Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Is there anything better in the mornings than chocolate chip pancakes? No, there isn’t. I’ve made this recipe at least a dozen times now and it’s always fluffy and always yummy. It’s also very simple, using ingredients you have in your kitchen on a regular basis–you don’t even need buttermilk, just regular milk. I’m not an expert so I’m not exactly sure why they turn out so perfectly fluffy. It might be because this recipe uses a lot of baking powder (1 whole tbsp). Or magic.

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See, they even look beautiful in a crappy iPhone photo. The recipe calls for half a cup of chocolate chips, but I usually go with A Truck Load of Chocolate Chips–as in, I just dump in chocolate chips until I think it looks sufficiently chocolate-y. Do what you want.

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If you’re brave, you can try to make two little pancakes at the same time in an old, cramped sauce pan with really high, perpendicular sides. After I took this photo, I flipped one pancake over onto the other on accident.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt

1 egg
1 cup milk
2 tbsp butter (I usually substitute with olive oil, or any oil)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Whisk together all dry ingredients in one bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, milk, and butter (or oil), stirring until thoroughly combined. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, and then fold in chocolate chips. Or just dump them in quickly because you’re too excited, then stand back and think, wow, that’s a lot of chocolate chips, and throw all your cares to the wind.

Drop about 1/3 cup batter onto a heated pan or skillet, and cook pancake until brown on the bottom and bubbles start appearing on the top. Flip and cook the other side. You can make the pancakes as big or small as you want, so 1/3 cup doesn’t actually mean anything.

Eat!

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Yes, that is Nutella on the pancakes, further covered by a healthy helping of maple syrup. What you’re not seeing in this picture is the second layer of Nutella spread between the pancake on top and the pancake on the bottom. This is Boyfriend’s way of ingesting 3,000 calories at a time and does not come with a doctor’s recommendation. Verdict from Boyfriend: “This is sinful. It’s like eating a mashed up candy bar.”

Even without the over-the-top condiments, these pancakes are very, very good and can easily be a part of anyone’s yummy breakfast repertoire.

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