When I was a kid going door-to-door for candy on Halloween, the most memorable houses were the ones that gave me both the thrill and the candy — the trick and the treat. Not that I particularly enjoyed being scared; note I did say memorable and not necessarily “favorite.”
It was those houses that took scare-décor very seriously that when my girls and I would pass by, there’d be an apprehension amongst us 12-year-olds. But the reasoning was: those haunted-looking houses have to have some of the best candy, and what’s the point of Halloween if we don’t get a little trick along with our treat? So, we’d put on our brave faces, walk towards the dim-lit, cob-webbed front door, and what do you know, out of nowhere, some tall masked teenager and his brother jumps out from behind two trees, runs in circle around us, giving us the scare of our night. Imagine: eight middle-school brats dressed up as sparkly pink & purple divas screaming the whole neighborhood away.
Guess who was the most obnoxious screamer.
I mean, what can I say, I’ve always been a bit of a ‘fraidy-cat. 🙀 Me-ow.
Anyways, these pancakes have the same trick-and-treat experience; only here, the treat itself is more thrilling than the trick.
The only trick involved with this stack of treats is how delicious they are despite being super healthy!
I mean, read this. Thick and fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes 🎃, infused with orange and turmeric 🍊, stacked between layers of chocolate frosting and yogurt, and finally doused with melted extra-dark chocolate. 🍫
Does that ^ sound remotely healthy to you? Ok, the turmeric, yogurt, and extra-dark chocolate probably gives it away, but I digress… These pancakes are gluten-free, sugar-free, high-protein, high-fiber… List goes on.
Maybe it’s just me as a recipe creator, but making these pancakes was a thrill because I was surprised by how nicely they turned out. (I don’t follow recipes — I just make them as I go, so every thing I make in the kitchen is always a surprise! Haha.)
Flipping these ‘cakes in the pan, stacking them on top of each other, and layering the fixings in between, all made me super excited as I watched my breakfast unfold before me. 👻 A bit of exaggeration… but it was kiiiind of like experiencing something supernatural.
Then again, it was probably because I was feeling hungry. Cooking, plating, and photographing food is a lot of work, ya know?! 😂
When the pancakes were all plated, and I’m getting ready to devour, I slid my knife into the fluffy stack, dug my fork in, and took a big bite, something felt supernatural again. So what happened was: I think I died, went to heaven, came back to earth, took another bite of the pancake stack, and then died again. Like #DeathByPancakes.
Hahaha, I kid, but seriously, the taste of these pancakes are no trick, all treat. They are seriously so. damn. good.
Eating these made me even completely forget how healthy they are, even though I made them myself and know what ingredients I put in these (lol). I guess I was just blown away by the flavors of the pumpkin, the freshness of the orange, and the decadent delicious chocolate…
I mean, what a treat it is to be tricked by eating my very own pancakes, haha. 👻
Finishing this plat of breakfast treat left me satisfied, energized, but with questions. I mean, how is it even humanly possible for healthy to taste and look this good? 👻
Some sort of
witch bitch-craft involved, I bet. 😉 I’ll just say I got some tricks up those black sleeves of mine.
So the day I made these pancakes was back in late-October 2015, when I was a senior at Princeton, and I remember having these pancakes on a leisurely Saturday morning before I headed to the gym for some HIIT training, and it left me convinced that chocolate is an amazing pre-workout because I had so much energy during that session; or, it could’ve been the #PSL I had alongside the pancakes.
The point is: the pancakes may taste like “too much” of a treat to have for breakfast, but the fact that they’re made with simply oats, flax, pumpkin, egg whites means that they are basically the equivalent to eating a bowl of oatmeal in Pancake Form.
What did I tell you?! Freaky right? I mean, come on, Transfiguring Pancakes. 👻
The trick of these pancakes is that they’re healthy when they taste like they’re not, and the treat to the trick is not only are these first and foremost luxuriously delicious, but they are also super good for you. That’s what I call trick-and-treat.
Healthy pancakes so freaking delicious, that it’s scary.
- ~Pancake batter~
- 20 g (3.5 tbsp) oat flour
- 7.5 g (1 tbsp) coconut flour
- 2 tsp flaxmeal
- 1-2 dashes of turmeric (optional; gives pancakes a more orange color)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- Pinch salt
- Few dashes of cinnamon / nutmeg / pumpkin spice
- Zest of a clementine or orange (optional, but recommended)
- 60 g (1/4 cup) pumpkin puree
- 90 g (2) egg whites
- 50 g (3-4 tbsp) liquid (soy or almond milk, brewed chai tea, orange juice, etc.)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 10 drops pure stevia (or 1-2 packets granulated stevia, or 2 tsp honey)
- Cocoa sauce: 3 tbsp cocoa powder + 3 tbsp milk + stevia
- Sugar-free chocolate sauce to drizzle on top: melted unsweetened dark chocolate + stevia to taste+ pinch salt (OR just melt some dark chocolate lol)
- Cacao nibs, orange zest, chocolate chips
- Clementines / persimmon / another orange fruit lol
- Orange zest
- Yogurt sweetened with honey or stevia (greek yogurt ideal but I used regular ’cause I ran out of greek)
- Grease a preheated 325*F pan with coconut oil! And then TURN ON SOME CHILL-ING TUNES and MAKE PANCAKES YO.
- First mix the dry ingredients with a whisk. Then add the wet ingredients. Fold in. The batter should be thick but pourable. Let it sit for at least 5-10 minutes.
- In the meantime, you can melt some chocolate over a stovetop or prep any other toppings/fixings. I used Baker’s unsweetened chocolate and melt it gently over low heat (I am way too lazy to use a double boiler lol), and then I sweeten it with stevia and add salt to bring out the chocolate flavor. When it’s melted, I cover it and keep it warm on the lowest possible heat to keep the chocolate melty and gooey and delicious and makes you just wanna dip errthing in it.
- Anyways. By that time, you’re ready to do the pancake routine! You know, pour a little, wait a little. Bubbles form, then flip!
- While the pancakes are cooking, I like to prep even more toppings, make the cocoa sauce, yogurt, clean up, etc. By the way, the cocoa sauce is what you see in the middle of the pancakes. It’s literally just cocoa powder + milk + sweetener! The secret is to add the liquid gradually to the cocoa powder, so that it doesn’t clump.
- Since it’s Halloween, you might as well make these pancakes look nice, so to make the pancake stack, just take a pancake, layer it with the cocoa sauce, another pancake, yogurt, another pancake, cocoa sauce, and a dollop of yogurt. Top with chocolate chips / cacao nibs / orange zest.
- And then… the best part, drizzle on your MELTED CHOCOLATE.
- EAT and DIE FROM HOW GOOD THESE PANCAKES ARE.
Let me know if you try my recipe! Take a photo of it, and share your creation with me on Instagram! @vivianrtang ❤
Have a Healthy and Happy Halloween everyone! 🎃👻