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Two days ago marked the birthday of a very special friend of mine.  She seriously is one of the kindest, most selfless girls I’ve ever been lucky enough to meet.  Because my friend is always so sweet to others, three of us decided that, for her birthday, we ought to reciprocate some of that kindness. This is why, on Tuesday morning, at an insanely early hour, I was in my kitchen making pancakes.

And to go along with the Pancake Challenge, I made Pancake Roll Ups :).

Mounds Bar Pancake Roll Ups, to be exact:


(I used the Brownie Batter Pancakes as a base.)

Pre-rolled stage:


And reeeeaally close up:


So what exactly did my friend think of her birthday surprise Pancake Roll Ups?

I’m not sure…  She didn’t come up for air long enough to tell me!

Question of the Day:

Have you ever surprised a friend for his/her birthday?

One of my favorite “friend birthday” memories is of one year in high school, when we “kidnapped” a friend before school and took her to breakfast in her pajamas.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Oh my word, Katie, you have outdone yourself this time. I want to jump through my screen and gobble those up!

    I love the idea of a birthday morning surprise. I’ll have to think one up for some friends. :)

  2. Brandi says:

    these look FANTASTIC Katie!

    I need to get on this pancake roll up train :)

  3. Little Bookworm says:

    Those Mound Bar Pancake Roll Ups look absolutely amazing! 😀 So sweet of you to make them for your friend!

  4. LindsayRuns says:

    How cute! One of my favorite birthday memories is very similar…I was kidnapped for late night ice cream! Also, decorating my friend’s car at 5am before school…we would always repeat for others, but the firsts and the actual surprise was always the best.

  5. McKella says:

    That looks amazing. I love making mounds bar oats, or almond joy oats, but I’ve never tried with pancakes! I know what I’m making for me and hubby tomorrow. (No class on Fridays! I love having time to make a fancy breakie.)

  6. Gena says:

    You and HEABS have me drooling round the clock, girl! this looks awesome.

  7. Kara says:

    Can I come over for breakfast?

  8. Jessica says:

    You’re such a great friend! I always make over-the-top cupcakes for my good friends’ birthdays. :)

    Love your mounds roll-up idea…yum!!

  9. Jessica says:

    My birthday is on the 25th of March. Make me some? Please?! I need a friend like you, CCV!

  10. Jessie says:

    Hey Katie, I made your oatmeal cookie crepe cakes today for breakfast! They were so good! I can’t even begin to thank you enough for posting such a delicious recipe. And now I need to get on that Mounds recipe!

    Wow there are a lot of Jessica type names here. Haha just saying!

  11. Sarahishealthy says:

    How do you do it? How do you come up with these things? YUM!!!

  12. ok, this is reason #1 why we must be friends in real life. and then i’d make you throw me pancake roll up parties for every half birthday, blogaversary, and random tuesdays when the craving strikes. droooool! looks amazing katie, you never fail me with your creativity!

  13. Meg says:

    Oh I’ve madeyour brownie batter pancakes before, so I KNOW how much of a treat these must have been for your friend. I only wish I’d been there to get some too!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Favorite birthday memory: Going to 7-11 with all my friends every time one of us turned 18 and buying a lotto ticket. Cheesy but so much fun!

  15. Loved this recipe!
    I´m sure you´re friend felt really honored… And happy!
    Have a great Thursday!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  16. *Andrea* says:

    i used to love the mounds candy bars! and almond joy! these look DELICIOUS!!!!!! i’m sure you’re friends are all sweet and fun if they’re friends with you :)

    i’ve never stolen a friend away but friends have thrown me surprise 18th and 21st bday parties at mysterious locations and just told me to dress cute haha

  17. Evan Thomas says:

    These look delicious! It’s totally making me think my next oatmeal needs to have chocolate chips and coconut. Do you buy any specific brand of shredded? I have Let’s Go Organic but they’re such small shreds

  18. Yumalicious! I used to love Mounds bars, and I actually have one of the Go Max Go Mahalo vegan “mounds-style” bars in my pantry waiting to be devoured. But your pancakes look sooooo good. I’ve got pancakes on my to-make-for-breakfast list for next week. I wish I had access to that coconut butter so I could make those.

