Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner.  And while we don’t celebrate this holiday as much as we do the other holidays in our home, I still like to do something a little different so the day does not feel like every other day.  In my home growing up, my mom always made us a green breakfast and I find myself inclined to do the same for my children.

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But instead of just coloring the same old pancakes green, I thought we would give Mint Chocolate Chip pancakes a try.  And of course I used my family as my taste testers.  They were a hit for all…and if you have kids, you know that is saying something!

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We modified a Buttermilk Pancake recipe and added some mint flavoring.  The first batch came out a little TOO minty, but the second try we seem to have gotten the right mix.  I am hoping to figure out how to make these gluten and dairy free for me and have been doing some research on alternative ingredients!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

about 12 pancakes

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract
  • 3 to 4 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • 3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips, with a few for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl.
  2. Whisk together buttermilk, egg, butter, extracts, and food coloring (if using) in a small bowl. Add to dry ingredients and stir until mixed well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Pour about 14 cup of pancake batter onto skillet for each pancake.. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until bottom is golden brown and edges begin to bubble, then carefully flip and cook on the other side for 1 to 2 more minutes.
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I think these will be our new St. Patrick’s Day tradition.  The sure did disappear fast enough the first time.  You can even make them ahead and then pop them into the toaster or microwave to heat them up if you are short of time on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day….or any day for that matter.  You could also whip some of these up and serve them as a dessert by adding a scoop of vanilla icecream and covering with some creamy hot fudge!

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Do you do anything special to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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