharing at the Best of the Blogosphere Link-Up! Hope to see you again tomorrow :)
  2. Oh wow!! I would love to win this. I just can't bring myself to buy hazelnut flour as expensive as it is. I am not GF but I make GF food for some family members. These look so delicious.

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