Let’s get one thing straight. These pancakes may be healthier than they actually appear, but they aren’t health food. So put away your calorie rulers and speculative eye and let’s get on with this dang thing.

Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
20 mins
Peanut butter cup-inspired pancakes with a chocolate rim and peanut butter center. Vegan, gluten-free, and ooey-gooey delicious.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Serves: 2
* 1 flax egg (or chicken egg if not vegan)
* 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
* ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
* 3/4 – 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
* 2-3 Tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup (or honey for non-vegan), depending on preferred sweetness
* 1 tsp baking powder
* ½ tsp baking soda
* 1 heaping Tbsp natural salted peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
* pinch salt
* ½ cup finely ground GF oat flour
* ¼ cup gluten-free all purpose flour (my blend) or sub whole wheat or all-purpose
* 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
* TOPPINGS: Homemade Peanut or Almond Butter Cup OR 3 Tbsp semisweet chocolate chips (non-dairy for vegan), divided

1. Preheat electric griddle to medium heat (or about 350 degrees F / 176 C), or a large skillet on the stove stop. You want the surface to be hot but not screaming hot – oil shouldn’t smoke when it makes contact with the surface.
2. To a large mixing bowl add flaxseed and water and let set for a minute or two. Then add melted coconut oil, agave nectar (or honey/maple syrup), baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract and whisk to combine. Add almond milk (starting with 3/4 cup and adding a touch more if needed) and whisk again until well combined.
3. Next add oat and gluten free flour and stir until just combined. Taste and see if it needs more agave. I added a bit more.
4. Divide batter in half and add cocoa powder to one bowl and peanut butter to the other. Mix until just combined. Add more almond milk if too PB made it too thick. You want a pourable batter that’s not “gloppy.”
5. Once the griddle is hot, lightly grease and spoon on scant 1/4 cup measure of chocolate batter, then scant 1/4 cup of peanut butter in the center. Cook until the edges appear dry and bubbles form on top, then carefully flip. Cook for another 2-ish minutes on the other side. Will make 5-6 pancakes.
6. Divide between two serving plates and top with a peanut butter cup split in half or a Tbsp or two dark chocolate chips.
7. Dig in and enjoy. Will reheat fine in the microwave the next day.