Lately I have been re-learning the art of sleeping in on the weekends.
Like, really sleeping in.
The not-setting-your-alarm-clock, waking-up-whenever-I-wake-up, then-rolling-back-over-for-another-10-minutes, snuggling-with-my-pup, and then leisurely-rolling-out-of-bed kind of sleeping in.
Call me crazy, but for years, the little “achiever” in me has rarely allowed this to happen. It’s not that I work all weekend; it’s that I always have too many things I want to do in a weekend! There are coffee dates to be had, there are farmers markets to explore, there are mornings at church to soak up, there are long brunches to be enjoyed, there are afternoons at the dog park to see all of our furry friends, there are concerts and book clubs and wine tastings and girls nights to close out the evenings — all good things! And on the weekends, I tend to get overly excited and want to do them all.
But I’ve realized lately that I also really really love sleeping in. Make that, I really really love how I feel on the weekends when I’ve had a full night of sleep (or even an hour or two extra!) and get to start my day feeling rested and refreshed and re-energized and all of the other good “re”s. It’s kind of the best. So while I’m single actually have the opportunity to set my schedule and sleep in (a rare luxury I know that most of my peers with kiddos don’t have), hey, I’m going to tap into my inner lazy 15-year-old and make the most of it. ;)
So this weekend, I did just that. My pup and I rolled out of bed around 9am-ish, made a steaming pot of coffee, did a little morning Barre3, and then decided to make a whole-wheat take on one of my favorite breakfast indulgences: peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes.
I mean, let’s be real. It’s kind of impossible to go wrong with anything peanut butter + chocolate. But these pancakes have a few other surprisingly healthier bonuses thrown in. First off, they’re dairy-free and made with Almond Breeze original almond milk. (And if you’re egg-free, you can substitute in a flax or chia egg.) They’re naturally sweetened with added honey instead of sugar. They’re made with white whole wheat flour, instead of all-purpose. And they’re made with lots of natural peanut butter, for an extra dose of protein. (And, um, extra PB flavor!)
Simply whip up the batter, pour it in a hot skillet, and then sprinkle the top with a teaspoon or so of mini chocolate chips. Cook the pancakes on both sides…
…and then if you’re feeling extra-indulgent, you can pop some extra peanut butter in the microwave (or melt it in a saucepan on the stove) and drizzle it on top. Sprinkled, of course, with a few extra chocolate chips. ;)
After a solid 9 hours of sleep, you’d better believe I was awake to enjoy every last bite. ;)
Perfect for the weekend, perfect for a weekday, or really perfect for any ol’ time. Enjoy!
This whole wheat peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes recipe is decadent, rich, and made healthier with a few simple tweaks!
1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups Almond Breeze original almond milk
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (I used natural peanut butter)
1 tablespoon honey or agave
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
(optional toppings: extra melted peanut butter, extra chocolate chips, and/or maple syrup)
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together egg, Almond Breeze, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract until combined. Pour the peanut butter mixture into the flour mixture, and whisk until just combined. (Be careful not to over-mix the batter.)
Heat a large saute pan over medium-low heat. When hot, lightly spray the pan with cooking spray. Scoop 1/4 cup of pancake batter into the pan for each pancake, then sprinkle 1 teaspoon of chocolate chips on top. Cook until the pancakes start to bubble and the edges begin to set, 1 1/2 minutes. Flip the pancakes over and cook the second side until golden, 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer cooked pancakes to a separate plate. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Serve warm, drizzled with extra peanut butter and chocolate chips (and/or maple syrup) if desired.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Almond Breeze. I am partnering with them to bring you some tasty new recipes this season, and all opinions are my own as always. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make this site possible! :)
Those look insanely delicious!! Top with bananas and I’m in heaven! Pinned!
Oh man!! That peanut butter topping is killing me! These look outstanding.
I often don’t set my alarm on the weekends, too. It just means I get to sleep until the kids wake up, which is usually by 7:30, but it feels great to me! :)
I have also just started learning about the joy of sleeping in on weekends! I usually get up at 4am (I KNOW) and I didn’t get out of bed until 10 yesterday. MAGICAL.
Just like these pancakes. Pancakes are sort of my life, and that chocolate and peanut butter? DEAD. Pinned!
I’ve always been a huge fan of pb and pancakes and then when you throw chocolte into the mix it’s a match made in heaven!
These look totally dangerous. So yummy!
These look soooo delicious! Sadly, I can’t buy white whole wheat flour where I live :( What would be the best healthy substitution that won’t be too dense, you think? Whole wheat pastry flour?
I have to add that I’m loving alllll of your recipes. I’m on maternity leave and, next to caring for my two sweet girls, I pretty much spend my time drooling over and cooking/baking up concoctions from too many food blogs! It is a bit of an obsession; and I’m not sure right now how I’ll put my spoons and spatulas down and go back to being a psychologist after being a mommy kitchen queen for a year, hah… There aren’t any shrink food blogs yet are there? Maybe I’ll have to join in the fun ;)
Thanks so much Megan! I’m sorry you’re unable to find white whole wheat flour, but I do think whole wheat pastry flour would work just fine! And thanks for your sweet words about my recipes, I’m happy to know you’re enjoying some down time in the kitchen! I think you’re onto something with the shrink food blog, I’d read it! : )
Ok, that peanut butter drizzling over the top of the pancakes. Oh my word. I actually haven’t ever tried to make whole wheat pancakes, but I can’t imagine not liking anything with chocolate chips in it! Great recipe, I haven’t had pancakes in a New York minute!
