Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

I’ve been told, by my kids, that if they could eat these chocolate pancakes stuffed with chocolate chips every weekend, I’d win the “world’s best mom” award. One bite, and you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about.

Double Chocolate Chip Pancakes: The perfect treat for my daughter's birthday breakfast. Chocolate and pancakes; You cannot go wrong with this recipe!

Why This is the Ultimate Chocolate Pancake Recipe

What do you do when your kids ask for “premium” chocolate chip pancakes for their birthday breakfast? –or any Saturday morning, for that matter. You take it up a notch and turn the classic into a slightly indulgent breakfast.

This week was my daughter’s birthday, and to say the least, she is a real chocolateaholic! While her brother prefers to indulge in bacon and eggs, at any meal, she loves carbs and chocolate. Ok, who doesn’t? So instead of birthday cake, I made her these ultra chocolaty pancakes. She is turning double digits (10), and this makes me a mother for a decade! My goodness, time flies.

Double Chocolate Chip Pancakes: The perfect treat for my daughters birthday breakfast. Chocolate and pancakes; You cannot go wrong with this recipe!

How to Make Chocolate Pancakes

While some people prefer to make pancakes on a pan, I really like the efficiency of a large non-stick griddle when it comes to making my pancakes. A large surface allows me to make more pancakes at once, which means I can serve them hot and please a crowd (or my kids).

I do feel, however, that a non-stick surface is necessary to make pancakes. And remember, just because your surface is non-stick, it does not mean you can skip using butter or spray. This is essential.

Check out how easy it is to make these epic Chocolate Pancakes:

  1. In a large bowl, sift together cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center.
  2. In another bowl whisk the banana, honey, milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and combine until smooth, just until there are no dry clumps but careful to not over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Heat a large non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat and grease generously. Add 1/4 cup batter for large pancakes or 2 tablespoons for silver-dollar pancakes, onto the greased skillet. Once the center is bubbly, flip and cook the other side for an additional minute, until cooked through. Repeat process with remaining batter.
  5. Serve hot with your favorite pancake toppings.

Want to watch how it’s done? I’ll walk you through the whole process in this quick pancake recipe video!

As you can see from the video, making chocolate pancakes is a breeze.

The Secret to Fluffy Chocolate Pancakes

The secret to making fluffy pancakes is fresh baking powder. While we all have baking powder in our pantries, it’s important to note that after nine months from opening, its “rising properties” begin to decline.

Meaning, its ability to provide your pancake batter with a fluffy “lift” and help them rise declines quickly or stops working. This is the culprit to pancakes not coming out as fluffy as they should with this recipe.

One simple trick is to mark the opening date with a pen in your baking powder bag or package, so you know it’s always fresh! If your baking powder is still sealed, but it’s expired, it will also not provide optimal lift.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Pancakes

This recipe is very versatile, and it works very well with a 1:1 all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (I’ve tested it both with mixes that contain xanthan gum and without). Gluten-free flour, though, is a bit more absorbent, so I recommend adding about two (2) tablespoons of additional liquid for a fluffier and less dense texture.

I promise you, this is one chocolate pancake everyone will ask you to make again. They are rich, warm, have that fluffy texture we love, and the melted chocolate chips make this the ultimate breakfast treat.

Sure, this isn’t something I have in our weekly rotation –I have my world’s best pancakes (and my gluten-free pancakes) for that- but this is the perfect breakfast for special occasions.

Double Chocolate Chip Pancakes: The perfect treat for my daughters birthday breakfast. Chocolate and pancakes; You cannot go wrong with this recipe!

Toppings for Chocolate Pancakes

This week, I topped our chocolate pancakes with a little whipped cream, and some fresh fruit. But there are lots of tasty options. Homemade strawberry syrup is another huge winner on top of these chocolatey pancakes.

You can find all my favorite pancake topping ideas right here.

Pancakes!

If you’re wanting another “special occassion” pancake recipe try my Cinnamon Roll Pancakes next! Pancakes will never be the same at your house!

Double Chocolate Chip Pancakes: The perfect treat for my daughters birthday breakfast. Chocolate and pancakes; You cannot go wrong with this recipe!

What do you think? Will your family love these pancakes as much as mine?

Double Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Double Chocolate Chip Pancakes: The perfect treat for my daughters birthday breakfast. Chocolate and pancakes; You cannot go wrong with this recipe!

This easy chocolate pancake recipe will be an instant family fave! Loaded with chocolate chips and homemade chocolate pancake batter it’s unbelievably delicious.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1012 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Pancakes
  • Cuisine: Breakfast
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Butter, for the skillet
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Fresh berries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center.
  2. In another bowl whisk the banana, honey, milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and combine until smooth, just until there are no dry clumps but careful to not over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Heat a large non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat and grease generously. Add 1/4 cup batter for large pancakes or 2 tablespoons for silver-dollar pancakes, onto the greased skillet. Once the center is bubbly, flip and cook the other side for an additional minute, until cooked through. Repeat process with remaining batter.
  5. Serve hot, topped with homemade whipped cream & fresh berries.

Notes

If you are using an all-purpose gluten-free flour to make these pancakes, add 2-3 tablespoons of additional liquid as gluten-free flours are more absorbent.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 pancakes
  • Calories: 420
  • Sugar: 32g
  • Sodium: 252.1mg
  • Fat: 16.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.9g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Protein: 9.9g
  • Cholesterol: 87.3mg

20 thoughts on “Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Chips”

  1. Samantha says:

    These look delicious! My family loves chocolate.

  2. Ashley S. says:

    Oh my…DELICIOUS!

  3. Patricia says:

    My kids would for sure love these!

  4. Alisa Meyer says:

    These look absolutely amazing!

  5. Emily says:

    Wow, these look fantastic! Thanks for the recipe, Laura.

  6. Jess says:

    These look AMAZING! Can’t get enough of chocolate.

  7. Taneenart says:

    Amazing!! Made them today and kids were in love with these chocolatety pillows

  8. Polly says:

    My family of chocolate experts will love this! How many pancakes does this recipe make? We have a small army of littles around here and I double/triple recipes often. Thank you!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Definitely double ( I do for my family of 5). It yields about 10 pancakes (depending how you pour).

  9. Lauren T. says:

    These are AMAZING! My family couldn’t get enough of them.

  10. Kate Todd says:

    I’m sure my kids would go crazy after these.

  11. Jessica J. says:

    I love pomegranate! Never thought of adding them as a topping on my pancakes.

  12. Susan says:

    I HAVE to make these! I’m such a chocolate lover

  13. Scarlet says:

    It looks yummy. Would it work well with whole wheat flour?

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      It will work with white whole-wheat flour. With regular whole-wheat flour, take out about 1-2TB so they aren’t so dense.

  14. Leah says:

    My son can’t have honey (fructose allergy). Do you think there’s anything that would work as a substitute? These look fantastic! Thanks!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Can he have maple syrup?

      1. Leah says:

        Yes, if it’s pure maple syrup. Thanks, I’ll try that! These pancakes look awesome!

  15. Elisabeth says:

    I made these GF and DF (I used soy milk and corn oil instead of milk and butter) and they were AMAZING!!!!! Totally filled my chocolate craving that I was having!!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      great substitutions! I’m glad you enjoyed them.

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