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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes taste just like chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, but even better with maple syrup and cookie butter spread on top! No one has to know they’re whole wheat.
On my way into Trader Joe’s the other day I had a distinctly sitcom-esque experience. As I took my first step out of my car and onto the asphalt of the parking lot, I felt something underneath my right heel. To my dismay the heel of my flat sandal had actually snapped right off. The only thing connecting it to the rest of the sandal and therefor my foot was the ankle strap, allowing the heel to just dangle there. These weren’t just any old junky sandals, these were my FAVORITE sandals for the past year. Us Arizonans wear sandals a lot. And these sandals were good ones: cute, cushioned and comfortable, and the ankle strap made it so they didn’t flop around. No one wants to be heard flopping down the hall from a mile away.
So basically I had to hop/tip toe my way across the parking lot and into Trader Joe’s, which garnered me some interesting stares. Once inside I immediately flagged down an employee and told her my dilemma, asking if she had any tape to temporarily repair my shoe. Thankfully she was more than helpful, running to the back of the store to grab some heavy duty gaffers tape while I stood like a one-legged flamingo in the middle of the store waiting. Luckily the tape completely did the trick, however it did look particularly trashy. I managed to spend my entire $75 TJ’s gift card, and then some, because I just said eff it. I’m getting everything I want because life is fleeting, who knows when your favorite sandal will completely betray you in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s? 😉
What I did make sure to get from TJ’s was some of their cookie butter because I had used up the last bit that had been in my pantry while making these pancakes. Cookie butter seemed like the perfect thing to top off a stack of these chocolate chip oatmeal cookie pancakes with, the flavors all melded together so well. I love how these pancakes have a warm sweetness that isn’t too much for breakfast, especially since the pancakes have both whole wheat flour and oats in them. No one would ever guess that they might be a little bit healthy (minus the sugar… let’s not count that today).
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/4 cups milk (any kind)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Maple syrup, for topping (optional)
- Cookie butter spread, for topping (optional)
- In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, salt, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl combine the milk, egg, and vanilla, beating to break up the egg. Add to the flour ingredients and stir just until combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Oil a nonstick griddle or skillet and set to medium high heat (about 350-375°F). Drop 1/4-cup portions of batter onto the griddle and gently spread to make a pancake shape. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until bubbles start to form in the center and the edges are dry and golden. Carefully flip and cook until the other side is cooked through, about 2 minutes more.
- Plate the pancakes, drizzle with maple syrup, and top with a dollop of cookie butter, if desired.