The Two Best Bits

Posted: August 8, 2011 at 7:00 am

Good morning, beautiful. How are you today? Have a good weekend? I sure hope so! Things were pretty good around here. Catch up, why don’t you?

Now that you got yourself all caught up, I have even more to share with you from the weekend. I did good on Saturday morning. I achieved a new PDR and then followed it up with a pancake creation that I still have dreams over. First, let’s start with the run.

Nine miles. NINE. MILES! I strangely love long runs and couldn’t wait to go out and tackle the distance. I decided to go with the running path for this week’s run and made the trek out as early as possible. I really appreciate having such a great running path to use for long runs. It motivates me to come across so many other people out caring for their health and I like not having to worry about as many crosswalks and bug attacks. I also like knowing I can easily reach one of these when needed…

Yea. That is a welcome sight for someone who ate too much fiber. But I would have no idea who that could be. Purely hypothetical and we’ll leave it at that. 😉

Despite that quick break in the run, things went incredibly well. Nine miles with an average 9:18 pace ain’t half bad I would say.


What a way to start the weekend!

After taking care of my legs with some stretching and icing, I had to get to work taking care of my stomach. Last week, Gabriela posted about her love for the chocolate and coconut combination. That sparked an urge in me. I needed a chocolate and coconut flavor explosion. I needed these Chocolate Coconut Pancakes. Oh, yes. I did. And I think you need them too.

Chocolate Coconut Pancakes

choco coco pancakes 1

  • 1 1/4 cups flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (or applesauce)
  • 1 large egg
  • desired amount of shredded coconut

Mix the dry ingredients – flour through salt – together in a large mixing bowl.

mixing bowl

Make a well in the center to add the wet ingredients – almond milk through egg. Stir until the mixture forms a well-blended batter. Fold in your desired amount of shredded coconut. I used one large handful.

Spoon batter onto a lightly greased, hot griddle or pan. Cook 2-3 minutes until small bubbles form and edges set. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes.

cooking pancakes

Plate and garnish with extra cocoa powder, shredded coconut, or powdered sugar. Go mmmmmmm.

choco coco pancakes 2

These babies make me giddy. Promise to make some? Because I’m out and need more. Like, stat pleaseandthankyou.

  • Are you a fan of coconut?
  • Best part of your weekend?

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48 Comments to “The Two Best Bits”
  1. Mandy says:

    Good ljob on the 9 miles girl! Not that I expected any less! 🙂 And..I am not a coconut person– but seeing those pancakes almost makes me want to try them 😉

  2. Bathroom stops on long miles are BLESSINGS 🙂 Great job on the run!!!

  3. Lee says:

    9 miles is excellent. Are you doing 10 next weekend? You’re going to be super prepared for your race.

    • Tina says:

      Nope. 9 1/2 next weekend I think. I will hit 10 labor day weekend based on my plan. And I’m planning a trip to Flying Biscuit for afterwards. LOL

  4. Kelly says:

    I am definitely a coconut lover but not so much on the chocolate thing. Great job on the 9 miles!

  5. i DO love coconut…and the chocolate/coconut thing is totally a craving that i get sometimes. this is the perfect fix!

    so glad you had a stellar weekend 🙂

  6. I am not a huge coconut fan, but these look amazing! Best part of my weekend was my older sis coming home after 6months travelling 🙂

  7. I’m weird about coconut – I like it in some things but not others. These look like they’re worth a try! Nice run!

  8. We had similar weekends! I did 9 miles and made something coconutty. 🙂 Congrats on cranking out that run!

  9. Khushboo says:

    I absolutely love coconut (can you tell I’m Indian 😉 )! Those pancakes look so delicious. I just got back from travelling so the best part of my weekend was definitely catching up with friends (and a few vodkas may have been involved 😛 )

  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate and coconut together! I must make these soon! Great job on the 9 miles, your one amazing person!

  11. Oooh, those pancakes look right up my alley! Coconut is love.
    The best part of my weekend was staying in, watching the Braves game and baking cookies with my boyfriend. So simple but so much fun.

    Congrats on tackling the distance! 🙂 Hope you have a good week.

  12. Great job on your run Tina! I too love my long runs.

    Best part of my weekend: Running a 4K with Jason, then spending the whole afternoon helping a friend prepare for a garage sale — I love sorting through stuff, etc.

  13. My favorte part of this weekend: the nothingness. I did nothing but sit in candlelight, watching mad men, and then an afternoon baking with my mom!

  14. Awesome run!!!
    Those pancakes look awesome, i might have to make some for dinner, lol 🙂

  15. Those pancakes look great! I am so impressed by your running, you are rocking your training plan 🙂

  16. You’re talking to a coconut lovah right here!!! Those pancakes look so good – definitely a well-deserved breakie after such a great run!

