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Everyone likes pancakes, but everyone will love banana chocolate-chip pancakes. These delectable breakfast treats may have chocolate in them, but they also pack a nice little bit of nutrition with the addition of bananas to whole wheat pancake mix. Yes, mix. It's January. We figured you should take things a little easier -- and would also enjoy eating chocolate for breakfast as much as your kids. Your kids will love making them with you.

What you'll need:
Whole wheat pancake mix (plus the milk, egg[s] and oil that the mix calls for)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 ounces mini semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons canola oil
2-3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch slices
Maple syrup
Apple sauce

What you'll do:

  1. Prepare the batter according to the instructions on the box, adding the vanilla and cinnamon along with the other ingredients. Mix the batter for a few strokes, then add in the chocolate chips and blend just until the large lumps disappear.
  2. While the batter rests, heat the canola oil in a pan or on a pancake griddle. If you're using a pancake griddle that is already well seasoned, you may want to use a little less oil. The pan is ready when a drop of water flicked onto it dances madly around it.
  3. Ladle the pancake batter into the pan. Lay a few banana slices on each pancake. When bubbles appear in the pancakes and the edges look dry, flip and cook them for another minute or so on that side. Remove to a warm plate and repeat until all the batter is used.
  4. Serve the pancakes with a smile, some applesauce and/or maple syrup.
  5. These reheat very nicely in the toaster on a low or reheat setting, so feel free to make more than you need!
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