When I think of comfort food, I think of the usuals – mac & cheese, biscuits & gravy, good old southern cuisine. My comfort food of choice, however, would have to be a nice large plate of chocolate chip pancakes. Chocolate chip pancakes have always had a special place in my heart and as a kid, they were of course my most FAVORITE thing on the breakfast table.
I don’t know about you but when I was growing up, there were those occasional nights when my mom didn’t feel like cooking anything fancy so it was “breakfast for dinner” night. Something about that was so exciting! So the other day, when I came home from work and was feeling kind of blah, I couldn’t help but think that eating pancakes for dinner would turn my night around.
One thing’s for sure, I didn’t think about the bad day I had for one second while I was enjoying these delicious patties of chocolate goodness. Oh and did I mention that they are 100% good for you? What would be the point of eating comfort food if you’re just going to feel even worse about yourself after the fact?
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes (makes 6-8 pancakes, depending on the size)
- 2 ripe Medium Bananas
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 Eggs, or if Vegan, 2 Flax Eggs (2 TBSP Ground Flaxseed + 5 TBSP Warm Water)
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 TBSP Almond Butter or any other nut butter
- 2 TBSP Melted Coconut Oil
- ½ cup Unsweetened Original Almond Milk (or any other milk)
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- ½ cup Whole Wheat Flour (or any other flour of your choice)
- ½ cup Dark Chocolate Chips (or more if you dare!)
- Pure Maple Syrup (If you must have syrup, please splurge on the real thing. The cheap lookalike versions have nasty fillers like high fructose corn syrup and I bet you won’t even see “maple syrup” in the list of ingredients)
Preheat your skillet or griddle to 325°F. If vegan, prepare flax eggs by mixing ground flaxseed and water and setting aside for a few minutes. Mash the peeled bananas and baking powder with a fork until as smooth as possible (it is ok if there are some banana chunks in there). Add in eggs, oil, salt, vanilla, almond butter, almond milk and stir. Stir in oats and flour until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter onto griddle in the sizes that you wish and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve with additional chocolate chips or a drizzle of pure maple syrup.