Eat your heart out

09 Feb 2017
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

With Valentine’s Day on the way, put some extra tender, loving care into your breakfasts.

If the way to your loved one’s heart is through the stomach, there’s no better way to start off this Valentine’s Day than with a homemade breakfast prepared with love.

Whether you’re whipping up a breakfast for a spouse with a sophisticated palate or trying to tempt the taste buds of your littlest loves, explore these ideas to get inspired.

Red is the colour of love so build your menu around fresh strawberries or raspberries, which pair perfectly with French toast or crepes, and can even dress up a simple cereal.

For a more sensible menu, opt for a fruity berry smoothie or a parfait layered with fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt and granola. Add a hint of loving indulgence by sprinkling dark chocolate shavings on top.

Show your affection with a plate of these colourful Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes featuring rich 100 per cent cocoa, buttermilk and fresh berries. Heart-shaped cookie cutters lend a special touch to these fluffy, flavoursome pancakes. Add sweet garnishes like powdered sugar and berries for a sensational way to say “I love you”.

Find more recipes you’ll love to share with your nearest and dearest this Valentine’s Day at

– Family Features

Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes

Recipe courtesy of Nestlé

Servings: 10 pancakes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp Nestlé Toll House Baking Cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup reduced-fat buttermilk or low-fat milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp red food colouring 
  • heart-shaped pancake cutters or cookie cutters (optional)
  • butter, for garnish (optional)
  • powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
  • maple syrup, for garnish (optional)
  • fresh berries, for garnish (optional)


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir well.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, unsalted butter, vanilla extract and food colouring. Add to the flour mixture. Stir to combine. Allow the mixture to sit for five minutes.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan or griddle over a medium heat. Brush with oil or butter. Add about 1/4 cup of batter to the pan. Cook for about two minutes or until the bubbles start to foam on top.  Flip and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the bottom is lightly browned. Serve immediately with butter, powdered sugar, syrup and berries, if desired.

Tip: If using pancake or cookie cutters, be sure to coat with oil so that the pancakes don’t stick. Place the cutters in the pan and pour the batter into them. Remove the cutters before flipping.

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