These Fresh Cranberry and Chocolate Chip Pancakes are a perfect festive way to use the pretty little seasonal fruits! The sweet and tart combination is just perfect, topped with a drizzle of real maple syrup!
Cranberries!! I’ve always thought of them as a Thanksgiving thing. But this year I started realizing they are more of a winter/Christmas seasonal fruit.
And they’re good for so much more than just cranberry sauce with your turkey. Every year, I see lots of delicious fresh cranberry recipes but I’ve never actually bought or used them! I finally decided 2015 was the year and picked up a bag of the little red gems on a recent Trader Joe’s run.
Now… what to make, what to make? Whenever fruit is involved, breakfast comes to mind. And since pancakes are my favorite weekend breakfast to make, it only seemed natural to sneak a few into a batch!
I packed my Dad’s Perfect Pancakes with lots of fresh cranberries, and some chocolate chips to balance out the tartness. I also used some whole wheat flour in this batch, to give them a little extra staying power.
These pancakes were a perfect way to use my cranberries! I love how the warm fresh berries just pop with tartness in your mouth. Some real maple syrup on top really made these delicious. They’d be a perfect holiday breakfast!
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 3½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1½ cups milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ~1 cup fresh cranberries, halved if they are large
- ~1 cup chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, mix flours, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a smaller bowl, beat together milk, egg, butter and vanilla.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until there are no more lumps. If the batter seems to thick to mix, add another splash of milk.
- Let the batter rest a few minutes. In the meantime, heat a large, dry nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Ladle pancakes batter into the skillet, then sprinkle on chocolate chips and cranberries.
- Once the pancake is nice and bubbly, peek underneath and see if it’s ready to flip! It should be nice and golden brown.
- Flip and cook on the other side a few minutes until golden.
- Repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve with butter and real maple syrup!