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Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes and The Hershey Story

by Jeanette on August 7, 2014 · 26 Comments
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Today, I’ve got a special treat for you ~ Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes, inspired by a recent visit to The Hershey Company. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the world of Hershey. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Hershey Company, it’s one of the oldest chocolate manufacturers in the U.S. (founded in 1894 by Milton Hershey) and is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I fondly remember visiting Hershey when I was a kid and was excited at the prospect of having my kids have some fun at Hersheypark, while I learned about the backroom operations and The Hershey Company’s corporate initiatives.

The Hershey Story

What struck me most during my visit was the rich history behind The Hershey Company, and the legacy that its founder, Milton Hershey, left behind. As a kid, my memories are full of Hershey’s Kisses candies and all things chocolate. So, learning about the man, Milton Hershey, his philanthropic work, the Milton Hershey School, how ingredients are sourced, the strides the company is making to reduce waste at its manufacturing facilities, and recent initiatives like the Hershey Learn To Grow initiative and Project Peanut Butter in Ghana were all new to me.

Painting of The Hershey School

Not only were we treated to an inside look at the Technical Center and able to pepper a panel of experts with questions, but we did a chocolate tasting to get a feel for the differences in chocolate depending on the country of origin, created our own artisan chocolate bars, learned about the process of making caramels and experienced Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour (I felt like a kid again).

I made a special video just so you can see what I experienced during my day at Hershey. Watch the video to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Technical Center, the chocolate tasting, Hershey’s test kitchen, and more. Don’t miss the fun clip at the end of the video of our ride at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction.

I’m looking forward to sharing more about The Hershey Company in future post particularly around the company’s sustainability efforts as well as their gluten-free products (hopefully in time for holiday baking).

Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Meanwhile, enjoy these Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes. I made these for my kids for breakfast as a special treat – they didn’t even suspect that I snuck in some healthy whole grains and a serving of fruit ;).

Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes © Jeanette's Healthy Living

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes
Serves: 11-12 pancakes using a ¼ cup measuring cup to pour batter into pan
  • 1 cup gluten-free quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup low-fat milk or non-dairy milk
  • 4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 4 tablespoons gluten-free flour mix
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • fresh strawberries tossed a little organic sugar
  • fresh whipped organic cream lightly sweetened with organic sugar
  1. Place oatmeal and milk in microwaveable glass measuring cup or bowl. Microwave 2 minutes; let cool. Stir in coconut oil, eggs, cocoa, gluten-free flour mix, baking powder and maple syrup. If mixture is too thick, thin with a little extra milk.
  2. Heat skillet on medium heat and lightly grease with coconut oil. Scoop batter onto pan and cook on both sides until browned. Pancakes brown quickly, so turn the heat down to medium-low as soon as you put the batter into the pan.
  3. Serve with strawberries and whipped cream on top, if desired.

Disclosure: This blog post and my trip to Hershey, PA were sponsored by The Hershey Company as part of my participation in their Food Ambassador program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. It’s fun learning more about a company’s history. I didn’t know they were working on more Gluten Free development, great to hear!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Hershey has an incredible history, something I didn’t appreciate as a kid, so I’m glad I had the opportunity to learn more. We actually sampled a gluten-free version of their “Perfectly Chocolate” chocolate cake and it was decadently delicious :)

  2. The pancakes look amazing, Jeanette! We were at Hershey Park a few years ago – it’s huge!

  3. Yummmm! I love reading all about The Hershey Story – so fun!
    And great minds think alike because I just made oatmeal pancakes with chocolate {and peanut butter too}

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Glad you enjoyed reading about The Hershey Story! Love the idea of peanut butter in chocolate oatmeal pancakes – I’ll have to try that next time.

  4. omg … these look positively delicious! Wishing I had a stack for breakfast right now!

  5. These chocolate oatmeal pancakes look divine! As a chocolate lover, I need to visit Hershey Park some time!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Lisa – if you love chocolate, you will love Hershey – it smells like chocolate everywhere!

  6. LOVE. It’s chocolate, how could you not?
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

  7. Wow these look so amazing! I am a huge chocolate lover so this is totally making my mouth water. And it would be so cool to visit the Hershey Park!

  8. I love Hershey and these pancakes look so delicious! I’m feel in glide I need some chocolate pancakes in my life 😀

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Cindy – great to hear you’re a Hershey fan – visiting definitely brought back childhood memories. I left there smelling like chocolate!

  9. What a fun experience! Immersing yourself in all that chocolate sounds pretty awesome. I always reach for Hershey’ when I buy cocoa powder and I’m sure it makes these pancakes extra delicious!

  10. These GF pancakes look fantastic, Jeanette!

  11. What a great trip! Hershey is near where I grew up so I have fond memories of Hershey Park and especially Chocolate World!

  12. wow, this pancakes look awesome! I love oatmeal pancakes because I think they are much more flavourful! I’ve gotta try this recipe! Have a wonderful weekend 😉

  13. Janelle @PureOrganicYaconSyrup says:

    I am literally drooling right now. You have created a masterpiece!!!
    My friends are saying thank you right now because I’m creating this (breakfast for dinner) for girls night in tonight! Thanks so much and have a lovely weekend! :)

  14. What a wonderful experience! Such a great video, loved learning the history of Hershey and so glad you and your family had an awesome time! These pancakes look absolutely gorgeous Jeanette! Chocolate for breakfast is always a treat and even better when it’s healthy too :)

  15. What a fun experience. I can’t decide if I want these for breakfast or dessert….. or both 😉

  16. What a fabulous experience!!! And your pancakes look scrumptious!!!

  17. This recipe looks amazing! I was wondering, we don’t use a microwave because of how it alters the nutritional value of food…could I heat them on medium on the stove perhaps to achieve the same result?

    Your blog is lovely, thank you so much for sharing your recipes!

  18. Hello Jeanette!
    I love my raw organic cacao powder and it would fit perfectly into this beautiful Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes!

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