  19. Question: On the contest, after making pancake roll-ups and blogging about it, do we leave a comment on that post. Or just email. I couldn’t tell from the instructions. I’m kinda slow sometimes. :-) I think I may do a peanut butter pancake roll-up next week. I’ve been craving peanut butter pancakes, and why not roll ’em up?

  20. oh lordy. I am on a total coconut obsession at the moment- thanks for just kitting that one outta the park!

  21. Katie says:

    Wow Katie!! Those look AMAZING!!! I am sure your friend loved them!!! How sweet!! You are the sweetest girl!!!

    Loving these!!! I just bought coconut butter yesterday!! Never had it before, had it this morning and LOVED it!!!

    Love you!!! xoxo

  22. MmmMmmm…I made crepe cakes this morning! Totally fab, topped with sliced banana and chocolate almond butter sauce (almond butter, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla rice milk and stevia) Amazing and easy peasy. Maybe the carrot cake version next, or these mound bar ones!
    Love xxx

  23. lisa says:

    I notice you often eat pretty decadent meals. How do you do it and stay so thin? I’m jealous. I have to constantly workout and watch what I eat or the pounds start adding up.

    These look absolutely delicious!

  24. jcd says:

    What a great friend you are!

  25. Lindsay says:

    My word, you have me craving pancakes now. Chocolate pancakes, of course!
    And I wish I could find that coconut butter you love so much!

  26. Bekka says:

    Hello Mounds! Why’d you have to go and post that when I have no coconut in my house? Now I have to go to the grocery store and get some!

  27. Cut the the recipe in half to serve 1. Ha…so not necessary. :)


  28. You are the pancake QUEEN!

  29. BroccoliHut says:

    Glorious!! I love me some Mounds…but I think I might add some almonds for a little Almond Joy action:)

  30. I WISH I LIKED PANCAKES. Actually, I wish you could roll up waffles.

    Haha I’m just not a pancake person. Maybe if you came on up to NY and made me some I could aquire a taste?? :-) Pretty please!!???

  31. Katie says:

    Hey Katie, I made your carrot cake pancake rollups the other night…but they didn’t turn out very well. :/ I don’t know what was wrong. They were really rubbery. Any tips? I really want to submit a photo for the giveaway, but I would like to try them again first.

    Thanks…you can respond on my blog or email, so it will be easier for me to find. :)

  32. eaternotarunner says:

    Those look too good, I think I am drooling on my keyboard…

  33. i think YOU Are one of the selfless amazing people for making her those! I bet she DEVOURED them!!!

    for one of my friens bday i made her cupcakes with purple (her fav color) frosting and big “L” on each one bc her name started with an L..she loved them! (I thanked duncan hines ;))

  34. MaryMoo says:

    Holy Pancakes batman! Open a creperie already would ya?

  35. Carrie says:

    Hey Katie,
    It’s my first time commenting, but I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for a few months now. It’s one of the only ones I read. Thank you for your fun posts, sweet kindness, and sense of humor! It always puts a smile on my face :)

  36. caronae says:

    Oh my God, I’m practically having a seizure looking at those babies. I can’t wait for the weekend to try them!

  37. Simply T says:


    I just happened upon your blog today, I can’t remember how, after a number of clicks from one blog to the next I ended up here. And I am SO happy I did! I love your blog! I became vegetarian last October – I cut out everything except for milk, yogurt, and cheese. Last month I decided I want to work toward becoming completely vegan – I’ve had no problem eliminating the milk and yogurt – soy does me just fine. I am having a tough time with cheese, however. My live-in boyfriend is from Wisconsin, and you know how they are about their cheese. I haven’t found a non-dairy cheese that I have really liked so far – any suggestions?

    Anyway, I love that you put all these awesome recipes up here – I’ve been cooking a lot more since I decided to go vegetarian/vegan, and I’ll definitely have to try some of the ones you have one here!

    I’ve got my humorous blog already in full swing, but I’m in the process of developing a vegetarian/vegan blog as well to put up recipes, vegan shopping sources and health/beauty products as well as information about cruelty free and green living. Again – I’m so glad I found your blog – you have some great stuff here!

