Main dish, vegetarian

Banana-Chocolate Chip Pancakes


This healthy whole-grain buttermilk pancake recipe adds mini-chocolate chips and mashed banana to the 100% whole-wheat flour base. If you want to experiment with different types of whole grains, replace up to 1/2 cup of the whole-wheat flour with cornmeal, oats and/or buckwheat flour. Or add extra fiber and healthy omega-3 fats by adding up to 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed or chia seeds.
Prep time 50
Cook Time 10
Total Time 60
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Nutritional Information

Makes: 7 Servings
Calories 230kcal
Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 29mg
Sodium 334mg
Carbohydrates 36g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Added sugars 6g
Total sugars 13g
Protein 7g
Potassium 270mg


STEP 1 Whisk flour, chocolate chips, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk egg, buttermilk, banana, oil, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients and whisk just until combined. Resist overmixing—it will make the pancakes tough.
STEP 2 Let the batter sit, without stirring, for 10 to 15 minutes. As the batter rests, the baking powder forms bubbles that create fluffy pancakes and the gluten in the flour relaxes to make them more tender.
STEP 3 Coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Without stirring the batter, measure out pancakes using about 1/4 cup batter per pancake and pour into the pan (or onto the griddle). Cook until the edges are dry and you see bubbles on the surface, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown on the other side, 2 to 4 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining batter, coating the pan with cooking spray and reducing the heat as needed.
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1 ½ cups white whole-wheat flour

⅓ cup mini chocolate chips

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 ½ cups buttermilk

1 cup mashed ripe banana (2-3 medium)

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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