Enough said! You had me at peanut butter! When I got up this morning, I thought of my usual bowl of no frills oatmeal and knew I could do better. I was very hungry and needed something a little more substantial and self-indulgent, so I thought pancakes! Then as I was getting out my ingredients, and after a head-sized cup of coffee, it came to me…chocolate chip pancakes! Then as I was getting out my mini morsels, I caught a fleeting glance of a jar of peanut butter. We hadn’t even made eye contact, but I knew he was going in too! Then I saw the perfect topper…bananas! Okay, I said to myself, I better stop there, otherwise there might be a temptation to add other pantry items, like Cheez-its, popcorn, or…never mind, I don’t want to ruin your appetite!
Now I know this is supposed to be more of a baking blog, and I’m not really sure that pancakes fall into that category, since I’m not using an oven. HOWEVER, they have the word “cake” in them, and that’s good enough for me!
So, this is a very simple recipe, because what else could it be at 6 a.m.? This recipe made only 6 large pancakes, but can be easily doubled, or just make smaller pancakes!
Here’s the easy recipe and don’t forget the syrup!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk
1 heaping Tablespoon peanut butter
2-4 teaspoons water
1/4-1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Put your dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl. Make a well in the center for the egg and oil, then gradually pour in milk while whisking.
Whisk together just until combined. You don’t want to over mix because you’ll have tough and chewy pancakes. Nobody wants that!
Put the heaping tablespoon of peanut butter in a small bowl, stir adding just enough water to make it the same smooth consistency as the batter, which may be up to a tablespoon of water.
As you can see in the photo above, my peanut butter is ready to be whisked into the batter, which I have put in a glass measuring cup for easy pouring. Add mini chocolate chips, just stirring them in.
Now, just preheat your favorite pancake griddle surface. I like to spray it with just a spritz of non stick cooking spray for the first pancake at least, depending on the pan you’re using.
Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into your preheated pan on medium low, and wait until the edges of the pancake begin to look dry and small bubbles appear, then you are ready to flip it, flip it good!
Voila! You did it! Now you want to give your batter a little stir from the bottom each time you begin a new pancake to get those chocolate chips floating around more evenly.
I like to use a little sliced banana for garnish, and a little butter (not for garnish, for eating) and don’t forget the syrup!