Chocolate chocolate-chip pancakes

Yes, sometimes breakfast gets a little extra indulgent and borders on dessert.  I can think of no better excuse (though who needs one) to indulge than Valentine's Day so the weekend beforehand, we did just that as I served up these chocolate pancakes for breakfast.  
These chocolate pancakes are made with buttermilk - tender, fluffy, and light, chock full of chocolate flavor from cocoa powder as well as mini chocolate chips that I folded into the batter.  I substituted some of the all-purpose flour with white whole wheat flour and I think these pancakes can really handle it.  In fact, I think chocolate and whole wheat flour work really well together in general, often giving the finished product a subtle nutty flavor and texture.  
It's a little like eating a light and fluffy chocolate cake.  Think of it as an alternative to chocolate muffins.  I'd like to think I showed some restraint in not topping the pancakes with chocolate sauce like you often see.  As tempting as that may be, some berries and a few extra sprinkles of mini chocolate chips does the trick.
Looking at these pancakes is helping me deal with Valentine's Day withdrawals.  I hope you had a lovely one, filled with love and plenty of chocolate!  Lucky for me, there's Chinese New Year to continue the celebrations and the feasting on sweets.  I can't complain at all!




Recipe:

Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Pancakes 
Adapted from Handle the Heat

- Makes about 9 pancakes - 

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour (or substitute with all-purpose)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips
Serving suggestions: powdered sugar, mini chocolate chips, fresh berries

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour(s), cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a large measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring until just combined (do not over-mix).  Gently fold in the mini chocolate chips.  Let batter rest, uncovered, while you heat the griddle or a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  

Lightly grease the griddle or pan.  Ladle about 1/3 cup batter onto the hot pan for each pancake.  Cook until the sides begin to set and bubbles appear on the surface, about 2-3 minutes.  Flip pancakes and cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes, until done.   

If desired, dust with powdered sugar and serve warm with a few mini chocolate chips on top and some berries.  



18 comments:

  1. So fluffy and delicious...they are great to wake up to!
    Happy Chinese New Year to you and yours, Monica.

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    1. Thank you! Woke up to a good pile of snow today but we're keeping warm and happy with lots of good eats. : )

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  2. Double chocolate pancakes! Sign me up! And with those fresh strawberries - just the best combo! Hope you're having a great weekend Monica!!

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    1. A little too good, almost, but definitely a great treat!

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  3. Beautiful pancakes Monica - and I love that you mention how chocolate and whole wheat go so well together. These have a beautiful texture and must be delicious.

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    1. I love baked goods with a bit of gritty nuttiness that whole wheat flour often brings to the table. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  4. I'm a huge, huge fan of chocolate pancakes. Like you, I find them at par with a good chocolate cake. These look so fluffy, decadent and just mind blowing. I'm seriously craving them now.

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    1. I think I'm craving them again now, too! Thanks, Sonali!

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  5. These look spectacular! I agree about whole wheat + chocolate. They work well together.

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    1. I'm always surprised by how much I enjoy whole wheat baked goods and such.

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  6. Monica these little guys are super decadent! A perfect leisurely morning treat.

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    1. I had Valentine's Day as a perfect reason for making and enjoying these with the fellas. : )

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  7. I've never had chocolate pancakes, they looks so moist and delicious!

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    1. It's like chocolate cake or muffins...how bad can that be, right! ; )

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  8. Oh these look amazing! I would love these for a breakfast treat!

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    1. They make a great occasional splash at the breakfast table, thank you!

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  9. They look super light and fluffy! I can't wait to try them! Stay warm!

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    1. Staying warm and getting my baking therapy on to combat this wallop of a winter we're enduring right now. Thank you!

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