Thursday, March 8, 2012

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes

My house loves routine and this is no exception.  One of my very favorite moments of the week (ok, my absolute favorite moment of the week) is Saturday mornings when we eat whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes.  I don't really know how this tradition started but about 18 months ago, Andrew said he was going to make us pancakes one random Saturday morning...then he started playing around with his recipe and has absolutely perfected it.  Now, we eat turkey bacon and these pancakes every Saturday morning.  Without exception. I hope my kids grow up talking about their Dad making these pancakes for them every week. When I think of my little family, I often think of this meal.

Shopping List
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour (you can use All Purpose Flour if you prefer)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Lots of real maple syrup :)

Preheat pancake griddle to 350 degrees or stove top griddle over medium-high heat.  Spray with Pam.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder.  In a separate bowl, combine milk and egg.  Whisk milk mixture into flour mixture slowly until incorporated (do not over mix).  Stir in chocolate chips.

Spoon pancake batter on to griddle flipping only when bubbles appear on the tops of the pancakes (about 3 minutes per side).  Serve with lots of real maple syrup. can mix and match this recipe (of course!).  Here are some ideas and things we've tried:

1. Stir in one cup of canned pumpkin and a tablespoon of cinnamon for some awesome Pumpkin-Chocolate Pancakes (my very favorite variation!).

2. Use butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips

3. Add in one cup of dried cranberries or cherries.

No matter how you make your pancakes, you're going to love them.  Thank you Andrew for our pancake mornings!!

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AmyJo said...

We love pancakes and we sure did love these (and I didn't even have chocolate chips but they were still great)!

Sarita said...

Yummy... Going to try this soon

AllieDanae said...

We have a Saturday tradition at our house too! Although we are all over the age of 21 now, we still love it. Every Saturday growing up Daddy made hamburgers. He has his own special recipe now. While in college, he would make extra and freeze them and then I'd grill them on my George Foreman for my roommates!

SA said...

Made these for Fathers Day and they were delicious! We are making your turkey spinach burgers for lunch. Thanks for the great recipes!:)


Amanda D said...

Hi Shay!

LOVE your blog! I just made some of these pancakes, and mine turned out super thick. Definitely doesn't look like yours! Maybe did I over stir? I desperately want these to work - they look so yummy! :)

Mix and Match Mama said...

The pancake was super thick or the batter was super thick? If the pancake was thick, then add less batter to the griddle. If the batter was super thick, then just add a splash more milk. I will say though...they are thicker than your average buttermilk pancake (because they're whole wheat and that flour will just make things more thick). They're not really light and fluffy...they're more hearty than that.

Amanda D said...

Sorry! Should have clarified :) The batter was thick and never really spread out much on the griddle. I'll add more milk next time. Thanks for your help. Have a great day :)

Polka Dot Blossom said...

My hubby makes chocolate chip pancakes every Saturday too! You know what we discovered that makes them extra fluffy? Instead of just using an egg...we add 3 (you could probably do 2) whipped until stiff, egg whites! Seriously. It will change your pancake for-ev-er! Great little secret. Shhh. :) XOXO

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