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Banana Chocolate-Chip Pancakes

Our model chef Candice Kumai tells you how to do it in the kitchen.

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What's a great breakfast I can make for a girl that will help her to remember the night before even more fondly?
Dave K., New York, NY

Women love three things in the morning: cuddling, being served breakfast in bed, and hot morning sex. if you can accomplish just one of these golden feats, you’re a winner. if you want her to brag to her girlfriends? Go for the trifecta. After a snuggle, slip out of bed and make her these perfect banana chocolate-chip pancakes. Pair the plate up with a mimosa (a bubbly glass of prosecco with a splash of OJ).To top those pancakes, give her the option of maple syrup or butter, and serve her in bed. There’s no better way to surprise your lady, and only one way to burn of those calories.

Banana Chocolate-Chip Pancakes - (Serves 4)

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour (gluten-free flour works, too)
6 tbsp light brown sugar 2 tsp baking powder
1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp sea salt
1 large, ripe banana, mashed
4 large eggs
2/3 cup milk
1⁄2 cup mini chocolate chips
nonstick cooking spray

Directions:
1) Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt together in a large bowl. Whisk the mashed banana, eggs, and milk together in a medium bowl and add to the dry ingredients. Stir gently until the ingredients are just combined. Fold in mini chocolate chips. The batter will be thick.

2) Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Make mini pancakes, using about 1⁄4 cup for each, cooking the pancakes until the outer edges firm up and the bottom is golden brown, about 11⁄2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown, another 11⁄2 minutes.

3) Transfer the pancakes to a plate and set aside. Serve with Canadian maple syrup or a schmear of butter. pair with mimosas and dig in.

Model-turned-chef Candice Kumai is the author of Cook Yourself Sexy and Pretty Delicious, a Top Chef alumnus, and a regular judge on Iron Chef America. E-mail her your questions at askcandice@mensfitness.com.

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