This weekend I made the most tasty pancakes using freshly squeezed oranges. The flavor of these pancakes are unbelievable. There sweet and the chocolate chips in them just add a little bit more to them. I was pleasantly surprised on how well they turned out. Check out my dramatic photo of them.
My neighbor dropped off a bunch of oranges and lemons for me, and I thought I would make him my lemon bread with the lemons he gave me and I also made some orange bread too. I’ll post the recipe for the orange bread later this week. These oranges are the best oranges I ever had. I have been going orange crazy with them. I have been putting them in everything. Every time we finish up some oranges, I’ll go outside and there will be a bag of more oranges. I love these little surprises, so you don’t be surprised, when I post a bunch of orange recipes. That’s one thing I love about living in California, fresh citrus in the winter!
Only a few chocolate chips are needed in this recipe because the oranges are so sweet!
On these pancakes, I used plain, fat free greek yogurt because I really wanted the fresh orange taste. But I bet orange yogurt would be wonderful in this recipe if you don’t have oranges.
I have to tell you, I really need to invest in a griddle. I have such a hard time flipping them in a skillet. Can you believe with all the pancakes I’ve made, I use a skillet. I just haven’t found a pan that I really like. I’m thinking of searching on amazon for one. I find the best kitchen utensils, pans ect… on there. I would love one of those double burner ones, but if I got one, I wouldn’t know where to store it. Do you have trouble storing all your kitchen goodies? I really, really would love a kitchen makeover. I’ve been asking for one, well over a year, but no such luck. The kitchen I would want would probably cost me a tiny fortune, but hey if your going to do it, you should do it right! I guess that’s why I haven’t done it yet.
I also made a wonderful orange syrup to go on top of the pancakes. I used 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange and 1/4 cup of sugar-free maple syrup. Wow, the syrup was amazing. Perfectly sweet with a hint of orange. They were a perfect match for these pancakes. If you’re an orange fan, you have to try these pancakes. I made a double batch of them and took them to work this week. They are a perfect breakfast. Just heat in the microwave for 25 – 30 seconds and you have a wonderful breakfast. Oh, back to the syrup, it’s really good in oatmeal too!!! I thought I should point that one out!
All I did for the syrup was warm it up in a Pyrex measuring cup for about 30 seconds. You gotta love the microwave. These pancakes are light, fluffy and sweet, but only sweetened by the oranges. Now that what I call Mother Natures perfect sweetener!
Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes
1/3 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2 egg Whites
1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp. orange extract
1/2 cup. White Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Sugar
1 dash salt
2 tsp. orange zest
3/4 tbsp. mini chocolate chips
1/4 Cup Orange Juice, freshly Squeezed (juice of half an orange)
1/4 cup maple syrup ( I used sugar-free)
Mix greek yogurt, egg whites, orange juice & extracts into a small bowl
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, sugar, orange zest and salt
Combine and whisk till evenly mixed, don’t over mix
Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and place 1/4-cup batter onto skillet. Drop a few mini chocolate chips onto pancakes and cook till bubbles start appearing through the top of the pancake and then flip. About 1-2 minutes on each side.
NOTE: Cook on medium heat and I spray cooking spray between each batch. To keep pancakes warm, heat oven to 200 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and when your pancakes are done place on baking sheet. Do not stack them.
For Orange Syrup:
Add orange juice and maple syrup in a microwavable small bowl and stir together and heat for about 10 seconds stir and heat until warmed.
Makes 7 pancakes, serving size 2
Calories per serving (3 1/2 pancakes): 216, Fat: 2.2, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 307, Potassium: 267, Carbs: 40, Fiber: 4.3, Sugar: 15, Protein: 13
Guess what this Sunday is? Daylight savings time! We get to move the clocks ahead 1 hour. Yah! That means we get an extra hour of daylight! That came quick this year. I love that it won’t get dark until after 6. This means summer is getting closer! I can’t really complain about winter, it was pretty mild here, not much rain and not bitter cold like it has been the past couple of years, but I am ready for summer, aren’t you?
I hope you like this weeks pancake recipe! This was a wonderful one, I’m half tempted to make them for dinner tonight. I love these pancakes. I thought they would be ok, but I never imagined how wonderful and fresh they tasted. If you have oranges, make these pancakes this weekend. Un-freaking believable! Way better than I ever imagined!!
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