No place does brunch like NYC does brunch. Growing up, I never really set aside time on the weekends to eat a nice, luxurious midday meal (unless you count the boxes of cereal I would consume while watching One Saturday Mornings). Once I moved to the East Coast, I was introduced to this great weekend food tradition, and I have accepted it with unparalleled enthusiasm.
I love exploring the popular brunch locations in the city, but I also enjoy making brunch food myself. I recently did brunch at my friend Christine’s beautiful apartment. We decided on banana chocolate chip pancakes, and I knew I had to share this recipe with all of you!
Just so you all know: you will never need to buy Bisquick ever again after making this recipe. Not that there is anything wrong with Bisquick…but I will say it’s kinda fun to make pancakes completely from scratch and see every ingredient that goes into it. And the addition of bananas and chocolate chips only make this brunch recipe better.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 bananas
- Chocolate chips (the more the merrier!)
- Mash bananas in a small bowl using a fork, set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
- Beat egg, butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in another bowl. Pour in milk and mix all these ingredients together.
- Pour the bowl of wet ingredients over the dry ingredients, and add mashed bananas and chocolate chips. Mix until incorporated.
- Heat a skillet and melt butter (or heat oil of choice) on the pan. Over medium to medium-high heat, pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet. Wait for one side to cook for a few minutes and then flip. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Add more butter or oil in between batches of pancake as necessary.
- These pancakes taste wonderful on their own or with toppings! My recommendations: freshly sliced bananas, Nutella, whipped cream topping, chocolate sauce, chopped walnuts, or peanut butter.