Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes w/ Berry Drizzle – Gluten Free & Vegan

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A sneaky serving of vegetables for those kids who shy from them.  My daughter asked for chocolate pancakes, and I wanted to offer them to her.  But they needed to be as nutritious as I could make them and still get her to eat them.  Good lord, the the hoops we jump through as mommies!  Craziness!

These pancakes almost seemed like a dessert, but with no traditional syrup, and very little sweetener, they were anything but.  The combination of berries and chocolate is a marriage made in heaven, enjoy!

You may also want to check out my Pumpkin Pancakes!

ALTERNATE TOPPING IDEA:  Favorite nutbutter with sliced bananas!

Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes w/ Berry Drizzle - Gluten Free & Vegan
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Serves: 4-5
  • Wet:
  • ½ cup (generous) pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup non dairy milk (I used So Delicious Coconut Milk) or water with 2T full fat coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoon melted coconut oil or light olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or replace up to half with equivalent in stevia liquid
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract OR powder (you could add more to really up the vanilla oompf!)
  • Dry:
  • ¾ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup teff flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Berry Drizzle Ingredients:
  • 1 pound berries, strawberries or raspberries preferable, frozen or fresh
  • 4 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • Liquid stevia to taste (I used ¼ teaspoon and reduced the maple syrup to 2T)
  1. Whisk in the wet ingredients together (I do the whole thing in my blender).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry mix and add all the wet ingredients. Whisk the wet ingredients gently to mix, then continue to incorporate the flour mix. Batter will be a typical pancake batter. The moisture content of the pumpkin puree will effect the final viscosity of the batter, so add a few tablespoons of flour or water as needed. I suggest these be pourable for best texture. Thicker batter = thicker and drier pancakes, thinner = thin and moire moist, totally a personal preference!
  4. Pour batter into 3-4″ circles in a preheated pan, greased. For an extra crispy exterior, I use a generous teaspoon or two of coconut oil to 'fry' the batter. Less oil works, but the crunchy texture is a nice touch. I usually am just about medium heat. When you see little bubbles work their way to the top, it is time to flip and cook the other side.
  5. To make the drizzle, in a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the berries and sweetener until all fruit is soft and warm, about 5 minutes. Place the whole mixture in a high powered blender to completely pulverize any seeds, or use an immersion blender if the seed texture is OK with you. You could also strain the berry puree through a sieve to remove the seeds. Makes about 1 cup sauce.

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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13 comments on “Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes w/ Berry Drizzle – Gluten Free & Vegan
  1. Gabby @ the veggie nook says:

    These look ridiculously tasty Tess!

  2. Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free says:

    These looks so wonderful! I can’t wait to try them :)

  3. Carrie- young living oil lady says:

    Oh, Tessa, you amaze and blow me away week by week with your most amazing recipes! Thank you for sharing with us at Healthy 2Day Wednsdays. I am starting to guess your recipes before I even look to see if they are yours! You are amazing and I am so blessed to have these recipes for future making. Thank you!!!

  4. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    Your pancakes are making my mouth water! I adore chocolate and berries together. What a lovely autumn breakfast!

  5. Kristina @ The Greening Of Westford says:

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them.

  6. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says:

    WOW, my boys would love those! Way to be sneaky :) LOL Love it Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party last week! have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I hope that you’ll join us this week! Domata will be sponsoring our party! They will be giving away a box of each of their gluten free products: Recipe Ready Flour, Seasoned Flour, and Pizza Crust Mix. Cindy from

  7. Robin @ Thank Your Body says:

    These look delicious! Thanks so much for linking up on Thank Your Body Thursday. Hope you’ll come back and link up some more great stuff!

  8. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal says:

    Gorgeous photos, Tessa!

    I saw this on Allergy Free Weds – if you’re interested, I also shared my recipes on there: my banana bread muffins and mocha banana protein soft serve. Have a great morning :)

  9. Angela says:

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Mondays!

  10. Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures says:

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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