Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

My family absolutely loves fancy breakfast. My husband’s a waffle man, but I prefer pancakes. Our kids on the other hand can’t get enough of either. So we’ve experimented with many varieties of waffles and pancakes over the years. While classic buttermilk pancakes are tasty, my kids always prefer it if I add chocolate chips and of course turn them into fun shapes. But who can resist a themed pancake. Instead of just adding chocolate chips to a classic pancake, I prefer to make breakfast a little on the healthier side. This way there’s no guilt and the kids get some added vitamins and nutrients without sacrificing their pancake craving.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

For these pancakes I used half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour in order to end up with a healthier pancake but hold true to the classic pancake texture. The Greek yogurt adds a little more protein and along with the beaten eggs, makes for a very fluffy pancake. For an extra nutrition bonus, I add 1 tablespoon of ground flax meal. Yay, for omega-3’s and a healthy heart! You could always add another tablespoon or omit it altogether.

Additionally, I chose to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of buttermilk or whole milk. I’ve been experimenting a lot with nondairy milks and I’ve found they often work really well in baking. My family doesn’t miss the traditional milk flavor. Plus, nondairy milk is usually lower in calories. My favorite use for unsweetened almond milk is french toast. Yum! How I love almond flavor in baking.

Now my children couldn’t be more excited for a pancake morning and I think after you try these you’ll be just as excited. Even all you waffle people out there will want seconds. As my 2 year-old says, “Yum, I love pancakes! More please.”

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
These pancakes are fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness. And as an added bonus , they're packed with whole grains, omega-3's and protein.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mash the banana.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs.
  3. Add the milk, vanilla and yogurt.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, salt, flax meal and baking powder.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, along with the yogurt and the banana.
  6. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  7. Careful not to over mix, the batter should be lumpy.
  8. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet, cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat and add about 1/2 teaspoon of butter.
  9. Once butter is melted work in batches adding about 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan for each pancake.
  10. Cook about three at a time.
  11. Cook until bubbles begin to form around the edges and flip.
  12. Cook about a minute more.
  13. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
  14. Serve pancakes topped with butter, maple syrup and fresh strawberries.

One comment on “Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

  1. I know what I’m making for brunch Sunday. Thanks Chef Jenn!

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