The Ultimate Healthy Chocolate Chip Pancakes
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Yields: 20 pancakes (5 servings)
 
These are the BEST chocolate chip pancakes I’ve ever had! They’re fluffy, buttery, and full of melty chocolate morsels. They’re perfect for lazy weekends, but since they reheat (and freeze!) really well, they’re great for meal prepping or quick weekday breakfasts too! Leftovers will keep for at least five days (if not longer!) if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 large egg white, room temperature
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup (60g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp (30mL) plain white vinegar
  • ½ cup (120mL) nonfat milk
  • ¼ cup (60mL) water
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp (135g) white whole wheat flour or gluten-free* flour (measured like this)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp (42g) miniature chocolate chips
  1. In a medium bowl bowl, whisk together the butter, egg white, vanilla, maple syrup, and salt. Stir in the Greek yogurt, stirring until no lumps remain. Stir in the vinegar until fully incorporated. Stir in the milk and water. Pour the flour evenly over the top of the batter, and evenly sprinkle the baking soda and baking powder on top of the flour. Stir until the flour is just incorporated. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Lightly coat a large nonstick pan or griddle with nonstick cooking spray, and briefly preheat over low heat.
  3. Using a scant 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake, dollop the batter onto the hot pan, and spread into a circular shape using a small spatula or back of a spoon (if desired). Let the pancakes cook for 2-3 minutes, or until a slight skin starts to form around the edges. Slide a spatula underneath, and flip. Continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes or until cooked through. Re-coat the pan with nonstick cooking spray, and repeat with the remaining batter.
Notes: Honey or agave may be substituted for the pure maple syrup.

These pancakes aren’t overly sweet — and that’s intentional! Because my family usually covers their pancakes in lots of maple syrup, I found that adding more sweetener to the batter was completely unnecessary.

However, if you prefer sweeter pancakes, replace 2-4 tablespoons of milk with an equal amount of pure maple syrup, honey, or agave. (For example, if adding 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, then reduce the milk by 2 tablespoons [which would be 6 tablespoons of milk instead of ½ cup].)

You cannot taste the vinegar in the fully cooked pancakes! It fully reacts with the baking soda, which helps your pancakes rise and turn puffy in the pan, and it also helps with their moist and fluffy texture.

Any milk may be substituted for the nonfat milk.

For the gluten-free flour, I recommend the following blend: ½ cup (60g) millet flour, ½ cup (60g) tapioca flour, 2 tbsp (15g) brown rice flour, and ½ teaspoon xanthan gum. Many store-bought gluten-free flour blends (like this one!) will work as well, if measured like this.

Whole wheat pastry flour, regular whole wheat flour, or all-purpose flour may be substituted in place of the white whole wheat flour.

Remember to measure the flour correctly, using this method or a kitchen scale. (← That’s the one I own and love!) Too much will dry out your pancake batter.

It’s very important to sprinkle the baking soda and baking powder on top of the flour before stirring them in! This prevents clumps, which means your pancakes will cook properly and have the best texture.

Remember… Thick batter = thick pancakes. Thin batter = thin pancakes. However, when you add thick batter to your pan, it doesn’t spread, so you’ll need to spread it a bit yourself using a spatula, the back of a spoon, or the bottom of a measuring cup to get that nice, circular pancake shape.

For thicker pancakes, decrease the water by 2 tablespoons.

For thinner pancake batter, add more water or milk until you achieve your desired pancake batter consistency.

This recipe is easily doubled or tripled to make more. If you have any leftovers, they freeze really well too!

VEGAN OPTION: Use coconut oil (or any other oil!), your preferred non-dairy yogurt (ie almond-, soy-, or coconut-based), your preferred non-dairy milk, and vegan-friendly mini chocolate chips (like these!). My favorite vegan alternative for the egg white is 1 ½ teaspoons of Ener-G + 2 tablespoons (30mL) of warm water!

For more cooking tips, see the blog post above, as well as the text and pictures in this blog post of mine.

{gluten-free, clean eating, vegan option, low fat, lower sugar}
Recipe by Amy's Healthy Baking at https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2020/03/15/healthy-one-bowl-chocolate-chip-pancakes/