The fluffiest chocolate pancakes ever – packed with dark rich chocolate. Plus simple steps kids can follow. ~ by Serena Ball, MS,RD
Here’s how a recent conversation at my house went:
My daughter: Mom, can we make pancakes?
Me: Sure, what kind?
Daughter: Chocolate…with chocolate chips.
Daughter #2: And then we can put Nutella on top!
Ah, yes. Spoken like the kids of a dietitian.
But, when we went to the pantry, we were out of the white whole wheat flour I usually use for pancakes. All I had on hand was basic whole wheat flour. Instead of pancakes, I envisioned flat, heavy, chocolate hockey pucks. And I told the kids as much.
Daughter #1: It’s OK, Mom, they will be covered in Nutella, so they will still be good.
She is right of course, but still fluffy pancakes sounded so much better than flat pancakes. While I’m not expert when it comes to the baking science of leavening options, I do know this: Beaten egg whites do a great job of trapping air to make a baked treat rise.
And guess what?
These were the fluffiest pancakes ever – all through the magic of adding two whipped egg whites to our recipe for chocolate pancakes – perfected long ago.
And another bonus: Whipping egg whites are a great way for kids to learn to use the electric beaters because:
- Egg whites don’t spatter (very easily) all over the kitchen very easily
- I let each kid take a 1-minute turn on the beaters – and after 1 minute, their hand gets tired.
- If the kids (or Mom) is scared of the electric beater + kid scenario, a hand egg beater is a super-fun solution.
Another great part of this recipe for kids in the kitchen is for them to see the pancakes puffing up on the griddle. I wrote the recipe below with suggestions for kids to help out – or even make this entire recipe for their sweetie – or for their sweet Mommy on Valentines Day.
Who will be making breakfast at your house on Valentines Day?