Feb 10, 2012

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes



Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year and I can't think of a better way to send your loved ones off to work or school then with these fabulous light and fluffy Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes!

This is pure love on a plate folks...


I used heart shaped pancake molds which only makes one at a time, so if you plan on doing this and making a lot, I recommend buying more than one mold.

I topped mine with light agave syrup which added the perfect amount of sweetness without distracting from the flavors, but chocolate syrup would be a great option too.


Oh, and if you really want to go nuts like I did, you can top the pancakes with heart shaped bananas! Or drizzle I love you in chocolate syrup. And you don't need a holiday as an excuse to make them, these are great any time of the year. Enjoy!!




Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 2 pancakes • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts*
Calories: 179.6 • Fat: 5.2 g • Protein: 5.9 g • Carb: 28.4 g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Sugar: 10 g
Sodium: 572.1 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unbleached white or white whole wheat flour (I did a blend of both)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large banana, ripe, mashed well
  • 1 cup 1% milk (or almond milk)
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • cooking spray

Directions:


Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine milk, egg white, oil, vanilla and mashed bananas in another medium sized bowl and mix until smooth.  


Combine wet ingredients with the dry and mix well with a wooden spoon until there are no more dry spots. Don't over-mix.

Heat a large skillet on medium-low heat. If you are using a heart shaped pancake mold, you will want to spray it lightly with cooking spray so the batter doesn't stick to it.

Lightly spray a skillet with cooking spray, place the mold on the hot skillet and pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter. Add 1 teaspoon of chocolate chips in each pancake. When the pancake starts to bubble and the edges begin to set, flip the pancakes. Repeat with the remainder of the batter.


Makes about 3 cups of batter which yields 12 pancakes.
*Syrup extra points and calories.

103 comments :

  1. These have got to be the cutest things!! They look delicious! A great valentine meal! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Jessica Brooks2/10/12, 6:27 PM

    Gina-Where did you get your heart shaped mold? Some that I have looked at are cheap and have bad reviews.

    Love your site. Love your recipes. They have been a God-send, truly.

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I linked to the ones I bought on amazon.

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    2. Thanks Gina!

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  3. Cute! One question though - do you have to add the chips to each individual pancake or can you fold into the batter right before cooking?

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    1. I guess you can fold them in last. I always add them individually as some people in my house prefer them without the chocolate chips.

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  4. been reading on Almond flour.. have you ever tried it for pancakes or other desserts?

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    1. I tried Almond flour for muffins and my family hated it. It gave the recipe a completely different flavor and consistency. AND its very expensive and I ended up throwing out half of the muffins. Just thought I would share my experience, good luck!

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    2. No I haven't. Perhaps using a gluten free flour blend instead?

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    3. I would recommend using a gluten free blend as well.

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    4. My family likes this recipe
      http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/flourless_honey_almond_cake.html
      I subbed agave for the honey as I made it when my niece was only 2 and I was unsure of the "honey rules" for kids

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  5. Dear Gina, I absolutely love this idea for a Valentine's Day breakfast! Or for any day! Absolutely adorable idea...I will have to try this! Blessings, Catherine xo

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  6. And the heart shaped banana slices are a nice touch too!

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  7. Loved that heart shaped moulds!! So cute

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  8. What a fantastic Valentines Day breakfast!! Love it!

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  9. They are the cutest little banana hearts! I am in love.

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  10. mmmm. Looks great. You can feel the love!!!

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  11. Gina...so so cute...thanks for the link to the heart shaped mold...one question: do you remove the mold after the first side sets and then flip it?

    Happy valentine's Day!!

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    1. Yes, I did and it worked out fine. I kept it on low flame so the pancake wouldn't burn.

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    2. I also wanted to know how the pancake shape stayed after you removed the mold. I tried to make fried eggs yesterday with my Mickey Mouse mold, and I removed the mold before the egg started to set, so there goes one of his ears! I was afraid my egg would burn. I should have used low flame. Thanks for the tip!
      Alma.

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  12. Awww, I love these! And you even made the bananas in to hearts. Uber cute!

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  13. I love what you did to the 'nanners!

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  14. definitely making these for my grand daughters at our valentines tea party - they will go insane; they are real girly girls -

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  15. I love the heart shape mold, these are so cute!!!

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  16. These are such precious little things... to bad I want to eat every last one of them! I'm currently having pancakes for breakfast and this recipe makes me want to have more for lunch!

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  17. Love this and my girls love chocolate chip pancakes! Since I don't have a heart pancake mold, I'm thinking of making pancakes and user my heart-shaped cookie cutter. Then I can make more than one at a time:)

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  18. I love how fluffy these look! My pancakes never seem to rise enough, I'd love them to look like yours. Great photos too.

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  20. if you don't like banana, do you need to substitute something for the banana???

    thanks Gina.....

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    1. Yes, I would use apple sauce or pumpkin.

