Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

It was snowing yet again on Tuesday morning in the Northeast.  It feels like this winter has lasted for years!  I needed something yummy for breakfast to boost my mood, so I decided to make banana chocolate chip pancakes because they always make me feel like a child–carefree and happy!  As I stirred the batter I kept singing the lyrics to Jack Johnson’s song Banana Pancakes (“Can’t you see that it’s just raining snowing, ain’t no need to go outside…Maybe we can sleep in, make you banana pancakes, pretend like it’s the weekend now.”)  They did the trick–between the song and the pancakes, I felt much better.  Maybe I could even handle one more snow storm before the winter is finally over for good!

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Yield:  25-30 pancakes (about 4-inches in diameter)
Time:  40 minutes total

3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
6 tbsp. butter, melted
2 eggs
2 bananas, mashed
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

additional bananas, for serving
maple syrup, for serving

1.  Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

2.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, melted butter, eggs, and mashed banana.

3.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients together in several additions, whisking out any large lumps.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

4.  Cook on a lightly greased griddle over medium-low heat.  Once bubbles form on the surface (after about 4 minutes), flip the pancakes.  Heat until cooked through, about another 2 minutes.  Serve topped with sliced bananas and drizzled with maple syrup.  Enjoy!

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