First, I would like to say that this is recipe comes from Our Best Bites. It’s the yummy Chunky Monkey pancakes aka chocolate banana pancakes. We also experimented and added a new ingredient. This is such a filling pancake that I could not even eat a full one!
So, yesterday my son and I were discussing food and his picky eating habits. He is 15 and should love food but doesn’t. He loves breakfast but not much dinner food. I thought if I prompted him to cook that maybe he would get a interest into experimenting with foods. I am hoping this will open him up to more flavors and trying new foods.
This morning I was looking at Our Best Bites website at the Apple Cider Caramels. I showed him the caramels and he said they looked good and we started to browse. He said “What are those pancakes?!”. He asked to make them. I, of course was like absolutely! My son made his first batch of pancakes on his own. He loved them and even decided to add cocoa into the batter after making a few from the recipe. Now he has a fantastic idea for another set of pancakes that him and I together will be posting soon!
Coco Monkey Pancakes
- 1½ cup flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1½ cup milk (buttermilk would be better but this is what we had)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 2 large eggs
- 2 ripe bananas
- ¼ cup chocolate chips tossed with 2 tsp flour
- Cooking Spray or butter for pan
- 3 tbsp cocoa (Hershey's or Nestle)
- 1 cup maple syrup
- ½ cup peanut butter
- Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk together. In a separate bowl combine milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla and whisk well. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix just until moistened and combined. Place bananas in a bowl and roughly mash with a fork. Fold into batter. Add the chocolate chips that have been tossed with flour and stir. Add in your cocoa and stir.
- For syrup, heat peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add maple syrup and gently whisk to combine. Heat in the microwave for another 30 seconds, whisk, and then set aside.
- Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet to medium heat. Coat pan with little butter or cooking spray and then pour on pancake batter. Wait until bubbles form and edges are set and then flip. Pull from griddle and top with butter, syrup and some cocoa powder.
- This recipe makes about 15 pancakes depending on size.
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