Grown Up Snow Day – Chai Infused Chocolate Chip Pancakes

QUICKLY WANING is the of excitement snow days once brought.  Happiness for my 5 year old, and not having to bundle her up like a marshmallow to go to school.  Not so much joy flowing for mama and daddy.  Snow days mean plowing and shoveling and keeping everyone generally occupied;  cabin fever at bay.

Snow Covered Roads Keep Us Inside Dreaming Up Tea Inspired Recipes

Snow Covered Roads Keep Us Inside Dreaming Up Tea Inspired Recipes

ENTER: Baking.

But, oh, so tired.  The 5 yr old’s internal alarm clock still went off at 6:30 A.M.  No sleeping in for the weary.

So pancakes it is..but how do we improve on our favorite griddle cake?  Hmm.  Chocolate + Tea.  A personal favorite combination of mine. (TIP: melt a couple chocolate chips in a spiced rooibos this Valentine’s Day.  A low-cal dessert to follow the romantic meal that can not be beat!)

Back to pancakes, try this recipe.  Pancakes for adults and the kiddos will love them too!

First,  brew up 16 ounces of simmered stove top chai tea, recipe here. Be sure your liquid is 1/2 water and 1/2 milk (soy milk, etc, whichever you prefer. Make a little extra to sip while you cook.   Cool the rest.

PANCAKE RECIPE:

2 Cups of your favorite mix  (its ok, it really is, you just brewed up some authentic chai… no need to prove anything by making your own pancake mix.)

1 local egg

1 tsp. organic vanilla extract

1 tablespoon local honey

2 cups cooled chai tea brew

Handful of chocolate chips

Organic raw coconut oil.

DIRECTIONS:   Add mix to bowl.  Use a small bowl to beat egg, honey and vanilla extract together, add to dry mix.  Pour in cooled chai tea, stirring as you go, until you get desired pancaked consistency, a little liquid-y with lumps, may need all 16 ounces of tea.  Add chocolate chips.  Stir.  Or get your assistant to stir.

Let the kids help!

Let the kids help!

Pour by 1/4 cup fills onto hot griddle prepped with coconut oil.  (This is truly the secret to ANY special pancake made in my house)  Flip when bubbly.  Don’t press. Stir batter again and continue.  Makes 16 medium sized pancakes.  If needed…drizzle with a bit of local maple syrup.  Your bliss awaits.  Now you are ready for a snowball fighting/fort building/sledding extravaganza like no other!

PSST…   This is the PERFECT Valentine’s Day Breakfast!!!

***Updated photo coming soon, via my new mini food photography studio!

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