    Stop by my regular blog any time :) Once I get my veg blog up, I’ll stop back in and post you a link so I can get your input!

  38. EE says:

    I surprised the husband-friend one year by taking him on a weekend trip to the dunes for his birthday. And come to think of it, this year was a surprise birthday party.

    How could your friend be more selfless than you? I’m being serious.

  39. catms916 says:

    OMG must get machine to let me steal food from my computer screen!!! I would get up at any hour of the day to get me some o’ that!

    I love surprising people for bdays, etc. My favorite memory though was taking the campus bus over to my fiance’s (then bf) apartment off campus, letting myself in and cooking up mini quiches before he woke up. I had time to cook up a ton of tiny quiche lorraines & made a homemade strawberry smoothie just in time to catch him stirring. Man was he surprised!!

  40. These look AMAZING! What a perfect birthday treat. I wish we lived closer so you would surprise me like this when it was my birthday. Delicious and such a sweet idea.

  41. Lauren says:

    Hi Katie,
    I am definitely going to have to try these…

    For my husband’s birthday this year I surprised him with Peanut Butter and Jelly Crepes. I think he enjoyed it!

    Have a good weekend!

  42. Wow…that looks incredibly delicious. More and more, I’m falling in love with coconut. And I think this post confirmed my love. 😀

  43. Ooooooooooooooohhhh, those look AMAZING!! Super wow. You’ve outdone yourself, Katie!!!

  44. Hannah says:

    Wow, did you go to her place early to make these, or was she at yours already? So kind of you – I can’t think of a better way to start a birthday!! :)

  45. ohkansascity says:

    For my best friends birthday one year, I surprised her with a party with her friends. She was always complaining how “depressing” her birthday was, so I went out of my way (cake and everything) to make it the best ever. I also made her rainbow pillows as a present.

  46. tropicaleats says:

    WOWZA you win the prize for the most delish foodie pic ever :) These look heavenly!

    I surprised my friend with a big goodie bag full of her favorite things. She loved it!

  47. The Good Girl says:

    I waaaaaaaant!!!!

  48. Katie says:

    Hi to the other Katie! I have your name, but sadly not your culinary skills. I love your blog!

  49. Oh I love surprising friends for their birthdays!!! I tried surprising my husband the year we were engaged. I was supposed to fly in for the night just for dinner (long distance relationship) but it didn’t work out.. the flight was delayed many times and then they didn’t fly at all! I was devastated and cried and cried! Funny now when I look back on it but it wasn’t then!

  50. You need to make a pancake and oatmeal cookbook with all the things you do to those two breakfast meals!
    What a sweet friend you are to get up early and make breakfast for your friend!

  51. Oh my word. I just about swallowed my tongue when I saw that picture and title.
    I think I know what I’m making for dinner Sunday night…
    Thank you for a delicious recipe,

  52. Danielle says:

    I was kidnapped once for my birthday! It scared me at first but I loved it. I’m glad your friend enjoyed the pancake roll-ups but honestly, who wouldn’t??

    Oh and F.Y.I, I do NOT have a sixth toe hahaa. That was one of the lies…but I love The Princess Bride :)

  53. Lindsay says:

    Oh my gosh Katie! I’m totally going to make these… they seem amazing. I just bought my first jar of artisana coconut butter today! I can’t wait to try it :)

  54. Hi Katie! I’m a ancient lurker but newbie blogger and I would like to link you up on my blogroll would that be okay? I love your site because I’m a fellow chocoaholic! I’ve also been thinking of becoming vegan so I really appreciate the recipes! I’m so encouraged by you, seeing how veganism doesnt mean deprivation at all!

  55. tramey1 says:

    Ok, I have officially GOT to try Coconut Butter. Is it as amazing as it looks?! What are the nutritional stats??

    Love your blog!!

    -Blogger Boy

  56. Victoria says:

    Is there any other way to enter this contest? I don’t eat flour or own egg replacer. I tried to make pancakes using almond flour flax and water and failed miserably. I would love to enter this challenge but I’d rather not waste food.

