Total pancake obsession at home. This past week, I made chocolate chip pancakes for dinner. Since you can never go wrong with adding a touch of chocolate to your breakfast. (Check out healthy chocolate almond waffles for other great ways to sneak in chocolate into your mornings.)
Here’s what you need for making chocolate chip pancakes: pancake mix (flour, egg, and milk), butter, chocolate chips, and shortening. I use a microwave-safe nonstick skillet. I love the KitchenAid pancake mix and its interchangeable spoons. The food processor is a must for making this dish correctly. I used my KitchenAid Artisan Series 730 Pancake Mix and my waffle press.
Here’s how to make my famous chocolate chip pancakes: Start by mixing the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Make sure they are completely mixed before you add the wet ingredients. Once you have the wet ingredients combined, turn the mixture on the mixer and beat the mixture until it becomes a smooth consistency. It might be necessary to add another egg if the batter is too runny.
Making Chocolate Chip Pancakes
After you have beat the batter, it is important that you flip it immediately so that the chocolate chips don’t stick to the sides of the skillet. Once the batter is turned, you can move the pancakes right side up onto a plate or oven rack. Just quickly flip and you will have perfectly cooked and fluffy pancakes.
If you find this process to be tedious, you can always use the microwave instead of making a real pancake. Simply cook the dry ingredients in a microwave for about a minute and you’re done! This process makes a delicious hot breakfast, which is quick and easy. Of course, there are many different variations of this recipe that you can try. Some people like to add nuts and/or raisins to their chocolate chip pancakes, while others like to make a glaze to top their pancakes with.
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Another great way to add flavor to your pancakes is to use an edible cake pan as a greasing medium. Simply melt some butter and then pour it into the pan to grease the bottom. Once the melted butter has cooled, you can add your chocolate chips and cinnamon extract. If you want to add a drizzle of maple syrup, just pour it over the top before serving.
Here’s a neat trick for when you are finished cooking your pancakes on the griddle. As an alternative to rolling up the pancake batter onto the griddle, you can also roll it between two sheets of aluminum foil. Simply place one end of the foil onto the griddle and slide the other end under the flipped-over pancakes until they are nicely tucked into the foil. If you like the look of the finished product, you can finish your meal with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen fruit. Your kids will not even know it is a homemade pancake!
If you are concerned about reducing the amount of fat in your diet while preparing your meal, a very simple solution is to cook your pancakes in a non-stick skillet. All you have to do is cooking spray into the skillet until the oil begins to shimmer, then add the chip mixture and flick the control knob to the high position. Cook until the chips begin to pop. If desired, drizzle a bit of additional cooking spray onto each slice of bread if desired. As delicious as this recipe is, you may find it is lacking something if you are trying to reduce your fat intake while cooking.