Pancakes are such a wonderful classic. A sprinkling of dark chocolate chips makes this more of an indulgent breakfast, but not so sweet to be considered dessert: the perfect balance, in my opinion. Feel free to substitute your favorite fruit for bananas (I bet strawberries or blueberries would be good!), and leave out the chocolate chips if you’d like.
Adapted from this recipe
Yield 12 pancakes
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour (feel free to substitute with all-purpose or gluten-free flour)
1 heaping tablespoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
Pinch of salt
1 cup + 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla soy milk
2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed
3 tablespoons of canola oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, sliced thinly into rounds
1/3-1/2 cup of mini dark chocolate chips
In a large bowl, sift and whisk together the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Set aside.
Pour 1 cup of soy milk into a measuring cup. Add the vinegar and ground flaxseed, and whisk vigorously with a fork to combine. Let sit for five minutes to congeal slightly.
Pour the milk/vinegar/flaxseed mixture into the center of the dry ingredients. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of soy milk, oil, and vanilla, and use a spatula to fold everything together. Stop when no clumps remain — don’t go any further!
Using the spatula, stir in the bananas and chocolate chips. Again, be careful not to over-fold. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let the batter set for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Do this at least five minutes prior to pouring in any batter — you want the pan to be hot!
Using a 1/4 cup measure, spoon rounds of batter into the pan. Don’t overcrowd — I found that two individual scoops was best. Cook for 4 minutes, or until the top begins to harden slightly, bubbles form, and the bottom is golden brown. Gently flip, and continue cooking until no longer liquid in the center, about 2-3 minutes.
Remove and repeat with the remaining batter.
Serve hot with maple syrup, jam, and/or peanut butter, or store in an airtight container and reheat in a toaster for later consumption.