  57. Hi Victoria!
    You definitely do NOT have to make traditional flour pancakes!! (And they don’t have to be vegan either. Just because I’m a vegan doesn’t mean I want to force my beliefs on anyone else.)
    You can make any kind of pancakes you want: potato pancakes, oatmeal pancakes, or something else entirely! Be creative and have fun! :)

  58. Jen says:

    I am in love with chocolate as well…I tell my husband it will be my last meal. Please enter me in the Artisana Coconut Butter giveaway! I’m sure the coconut butters could make all my wildest chocolate dreams come true!

  59. Melissa says:

    These look awesome, need to get my hands on some Coconut butter!!

  60. Katie says:

    Wow! There’s nothing I love more than pancakes and chocolate…but with coconut! Pancakes of my dreams!

  61. JW says:

    OMG Katie these look amazing! I’ve really been wanting to try Artisana products. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  62. Abby says:

    These are a must try–they look scrumptious!! Over the weekend, I made a batch of pumpkin blueberry pancakes topped off with some coconut butter. Love this stuff!!!!

  63. Nancy says:

    These sound so good!


  64. Karen Andrews says:

    The best ever!!!!! What’s not to love???? :)

  65. Renée says:

    These sound amazing!

  66. mai says:

    these look amazing! i think i just drooled on my keyboard a little bit :(

    also your giveaway is eerily perfect timing for me. i was just thinking about how there are so many nut butters i want to try but i am way too poor to ever justify buying jars of expensive butters ‘just to try it out’. i’m keeping my fingers crossed for the prize…!

  67. Katie says:

    yummmm! these look AMAZINGG!! if only i had some artisana coconut butter to make them with…..hahaa

  68. Madison says:

    how can you not want to wake up when wake up would mean these pancakes!!! i cannot wait to try these, meaning i cannot wake to go to the grocery to buy the materials, then make them, and then eat them to my hearts content!!

    (sure would help to have that array of nut butters to expand the breakfast creativity in my house!)

  69. Wendy Berger says:

    looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thans Wendy

  70. Maya says:

    Katie, I need some artisana butters in my life…
    fingers crossed!

  71. Ceci says:

    I’d like to try an make this with the artisana nut butters in your giveaway! These recipes look amazing!

  72. laura says:

    chocolate and coconut were definitely meant to be together! these sound delish!!

  73. alexis says:

    ditto Ceci – plus, I’ve not been able to find coconut butter in the store, I would love to try some!

  74. Jazmin says:

    Those pancakes look AH-MAZING. If only I had some coconut butter 😉 Too bad i”m just a broke college student *sigh*. I’m going to try it with regular coconut though!

  75. Nicole says:

    I agree with Jazmin- amazing! But, like her, I am also a broke college student. I’ll have to see what I have in my cupboards

  76. Kianni says:

    Mounds Bar Pancakes FTW! XD

  77. Dana says:

    I am a pancake junkie, so this obviously caught my eye on the contest page! I hope to be making these soon!

  78. Katherine says:

    mmmm these look deeelish! i’ve been on a pancake kick recently…made some the other day that mixed FOUR (count ’em) different kinds of flour for a fun and unique flavor combo. the mix was: chestnut flour, sweet potato flour (!!!!), peanut flour, and spelt flour. half the batter mixed with banana chunks and chestnut pieces. yummers.
    anywho, i’m a coconut addict at heart, and currently have two jars of coconut butter. i would love to try making my own at some point! also, went on a whole foods spree this weekend and picked up a bag of coconut flour and unsweetened shredded coconut (to replenish my stash)… gotta love bob’s RM.

  79. Mandy says:

    This is something I’d definitely try with coconut butter!

  80. Emily Anne says:

    I’ve never had an actual Mounds bar, but these sound great! I’d love to make these if I won.

  81. Kelly says:

    Well I LOVE mounds bars and pancakes so I would def try this out.
    I have wanted to get this coconut butter for a long time but it’s sooooo expensive!! It would be awesome to win this giveaway! :)

  82. veggie365 says:

    I *love* Mounds bars – the only thing that would make this dish better would be to have someone make it *for* me! Looks so delish!! :-)

  83. veggie365 says:

    I *love* Mounds bars! The only thing that would make this dish better would be if someone made it *for me*! :-) Looks delish!!

