Double Chocolate Banana Pancakes
Adapted from Nom Eat Nom
My daughter had a friend stay with us last weekend. She was here all weekend, so the two of them stayed up late Friday night and then slept in on Saturday. Saturday night I made them go to bed earlier. Not TOO early, because they are teenagers after all, but early enough so they wouldn’t sleep all day on Sunday. Sunday morning my daughter’s friend was awake, but my girl was crashed till way after noon.
My girl’s friend is a bit of a foodie, so I told her to look through my “Recipes I want to Try” Pinterest board and see if there were any recipes there that she thought we should try for breakfast. She picked out this Chocolate Pancake recipe from Nom Eat Nom … the only trouble was, I didn’t have any avocados on hand, but she suggested using a banana instead. So we did, and then we got out the chocolate syrup and the whipped cream and tried to tempt my daughter to get out of bed and have chocolate for breakfast with us. My girl wasn’t going to budge, but we went ahead and had them without her.
I got out my Swiss Diamond Swedish Pancake Pan and tried my hand at making pancakes in it. The pancakes do puff up really nicely in the pan, but I had a little trouble flipping the cakes at first. My spatulas are all too big for the holes in the pan, so it took me a while to figure out how to flip them with the equipment I had on hand. I scooched them out of the hole with a rubber scraper, then carefully slid the cake onto my spatula for flipping. It was kinda tricky flipping them back into the hole, so my chocolate griddle cakes didn’t always turn out perfectly round, but amazingly, most of them did look pretty dang good. (I have since remedied this problem by getting a smaller pancake flipper. Things should go better next time!)
We figured we TOTALLY deserved chocolate for breakfast because we were out raking and hauling leaves for about three hours. Not that these pancakes are BAD … they are whole wheat pancakes, after all, and low in fat. Besides, dark chocolate is good for you too. It was the whipped cream and chocolate syrup that took it over the top. I had to balance mine out with some banana slices. And my girl eventually did get up and made a culinary masterpiece with these pancakes, whipped cream, chocolate syrup and strawberries. Strawberries! I should have done strawberries. It was almost too pretty to eat.
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sugar (or more, to taste)
- 3 Tablespoons oil
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder (I used 1/4 cup, use more for a darker chocolate pancake)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (we used 1/4 cup, but I felt like it wasn't quite enough)
- In a mixing bowl, mash the banana, then mix in the milk, egg, vanilla, sugar and oil. Sprinkle the dry ingredients on top, then stir them in until your batter is well mixed and not lumpy. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Heat a frying pan or pancake pan over medium heat and cook up your pancakes, flipping them when they are set on the bottom and lightly browned.
These pancakes are wonderful served with berries or banana slices, chocolate syrup and whipped (light) cream.
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