Most Saturday and Sunday mornings I go to my mother’s house for coffee and talk. When the little girls wake up they call my mother’s house and I drive home to pick them up, so they can have breakfast with my mother and father. To some, that may sound like a lot of time and effort. My parents live three-blocks from where I live, in the house that I grew up in. The three block drive is a very small sacrifice for the time my children get to spend with their grandparents. This weekend, my mother is a bit under the weather. So, the girls didn’t get to go to my parents’ house for waffles or monkey bread or morning buns or whatever the grandparents are serving up! The girls didn’t give me any trouble yesterday, but this morning they seemed a bit down about missing their breakfast time with my parents. I asked them if it would make it better if I made them something special. They agreed that it would help, a bit. The youngest informed me that I should make waffles. I don’t own a waffle iron, so that wouldn’t work. On the occasions that we go to IHOP they both like the chocolate chip pancakes, so I set out to find a recipe that seemed to fit the bill. I found something that seemed to work. As the two girls were at the dining room table eating, I heard the youngest say “These are like restaurant pancakes, but they came from our own kitchen!” Yep. I’d say these fit the bill!
Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Pancakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites, beaten
1 cup chocolate soymilk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips. In another bowl, beat the egg, milk, oil and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Spray griddle or large skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls batter onto prepared pan. When bubbles form on top of pancakes, flip. Cook until the second side is brown.
When daughter number got up (16 year olds sleep later than 7 and 9 year olds) she did not delay in eating 2 of the remaining pancakes. She really liked them and said they were very fluffy! Another successful creation! I think I could easily cut back on the amount of chocolate chips used, and make these a little healthier without losing one bit of chocolaty goodness.
Oh, and the girls haven’t said another word about missing their grandparents…