Chocolate Chip Pancakes for Sleepovers

Here’s the deal. I don’t believe in bribing my kids in order to get them to eat things they don’t like. I don’t promise dessert if they eat their spinach. However, I DO believe quite strongly that when you have four children under the age of seven sleeping together in the same room, arrangements need to be made. My personal secret weapon? These chocolate chip pancakes. They are great for two reasons:

1) They get all children to go to bed and sleep all night long with the promise of waking up to eating chocolate for breakfast. (Imagine! Chocolate! Has she gone mad?)

2) What they don’t know about these pancakes is that they are actually healthy. Ha. Jokes on them. The night before, the grownups get to drink wine after the kids go sleep without a fuss and then in the morning they (maybe) get to sleep in. (Wow! Until 7! Great job, kids!) As a reward, all kids get their bellies full of whole wheat and flax goodness (and chocolate.) It’s really win-win.

Just please don’t tell them. You’ll ruin my cover.

(Healthy) Chocolate Chip Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1 t. baking powder

1/2 t. baking soda

1/3 cup sugar

pinch salt

2 cups buttermilk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Whisk all dry ingredients together. Add buttermilk and eggs. Combine until batter is mixed. (Don’t over mix.) Fold in chocolate chips. Heat a nonstick pan over medium high heat with a pat of butter. Drop 1/4 cup full of batter for each pancake. Flip when bubbles rise to the surface. Pancakes are done when they are golden on each side. Enjoy with maple syrup.


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