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Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate Pancakes with Salted Dulce de Leche

January 9, 2015

In another life I would make an awesome private investigator. My google search skills and facebook stalking abilities are on point. I’m not entirely sure that these are qualities I should be bragging about, but it’s the truth.

Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate PancakesIn many ways these skills have benefitted my food blogging career (is it a career?). Part of running a successful food blog is having a good understanding of what recipes people are looking for. Even though it is my taste and cravings which ultimately drive the content, if people are absolutely repulsed (aka has zero google searches) by blueberry and bacon encrusted chickpeas (ha!) then it might not be the wisest thing for me to post this.

Being able to manipulate google and all of its various programs has been surprisingly important in the growth of THM.

One of my fav google programs to use is google trends. I would never call myself a trendsetter but instead am a very proud trend-follower. I like doing research on what’s on the rise and could legit spend hours comparing various trends from fashion colour-blocking to chia pets to kale.

Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate Pancakes made from almond meal, coconut flour and topped with a delicious salted dulce de leche made from almond milk!When I had too much time on my hands over the holidays aka the only Jew not at the movies on Christmas Eve I had a solid google trends session and boy did I discover some interesting things. It turns out our interest in hamsters has increased 90% in the last 10 years, about 1 person searched for “myspace” in the past year and paleo is all the rage these days.

Now I could have told you that paleo has been gaining popularity in the past few years but I clearly didn’t realize how much until google trends enlightened me. Vegan, gluten-free and basically every other diet out there has nothing on paleo.

Good thing I like paleo recipes! Now you guys know I do not follow the paleo diet (you can read about my experience following it here) but I am certainly open to it. If you exclude the grains, legumes, white potatoes and tiny bit of dairy I eat, I am basically paleo (kidding). Then again if I could live exclusively off these Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate Pancakes with Salted Dulce de Leche, then I would become paleo in a second.

Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate Pancakes made from almond meal, coconut flour and topped with a delicious salted dulce de leche made from almond milk!They’re fluffy like classic pancakes and topped with my deceptively milk-free salted dulce de leche . If these don’t start trending then I’m resigning my position at THM (self-proclaimed kitchen destroyer, food pornographer and writer extraordinaire) and taking up that career in private investigating.


Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate Pancakes with Salted Dulce de Leche

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pancakes 1x



For the pancakes:

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 3 T coconut flour
  • 3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (more for spicier)
  • 2 tsp paleo-friendly baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • coconut oil for pan

For the salted dulce de leche:

  • 1/2 cup dates (soaked in hot water for at least 1 hour)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt


For the pancakes:

  1. In a large bowl combine the almond meal, coconut flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, baking powder and sea salt.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the almond milk, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry until well-combined. Let sit for 5 minutes so coconut flour can absorb the liquid.
  4. Heat a large pan or pancake griddle to medium heat and melt coconut oil (about 1 tsp).
  5. Add 1/3 cup of batter per pancake and let cook for 3 minutes or until all bubbles have popped and rim looks cooked.
  6. Flip and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
  7. Repeat process until all pancake batter has been used.*

For the salted dulce de leche:

  1. Strain dates and add to a food processor or blender.
  2. Add in all other ingredients and blend on high until well combined. Add in more almond milk to thin out if you prefer a thinner consistency.


*if pancake batter becomes too thick (different coconut flours are more absorbent) just add in more almond milk by the tablespoon. Batter should be thick though.

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Anyone else a google trends stalker? How are your private investigating skills?


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  • Reply
    June 16, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Whoaaaaaa these are insane! I love hot chocolate aaaaaaaand I love pancakes!

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    February 16, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I don’t know how you did it. These pancakes smelled and tasted EXACTLY like a cup of hot chocolate. The date topping? Fantastic. I ate these like women eat in chocolate commercials. In the end, you feel more comfortable not watching. These were delicious. Anyone thinking about making these, your answer is yes.

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    January 16, 2015 at 3:56 am

    holy shit. that looks incredible. and although i really really loved my sweet potato/almond butter/egg breakfast this morning, i think i probably would have preferred to eat this!!

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    Megan Ware, RDN
    January 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Apparently I need to get with it and start trend stalking! Annnd make like every single one of your pancake recipes, especially this one. Cayenne pepper in a pancake? Girl you are talking my language!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    January 12, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Well, these look DELISH! I follow like the opposite of a Paleo diet (vegetarian with lots of complex carbs – haha) but you can make these for me any day 🙂

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    January 11, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Wow these look INSANE. Totally must try, when I get paid next and can buy more almond meal 😉

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 12, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      hahahahhaha best comment! BTW I totally make my own almond meal by grinding up almonds. Still pricier than regular flour but cheaper than the pre-made stuff!

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    January 10, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I have never used Google trends but I’m about to go lose my afternoon to it haha… and I think we know about my social stalking skills. Basically I’m the best ever… maybe we should open a PI company?

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    [email protected]
    January 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Confession: I use google Trends as well. It’s what stopped me from posting about Ratatouille last November. Instead that post is now book marked for July of this year. Same goes for my Potato Ramp Soup, which just so happens to be the best potato soup I’ve ever made. Hands down. You’ll have to wait for Spring to get that bad boy now.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 12, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Why do you torture me like so? Damn google (I was probably just added to some list for saying that haha)

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    January 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    These pancakes look amazeballs, Davida

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
    January 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t really care for the whole Paleo trend that has been going on but I can definitely be down for these pancakes!

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    January 10, 2015 at 10:02 am

    These looks delicious! I follow a “Paleoish” diet myself. A lot of whole foods, but not as restricted. Enjoy your weekend!

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    January 10, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I feel that these are worthy of breakfast for dinner (aka – the best night of any week)! I’ll definitely be adding these to my meal plan this week. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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