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  21. just went to macys..martha had a set of a heart shaped mold and a star on sale for 9.99 ( reg. 12.99)

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  22. Wow! They look fantastic! My boyfriend would be delighted if I made him heart-shaped pancakes ♥

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  23. These are so cute....the recipient will feel very special! :D

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  24. Yum! Delicious! I will be making these often!
    Reeta

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  25. I just made these without the mold. They are awesome! We all preferred them with a little peanut butter instead of syrup. Thanks Gina. Because of you, people think I can cook ;0)
    Angie

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    1. I was thinking a peanut butter version would be great!

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  26. These are too cute - I love the mold!

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  27. Just made these with all whole wheat flour and they were GREAT! Great banana taste and just enough chocolate. With a little syrup it was the perfect amount of sweetness. Already planning to make them again next weekend!

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  28. Gina, imade these this morning for my husband and me and they were delicious! I didn't have a heart shaped mold so I used so e red food coloring to make them v-day red! We also cheated with some champagne :) thanks as always for the great recipe ideas! Kathleen

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  29. One thing I should add, you can make the batter the day before and keep it in the refrigerator. Works out fine and makes breakfast easier on a busy weeknight.

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    1. That is great to know! With 4 little kiddos running around mornings can be kind of crazy around here, so being able to make the batter at night after they are all asleep will be a great time saver!

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    2. gay af

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    3. Excellent! I was going to ask this very question :)

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  30. Gina - I just made these this morning (didn't have the mold, but still fun!) They were fantastic! I didn't have mini chocolate chips, so I just chopped up some regular chocolate chips. They turned out great. I made a whole batch and my husband ate 5 of them. :)

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  31. The banana hearts are SOOO cute! Please tell me you didn't cut each heart out individually! How did you do it? :)

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  32. The Jack Johnson song "Banana Pancakes" is stuck in my head now haha. I ate a version of these this morning...addictively fluffy

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  33. How did you make the heart-shaped bananas? Is there a cutter for that?

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    1. It's a mold, I linked to it above.

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    2. Gina-both of these people asked about the heart shaped BANANAS and the only links above are for the pancakes. I also would love to see directions or what you used for the bananas.

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  34. These were sooo good! I got some chocolate chip pancakes with bananas recently when we went out for breakfast, and yours were better!!

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  35. I made these yesterday, and they were great. I didn't have the mold, so mine spread out more/were thinner than Gina's. This is my second Gina pancake recipe, and they are great. I made mine with 3/4 cup of all purpose unbleached flour and 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour. I also did 3/4 cup of almond milk and 1/4 cup of 1% milk. The banana slices on top of the pancakes tasted really great.

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  36. What a great idea for a special Valentine's Day breakfast! Love the heart-shaped bananas!

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  37. These were delicious! Thanks Gina. Happy Valentines :-)

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  38. These were amazing! Thank you!

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  39. These were a hit! Saving this recipe to use again and again! Thank you.

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  40. I love both banana and chocolate chip pancakes and the idea of the combo sounds awesome! I made a batch of dark chocolate bran waffles with strawberry cottage cheese and fresh strawberries... Happy VDay :)

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  41. I made these this morning and they were delicious! My husband can't stop talking about them! BUT they were flat :/ Any idea why? I think it could have been my baking powder but not sure if I did something else wrong.... Love your site and your recipes!

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  42. this turned out great! can you please share where your cutlery(fork) hammered metal is from? i've been looking for hammered metal looking cutlery for awhile..and they are a bit pricey

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  43. I love these pictures. Also, for a less flat pancake add cream or use wheat flour. (If you'd prefer no wheat for health reasons use coconut flour)

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  44. I made these this morning and they didn't work. The batter was pure water and it wouldn't cook. When I cooked them the inside was still gooey. Any ideas as to why? I am an avid cooker and normally never fail at a recipe.

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    1. I had the SAME problem!! Such a bummer!

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    2. So strange, maybe your baking powder is old?

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  45. This is my 2nd time making these and they are simply delicious. I put the left over batter in the fridge and make them again the next morning. Thank you!!!

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  46. These look absolutely amazing! I'm really enjoying all the recipes on your site. I think I'll have to try these this week!

    Thursdays www.thursdaynightdinner.org

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  47. I am new to your blog, i found your recipe through pinterest!! gotta love social networking sites!! these look amaze-balls cannot wait to make!

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  48. I made these just yesterday a.m. - they were so simple & fun. My 5 year old son appreciated them as well, he was so excited to know he was going to have chocolate chips for breakfast ( :
    DELICIOUS! Thanks, Gina for yet another outstanding, healthy recipe!!!

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  49. I want to try these soon! If I used a 1/4 Cup measure for each pancake would that be the right size to stay with the points given?

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  50. Would this recipe work for waffles?

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    1. Generally, pancakes are more soft and spongy while waffles should be crispy. So, waffles need a bit more fat in them to make them crispy.

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    2. Yeah, I never have much luck with waffles, they are always too soft.

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  51. Gina, you've given the link to the heart-shaped pancake mold, but people have also asked how you made the heart-shaped bananas. Please explain (better yet, please include photos of how you cut them).

