pancakes with cacao nibs + coffee syrup

Happy Saturday. Here’s a special, tasty treat: cacao nib pancakes with coffee syrup. I don’t know if I can go back to plain ol’ hotcakes drizzled with maple.

pancakes with cacao nibs + coffee syrup

I have two recipes for pancakes that this will work with, these buttermilk pancakes [just omit the strawberries] and these whole wheat pancakes [just omit the pear]. And, I’m fairly confident your own favorite recipe will work great, too. Just add 2 tablespoons cacao nibs to the dry ingredients in either recipe.
coffee syrup

This ‘syrup’ is buttery and delicious. You can add a little more or less coffee to your liking.

1 stick butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup strong coffee
Melt the butter, honey and coffee together in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until boiling and slightly thickened, 2-3 minutes. Keep syrup warm until serving.
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    Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I tried it, didn’t like it. Couldn’t taste the coffe… It just tasted like buttery honey.

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      Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Sara – Sorry you didn’t care for it! It is very buttery. I’ve made it several times and thought the coffee flavor was really strong. Maybe I’m using a darker roast?

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    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Wow, you’ve certainly got me in the mood for pancakes! These sound great. It’s so nice to make your own pancakes and syrup yourself, and I love your coffee syrup idea. Thank you

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    Wholesale Coffee
    Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Nice Recipe…thanks for share!!

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    Wholesale Coffee Syrups
    Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Nice recipe…looking awesome!

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    Friday, January 25, 2013 at 4:03 am

    You gave coffee syrup to your son. Best mom ever.

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    Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    coffee syrup sounds absolutely delicious, especially with cacao nib flecked pancakes.

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    Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Simple pancakes are just fine, you know, to have in a regular breakfast. But making pancakes with something else makes morning to be splendid, whatever you decide to put inside it will make a different and happy pancake. I still have some cacao nibs stored in a jar, the ones that my brother gave to me…so I will try with my pancake recipe.

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    Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I don’t drink coffee but I love the flavour sweetened up so coffee syrup is my dream in terms of a breakfast time caffeine fix! Love the accompanying soundtrack too.

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    Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    These sound delicious and so creative. I will have to try these. Thanks for sharing!

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    dervla @ The Curator
    Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    This is perfect for my usual saturday morning pancakes.

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    Monday, January 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    This sounds like such an interesting combination of flavors! I’m not sure if you’ve mentioned this before, but do cacao nibs have any sort of nutritional benefit over chocolate chips? Also, I’m listening to your mix now — thank you!

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      Rebekah R
      Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Cacao nibs are just cacao beans that have been roasted and hulled and broken into pieces. They have no added sugar and have usually not been processed any further than the roasting. They taste similar to a mild coffee bean, but with that definite bitter ‘cocoa’ flavor; if you’ve ever tasted plain cocoa powder, you know what I mean.

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    Jenny @ BAKE
    Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    These sound incredible! I love the sound of coffee syrup instead of maple!

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    Rhonda Hakim
    Monday, January 14, 2013 at 5:04 am

    This looks yummy! Being a culinary student, I have come up with my own Fluffy Buttermilk Multigrain Pancake. It is the best multigrain because I don’t use corn meal which makes it heavy and dense… I’ve been using a blend of Molasses, Corn Syrup, and Vanilla Bean for syrup. I wanted a dark sweet taste to pair with it. Now I’m thinking, I must pervert my Pancake with your Cacao Nibs, and your Coffee Syrup…. Thanks! 🙂

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    london bakes
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Coffee syrup sounds like a perfect topping for pancakes and I love the idea of throwing in some cocoa nibs for that extra bite. Lovely!

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    Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Omg, Sarah. Coffee syrup? This is GENIUS! Happy Saturday to you! x

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    This is such a fabulous, unique recipe! These pancakes are so pretty!

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