  84. Jen says:

    Those pancakes look delicious! Your recipes always look so amazing.

  85. Robin says:

    These look so good! And since my husband doesn’t like coconut, they could be all for me!

    Thanks for introducing me to Artisana – I’m addicted. I like to add a spoonful to my smoothies and let it turn into a hard ball of coconut. Sounds odd, but it’s so good that way!

  86. keegan says:

    Chocolate, coconut, and in pancake form. Katie- you’re basically a genius!! My husband gobbled these up in about a minute, asking for more. Definitely a success :)

    1. Aww thanks, Keegan. I’m so excited you tried them!

  87. Melissa says:

    This looks absolutely wonderful! Would love to try some Artisana Nut Butter. Can’t say that I have had it before. Hope to win!

  88. Katie O says:

    These look sooooo delicious. Where do you get coconut butter?!? Let me wiiiiiiiin!,

    1. Hey Katie,
      I got this from the company, actually. Here’s where I wrote about it:

      But I usually can find it at my local Whole Foods.

  89. Stacey says:

    Looks so yummy!

  90. Tara says:

    I think this recipe is awesome! I’ve made it before, but I had to substitute out the artisana. I need to win the giveaway to make the REAL DEAL!

  91. DCKate says:

    Yum! These look so delish. I will definitely have to try them if I win! Maybe I’ll add some sliced almonds on top and make them Almond Joy pancakes 😉

  92. Kristina says:

    Yay! Bring on the nut butters!

  93. Andrea says:

    MMM this would be amazing with coconut butter!

  94. Lisa says:

    these would be too good with raw cashew butter!!! :)

  95. caroline m. says:

    chocolate and coconut comes darn close to my all time favorite chocolate and peanut butter combo. i can only imagine topping these with some peanut butter. mmmm!! i would love to win some artisana! =]

  96. Dorothyrose says:

    These look amazing! I love coconut butter straight up so adding chocolate and pancakes can only be good

  97. Anonymous says:

    wow… these look great! I would love to win some coconut butter!

  98. Katherine says:

    Those look so good! I love anything chocolate and coconut.

  99. Jess says:

    Oh my goodness these look amazing!

  100. Cindy says:

    These sound so good I could cry!

  101. Heather says:

    If I won, I would make the mounds bar pancakes for sure :)

  102. Kristin says:

    Hi Katie :)

    I’d like to enter the giveaway and if I won I would totally make these pancake roll ups. Chocolate and coconut are a perfect match :)

  103. carolyn says:

    these look amazing! please enter me in the coconut butter give-away :)

  104. Jocelyn says:

    These look INCREDIBLE!!!!!! Can’t wait to try making them for myself :)

  105. Alisa says:

    Yum! Chocolate and coconut were meant to be together.
    This is one delicious giveaway!

  106. Lindsay says:

    Oh my heavens, these look spectacular! What a creative idea. I’m drooling :-)

  107. Heather says:

    Holy Deliciousness! I have wanted to try Coconut butter forever. I couldn’t think of a better way than as an icing on pancakes (or oatmeal) :)

  108. Lisa McGeen says:

    These just look awesome as my entry for the coconut contest

  109. Bryana says:

    These pancakes look delicious. Chocolate and coconut are perfect together!

  110. Meredith says:

    I actually tried my first mounds bar when I was trick or treating wayyy back in elementary school. Ever since then I’ve been hooked! They’re so darn good. In the spirit of Halloween, I definitely plan on making these pancakes.. they sound so delicious!

  111. Carlyn says:

    oh my god…this looks A-MAZ-ING!
    enter me in that contest please!

  112. Minna says:

    those look sooo yummy!

  113. Livvy says:

    Oh my goodness, these looks so good!!! I’ll be thanking my lucky stars if I win that contest because I’m all. out. of raw nut butters!!

  114. Erin says:

    These pancakes look amazing! chocolate and coconut can never be bad

  115. Breaking Free says:

    Wow those looks so good! They remind me of my days of lovin’ Almond Joy Bars!
    P.S. I hope I win!

  116. Amber Schaefer says:

    THESE LOOK INCREDIBLE! I can’t wait to try these! I’m obsessed with your blog. Keep up your amazing recipes! :)