Meet Bakerella — And Her Crazy-Good Chocolate Chip Pancakes

03/14/2014 at 03:17 PM ET

Bakerella Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
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Angie Dudley, a.k.a Bakerella, is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Cake Pops and creator of Visit on Fridays for her sweet spin on celebrity recipes and more.

Who loves pancakes for breakfast? And chocolate, too? I know I do.

And sometimes, you just have to indulge. That’s why I decided to give Nigel Barker's Banana Pancakes a chocolatey twist.

Mini chocolate chips melt perfectly into the batter, but the real secret is saving some to melt and drizzle on top right before eating.

I also ditched the whole-wheat flour and used a little more sugar to up the decadence. I know. I know. The former America’s Next Top Model judge probably wouldn’t approve — but these pancakes are good.

Bakerella Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
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Use a measuring cup to pour the pancake batter on your frying pan or griddle to ensure similarly sized pancakes.

Bakerella Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
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Looking good!

Bakerella Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
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Real good.

Bakerella Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Courtesy Bakerella

And yes, they taste as good as they look!

Bakerella Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Courtesy Bakerella

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
Makes 12 pancakes

1½ cups flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
2 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled (plus more to grease pan)
1 tsp. vanilla
⅔ cup bananas, mashed (about 2 large bananas)
1 cup miniature chocolate chips, divided
Sliced bananas (optional)

1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix egg, milk, melted butter, vanilla and mashed bananas.

2. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture (batter will be slightly lumpy). Stir in ½ cup miniature chocolate chips.

3. Heat a lightly greased griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour ¼ cup batter on griddle for each pancake. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides. Top with sliced bananas, if desired.

4. Melt remaining ½ cup chocolate chips in microwave and pour into a resealable plastic bag. Snip off a small corner and drizzle chocolate over pancakes. Serve warm with syrup. Yum!

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Diane on

These look like they would melt in your mouth. Yummy!

Heide M on

Now I know what to have for breakfast.

ken on

not new………..been around forever

Diana on

I saw this recipe last night and knew I had to make it as soon as I woke up. We just finished devouring them! My husband and son loved them too. I think next time I would just try to make them a little healthier by using WW flour and adding flax seeds. But seriously these tasted better than a restaurant, I’m adding the recipe to my recipe book.

Giuly on

Very, very good! What’s idea!!! I would try to make them as soon as possible!♥

Ronnie Motter on

Congrats! So glad to see this site getting the recognition it deserves, the world can always use a little more awesome.