Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day with an expensive dinner at a fancy restaurant, consider serving up a decadent breakfast or brunch for your special someone. Starting the day with Triple Chocolate Pancakes is sure to send out love vibes! After all, who doesn’t love chocolate? And chocolate for breakfast? On Valentine’s Day? But of course!

With cocoa powder and chocolate chips in the pancake batter, you may think you’re making a cake or brownies, but don’t be tempted to pour the batter into a cake pan and pop it in the oven. You really are making pancakes. Very chocolatey pancakes, mind you. Enjoy them with a generous drizzle of chocolate syrup.

If you want to take these pancakes over the top, serve them with slightly softened vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Sliced or frozen (thawed) strawberries would make a delicious and appropriately coloured garnish for a Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Now, prepare to taste the love…..

Triple Chocolate Pancakes
(Makes twelve 3-1/2 inch pancakes)

2 large eggs
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons cooking oil
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Cooking oil, butter or margarine
Chocolate sauce or hot fudge sauce

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs until blended. Add milk and oil; whisk to combine.

In a small bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

Add dry ingredients to liquid ingredients; whisk just until combined. There should be some lumps in the batter.

Heat frying pan or griddle over medium heat, adding a small amount of oil or butter. Drop about 1/4 cup pancake batter per pancake onto pan, spreading batter slightly. Leave some room between pancakes; they will expand a little during cooking.

Pancakes are ready to flip when the edges appear set and the top is full of bubbles; this will take about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook second side until lightly browned, about 45 seconds to 1 minute.

As pancakes cook, serve them immediately or keep them warm in a 200F oven. Continue cooking remaining batter, adding additional oil or butter to the pan as necessary.

Serve pancakes with chocolate or hot fudge sauce.

* This recipe is easily doubled, or more appropriately tripled, if you want to make a special Valentine’s Day brunch for lots of loved ones!
* Any leftover cooked pancakes will freeze well.