Canned goods, condiments, and eggs are just a few pantry essentials we hear about most often. And while making a last-minute black bean omelette with yellow mustard sounds delicious interesting, we'd be remiss to not include the mighty chocolate chip as part of a list of ingredients you should always have on hand.
Pies, breads, cookies, desserts...the possibilities are endless. Why? Because versatile chocolate tastes delicious in pretty much anything. It can also elevate any boring, uninspired baked good from familiar and drab to innovative and fab. In celebration of National Chocolate Chip Day (Because that's apparently a thing. Get into it.), we've rounded up 11 ways to incorporate chocolate chips into everyday recipes. Your sweet tooth will thank you for the culinary upgrade.
1. 105-Calorie Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yes, even the healthiest of humans can partake in the chocolate chip celebration. They may not taste as delicious, but they do the job. Get the recipe.
2. Chocolate Chip Fluffy Whole Grain Flour Pancakes
Breakfast always gets an upgrade with the inclusion of chocolate chip pancakes. In fact, they're essentially mandatory on the weekends (with a mimosa and side of bacon, of course). Get our Chocolate Chip Fluffy Whole Grain Flour Pancake recipe.
3. Chocolate Brioche Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon rolls are already stellar, stand-alone treats, but chocolate chips up the ante with this decadent variation of a morning staple. Needless to say, these are worth getting up early for. Get our Chocolate Brioche Cinnamon Roll recipe.
4. Applesauce Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
If you're looking for a moist cake with a long shelf life, look no further than this applesauce-based concoction that is lighter on calories, but heavy on flavor. You'll be saving a trip to Starbucks. Get our Applesauce Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake recipe.
5. Chocolate Chip Date Milkshake
There's no denying that the best way to sip a sweet is in milkshake form and this chocolate chip and date combo certainly delivers. You can also line the inside of your glass with chocolate syrup, but your nutritionist didn't hear that from us. Get our Chocolate Chip Date Milkshake recipe.
6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Combining two of our favorite desserts into one makes entirely too much sense. Look at all those lovely layers. Can your taste buds handle the complexities? Get the recipe.
7. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Baker tested, monkey approved. Your standard loaf gets all the love with the presence of chocolate chips in each bite. It will have you swinging from vines. Get our Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe.
8. Chocolate Mint Brownies
If you're craving Thin Mints and it isn't Girl Scout cookie season, we're sure this ooey-gooey brownie alternative will more than suffice. Just be sure to hide them from your family. Get our Chocolate Mint Brownies recipe.
9. Chocolate Chip Scones
Looking for a reason to drink more tea? Look no further than this icing-heavy chocolate chip scone that pairs perfectly with a green or English breakfast. Get the recipe.
10. Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake
Coffee just found a new BFF with this chocolatey take on your favorite buttery indulgence. Oh, how we love how this cookie crumb-led. Get the recipe.
11. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies, a timeless classic, are pretty much fail-proof. What more can we say? Get our Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.