German Chocolate Breakfast Bliss

Please welcome a post by guest contributor, Gabby. After finding out that she was willing to add her unique voice to The Ranting Chef, I couldn’t wait. She has some great recipes and a wonderful blog of her own, so I am so happy to host this post here.

When “Rantings of an Amateur Chef” put out word asking if anyone wanted to contribute, I immediately jumped at the chance. While I eat a vegan diet, I truly love reading about all kinds of food and the adventures, mishaps and musings people share on why they love to eat food, cook food, and just talk about food! Rantings is just that kind of place. I was so happy when he showed so much enthusiasm towards having a vegan contributor!

First a little bit about myself, then I will get onto a recipe.

My name is Gabby, I live in Ontario, Canada and I blog over at the veggie nook. It’s a really new thing for me and I’m still learning but I am loving the process of blogging, coming up with recipes and sharing them all. I’ve been a vegetarian for about 3 years and vegan for about 1 1/2 years of that. Eating vegan basically means that I don’t consume any products that come from animals – mainly meat, fish, eggs, any form of dairy and gelatin. My reasons for making the change were numerous and if you’re interested in those you can read about them on my “About” page on my own blog. What I think was really cool about my decision to go vegetarian and vegan, was that it awakened a passion for creating delicious, interesting and healthy food in a way that I never had before. I had always been someone to rely on frozen meals and old-standbys. I never baked my own cookies except at Christmas. But suddenly I wanted to learn everything I could about this new way of eating and how to make it as delicious as possible.

So now I am on a mission. To show people that being a vegetarian or vegan can be fun and flavourful! I eat a lot more than salads (though I do eat those too) and my diet is actually a lot more varied and interesting now than before when I was an omnivore. It forced me to push my boundaries, try new cuisines. use new ingredients (I definitely never used quinoa, tofu, kimchi, kale, beets, lentils or even coconut in my food before) and to appreciate all aspects of a food from how it tastes, to the nourishment it provides, to it’s impact on a more global and societal level.

And now I have an amazing recipe for a decadent breakfast to share with you! German Chocolate Pancakes. All the best parts of German chocolate cake, but for breakfast. This recipe doesn’t require any weird substitutions (like flax or “egg replacer” to replace the eggs) and I swear you’d never know it was vegan from tasting it.

Why bother you ask? Why wouldn’t I just make regular-old flour, egg and buttermilk pancakes? Well I give you 4 reasons:

  1. Healthier! There is no harmful fat or cholesterol in this recipe. Instead there are healthful fats from coconut and pecans. Incorporating meals that don’t have any animal products in them even once in a while can make a positive difference to both your own health and that of the environment. Plus the coconut sauce replaces a lot of the maple syrup you would normally use with pancakes, cutting out a ton of the sugar!
  2. You don’t need eggs or buttermilk to make them. These are just like regular pancakes that use those ingredients and you’ll find yourself wondering why you didn’t make pancakes that one day you were out of eggs.
  3. They are tasty and different. These are really almost like dessert for breakfast and are a nice change from the standard pancakes with maple syrup
  4. Try something new! Wouldn’t it be cool to say the delicious pancakes you’re eating are entirely vegan?

German Chocolate Pancakes

Serves 2-3.


  • 1 tbsp lemon juice + enough nondairy milk to equal 1 cup*. This will make a “buttermilk” that will help give the pancakes lift. Can do this with regular milk too! Never buy buttermilk again!
  • 1 cup flour of choice (all-purpose, whole wheat or a combo…I used spelt but whatever you want!)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sweetener (can use less if you don’t want them as sweet, can use honey, maple syrup, sugar, coconut sugar, stevia (but use less than 2 tbsp!!). Sky is the limit)
  • 1 tsp extract of choice. A combination of almond and chocolate is really good, so is vanilla!
  • 2 tbsp oil (I used coconut which is very healthful but any neutral oil is good)

Coconut Pecan Sauce

  • 1 cup coconut milk (from a can)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • sweetener to taste. I added a very small amount of stevia. The coconut milk, flake and vanilla are all naturally quite sweet so it doesn’t need a lot

* feel free to use regular dairy milk here, but I encourage you to try some of the options out there. Almond milk is a great alternative to soy, it’s light, comes in flavours like vanilla and chocolate, is a good source of vitamins and is lower in calorie than even skimmed milk (most brands have 60 calories/cup in the normal kinds and 45 in the unsweetened)

First, toast your pecans and coconut! Preheat oven to 350, put pecans on a baking sheet, toast for about 6 minutes, add coconut to the baking sheet and toast for another 2 minutes. Remove and chop pecans. Set aside. Turn down the oven to the lowest setting so you can use it to keep the pancakes warm as you make them.

Now mix up the pancake batter! Add lemon juice and milk of choice in a medium bowl and set aside for a few minutes. It will curdle but that is ok – this is what you want. This will be your “buttermilk”. In a large bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add the extract, sugar and oil to the bowl with the milk and mix. Form a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet. Mix until just combined and set aside for a few minutes to give the baking soda time to work. This will give you nice and thick pancakes.

