Chocolate Orange Pancake Recipe

Praying Through Pain & Orange Chocolate Pancakes

1 Samuel 1:12-16 (nirv)

As Hannah kept on praying to the Lord, Eli watched her lips. She was praying in her heart. Her lips were moving. But she wasn’t making a sound. Eli thought Hannah was drunk. He said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Stop drinking your wine.” “That’s note true, sir.” Hannah replied. “I’m a woman who is deeply troubled. I haven’t been drinking wine or beer. I was telling the Lord all my troubles. Don’t think of me as an evil woman. I’ve been praying here because I’m very sad. My pain is so great.”


We’ve all had at least one chapter in our story that’s been filled with great pain; some have a whole novel. The cause or circumstance may vary, but we share the universal outcome of living in a broken world; pain.

In Hannah’s case, she was dealing with the pain and suffering that comes from experiencing infertility. In 1 Samuel 1:1-20, we see the story of a woman who was heartbroken, and had reached the end of herself.

In today’s scripture, we get to witness what Hannah does as a result of the great pain she’s experiencing; she prays. She prays and prays and prays. She prays to the point that the priest thinks she’s drunk. When you’re experiencing pain, do you pray like that, or at all?

When something’s bothering me, I have a list of steps that I take, in no particular order. I do everything I can to solve the problem on my own by manipulating situations or people, if necessary. I write about it. I share about it on Instagram. I talk to my therapist about it. I fight with my husband about it. I go shopping to try and forget about it. I do everything else before I start to pray about it. And guess what? It never works. Never once has a trip to Nordstrom Rack healed my pain.

When we’re in pain, God should be our first line of defense, not our last resort. He wants to help us. Prayer isn’t just for bringing our requests for healing to God, although He does heal! It’s also to bring us peace in the midst of the pain. It’s to let us know that someone is listening to us; someone hears our struggles. My husband has a lot of great qualities; being an active and supportive listener isn’t his strongest one. The pair of boots I bought to try and feel better are even worse at listening. But neither my husband, or the boots, were ever supposed to be my source of peace in the middle of pain.

1 Peter 5:7 tells us to “Tell God about all the things that make you sad or afraid or angry. Give your thoughts about those things to him and let them remain with him. Do this, because you matter to him.” (EASY)

It seems easier to face our troubles alone, or try to fix them using the tools of the world. But that’s not the answer. Let’s use Hannah’s solution to her pain as an example, because spoiler alert; it works.

First, God offers us peace when we bring our pain to him.
She said, “May you be pleased with me.” Then she left and had something to eat. Her face wasn’t sad anymore. 1 Samuel 1:18 (NIRV)

Second, God will often answer our prayers if it’s His will for our lives.
So after some time, Hannah became pregnant. She had a baby boy. She said, “I asked the Lord for him.” So she named him Samuel. 1 Samuel 1:20 (NIRV)


What’s your first line of defense in times of pain and struggle? Is the Lord the first person you turn to, or the last?


For a heart that seeks the Lord first, from both the mountain and the valley.

Orange Chocolate Pancakes

5 minPrep Time

6 minCook Time

11 minTotal Time

Serves 1•4-5 Silver Dollar Pancakes

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  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 teasoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • dash of salt
  • non-stick spray


  1. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder and set aside
  2. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined, do not overmix! Some small clumps in the batter are normal
  4. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes
  5. Spray griddle or skillet with non stick spray, turn to medium heat, and allow to get heat pan
  6. Spoon batter onto griddle or skillet, leaving space between each pancake
  7. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or until sides are bubbling and batter is firm
  8. Top with maple syrup or chocolate chips (optional)

Tips & Tools

If you don’t have orange extract, you can use orange juice in this recipe. While I haven’t properly tested it, I would suggest eliminating the suggested almond milk and replacing it with the orange juice. Once you’ve stirred it, you can slowly add in additional OJ or almond milk to get the consistency right. I like the consistency of the pancakes and the taste better with the extract, but the OJ does serve as a second option!

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