Unbrave Eats: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

April 22, 2013


Last week was a rough one, huh, guys?

I don’t know about you, but I was so ready for the week to be over and for Sunday morning to roll around.

So when it finally did, I decided I needed to celebrate.

With pancakes.

You know, as you do.

Mind you, these were not your grandma’s pancakes. (Not that I have anything against your grandma’s pancakes. I’m sure she makes perfectly lovely pancakes.)

These were bacon pancakes.


This is totally a thing, you guys.

I had no idea until I came across this recipe for peanut butter bacon pancakes on one of my favorite cooking blogs.

And, yes, I have favorite cooking blogs. In fact, I probably read cooking blogs more than I read any other kind of blog.

I love cooking blogs so much I even considered starting my own cooking blog. Until I remembered that I hardly ever cook. But then again I have a travel blog, and I hardly ever travel, so same diff, right?

I just love how the food always looks so pretty and orderly on cooking blogs. The cookies are always stacked just so. The salads are always tossed with a perfect green-stuff-to-non-green-stuff ratio. Even the ingredients are pretty and orderly — measured exactly and lined up in decorative bowls on massive, pristine, marble countertops.

I mean, seriously, you guys, who has countertops like that? Where are the broken sunglasses and empty wine bottles and uncapped ballpoint pens and old grocery store receipts? Because, I mean, that’s what’s going on on my countertops.

Even when I make stuff at my parent’s house where the countertops are much more massive and marbley, there’s always something going on on the countertops. This “something” is usually a judgmental looking chicken.


Judgmental Chicken is obviously not happy about my use of eggs in this recipe.

Reading cooking blogs makes me feel like I could also be the type of person who makes pretty, orderly meals on massive, pristine, marble countertops.  And not the type of person who eats Sun Chips and cheese over her laptop for dinner on a regular basis.

Despite my mild addiction to cooking blogs, I’ve yet to actually be inspired to become that type of person – you know, the perfect, orderly meal-making type of person.

Or even the meal-making type of person.

I was inspired to make cookies a few weeks ago when I came across this recipe for peanut butter pretzel chocolate chip cookie bites, and I knew that my life couldn’t go on much longer if I didn’t try some.

And by “some” I mean “a dozen.” And by “a dozen” I mean “probably two dozen, really, if we’re being honest.”


They were small.

See? They were practically microscopic!

See? Practically microscopic!

And they were delicious.

Even though I totally messed up the recipe because I got so excited that I was making cookies and, therefore, would soon be eating cookies, that I accidentally added, like, an entire extra cup of flour. Which meant I then had to add an extra egg and some peanut butter to kind of even everything out.

But they were still delicious.

Even my family agreed they were delicious and my family is not the type to lie when it comes to cookies.

They are also not the type to lie to make me feel good. I mean, when I was ten years old my mom told me she wouldn’t pay for me to take dance lessons because she said it would be a waste of her money because I wasn’t exactly the “graceful type.”

So, yeah, if they didn’t like my cookies, they’d tell me.

Meanwhile, Judgmental Chicken was not impressed. But is she ever?

Meanwhile, Judgmental Chicken was not impressed. But is she ever?

My venture into peanut butter bacon pancake making was the first time I was actually inspired by a blog to make a meal.

That is, if we can call peanut butter bacon pancakes a meal.

Because, honestly, I don’t think the word “meal” quite describes these pancakes.

More like “heaven in my mouth, thankyouverymuch.”

These pancakes were pretty amazingly delicious, even if I totally messed up the recipe. Again.

In my defense, this time most of the mess-ups were on purpose.

First of all, I added chocolate chips.

Because, you guys, chocolate chips make everything better.

Even bacon.

And I bet you didn’t even think that was possible, huh?

Secondly, instead of using five slices of bacon like the recipe recommended, I opted for six.


Do this. And repeat.

This may sound like a lot of bacon, but, here’s the thing, guys, I’ve had bacon go bad on me twice in the past few months.


I didn’t even know bacon could go bad. I thought it was just some kind of super magical meat-food that was protected by a shield of deliciousness that made it incapable of spoiling.

After the second time the bacon went bad, I decided I needed to start reexamining my priorities. I mean, what kind of life am I living where I’m allowing bacon to spoil in my fridge before I can eat it?

Obviously I need to up my bacon intake. And fast.

And, finally, I used buttermilk pancake mix rather than making buttermilk pancakes from scratch. This was because I didn’t have any buttermilk. Or flour. Or baking soda. Or baking powder. Or eggs. Or really anything besides water.

Luckily, with the mix, that’s all I needed!


My three favorite words!

And, while I can’t say I followed all the instructions from the cooking blog recipe, I did make a point of clearing off my countertops and posing all my ingredients all arty like the cooking bloggers do.

Oooo, arty!

Well, maybe, not just like they do.