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    1. yes, i would like to know the trick to cutting the bananas too... thanks!! :)

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    2. Sorry, I just used a knife, nothing fancy.

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  52. Made these this morning for Father's Day breakfast for my hubby and 5 year old son. They were so yummy! I doubled the recipe and used 1 cup all purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour and substituted skim milk. I also used 2 eggs and 4 egg whites. I used heaping 1/4 cups for each pancake, so I got 18 pancakes out of the doubled recipe. 3 points+ for each pancake...so worth it! Thanks for the continued yumminess, Gina! :)

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  53. I'd like to know about the heart shaped bananas as well please respond about that. Thanks.

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    1. I just cut them with a knife. I suppose a cookie cutter would work too.

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  54. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and they will extra fluffy!

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  55. I don't know if anyone out there listens to Jack Johnson, but he has a song called Banana Pancakes. I never really paid much attention to these two words until I stumbled upon this recipe & now I completely understand why there is a song named after them... These. Are. Amazing!! I made them less than a week ago (for breakfast & then ate another that had been sitting out since breakfast for lunch), and here I am making them again. Thanks so much! I don't comment much online, but these were worth it. I will say that every recipe I've tried from this website has been up to par.

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  56. I agree with the comment above about "Banana Pancakes" by JJ! I just made these pancakes and they are delicious -- I used whole wheat flour and almond milk, left out the vanilla and chocolate chips (which saves about 280 cal overall), and added a tsp of cinnamon. I have been searching for a healthy version -- thanks so much!

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  57. We love these at our house! I typically make a double batch and freeze the extras (in a single layer for 30 min, then put them in a freezer bag). We take them out of the freezer and pop them into our toaster for our own healthier and tastier version of eggos. I made these tonight for dinner. My 6yo son informed me they were better than IHOP and Cracker Barrel. I call that a score!

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  58. Made these tonight in muffin tins. Turned out great. We love this recipe. It has been a skinnytaste week. Last night we had the potato soup, farro salad (with quinoa instead), and pancakes. Love your site. I have finally learned to cook and love making healthy foods for my family. Thanks for creating the best food site!!!

    Carolyn

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  59. LOVE these!!! I make them once a week and keep the extras in the fridge for easy breakfasts! I use fat free milk and egg whites from the carton, so my pancakes work out to be 160 calories per serving :-) I love pairing it with some turkey bacon and fruit in the morning. and I just love your sight, there are so may great recipes! I cant wait for your cook book to come out, because I will be first in line to buy it here in Washington state!

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  60. I ordered mine from a seller on Amazon - 2 for $5.67 and free shipping!

    http://www.ilovetogossip.com/heart-shaped-pancake-molds-only-5-61-free-shipping/

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  61. My 5 year old gave them 100 stars :)

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  62. Everyone loved these!!! I ended up using a heart-shaped sandwich cutter to trim them after cooking- so easy! (and I ate the scraps!)

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  63. Love these! Just tried them, was making them to get rid of some overripe bananas and for breakfast tomorrow morning. Couldn't help eating one because they smell so good when they're cooking!

    When I cut into them, I saw a few little chunks of banana and I thought I didn't mash them enough. That may still be true, but they ended up being the best part of the pancakes. It made them sweet enough for me that I don't need syrup for them.

    They're even fluffier than the regular pancakes I make for the kids, which is saying something because those are so fluffy.
    These don't feel so heavy on my tummy either so I don't feel like a lead weight like I normally do after having a helping of carbs.

    I think I might hog these for myself and fess up to my husband that they're whole wheat so I don't have any competition. ;-)

    Love this recipe! Love your blog too, been cooking a lot of your recipes and all of them have gotten thumbs up from my picky boys, including my husband (his mom is a chef).

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  64. These are honestly the best pancakes ever. Not a single need to make full fat ones ever again. I use coconut almond milk in mine. So delicious and fluffy. These even appealed to my very picky friend who usually turns her nose up at my healthy eating.

    Try subbing the chocolate chips for blueberries. So good!

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  65. These are honestly the best pancakes ever. Not a single need to make full fat ones ever again. I use coconut almond milk in mine. So delicious and fluffy. These even appealed to my very picky friend who usually turns her nose up at my healthy eating.

    Try subbing the chocolate chips for blueberries. So good!

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  66. Meant to post this after V-day. I made these but used butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips in most, and also made a blend. They turned out fantastic. Butterscotch and bananas make such a great combination.

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  67. I love these pancakes but have a question. What am I doing that causes me to never end up with the same amount of pancakes. I use 1/4 cup for each. Thanks.



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  68. Have you heard of banana-egg pancakes? You literally just take half a banana and a whole egg, mash and mix them together well, and cook them like regular pancakes. They turn out delicious. You can also use one banana and three egg whites for less cholesterol/fat/calories.

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  69. Fantastic recipe. Made these for Shrove Tuesday indulgence and omitted half the chocolate chips. I froze the rest and am looking forward to another treat some other day this month. They were really great tasting and super light too. No need for syrup, too good all on their own. Another AMAZING recipe Gina. I love your blog!!!! Keep it going!!!

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