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An easy recipe for a healthier breakfast choice – whole wheat oatmeal pancakes packed with chocolate chips.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes from www.tasteandtellblog.com

It seems like lately, I’ve had more than my fair share of recipe failures. You make a killer recipe one day, and then I guess your confidence gets away from you the next day, because the next 2 recipes don’t turn out quite right. It gets a bit discouraging at times. (Although I do sometimes love the challenge of trying to perfect a recipe!!)

But there is one thing I always do when I am on a streak of failing recipes – I hit up a family cookbook. I am almost guaranteed that the recipes that I make from one of these treasured cookbooks will come out a winner. So that is where I turn when I need a guarantee. And a few days ago, I knew I needed a guaranteed winner for breakfast.

I have a go-to pancake recipe that I’ve probably made 100 times. (My kids really like pancakes!!) I mostly have the recipe memorized, but I’ve mentioned before – I’m not always so awake first thing in the morning. So more times than not, I pull out this family cookbook and open it up to a well used page that holds my beloved pancake recipe. (Yes, one day I will share that recipe with you all!)

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes recipe on Taste and Tell

Every time I would make those pancakes, I would stare at a recipe for Oatmeal Pancakes that was sandwiched between my favorite pancake recipe and another favorite pancake recipe – Whole Wheat Blender Pancakes. Well, I couldn’t avoid it anymore – I had to try the recipe.

In the same manner that is common to many family/church/community cookbooks, there wasn’t much instruction given on how to make the pancakes. Simply an ingredient list, “process dry” and “let sit 5 min. Temp. med/med high”. But luckily they are just pancakes and the recipe was pretty easy to figure out.

The only change I made from the original recipe was to swap in whole wheat flour, leave out the sweetening, and add the chocolate chips. Truth be told, with the first batch I made, the thought of adding chocolate chips didn’t even occur to me, so they were plain. My plan was to make the pancakes for breakfast and photograph the leftovers. And really, my kids are often pancake snobs, so I wasn’t even sure they would like these.

And then they ate the whole batch. Just the 3 of them. Did I mention I didn’t even add chocolate chips to that first batch? I’d say they were a hit. Since I knew I had to blog these pancakes since they were so quickly devoured, I set out to make a second batch. And then it hit me. Chocolate chips. Actually, my first thought was to add raisins, but I know so many people aren’t raisin fans. I knew I had to go with chocolate chips because everyone likes chocolate chips, right?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

The end result was a killer pancake. I added a full 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, and really, you could probably get away with less than that, but I thought these turned out pretty perfect as is. My husband was off of work early the day I made these, and happily couldn’t stop eating these, either.

Another win for the family cookbook!

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes on Taste and Tell

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes
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An easy recipe for whole wheat oatmeal pancakes packed with chocolate chips.
Serves: 8 pancakes
  • 1½ cups oatmeal
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ⅓ - ½ cup miniature chocolate chips
  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the oats, flour, baking powder and salt. Pulse until the oats are ground finely. Pour the mixture into a large bowl.
  2. Combine the egg whites, milk and vegetable oil, then gently stir into the dry mixture. Stir just until combined. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a griddle over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Gently stir the chocolate chips into the batter. Pour about ⅓ cup of the batter onto the hot griddle. Cook until the pancake starts to bubble and browns on the edges, then flip and cook on the second side. Continue until all the pancakes have been made.
Adding a full ½ cup of mini chocolate chips adds quite a bit of chocolate flavor. Feel free to cut back on this amount if you want less sweetness.

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25 Responses to Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  1. I love the short, easy list of ingredients in these! And you can NEVER go wrong with the addition of chocolate chips in pancakes ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinning these! I know we’ll love to enjoy these on a lazy weekend morning sometime soon.

  2. Kristi says:

    You can’t go wrong with chocolate chips in your pancakes. I like the thought of putting oatmeal in them. I’ve never had pancakes with oatmeal in it, but it makes me think they would be a little more filling than regular pancakes.

  3. I love a good pancake in the morning! These look perfect!

  4. Family cookbooks, church cookbooks, school cookbooks….they all have the BEST recipes. And these ‘cakes are to die for. So light and fluffy! I’ve already had breakfast and would happily dive in right now.

  5. These look delicious! I’ll eat breakfast any time. so these may end up on my dinner plate!

  6. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh I am so craving these right now! They look delectable ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. OMG. These look wonderful! I might curl up with these tonight for dinner…I just might…and my kids would love me (you) for it.

  8. Joanne says:

    I love that these have some whole wheat and whole grain mixed in!! And chocolate chips. you can never go wrong with chocolate chips. (And BOO to recipe failures! I’ve been there a lot recently too. Blech.)

  9. I love pancakes, these look so fluffy and delicious!

  10. Chels R. says:

    Oh man, do these look good! I’m thinking I’m going to need this Saturday morning!

  11. Dina says:

    all of the pancakes look delicious!

  12. they’re so fluffy AND they’re whole wheat! Now that’s an accomplishment! ๐Ÿ™‚ pinned

  13. Wish I had started my day with a stack of these. I’m a raisin fan, so I might have to try the raisin version.

  14. becky says:

    I’m a sucker for pancakes and with chocolate these are really calling my name ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I love pancakes! I also appreciate the “balance” of whole wheat and chocolate! I can’t wait to try them.

  16. Carol says:

    How many calories for 1 pan cake?

  17. Yum! My youngest is a pancake monster, he wants them every day and for every meal. I make the same ones over and over and over and overโ€ฆ.. we need to switch it up!

  18. YSaraAnne r says:

    We used less than a 1/3 cup ch chips, added 3 diced bananas and ditched the syrup. These pancakes shocked us!!! The batter looked very doubtful, but cooked on the griddle for 3-4 minutes per side made for fluffy but crisp on the outside amazingness. The teen boys gulped them down, the preteen girl gulped them down, and the daddy too. Wow. Just wow. Our new family favorite for pancakes!!

  19. Kristy says:

    Thanks for a great recipe! I have made these multiple times! We are big on blueberries in my family so I use 1 cup blueberries and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in place of the chocolate chips. Yum! Thanks for a healthy pancake recipe without a long list of ingredients!

  20. Melissa says:

    These look so amazing! I don’t have any chocolate chips in the house but still wanted to make them. I made a few slight tweaks, instead of sugar I added some honey, and I also added a tsp. of cream of tartar (I like how it makes everything fluffier.) These were by far the yummiest pancakes I have had in a LONG time. Oh, I didn’t have any maple syrup on hand, or anything else to top the pancakes with for that matter, so we just ate them with a little pat of butter and they tastes wonderful. I loved the hint of vanilla in them and how hearty they were with the oats! Can not wait to try them with the chocolate chips next time, (or maybe fresh fruit like peaches or blueberries) thanks so much for the great recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

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