Mocha Spice Pancakes w/ a Simple Syrup

Mocha Spice PancakesThere’s nothing quite like pilfering a recipe – especially when you shamelessly pilfer one of your own recipes.  At least I’m giving myself credit – it’s just blogging etiquette.  These pancakes were inspired by my very own Virtual Vegan Potluck contribution for Mocha Spice Cake.  Even as I stirred the batter for that cake, I was dreaming of these pancakes.  But don’t limit yourself – this batter would make awesome waffles as well. 

What you’ll need:

  • Cafix or Dandy Blend
  • Cacao nibs
  • Coffee extract
Mocha Spice Pancakes
Yields 16
Like eating cake for breakfast! Spicy, fluffy mocha spice pancakes that are dairy- and oil-free.
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83 calories
16 g
0 g
2 g
1 g
0 g
67 g
116 g
7 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83
Calories from Fat 16
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 116mg
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  2. 1/2 cup almond meal
  3. 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1 Tbsp. Dandy Blend or Cafix (powdered herbal coffee substitute)
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 2 tsp. baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  9. 1/2 tsp. allspice
  10. 1 large very ripe banana, mashed
  11. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  12. 2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 6 Tbsp. water (whisk together and then let sit for a few minutes)
  13. 2 cups almond milk
  14. 1/4 cup pure maple sugar
  15. 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  16. 1 Tbsp. crystallized ginger, chopped
  17. toasted pecans, optional
Simple Syrup
  1. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  2. 1/2 tsp. Dandy Blend (or instant espresso powder, a dash of strong coffee or a few drops of coffee flavoring)
  3. dash cinnamon
Make the pancakes
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, almond meal, cocoa, Dandy Blend, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. In a smaller bowl, combine the banana, vanilla extract, nut milk, maple sugar and flaxseed meal. Stir in the cacao nibs and the crystallized ginger.
  2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined. Let the batter sit for about 15 minutes.
  3. Ladle big spoonfuls of the batter onto a hot griddle that has been lightly spritzed with cooking oil. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the cake, carefully flip, and cook for a few minutes. Keep cooked pancakes in a warm oven (along with your plates) while you cook the remaining batter.
Make the syrup
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup, Dandy Blend and cinnamon and heat until toasty hot.
  2. Serve pancakes with chopped pecans and the syrup.
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26 thoughts on “Mocha Spice Pancakes w/ a Simple Syrup

  1. Somer

    Okay, I HAVE TO HAVE THESE, and what are those vegan sausages and WHERE did you get them!?! Lovely riff off the potluck post!

      1. Somer

        Really fun, I’ve had some field roast apple sausages, they’re pretty good. I’ll have to try the breakfast variety!

  2. annesturetucker

    Mocha spiced pancakes – never thought of that before and I am sure they must be wildly delicious 🙂 How do you make vegan apple sausages? I am curious….

  3. Brittany

    I was going to ask if those delicious looking sausages were field roast!! YUM!! This entire meal is making my stomach growl. The syrup sounds amazing.

  4. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    Ooooh Dandy blend in pancakes?? Love it!! These look amazing, I’ll have to make these this weekend I think 🙂

  5. Bridge

    hmm never heard of “dandy blend” but I have tried roasted dandelion root! Love the taste and smell immensely, plus good for liver! Pancakes look great and I’m sure they taste that way too! esp with the dandelion bit

  6. Becky

    Those look fantastical! We used to do pancakes every Sunday around here, and these might just be the thing that gets us back on track!

  7. Vanessa

    Your page is looking tasty as always! The sausages are a great addition – I will have to keep an eye out for that brand.

  8. tearoomdelights

    This looks like a heavenly breakfast to me! What wonderful sounding pancakes, I think I might have to try making them, thank you for the recipe and inspiring photos.

  9. thecrueltyfreereview

    Gorgeous looking pancakes! I’m now very curious about the Dandy blend, I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

  10. Sophie33

    Annie, I made this stunning recipe & my hubby Peter & I loved them so much! That syrup was so good too! 🙂 MMMMMM!

  11. Richgail Enriquez

    Wow, I’ve never heard about the Dandy Blend before, pretty neat. Does it taste like coffee? Also, I love flavored pancakes, especially mocha. Yum, breakfast food rocks.


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