  17. Nice job on the run! I remember being in awe with every long run that was a new PDR during half training last year. It’s such a cool feeling!
    Pancakes look delicious. Choc + coconut = an amazing combo!

  18. Girl you are going to ROCK that half marathon!!! I’m predicting a sub 9:00 pace (and therefore sub 2-hour pace).

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate and coconut together. I’m actually NOT a chocolate lover or a coconut lover, but together they make sweet, beautiful music. My favorite coffee stars both 🙂

    My favorite part of the weekend was running 18 miles (I love my long runs too!) and spending time with my family at the pool. Yesterday was just a great day. Hope you have a great week!

    • Tina says:

      I don’t know how much I would love 18 miles (haha) but glad you did! And so odd you don’t care for chocolate or coconut much apart but do together. They do make a great combo!

  19. Yummo! You just made my stomach start growling for those pancakes 🙂 And great long run, congrats girl!
    The best part of my weekend was hanging out with my boyfriend. With our busy summer schedules, it felt like it had been forever since the two of us had time to ourselves.

  20. Haley Q says:

    Yes I do need those pancakes. I’m an Almond Joy fanatic, so chocolate and coconut is my thing yet I’ve never converted it into a pancake. & congrats on your awesome run!

  21. Great run! I love coconut – so good!

  22. Great time on the long run! It’s hard keeping up that pace for longer distances. Woo hoo!
    Those pancakes look delicious. How can you go wrong with chocolate and coconut together?

  23. Lisa says:

    Good job on the run!

  24. I’m a HUGE coconut fan and everyone who knows me knows it!!
    I had a chocolate and coconut martini over the weekend that was really good! I love the combo of chocolate and coconut and your pancakes looks SO SO good!

  25. Chocolate coconut?! Yea please! The best part of my weekend was Saturday with the hubs… Recapped the hiking, fish watching and breweries this morning. A great way to celebrate our 3 year anniversary.

    Nice run! Hope you have a great Monday 🙂

  26. chrissi says:

    and now i want to run and eat pancakes… 🙂

  27. Jen says:

    I love coconut! I think I just figured out what is for dinner tonight!

    My whole weekend was great, but I guess the best part would be our mini-vacay at Lake George in a house on the lake- so relaxing!

  28. I’m a huge fan of chocolate and coconut together…especially in cake 🙂

  29. Dorry says:

    Congrats on the 9 miles! My sister LOVED long runs while training for the half marathon – it was her “me-time” away from the non-stop responsibilities of being a mom. She’s pregnant with her 3rd baby right now, so no more long runs for a while. 🙂

    I’m not a big fan of coconut. It’s a texture thing. I like the flavor, though.

  30. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but I do love pretty much anything paired with chocolate! I would definitely give these a try.

  31. Sometimes I like coconut…it just depends on what it’s paired with….and if paired with chocolate like you did I think I’d love them!

    Best part of the weekend was relaxing with the hubby and my family 🙂

  32. Jen says:

    Great job on your run!!!

  33. Kat says:

    those pancakes look delicious!
    I remember the first time I ran 9 miles – about 6 months ago. It was awesome. I went to the Indian buffet after and made up for lost calories 🙂

  34. teresa says:

    I just have to say YES to chocolate coconut pancakes.
    thank you!! My family will be thanking you soon too.

  35. Hilary says:

    Mmmm! I think I need these too. HECK YES I am a fan of coconut! Best part of my weekend? It’s a tie between Friday night girls’ date of Costco and tv watching or Saturday night sleepover with cousins (but both included DVDs of Boy Meets World, always a good thing).

  36. Kara says:

    Look at you getting all fancy with using a real bathroom on a long run. 🙂 Around here, the cornfields are you best bet for relieving yourself of excess “fiber”.

  37. Sarah says:

    Congrats on the 9 miles 🙂 And those pancakes look yummy. Bathroom breaks are a must on long runs. I used to run through DC and I remember I had to beg a barista at a Starbucks to let me use the bathroom…

  38. Maren says:

    Oh I love pancakes and these look so yummy. Plus I love coconut! Great idea 😀

  39. Sarah says:

    I LOVE coconut! And pancakes. And the combo? Sounds absolutely delicious.

  40. I used to hate coconut, but as I’ve grown up I’ve become such a convert. I’m obsessed. Those pancakes sound AMAZING. I’ll definitely have to try them at some point.

  41. So proud of your 9 miles!!!! I”m turning into one of those sickos who looks forward to “long run day.” Right now I’m at 6 miles, but love the challenge of the looming double-digits.

  42. Thanks so much for posting the recipe! Actually, it looks very similar to the recipe I already use for chocolate pancakes, just add coconut and sub in some coconut milk for the almond milk. 🙂

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