As a first-time parent, I am learning all about slippery slopes. Slippery slope #1, in our house, has been paved with chocolate chips. We went through a phase awhile back when our little one wasn’t eating enough to keep her pediatrician happy. So I added a few mini chocolate chips to otherwise relatively healthy things here and there just to sweeten the pot.
Um, it worked. Basically, our child now needs to be weaned from chocolate chips. “What do you want for breakfast?” I ask. “Chocolate!” she says. Note: I will not feed my child straight-up chocolate for breakfast. However. I will feed her chocolate chips in things, because we slid a long time ago down that slope, and I’ll be honest: I’m not exactly sure how to climb back up to the top.
So I wave to you from the bottom of this hole I’ve dug, where I have created an alternative to your standard chocolate chip pancakes – a healthier version in disguise. The kid sees something to dip into maple syrup; I see whole wheat flour and yogurt. She sees chocolate; I see nutrient-packed chia seeds.
If you’re craving chocolate chip pancakes but don’t want the carb-and-sugar crash a hour later, consider these Chocolate Chip Chia Pancakes.
We find them to be super-hearty and satisfying, yet plenty chocolaty – but not so chocolaty that a post-breakfast stomachache is inevitable. Mini chocolate chips – only 1/3 cup in the entire batch – lend just enough chocolate to each bite to make these pancakes special but not sickly sweet. I love how the chia seeds help thicken up the batter a bit, too, making the pancakes a tad fluffier. The seeds just sort of blend into the pancakes – they’re not overt at all. They’re just a hidden nutritious part of the sweet deal.
Sneaking nutrients into my toddler’s diet, Trojan horse style. Yeah, it’s not ideal, and if we were to have any more kids, I’d know better.
But it also resulted in these delicious pancakes. So there is that.
Chocolate Chip Chia Pancakes
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk*
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt*
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil (melted and cooled slightly)
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- Butter (maple syrup,and or fruit (strawberries are excellent!) for topping)
- To a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chia seeds. Mix together with a whisk.
- To a medium bowl, add the egg. Beat with a whisk. Add the milk, yogurt, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Whisk together.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk together just until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Heat a non-stick griddle to about 325 degrees Fahrenheit, or set a large non-stick saute pan over medium heat. Using a one-third cup measure or a large trigger-handled ice cream scoop (I love ice cream scoops for pancake batter!), pour the batter onto the griddle or pan. Pancakes are ready to flip when they begin to look dry, form bubbles around the edges, and turn golden brown on the bottom, about 1 minute. Carefully flip and cook on the other side until golden brown and pancake is cooked through, about 1 – 2 more minutes.
- Serve with butter, maple syrup, and/or fruit if desired.
These sound crazy good… and I’m with your kiddo… chocolate for breakfast, please! 🙂
Hee hee, she would love you! 😀
Thanks so much for this recipe! We love chocolate chip pancakes, but I don’t make them often as it doesn’t seem like a very healthy breakfast. You just changed that for us – pinning it now!
Thank you so much for the pin, and I hope you love them!
I never thought to put chia seeds in pancakes before. What a great way to sneak them into food! Will definitely be making these soon. Thanks for sharing!
They’re so great! At first I would just tell myself they were poppyseeds but after awhile I find myself craving that little crunch! In these pancakes, though, they’re barely detectable.
My Mum used to sprinkle drinking chocolate powder on top of my oats in the morning. She claimed it was ‘a Danish thing’. I was totally in for it, and still am. A touch of chocolate for breakfast makes the rest of the day sweet!
Love these photos too. Simply beautiful.
Wow, these look delicious!
Healthy food can be tasty as well!
And I like the idea of freezing pancakes, I’ll try it soon.
oh chocolate for breakfast is fiiiine. I used to always have nutella and toast hahaha
Anyway, this looks fab!
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Great recipe Karen. I love the adult and child viewpoints there 🙂 My kids are the same. Pinned!
Great idea to add chia seeds to pancakes! I always asked for chocolate pancakes as a kid. My mom would have loved this trick to make a healthier version of chocolate pancakes! As it is, she tricked me into liking zucchini by putting it in cake. I felt so deceived when I figured it out at the age of 12. *haha*
Made these this morning– BEST pancakes I’ve had in awhile! I could have eaten them straight from the pan. Very nutty, and love the slight Chua crunch. So yummy, less guilt! Definitely a keeper.
Yay! I’m so glad you liked them! Thanks so much for leaving this comment to let me know. Makes my morning. 🙂
Just made these, and they were delicious! Used Greek yogurt and used m&m’s leftover from Xmas bc I didn’t have chocolate chips. They looked and tasted like birthday cake and needed little syrup. I definitely liked the slight chia crunch too. Will make these again for sure with the chocolate chips next time. Thanks for the recipe!
I’m so glad you liked them! My daughter would LOVE them with M&Ms. 🙂