In the meantime preheat a griddle or pan over medium heat and start the sauce. Combine the coconut milk, coconut flakes, chopped pecans and sweetener over low heat, stirring occasionally. You want it to get a little thicker but not too much so make sure and watch it! When it’s at it’s desired thickness take it off the heat and cover.

When the pan is preheated spray cooking spray or put some oil in to prevent sticking and scoop 1/4 sized scoops of batter. It is really thick, so you will need to spread it with a spoon to get a pancake shape. This pancake doesn’t get bubble on the surface when it’s time to flip like others so flip when the edges start to look cook, about 5 min. Cook for another 2 min on the other side. Put finished pancakes in the oven to keep warm and repeat with remaining batter. I got 7 pancakes using 1/4 cup scoops.

This is the batter. You can see how thick it is by the way the spoon left trails in it that lingered…

Serve the pancakes in stacks – pancake, ladle of sauce, pancake, ladle of sauce, etc, just like a german chocolate cake! Drizzle maple syrup and garnish with additional coconut and pecans if desired!

I served mine on a dessert plate with a dessert fork because, really, this is about as close to dessert for breakfast as you can get!

Thanks for reading my guest post and feel free to pop on over to my blog – the veggie nook! I’d love to see you there Smile

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Categories: Breakfast, Chocolate, German, Guest, kosher, Recipes, vegan, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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34 Comments on “German Chocolate Breakfast Bliss”

  1. March 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    This looks fantastic! I’ll have to try it!


  2. March 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Thanks for featuring Gabby – I’m so inspired by her blog. And now she’s introduced this blog to me – wonderful!


  3. Kammie
    March 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Gabby, these look soo good!!


  4. March 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Yum Yum


  5. March 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Wonder if I can make this in my waffle iron ? 🙂 YUM !


  6. March 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    this looks amazing! i think i will try this now!


  7. March 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    I have never seen these. They look delicious.


  8. March 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Love this recipe – was really jonesing for something chocolate this morning for breakfast even though I don’t typically jones for anything chocolate 😉 Think I will try this soon!


  9. March 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Wow – this looks so amazing and unique, I’m posting it on my Living Shalom Facebook page! Healthy AND chocolatey AND probably super delicious!!


  10. March 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone!


  11. Meredith
    March 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    This is my kind of site! …and my kind of breakfast!


  12. March 19, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Oh wow, this looks like a pancake recipe I can actually eat! I will have to it try it out and the coconut pecan sauce looks simply perfect.


  13. March 20, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    Chocolate for breakfast? heck yes! This is seriously making me salivate


  14. March 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    My wife made this and i can tell you it was Yum. A big Yum.


  15. March 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    looks delicious!


  16. March 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Wow…sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try them!


  17. whowillibetoday
    March 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Those sound ridiculously yummy. I’m putting the ingredients on my grocery list!


  18. annie
    March 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Oh wow. I want this now.


  19. March 21, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Looks delicious!! 🙂


  20. March 22, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    love this recipe 🙂 and thanks for liking my summer love salad !


  21. March 22, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Looks absolutely yummy !!!will try it out


  22. March 22, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    We love discovering original unique recipes like this&reward them with hampers of our natural products..:) just recently concluded some contests on healthy food like walnuts,olive oil &fenugreek seed recipes-got some really nice recipes


  23. Amy
    March 22, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Oh, wow! I must try these.


  24. March 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Mmmmm, yes, please! Looks delicious! 😀


  25. Bee
    March 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    looks yummy!!


  26. aropistachios
    March 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

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  27. March 25, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love how there are no eggs in them. I love pancakes and crepes but have never made them with cocoa powder… Maybe now is the time!


  28. March 25, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    O M G

    I am pretty sure my mouth just went into over drive with saliva production. This is just stunning. Congrats on a sensational guest blog, cause OMG – did I mention how good these look?


  29. March 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Absolutely AWESOME!! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Think I can even manage it gluten free and vegan. Thank you! 🙂


  30. April 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    Chocolate + pancake + vegan?! Can you go wrong with that? I will have to try this one for sure!b Thank you!


  31. May 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    These would be a perfect weekend breakfast when you want something special! Love the fact that they are vegan. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks, Ranting Chef, for liking my post on our raw food diet efforts! Hope to come back for more inspiration. I really like the idea of having guest bloggers. Cheers!


    • May 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

      If you are interested in putting a guest post on The Rantings of an Amateur Chef, contact met at



      • July 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

        Thank you for the unexpected invite, and for choosing to follow my blog. If I ever have a recipe I feel would be post-worthy for your excellent site, I would love to contribute. (I usually cook in large quantities for my large family -minimum of 14 servings, more often about 20, so I would have to resize things, I think!).



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