An easy and delicious make ahead breakfast recipe are these Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes. You can freeze them until you’re ready for them.
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Pete and I work at the local farmers’ market every Saturday morning. It’s a lot of fun … if you don’t count the waking up early part. We have to be up at 5:30 in the morning, so that means preparing everything we can the night before. Having easy breakfasts are a big help. That’s why I make these Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes in a large batch and freeze them.
On those busy mornings when you just don’t have time to cook, just pull out a couple, microwave them, and you have a delicious breakfast with very minimal effort.
Plus, these are a really great way to use overripe bananas when your whole family is tired of banana bread.
I make two batches when I made these. One batch is plain banana pancakes, then second is chocolate chip banana pancakes. You can make 8 to 10 pancakes per banana, so keep that in mind.
Also keep in mind that these aren’t the 2 ingredient banana pancakes were are popular on social media a few years ago. Those are just bananas and eggs. I’ve heard they don’t taste like pancakes, but people call them pancakes because they’re made on a griddle in the shape of a pancake.
Those are great, but they won’t satisfy your hankering for a pancake breakfast.
If you bought too many bananas for this recipe and you’re looking for a way to use an extra banana or two, check out all of our Budget-Friendly Banana Recipes.
Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes Recipe
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How To Make Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes:
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
Add in the milk, olive oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir until combined.
Peel your bananas and add them to the mixture. Use a potato masher to break them up and incorporate them into the mix.
Carefully stir the chocolate chips into the banana pancake batter.
Heat up a pan and drop a little less than 1/4 cup of batter on to the hot pan.
Side note: If you’re not using a non-stick pan, you may want to spray a little bit of cooking spray on the pan before you pour batter onto it.
When the edges start bubbling, the bottom is a golden brown, and you are able to completely and easily slide a spatula under the pancake, flip it and cook it on the second side.
Your cooking time with vary based on how high your heat is. I do mine on medium-high heat and it’s about two minutes per side. That leaves them just a little mushy in the middle, giving you a great banana flavor and texture.
If you don’t do this, your pancakes will still taste good, but it defeats the purpose of having banana in them in the first place.
Continue with all the remaining batter. This will make between 16 and 20 pancakes, depending on the size.
You can eat them now (they’re great with butter and real maple syrup or with a dollop of whipped cream and extra chocolate chips) or freeze them for later.
Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes: Frequently Asked Questions
Milk chocolate chips work best in this. They have a lower cocoa content than semi-sweet chocolate chips, which means they won’t melt as quickly. And, you don’t want melty chocolate chips when you’re trying to cook the pancakes because you’ll end up with a big mess in your pan.
Also, as far as size, use regular chocolate chips instead of mini chocolate chips because they’ll hold up better when you’re cooking the pancakes.
Wait until the warm pancakes have cooled down to room temperature, then put them in an airtight container. They’ll last for about a week.
If you want to store them in the freezer like we do, put the pancakes in a single layer on a baking tray and put them in the freezer. After about an hour, when they’re frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer bag or container. They’ll last in the freezer for about three months.
If you don’t freeze them individually first, they’ll stick together and will be a bit of a pain when you try to reheat them.
You can reheat leftover pancakes in the microwave for about 15 seconds on each side. I usually put a tiny bit of butter on them after flipping so that delicious melted butter drips down.
You can also reheat them in a large skillet over medium heat, in the oven, or in the toaster oven. Just do whatever is easiest for you.
The riper the banana, the better they are for pancakes. This is because as bananas ripen, they develop more sugar. So your pancakes will be sweeter without you having to add any extra sweetener.
Banana pancakes should be a little mushy in the middle, but they shouldn’t be gooey in the middle. If yours are, that means your pan was too warm and the outside of the pancakes burned before the inside was able to cook.
Turn down your heat down a little bit and you should end up with fluffy chocolate chip banana pancakes that are soft in the middle and cooked all the way through.
You want to make sure to cook the banana pancakes as soon as you make the batter. Don’t make it and then let it sit around. If you do that, your pancakes will be really flat.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 egg
- 2.5 teaspoons pure vanilla
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Add in the milk, olive oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir until combined.
- Peel your bananas and add them to the mixture. Use a potato masher to break them up and incorporate them into the mix.
- Carefully stir the chocolate chips into the banana pancake batter.
- Heat up a pan and drop a little less than 1/4 cup of batter on to the pan.
- When the edges start bubbling, and you are able to completely and easily slide a spatula under the pancake, flip it and cook it on the other side. Your cooking time with vary based on how high your heat is.
Amount Per Serving Calories 80Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 10mgSodium 85mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 2g
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