pancakes with chocolate chips and candied bacon

It was Valentine’s Day. What else can I say?

pancakes with chocolate chips and candied bacon

2 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 cups all-pupose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 strips bacon (preferably candied), crumbled

Combine the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Whisk together until smooth. Add eggs one at a time and mix together. Mix in buttermilk.

In a separate bowl, combine dry flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips and bacon.

Heat skillet.Spray with cooking spray and  drop batter by 1/4 cup portions. Cook until bubbly and golden brown. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.

Makes 10 pancakes.

Nutritional info (1 pancake): 287 calories; 11.8g fat; 38.8g carb; 1.5g fiber; 8g protein.

candied bacon

1 lb. thick cut bacon
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cocoa powder

In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, paprika, and cocoa powder. Sprinkle evenly over the bacon. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Cool on a rack.

15 servings, one slice each.

Nutritional info (per slice): 73 calories; 3.4g fat; 7.5g carb; .1g fiber; 3.1g protein.


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