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A Yummy Chocolate Treat on Valentine’s Day!

Need an aphrodisiac on Valentine’s Day? 😉 Indulge yourself in chocolates! In the film, “Like Water for Chocolate,” eating food with chocolate as its main ingredient is depicted as a highly sensual experience because of the excitement and pleasure it triggers. We bet that you eat chocolate as a snack or dessert rather than as an add-on to a main dish as seen in the film.

In any case, we thought of featuring chocolate in a simple breakfast or snack recipe which would make everyone in the family (yes, not only your spouses! 🙂 )excited and revved up. Celebrating Valentine’s Day can also involve the kids and what better way to show them your love on Valentine’s by whipping up yummy banana split pancakes! It’s quick and easy and would surely make everyone happy in the family. For your spouse, slip in a long-stemmed rose right beside her plate for that special touch! Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!


300 ml (1 ¼ cups) of Buttermilk Pancake Mix (Aunt Jemima is still the best!)
250 ml (1 cup) milk
1 large egg
1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
¼ cup semi-sweet and white chocolate chip (Hershey’s Chipits is good!)
¼ cup of chopped walnuts
¼ cup of bananas cut into small cubes

1. Preheat a non-stick (Teflon) skillet over medium-high heat. Skillet is ready when drops of water sizzles and disappear almost immediately.
2. Pour pancake mix into mixing bowl. Add egg, milk, oil then stir with wire whisk until the batter is smooth and free from lumps. Let it stand 1-2 minutes to allow the batter to thicken. After this, stir the batter gently to make it smooth and easier to pour.
3. Using a ladle, pour about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake onto skillet. Wait for the pancakes to bubble then start adding a few pieces of the chocolate chip, walnuts and bananas before turning over. Be careful not to overload the pancake with these add-ons as you might have a difficult time cooking the cake!
4. Continue to cook for approximately one minute or until the second side is evenly golden brown (I discovered recently that a secret to good pancakes is not to put too much oil or butter on the skillet but using a non-stick pan).
5. If desired, you can add maple syrup and butter to the pancake. This also goes well with fruits (preferably berries) a mug of hot chocolate with orange zest for the kids or coffee/ tea for the grownups.

• You can also omit the nuts if your kids have nut allergies. Some kids also prefer chocolate chips without the bananas and nuts so feel free to add or omit any of these ingredients.

• Some of the directions in cooking the pancake where adapted from Aunt Jemima’s recipe, which can be found in any box of Aunt Jemima.


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