I’ve had the idea to make these pancakes forever. And by forever I mean 2 months, because they’re basically the same to a young adult like me. What is patience anyways?! I keep a list on the Notes app of my iPhone for when inspiration strikes, and I remember jotting down the idea for this recipe after trying my friend’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream with the same flavor.
I go to bed every night with food on my mind and always seem to draw my best ideas while trying to get to sleep, hence the needing a handy iPhone app to help me organize my thoughts. My mind doesn’t care that it’s 1 in the morning and I’m exhausted. All it can think about is how I can incorporate chocolate into everything I eat and maybe I should make blueberry biscuits and smother them with a vanilla glaze or make mini chicken teriyaki bites because everything is cuter in mini form and the crunch would be great and, did I mention people love mini things? Also, CHEESE. What was I saying again? My mind = a disaster.
OH RIGHT. Fluffy Chunky Monkey Pancakes.
I mean, can you go wrong with putting bananas, chocolate, and walnuts into a perfectly puffed and super fluffy pancake and smothering it with maple syrup and extra chocolate sauce? I think I’ve discovered the meaning of love. Let me give you a hint. It has the words pan and cake in it. Cake pan? No. Try again.
Good. Very good.
Like these. These are just plain good. The kind of good that gets all of your housemates ooing (autocorrect just changed that to oozing, I hope that’s not the case or else they should see a doctor) and ahhhhh-ing after every bite. These pancakes were especially stubborn to shoot and I spent a good 30 minutes with my camera furiously adjusting things and being unsatisfied with every photo before they got to dig in. And once I was finished with their photo shoot and they were fair game? Think annihilation. It was a pancake massacre.
I decided to add in a portion of whole wheat flour because… HEALTH… and it blends in really well! If you’re feeling especially in-tune with yo’ body and arteries and insides and whatnot, feel free to try going all-in with the whole wheat, but be warned, that wild idea hasn’t been tested in my kitchen. I’ve found in the past that a mixture of whole wheat + white flour gives a bit more nutrition to a dish without compromising taste or texture. What’s the point of healthifying something if it makes it taste like cat food? Not that I would know, of course. You should ask my sister. She tried a bit of kibble when we were 10.
The moral of this story is don’t eat cat food. Eat a plate of these instead.
Just yum, my friends. YUM.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup white flour
- 3½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 egg
- 1¼ cup milk (I used nonfat)
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 2½ tbsp butter, melted
- 1 banana, diced
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup walnuts
- Sift together the whole wheat flour, white flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vanilla extract and melted butter. Whisk the wet and dry ingredients together.
- Fold in the diced banana bits, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
- Heat a skillet to medium heat and grease the skillet with butter or oil. Add a heaping ¼ cup of the batter and spread it out to a circle (it will be chunky and won't automatically spread on it's own).
- Cook until the bottom is golden brown and firm enough to flip. Flip and cook till the other side is golden brown as well.
- Top with maple syrup, extra melted chocolate, and whatever else your heart desires!