Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

What do you get when you add mini chocolate chips and banana slices to pancake batter?

That's what I mixed together in my kitchen yesterday. And, I say this with all my heart (and stomach) - you get some effing good pancakes!

Sorry for dropping the f-bomb (although "f-bomb" is now considered a word in the dictionary so the language is going to hell anyway).

Now you might question how this recipe fits in with making a healthy meal in a snap.

Let me start with the "in a snap" part.

Pancakes are about the easiest thing to make as long as you don't have to spend time looking up the recipe.

There is a secret formula you can use so you'll never have to refer to a basic pancake recipe again. I know of two ways you can get it.

One option is to watch this video by Jamie Oliver where he shares the secret formula while making pancakes with his two daughters Daisy and Poppy.


You can watch the video I posted on YouTube about Jamie Oliver's video.

You’re going to watch the Jamie Oliver video aren’t you?

Now that you have the secret formula, let's talk about how these pancakes fit into eating right.

Upon first glance they may look overly decadent but the worst ingredient you'll find inside (from a health perspective) is the chocolate chips - although in some circles they’re considered healthy.

With that said, these yummy pancakes offer a good source of fibre (whole wheat flour) and they’ll pump you up with potassium (bananas).

The only other ingredient that may not be the healthiest is the syrup. Although you don't really need it. I ate one of these chocolate filled banana pancakes straight-up and didn’t miss the syrup one bit! 

Enjoy your pancakes!

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

Recipe Inspiration: Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins 
Time it takes: 20 minutes to prepare and cook 
Makes:  9 pancakes 

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1 large banana thinly sliced

In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, milk, egg, baking powder and salt. Mix just until blended (do not overmix; some small lumps may remain). Gradually stir in chocolate chips.

Lightly brush a non-stick skillet with oil and heat over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into skillet (you should be able to do 2 at a time if using a 10-inch skillet). Top each pancake with 4 banana slices. Cook until bottoms brown and bubbles form on top, about 2 minutes. Turn pancakes over and cook until brown, about 2 minutes. Repeat process with remaining batter.

Top pancakes with extra chocolate chips and banana slices.

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Brent Garell from Cookapalooza

Hi I'm Brent! The recipes you will find on this blog, and in my weekly updates, are easy-to-make dinners my family and I have enjoyed. You'll also find favorite weekend recipes, along with a few greatest hits from my cookbook - and some boiled down wisdom on how to save yourself time when cooking.   

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1 comment:

  1. Brilliant! I never would have thought of adding bananas to pancakes. Sounds divine!