Our students are about to return from holiday break. Before they left we whipped up a bag of dry CHOCOLATE pancake mix for them to share with loved ones. Our students loved making these and they’re perfect beyond the holidays. Whip up a bag, or two or three, and keep it on hand for a quick breakfast, last minute birthday gift, or hey, Valentine’s Day is around the corner!

We love the gift of food and our students love sharing the foods they make in class with their families. We really love the idea of DIYing some half-prepped treats to give to friends and family. In the past we’ve made a take-home jar of chili (just add sauce, water and simmer!). We’ve also taken home a bag of granola to share with our families. We always receive positive feedback from families on these gifts. They are easy and delicious.

This take-home bag of pancake mix is so easy for kids of all ages to measure up. There are also great lessons to be learned here in fractions and … chocolate.

Did you know that unsweetened chocolate, while it smells delicious, is most definitely NOT delicious?
We love having our students find this out. As we’re measuring out the cocoa powder we ask if anyone would like to try some cocoa powder?!

“Ummm, YES!” This teacher is a sucker letting us eat chocolate, they’re all thinking!

So we get out our tasting spoons and on the count of three:

one-two- BLEH! GROSS!

There is much jumping up and running to the water fountain. We have here a great learning experience. Sometimes we think we’re going to love something, but it turns out to not taste so good. Sometimes we need to add other ingredients to make things delicious. For chocolate, we usually add sugar and milk. It can work another way: sometimes we think we’re not going to like something, but by adding other ingredients we make things taste delicious (we hear this in a number of our classes and the more our students are surprised by actually (forbid!) enjoying something, the more willing they are to keep trying unknown foods.

This is a recipe that all kids knew they were going to like, despite not loving one of the ingredients. You can add whipped cream at the end to make it a true hot chocolate, or just serve with syrup. Any way you make it, this will be a sure winner.

4 servings
1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cane sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 cup buttermilk (or yogurt or coconut milk)
2 eggs
butter, for cooking
sliced bananas, strawberries, choco chips, etc (optional)

1) If just mixing up the dry ingredients, combine dry ingredients into a bag, seal and copy/paste the needed add-ins and directions to the receiver.
2) To make pancakes: Transfer dry ingredients to a mixing bowl. Add wet “Add-in” ingredients, mix to combine.
3) Warm butter on skillet over medium-high heat. Add batter in 1/4 cup scoops, leaving 1 to 2 inches between pancakes. (If adding fruit, chocolate chips, or other “stir-in” sprinkle on pancakes now).
4) Turn heat to medium and cook until bubbles appear and edges firm up. Flip pancakes and cook another 1 minute. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with maple syrup, whipped cream, etc. 

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