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Is it normal to have people just show up at your door?

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In my house, it totally is.

But yesterday was a weird one. Highly unexpected.

Chocolate Chip Lemon Baklava Pancakes with Salted Vanilla Honey Syrup |

Yesterday we had a family friend show up all the way from Cleveland.

And he didn’t fly, he drove the twenty-fours from Rocky River, OH to Silverthorne, CO. And all because he got up on Saturday and decided my brother’s 1996 truck needed to get removed from his driveway, so he drove it out.

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Yes, he is insane.

But we are all pretty excited to have him, even if it’s only for a super short time.

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So when random people show up I make pancakes for lunch and this for dinner.

I just kind of feel like pancakes are a good welcoming lunch or I mean breakfast if you are normal, but I really am a pancakes for lunch (or dinner) kind of girl.

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In all honesty, only mom and I got these pancakes. See, he kind of showed up after the fact and we pretty much wolfed these the second I was done taking photos. We tried to hide what had just gone down, but mom had her signature chocolate lip liner going.

She totally gave us away.

I mean, come on. You would think after all these years she could get it together already.

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I of course offered to make more, but he is not really a “sweets” guy. He is actually more of a “Bud” guy.

Always has been, always will be.

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These pancakes came to be because one, I really wanted pancakes and two, I really wanted pancakes with chocolate.

What? It’s just a good combo.

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Since you may be eating these for lunch, I tried to make them a little heartier than sweet. But while they are whole grain, they are still pretty sweet thanks to the honey. Ok, that and the mass amounts of dark chocolate chips I added.

Don’t worry though, it’s dark chocolate, so we are good to eat mass amounts.

Basic math people. I am a genius at it.

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Oh, and a pat of butter on top is a must for these. Melted butter combined with the honey and chocolate??

So good.

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Chocolate Chip Lemon Baklava Pancakes with Salted Vanilla Honey Syrup.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 15 Pancakes
Calories Per Serving: 213 kcal

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  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour or regular flour
  • 3/4 cup oat flour or brown rice flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk may swap coconut milk or regular milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 small lemon zested
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios chopped (more or less to your liking)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts chopped (more or less to your liking)
  • 2/3 cups dark chocolate chips more or less to your liking

Vanilla Honey Syrup


  • To make the syrup, combine the honey, vanilla, vanilla bean seeds + pods and salt in a small sauce pot gently simmer over low heat for 5-15 minutes. You just want to warm the honey and infuse it with the vanilla. Remove from the heat and set aside (I like to keep it slightly warm).
  • In a large bowl add the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, melted butter, honey and lemon zest. Whisk to combine. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Gently fold in the nuts and chocolate chips. Allow the batter to sit 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
  • Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and grease well with butter or cooking spray. Using a 1/4 cup measure, spoon batter into rounds. If desired sprinkle a few more nuts + chocolate chips on top of the pancakes (I always do). Cook the pancakes until bubbles form on top, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for another minute or two more. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Serve the pancakes warm, with a pat of butter and drizzled with the vanilla honey syrup. Garnish with strawberries and lemon zest.

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Pancakes on Tuesday? Yup, it’s as fun and awesome as it sounds.

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  1. Delicious! Used egg whites, almond milk and 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips and the pancakes were fluffy and flavorful. Loved the nuts and the addition of the fresh strawberries! Compliments to you for this recipe!! By the way, the wooden spoon in your photos is insanely beautiful! Where did you get it?

  2. If I was as good a cook as you, people would stop by my house all the time too 🙂

  3. what an amazing combo! im going to make baklava on the blog soon! this has been inspiring.. maybe i’ll add some chocolate to it?

  4. I am so a pancakes for dinner girl! Love these, they look so fluffy and the flavors are perfection!

  5. Why are these baklava pancakes? Because you’re throwing some nuts and honey on top? Your recipes really reflect your inexperience and lack of finesse. Mostly you just seem to throw as many things together as possible that have no concordance or harmony. Nice photographs don’t rectify your immature approach to food and recipe development….

    1. People like this don’t deserve your time…wow. Tieghan you’re AMAZING…and I can’t believe someone stooped so low to write such a pathetic comment! Jealous pr***! Being successful and happy is the best revenge!! 🙂

      1. What Becca said. You’re the best Tieghan and it’s obvious you work hard at it and love what you do. I’ve been cooking for more than 50 years and I learn things from you all the time. Inexperience my aXX.

      2. Pointing out someone’s flaws doesn’t make someone jealous. Most of the negative comments don’t see the light of day on this site, so I do have to give props to Tieghan for including that one.

  6. These look like they’d send me into a sugar coma, but it’d be so, so worth it! They look fantastic 🙂 Ah, the chocolate lip liner…I know it too well (and it has given me away many times).

  7. Oh my gosh you are speaking my language—baklava pancakes?! Two of my very favorite things in all the land!

  8. How fun to get an unexpected visitor from Cleveland. I’m sure he loved these pancakes – they look awesome! Also, I love that pot your dad found – so cool! Pinning!

  9. your styling and creativity just gets more and more impressive Tieghan!! baklava + pancakes? now that is one seriously beautiful stack!

  10. What a fun twist on pancakes! I just bought a waffle maker and I wonder if you could modify the recipe for some waffles! I might have to try 🙂 Loving your apron too!

  11. Ha! So fun. I NEVER have people show up at my door, but I’d like to!! These pancakes would be so yummy for a guest!

    1. Hey Cassie,
      I would think so, but I am not sure of the texture. They might be a bit more grainy and dense. Hope it works out well!
      Thanks!! 🙂

  12. awesome pictures! great combo of flavors – I love baklava. 🙂

    – Leah @

  13. I’m siting here with my coffee and my mouth is watering so bad for these pancakes! But I must know where you got that spoon – it’s divine!

  14. These look so fluffy! Love the vanilla honey syrup–such a good idea. I made pancakes this weekend too, but just went the normal route and topped them with fresh strawberries.

    I have to say, nothing beats a good pancake!

  15. I never say no to pancakes. Especially for lunch or dinner and ESPECIALLY with chocolate chips. And that salted honey vanilla syrup? Imma swim in it. Pinned!

  16. So happy you love these! Not sure why yours didn’t puff, maybe we just cook them a little differently. Thanks so much!