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!
Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron says
I love that you put the cranberries in pancakes! And I bet the chocolate chips + cranberries have amazing flavor together! These look delicious!
Rachel @ Bakerita says
Mmm what a delicious recipe!! Cranberries and chocolate are one of the best combos 🙂 these are my kind of breakfast.
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Wow these look so good! It’s probably not a good idea to read food blogs before I’ve had dinner haha! I’ve always thought of cranberries as more of a Thanksgiving fruit too, but I’ve been using them a lot this season! This looks like the perfect dish, Jess!
Thanks, Gayle! I need to use them a few more times this winter!
Annie @ The Garlic Diaries says
These are making my mouth water, Jess! So yummy. Pinned!
I’m so crazy about fresh cranberries — every year I do more and more with them! These pancakes look incredible, and I love the sound of the chocolate chips with the cranberries!
Thanks, Marcie! They were quite yummy! 🙂
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
I can totally dig cranberries all winter long — I just love them! I’ve never put them in pancakes but clearly that’s going to change 😉
You should do it! So yummy!!
So pretty!! I would eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!
You and me both! Thanks, Annie!
Nora | Savory Nothings says
Your pancakes looks so fluffy, Jess! Delicious 🙂 Cranberries totally deserve to be an all-winter-long thing, because I absolutely love them and could eat them in practically anything and everything. Apparently I’ve passed those genes along, last week my girl stole a few cranberries off the kitchen counter and ate them raw, totally enjoying them 😀
Hehe! I popped a few that way too. They are kind of like nature’s sour candies. 😉
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These pancakes would be perfect for Christmas morning! The tartness of the cranberries must taste so good with chocolate. 🙂
So good! Thanks, Christin!
I can’t get enough of fresh cranberries lately either! Love that you added them to pancakes! They’re so fluffy and sound amazing with the chocolate chips!
Sam @ SugarSpunRun says
I LOVE this idea of cranberries in pancakes! That must be the perfect combination of sweet and tart! Great recipe, Jess!
Thanks, Sam! They were really delicious!
These pancakes looks so fluffy, that’s the best in my opinion! Love that you used chocolate and cranberries, such a great combination!
Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says
This year is the first year I ever bought and baked with fresh cranberries too! These pancakes look amazing, I definitely need to try that!
[email protected] Well Floured Kitchen says
What a great idea to put cranberries in pancakes. I love the idea of a little tartness to balance the sweetness of pancakes. They look perfect!