This is the first Christmas that my entire immediate family is in Kentucky. My mom drove out from New Jersey 2 days ago and it’s been a whirlwind of excitement since she got here. We want her to see everything. We’ve had lunch at Windy Corner, cookies at National Boulangerie, coffee at the Starbucks downtown (because Mom loves her Starbucks), had a visit to my youngest sister and her husband’s new apartment for the first time, ate dinner at Ted’s Montana Grill and saw The Hobbit. That was just yesterday.
This morning, groggy and hungry, I texted my sisters to join my mom and I in my room so we could chat and plan the day. After the inevitable silly-ness that happens when the sisters and mom are together, the much anticipated topic of breakfast came up. It was quickly decided that I would make pancakes, and pancakes I made. Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes.
This Christmas Eve morning demanded something special on the table, and it had its way. Mashed banana and melty chocolate chips coming together in a fluffy, lightly sweet cake with a hint of cinnamon — it was a beautiful thing. The house smelled amazing. Having everyone here laughing, telling stories, eating, being the goofs that we are — it’s what I dream that every family holiday will be like.
If you don’t have your Christmas Morning breakfast already planned, make these. They’re the perfect treat before digging into a pile of gifts.
I hope you have a merry Christmas and enjoy your time together! Laugh a lot, be silly, tell someone you love them and don’t forget to make an inappropriate joke at the dinner table.
The recipe is at the bottom of the post!
Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
Yields 12 large pancakes (263 calories each)
3 cups flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 tsp. baking powder
2.5 cups 2% milk
3 medium bananas, mashed
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli)
a handful of chocolate chips for sprinkling (optional – not included in calorie count)
coconut oil or butter for greasing your griddle/pan
Sift together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking powder in a large bowl
Whisk together milk, mashed banana, eggs and vanilla bean paste in a medium bowl
Stir the wet mixture into the dry until just combined
Fold in the chocolate chips
Ladle the pancake batter onto a griddle (350 degrees F) lightly greased with coconut oil (or butter) with a 1/2 cup measure to make sure your pancakes are all the right size.
Flip when bubbles start to form on the surface of the cakes and the bottoms are golden brown (about 3-5 minutes on each side)
While the pancakes are still warm, you can sprinkle some chocolate chips over the top and let them soften a little before serving.
Enjoy! Have a wonderful holiday!!