Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Pancakes w/ Applesauce
As far as breakfast is concerned, pancakes are a delicious classic (strawberry pancakes = twist on a classic!). Personally, I’m usually too busy to take the time to really cook an actual meal for breakfast; on a typical day, my breakfast will consist of Kashi cereal, a couple of slices of whole grain toast with Nutella, or a whole grain waffle with an apple. I like my breakfast to be simple and quick, yet healthy. Sometimes though, on weekends, I’ll get that raging sweet tooth whispering in the back of my head that I need a sugar/chocolate/fat fix, and it must be obeyed (which is exactly how this particular strawberry pancakes recipe came to be).
I love pancakes for their versatility, among other reasons. You can change the flavor easily by adding fruit, nuts or even chocolate, or switch up the topping with different flavored syrups, fruit, or in this case, applesauce. Pancakes are so versatile, in fact, that they can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or even dessert; they can be made into healthy, whole grain versions (by swapping part of the regular flour for whole-wheat flour), or decadent, indulgent versions by adding chocolate and powdered sugar. In fact, through making this strawberry pancakes recipe and putting together this post, I’ve thought of so many different ideas for different combinations I can try in the future! Let me know in the comments of any good ideas you have, or have tried in the past! Whether it is a variation on my strawberry pancakes, or blueberry, banana, or even peanut butter, let me know your ideas
Ingredients for strawberry pancakes:
(these amounts will make about 6-7 large pancakes)
- 2 cups Original Bisquick mix
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Hershey’s milk chocolate chips)
- Butter, for greasing & for serving
- Strawberry applesauce, for serving (I used Mott’s Healthy Harvest no sugar added strawberry applesauce)
What to do: (strawberry pancakes made easy!)
1) The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
2) Strawberries are low fat and low calorie, yet high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium. In fact, eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the muscles by 7%. This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier; in a test, subjects who ate nitrate rich foods like strawberries, before exercising burned 100 more calories than those who did not.
3) Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
4) In France, Strawberries were thought to be an aphrodisiac. A soup made of strawberries, thinned sour cream, borage, & powdered sugar was served to newlyweds.
If you enjoyed my strawberry pancakes, leave a comment below!