I didn’t measure all the ingredients and put them in decorative bowls. But I don’t really believe in measuring stuff. Or dirtying any more bowls than absolutely necessary. Because I’m not some hotshot cooking blogger with an assistant or a magical machine to wash all my dishes, guys. It’s just me. And if there’s one thing I like to do even less than cook, it’s wash dishes.

I also made a point of photographing all the steps just like the cooking bloggers do.

Even the steps where it looked like I was whipping up a big bowl of barf.


Ummm, ewwww.

Luckily, things got a bit more appetizing-looking once I added the pancake mix.


Looking better.

And then the chocolate chips.


And even better!

And then the bacon.

Okay, so I actually forgot to take a photo of me adding the bacon. I think I was just so excited that I was adding bacon. But I did get this photo of me chopping bacon on my snazzy new red chopping board.


Oooo, snazzy!

And, of course, there was the obligatory, frying-of-the-pancakes photo.

Complete with obligatory purple bathrobe and pink pig slippers.

As you do.


And then when they were all cooked up and lovely, I attempted to do the cooking blogger thing where they take a photo of maple syrup being poured on to the pancakes as if by invisible elf hands because all you can see is this magical dribble of maple syrup descending slowly on to the pancakes like a waterfall of wonderful.

But, my hand and the maple syrup bottle kept on getting in the way.

I must just have really large hands.


Gah! Stupid massive man hand!

Or a really large bottle of maple syrup.


Gah! Stupid massive maple syrup bottle!

After three attempts I gave up. After all, I was hungry and not willing to defy maple syrup physics any longer.

When all my photo shooting was finished, I finally got to eat my pancakes.

And, as I said before, they were pretty darn delicious.


I mean, I don’t want to brag or anything, but I’m not the type to lie about pancakes.

I’m also not the type to lie to make myself look good. Because, seriously, if I did that, this blog wouldn’t even happen most of the time.

I will say that I couldn’t taste the bacon as much as I would have liked.

This could be because I used too many chocolate chips, but saying something like “There are too many chocolate chips in these pancakes” kind of goes against my worldview.

So, instead, I’m going to say that they could have used more bacon.

Which, when you think about it, is probably what a lot of us could have used last week.

A lot less horribleness and fear and disasters and awful.

And a lot more bacon.

Do you read cooking blogs? Why do you like to read them? What are your favorite ones to read? And, seriously, do you know how they do that thing with the maple syrup? Is it invisible elf hands? Because I bet it’s elf hands.

I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On April 22, 2013 at 9:05 am Heather said:

    You know I love reading food/cooking/recipe blogs. I probably follow more of those than I do travel blogs now O:-)

    I’ve pinned some of the food blogs I follow closely:

    And there are more I haven’t added that I get via email or reader:

  2. On April 22, 2013 at 9:18 am Rose said:

    I believe the disapproving chicken is mad because you keep referring to it as a “she”, when it is clearly a rooster.

    • On April 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm Sally said:

      Leave it to YOU to know the gender of Disapproving Chicken.
      And, yes, I did realize that she/he most closely resembled a rooster. But then why was she/he so upset about the eggs? I suspect Disapproving Chicken is actually a cross-dresser pretending to be a rooster. So there!

  3. On April 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm will wander said:

    OOOH! Those look so deadly! As a college student I think I HAVE to make those for friends during finals. We make an art of stress eating!

    …I’ve tried to put foody things on my blog and it is SO DAMN HARD to make food look good some time. Also elf-hands would help, because photos of pouring liquids are very challenging to take. Thanks for sharing!

    • On April 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm Sally said:

      Oh, you must! These would be the perfect stress eating breakfast foods.
      And, yeah, my food shots are crap. I’m blaming three things:
      1. I have too much crap on my counters. And around my counters. I can’t do the maple syrup pouring thing without getting my microwave in the shot… and if I go from the other angle I get the cat’s litter box in the shot.
      2. My camera is old and starting to die.
      3. My apartment doesn’t get enough light.
      So basically I need a new camera… and a new apartment. And then I can finally be the cooking blogger I always dreamed of being!

  4. On April 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said:

    I don’t eat bacon, but the combo of chocolate and peanut butter sounds AMAZING!!!!
    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures recently posted..Bermuda: Day 1 (Part 2)

    • On April 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm Sally said:

      Then you should try them with bananas on top… or INSIDE? Would that be crazy? The recipe recommended bananas on top but I forgot because I was too busy chowing down.

  5. On April 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm Warrior of the Pen said:

    One of my favourite breakfast is stacked pancakes with bananas and blueberries, with a side dish of bacon. It is delicious and great. I am a pancake and bacon lover. I rest my case. I am so happy to have found another person who shares the same love for that combo.

    • On April 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm Sally said:

      Confession time: my chosen pancake side-meat of choice is sausage. Don’t hate me! There’s just something so amazing about sausage and maple syrup. Not like there’s not something super amazing about bacon and maple syrup. But, still, if given the choice, I’d go with sausage for my pancakes (although probably not IN my pancakes… that’s probably crossing a line). Bacon is totally my savory food side-meat of choice if that makes you forgive me any.