Thanks Heather! I hope you enjoy them!
If I told you how many things I drizzle with melted peanut butter you might not be my friend anymore… PS: I am counting the minutes to farmers market season!!
Haha! When in doubt, add peanut butter.
Oh my gosh….the best combo ever in pancake form! I’m so down with this recipe.
You make these for us next time we visit, please!
Wowww these look amazing! I love almond breeze – definitely my favorite type of non lactose milk alternative.
Oh girl can I ever relate. I wake up -way- too early on the weekends, and while I do love the peaceful early mornings, I also love how I feel when I get more sleep… especially if it doesn’t involve me having to go to bed at 8 PM ;)
This sounds fantastic. The peanut butter flowing over the stack of pancakes…drooool.
Woah, these look incredible! I will definitely be giving these a whirl. That peanut butter drizzle shot!!!
Just mouthwatering Ali! The peanut butter sauce is taking me over!
Oh my word! These look Sooo good! You seriously can’t go wrong with Peanut Butter & Chocolate! Pinning these to my Peanut Butter Pinterest board! :-)
Thanks Andrea, I hope you enjoy!
These are making my mouth water! I love that you topped them with melty peanut butter!!
These pancakes look so good. That topping…. And I feel ya on REALLY sleeping in. Definitely is a great way to start a weekend.
I used coconut flour and these were incredibly dry. The pancake didn’t bubble in the pan, and fell apart. Suggestions??
Also, you didn’t mention the egg in the directions. :)
Totally know the conflict between sleeping in and FOMO (which I just recently learned the meaning of, but totally feel it). And chocolate chip PB pancakes… those are worth getting out of bed for! Love love love pancakes for breakfast! My husband always requests chocolate chips in his. ;)
Oh man, I could eat pancakes for breakfast just about any day! : ) I hope you guys enjoy these!
Wow, just drooling over your photos
These look AMAZING! Sleeping in, doing a great workout, and then making a delicious brunch with a big pot of coffee is basically my ideal Saturday morning.
Oh my goodness these look SO GOOD! You photos are always beautiful and your recipes are always tasty! Anything with peanut butter on top is a winner in my book. Can’t wait to try these!
It may be 11 o’clock at night here, but I SO want these right now!!
Every weekend I try and sleep in, but my cat decides around 6am that it’s time to start waking up, by standing on me and tapping my face with his paw. He’s lucky he’s cute.
This is how I’d like to start my day! These pancakes look insanely good. That peanut butter topping, just hand me a spoon!
Thanks Jen! Peanut butter is one of my biggest weaknesses!
That peanut butter drizzle alone is enough to make me want these pancakes, throw in the fact that they’re healthy and I’m DONE.
Gotta try this! This will definitely be on the menu for my birthday! In recent years, I perfer melted peanut butter on my pancakes than syrup. It’s like heaven.
Thank you, and what a great birthday treat! : )
Those pictures make the pancakes look absolutely fabulous. That dripping peanut butter on top. OH MY GOSH! Can you pack those up and send them to me right now?
Oh Ali, I’m in love with these pancakes!!
Thank you Annalise! : )
Oh, the peanut butter drizzle on top of these looks positively astounding. Makes me want to whip up a batch of these for breakfast!
Congrats on allowing yourself to relax on the weekends! As a type-A myself, the indulgence is a tough thing. Keep it up! It’s well-worth it. :)
Thank you Amber! : D
Love pancakes for breakfast! Especially when they look so good!
This is a distraction: peanut butter and chocolate chip pancake? Are you kidding me. I want to bake this right in the middle of the night. Seriously, i love every idea of it. Well done, such a brilliant idea.
Haha thanks Elena! : ) When a craving calls…
I know you are collaborating with Almond breeze but can I use regular milk? Would it be equal amounts…
Of course you can! And yes, it should be equal amounts. We hope you like these!
Wow! We eat exclusively 100% whole wheat and have just gotten used to eating dense pancakes. I made these last night and they were so light and fluffy! Definitely hard to stop eating these.
Thanks Hilary, we’re so glad you liked these! :)
These look totally dangerous. I try make it. Thank you.
My pancakes came out super salty. I added half of the salt the next time around and they turned out great!
Oh no, we’re sorry to hear that! We wonder if it could have been the peanut butter you used? We’re glad they worked out well the second time around! :)
These look delicious and I’m absolutely pinning these to make ASAP.
Question: How many pancakes does this make/how many servings?
Thanks Alicia — we hope you enjoy them! This recipe should yield about 10-12 pancakes.
I made these for breakfast. My children liked them, but I’m not sure I like my peanut butter in a cakey texture.
what a yummy recipe i love chocolate chips. i love the way you explain the recipe love u
thanks for sharing this yummy recipe
I made these today (I used cow’s milk as I don’t have almond milk)- They are delicious! The only little issue I had was when I flipped them the chocolate chips stuck to the pan and burnt slightly; any tips for this?