Thank you VisitIndy.com for providing complimentary food and fun during our trip to Indianapolis, to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Fluffy pancakes, topped with creamy whipped butter, powdered sugar, and mini chocolate chips!
These pancakes are a fantastic start to the day, and are inspired by a breakfast my kids and I enjoyed this summer during a 30 day road trip we went on. It was quite the adventure, and I will be sharing several tidbits about our trip, and recipes inspired by our visits over the next few weeks. If you want more than tidbits about this 30+ Day Road Trip, I’ve been sharing all the details on Travel Parent Eat with posts about each of our stops, and all the fun things we did. Go check it out!
One of our stops was Indianapolis, IN. Truth be told, this was not on my Top 10 list of destinations to visit. However, now that I have been there I am dying to go back. It offered so much fun, learning, and excitement for my family! I highly recommend it as a family destination, as there is something for everyone. My kids have a wide variety of interests, and we were able to find things that interested each of them during our visit to Indy!
My youngest enjoyed the percussions, at the Rhythm! Discovery Center. She was a rock star.
I got to further explore my wanderlust, and take my kids to China, where they got to try their hand at calligraphy, cooking, and taking care of baby pandas! Then walked a few steps into the world of Transformers, and more at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
We explored Indiana’s past, carded wool, bartered with traders, and even took a hot air balloon ride at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park.
My oldest son got to ref a game, compete against college athletes, and show his basketball skills at the NCAA Hall of Champions in White River State Park.
And we got to eat some really amazing food! Including alligator at B’s Po Boy
In fact, all of the food on our trip was excellent. One of the places we ate is called Le Peep! Le Peep is an upscale breakfast and lunch restaurant that has a vintage diner feel, with meals that taste like grandma is back in the kitchen whipping things up. My kids loved it so much the first day we ate there for breakfast, that we ended up going back a second time.
And guess what their favorite thing on the menu was? Chocolate Chip Pancakes!
It didn’t hurt they were Mickey Mouse pancakes, and who doesn’t love chocolate with breakfast! They happily gobbled them up, and kept telling me they were the “Best Pancakes EVER!” Here’s the thing though, I don’t know that my kid’s culinary standards are all that high. They still think Sizzler is like the end all be all of dining. Which is hilarious since we have taken them there a grand total of ONCE in their entire lives.
But when they wouldn’t shut up about these pancakes, I had to try them myself on our second visit. And I have to say, they are delicious. I am not frowning down on those who like pancake mix pancakes, as I continually cross my fingers in hopes that my kids will never grow out of that. But there is just something about pancakes whipped up from scratch, that are big, fluffy, and oh so delicious that you can’t beat. And so, even though I thoroughly love my box mix pancakes for their ease and convenience, today I wanted to share this Le Peep (Indianapolis) inspired recipe for hot off the griddle, fluffy, buttery, delicious chocolate chip pancakes! You’re Welcome!
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbs sugar
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 large egg
- 3 Tbs butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp butter flavoring
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 Tbs butter, whipped
- Stir dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl whisk together milk, egg, melted butter, butter flavoring, and vanilla. Make sure it is combined well, as you do not want to over stir the wet and dry together later, as this makes tough, chewy pancakes.
- Combine the wet and the dry, gently folding, and not over mixing.
- Let batter sit for 5 minutes. This allows the baking powder to activate and do it's job, which will help make your pancakes fluffy.
- Heat a griddle over medium heat.
- Pour 1/3 cup batter into circles, if you want Mickey Mouse pancakes, add 1 Tbs more batter poured on each side, on top to form the Mickey Mouse ears.
- Once bubbles appear, and pop, and the holes do not close as fast, flip the pancake.
- Spread whipped butter over the top, sprinkle with a TBS of mini chocolate chips, and give each pancake a dusting of confectioner's sugar.
Recipe Adapted From RachelShultz.com
If you are heading to Indianapolis, check out VisitIndy.com for everything you need to make your visit successful. And if you plan to travel with kids, be sure to check out the following:
- Rhythm! Discover Center– A percussion museum that is hands on and so much fun!
- Children’s Museum of Indianapolis– The largest Children’s Museum with several exhibits and hours of learning and fun.
- Conner Prairie Interactive History Park– Step back in time and learn about Indiana’s history with hands on fun like pottery, live animals, and more.
- White River State Park and the NCAA Hall of Champions– White River State Park offers museums, art, parks, zoo, and more. The NCAA Hall of fame is a 2-story building with one floor about education, and another that is hands on.
- B’s Po Boy– Enjoy authentic Cajun and Creole food, and Life Size Jenga and Boccee.
- Le Peep– Upscale breakfast diner with classic menu items and an affordable price tag.
- Trader’s Point Creamery– Excellent ice cream and restaurant on site, as well as lovely grounds. Fresh. Simple. Organic