  6. On April 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm ConfusedJulia said:

    Like Heather, I probably read just as many food blogs as I do travel, mainly because I’m so greedy and like drooling over foodporn photos. These look so damn tasty, definitely need to give them a go!
    ConfusedJulia recently posted..Making Travel Plans and Growing Old

  7. On April 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm Priya said:

    I’ll take everything minis the bacon, please 🙂
    Priya recently posted..Horrifying Tragedies Bring Out Racism In The Ignorant

  8. On April 23, 2013 at 11:07 am Carmel said:

    It’s kind of funny that I WRITE a food blog, yet I don’t really read many of them. Maybe they just make me feel inferior. I have a tough time taking beautiful pictures because a) there is ZERO natural light in my kitchen, so then I have to take things outside or to the window in the front of the house, b) my photography skills are still very much lacking, and c) I’m usually too hungry to remember to set up a beautiful shot with my food. It kinda sucks to food blog, actually. Although I’ve been doing it for years, so I guess writing it doesn’t suck too badly. But eating cold food does, so don’t expect me to change my ways too much.

    • On April 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm Sally said:

      Yeah, I was reading this post from one of my favorite cooking bloggers on how her day-to-day stuff goes down. It sounds really HARD. She basically makes a whole bunch of stuff in the morning (when the light is good in her kitchen) and then either doesn’t eat it or saves it until later to eat. I don’t think I could do that. I would want to eat everything right away… and after the first thing I made, I’d be too tired to make any more.

  9. On April 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista said:

    I don’t read too many cooking blogs but I do like to cook! I’m a messy cook so my counter tops don’t look very good either. Love bacon. Love Chocolate chips. So I will be making these and those cookies 🙂 I think I gained weight reading this blog.

  10. On April 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm Sam said:

    Gah! Amazing and yummilicious. Must make chocolate chip peanut butter bacon pancakes! I like Judgemental Chicken, by the way. Always nice to have a second opinion in the kitchen, you know, to keep you real.
    Sam recently posted..Travel Diary: 2013, Week #16

  11. On April 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm Montecristo Travels (Sonja) said:

    bacon = magic food

    I mean … seriously – we are 80% raw vegan for crying out loud!! and we STILL from time to time … albeit RARE … we still eat bacon.
    Montecristo Travels (Sonja) recently posted..Trying is Not Failing with Honour

  12. On April 27, 2013 at 8:59 am Sarah P | The Travel Spotlight said:

    Hi Sally! I love pancakes too! And chocolate. And bacon. And PB. So i LOVED this post! Thanks for sharing!

    I just want to say how much i’ve been enjoying your blog! I’ve nominated you for a versatile blogger award! You don’t have to pass on the award but its just my way of letting you know i’m enjoying your posts! Details of the award on my latest blog post! Stay awesome!

  13. On May 1, 2013 at 3:58 am Peter Lee said:

    I love your cooking style and the way you write these tips in your post. The thing where I am lagging that I don’t have so much time to try your tips in my kitchen. But I provide tips to my colleagues and they thought I am a good cook. It’s very funny and interesting. Keep writing.

  14. On May 16, 2013 at 5:02 am Roberto said:

    It’s amazing what combinations of food works. Well I say that it kind of depends on who’s eating it. I love a sweet, salty, sour mixed but my sister in law can’t stand anything like that; obvious combinations only.

    • On May 18, 2013 at 11:12 am Sally said:

      For me, it totally depends on the food being combined. For example, I don’t usually like fruit with savory things — like fruit on pizza or in salads. But I’ll make exceptions — pineapple on pizza, for example, is AWESOME.

  15. On June 15, 2013 at 2:20 am Ceri said:

    I’m addicted to cooking blogs but never have the energy to actually go ahead and try any of the recipes. 😛 … But seriously, who knew you could add bacon to pancakes? My mind is blown. 😀
    Ceri recently posted..NY Bucket List: #1 – Visit Central Park

  16. On June 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm Wade said:

    Welp…I know what I will be cooking for breakfast this weekend!! Bacon and chocolate…a man’s best friend!!

  17. On August 24, 2013 at 6:40 am Kathy said:

    OK. I’m not a spring chicken anymore, so I have to watch my calories and eat healthy- but I don’t mind those special recipes where the good stuff tastes like the best junk food.
    When I get the craving for a junk breakfast, I whirl 1/2 c of raw oats in the food processor to use it in place of flour. Then I add 2 eggs and 1/2 c of soymilk, a small dollop of olive oil and 1I chia seeds to bind them together. IT turns out to be a compromise between a pancake and a crepe. As I finish cooking each cake, I sprinkle about 10 semisweet chocolate chips and fold it over to melt the chocolate (then you don’t need any syrup.) Then I take 2 heaping T of Greek yogurt and stir in 4 drops of liquid stevia and a drop of vanilla. I spoon this over the folded pancakes and top this mess with some fresh fruit berries, or bananas, or something else good like peaches. Yummm! No guilt!


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