Meet the Teacher Night – Recipe: Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Today is a special day, in and of itself.  I did not need to create something to make it special.  The biggest littles woke up with anticipation of what today meant.  I am not sure if Ethan understood it as much as Gabriel, but the two are often two intertwined little souls.  So, Ethan feeds off of Gabriel’s emotions and vice versa.

Anyway, it is Meet the Teacher Night at our school.  So, you guessed it, we had a reason to celebrate….to create those memories that will make us look back on this day next year and remember exactly what we were doing, how we had spent the day, and even what meals we had prepared.  Yes, food and celebrations always go hand-in-hand in our home.

Knowing that we do not normally receive the calls until around lunch, I knew that we just needed to make it a calm, relaxing morning.  So, it was game and cartoon day around here.  And, we needed it.  A day to just do nothing but let our minds live in the moment of the latest adventure of Narnia or Sylvester and Tweety.

Since it is a special day, I wanted to celebrate it with the littles.  Summer gave me just the perfect idea when she said, “Mommy, I sure wish you could make pancakes.”  I was just about to say, “We cannot have pancakes. They have gluten in them.”  Then, I realized that I was only limited by my own fears, hesitations to create something new.  I decided that if they were awful, I could just throw them away and break out the cereal.  There is always a Plan B.

On the last day of school, we had a pancake breakfast for all of the 2nd graders.  It was a special, memorable, tear-filled day. Needless to say, pancakes have always been great and special, but that day just created another memory, another reason for us to have that connection between food and a great moment in time.

So, it was with the thoughts of moments, memories, celebrations, and a “I can do this” attitude that I went to work in the kitchen creating gluten and dairy free pancakes from our traditional pancake recipe.  We were all excited to taste the final product, to discover if the ingredients produced magical results.  This momma needed magic….because….as exciting as the day is….I was fighting back tears, knowing that the summer is almost truly over.  I needed more unicorns and rainbows.  And, these pancakes delivered!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes


3/4 cup soy milk

2 tablespoons white vinegar

3/4 cup brown rice flour

1/4 cup sorghum flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2 tablespoons butter flavored shortening, melted

chocolate chips


  1. Combine soy milk with the vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes. This will create a dairy free buttermilk.
  2. Combine the flours, sugar baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk egg and shortening into the buttermilk.
  4. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, and whisk until the lumps are gone.
  5. Heat a pancake griddle.
  6. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the griddle, and sprinkle with the chocolate chips.
  7. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface.
  8. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
  9. Serve with fruit and/or maple syrup.

So, these pancakes were a score.  And, I needed a mommy victory today.  I needed to hold on to these final days of summer.  I wanted to be able to look back on the Meet the Teacher Night morning, knowing that I was able to create just what my littles wanted to eat for breakfast.  That memory will make me smile far beyond just tonight.

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