Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins

Do you ever have the kind of day where you don’t know if you’re coming or going?  Where you can’t tell up from down?  Or whether it’s time for breakfast or dessert?  I can’t exactly help you cope with the first two things on that list.  But the third, I’ve got covered thanks to Three Baking Sheets To The Wind.

She posted about this Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffin that immediately got me to wondering…well, which is it – a pancake or a muffin?  Curiosity piqued as it was, I didn’t fool around letting this question, or recipe, linger.  My brain, and my recipe folders, are too congested to let burning questions such as this go unanswered, just bouncing around.  What follows is the official transcript of the conversation I had with myself after these had been mixed, baked, cooled, and consumed.

Q:  Is it a pancake or is it a muffin?

A:  Yes.

Q: Is it breakfast or dessert?

A: Yes.

Q: Does it have to be one or the other?

A: No.

Because really, we get so busy labeling things as either “this” or “that” that we tend to only see things as being one dimensional.  I’m not saying these muffins will bring you cosmic enlightenment, but they may be the first step in seeing the many dimensions and facets of the world around you.  Or maybe they are just fine little snacks to get your day off to a tasty start or end it on a sweet note.  It can be whatever you want it to be.  Namaste.

Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins

Adapted from Bakerella, Seen on Three Baking Sheets To The Wind

BAH Note:  The batter really does resemble pancake batter.  I wonder what would happen if instead of baking this in the oven, you dropped a scoopful onto a hot, buttered griddle.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Heat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.  In a second bowl, mix together the buttermilk, egg, syrup, and melted butter.  Add the wet ingredient to the dry and mix until just combined.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Using an icecream scoop, scoop the batter into the muffin tin.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

{printable recipe}

29 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins

  1. Oh man, you had me at the title. I love chocolate chips in anything. Now I’m also having my internal dialogue. The question is “What ingredients in this recipe make it both a pancake and a muffin?” But since the answer is a confident “I don’t know,” I think I need to brush up on my baking chemistry!

    1. Jen, not being all sciency, to me the batter had a very pancake like consistency. I think you should definitely investigate and present your findings on My Morning Chocolate.

      1. I don’t trust the man with a wooden spoon. The man burned corn on the grill. How do you burn corn on the grill? It was wrapped in foil! Nah… I think of something… I just don’t know what yet.

          1. Positive. I had no trouble grilling it a few weeks earlier. He didn’t pay attention – which is why I don’t trust him with a wooden spoon.
            And yes, he does. He built me a computer. I love my uber-dork. 🙂

  2. holy wow wendi! those look sinfully good. and i love that you don’t like labeling them. i mean why can’t they be an afternoon snack? or breakfast? perfect. absolutely perfect.

    1. Ali, I ate them naked…the muffins were sans syrup, I was fully clothed. Seriously, these would have been a great lunchbox treat. Sadly, I never had a lunchbox as a kid. But I would have traded whatever I had for one of these snacks.

    1. Jenna, I hope you will clicky the printable recipe link. This post has been viewed 163 times today according to Word Press and that link has only been clicked once. I can’t not tell you what an opportunity 162 people missed by not printing the recipe.

  3. It wo’t print!! says the website is having trouble. maybe after one more Tangueray and tonic I will have less trouble LOL

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