Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I know they say not to go to the store hungry, but who would have thought watching TV (and no, not the commercials) would have the same problem? We were watching our DVR’d episode of Parenthood which started out with chocolate chip pancakes and suddenly I had to have those chocolate chip pancakes.

I ended up doing one better with banana chocolate chip pancakes, having this one old, brown banana that was ready for either baking or for the trash. I adapted my recipe from this recipe that was adapted from another recipe.


  • 2 cups baking mix(or homemade bisquick mix)
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Since I neither have Bisquick or wanted to go through the trouble of getting out the Cuisenart for the homemade “Bisquick” mix, I referenced yet another recipe and used two cups of flour and two tablespoons of baking powder as my base.

In another bowl I mashed up my banana with a fork and mixed in the cup of milk and an egg. A hand mixer may have made for a smoother mix but I feel like a few lumps are a pleasant trait of homemade cooking.

After mixing the liquid into the dry, the batter seemed really thick for pancakes. I added another 1/4 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of vegetable oil since I’ve seen it in various pancake recipes. I was told that the oil raises the calorie count drastically more than the milk so next time I should just keep adding milk until the consistency is right. Possibly a second egg.

I also had no chocolate chips, but I planned to chop up the last couple Ghirardelli squares from the Christmas baking. Turns out that after being left open, they had become so crumbly I just crumbled them by hand into the batter mix.

If you could zoom in on that bottle of oil it shows 120 calories per tablespoon serving… definitely skipping the oil next time.

The batter was still on the thick side so I had to spread it out with a fork as I poured it into the pan, and then cook like normal.

A little light on the chocolate, and a little light on the banana, because I used all I had around, but very yummy. Next time more chocolate, less oil.

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