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Chocolate Pancakes

Chocolate Pancakes – A Chocolate lover’s dream breakfast! Thick and fluffy chocolate pancakes with melted chocolate chips in every bite. A sweet and decadent breakfast treat!

If it was acceptable, I would have chocolate for breakfast every day of the week! I am definitely on the sweet side of the aisle when it comes to breakfast choices, so it should come as no surprise that I made chocolate pancakes.

I mean Chocolate Waffles and Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins are already in my Recipe Index, so I figure pancakes should get a spot as well!

plate of stacked chocolate pancakes on white plate



Make sure you grab these ingredients before you get started. I love how I can always make these chocolate pancakes in a pinch because most of the ingredients are kitchen staples.

  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Sugar
  • Canola Oil
  • Vanilla
  • Buttermilk
  • Chocolate Chips
chocolate pancakes ingredients

How To Make Chocolate Pancakes

If you’ve ever made any homemade pancakes before, these aren’t much different than what you’re used to making in the construction of the recipe, but the flavor is out of this world. They’re so decadent but surprisingly easy to make.

Follow the instructions below for easy brownie pancakes:

  1. Mix dry ingredients. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, and sugar.
  2. Add wet ingredients. Pour canola oil, vanilla, and milk into your bowl of dry ingredients.
  3. Stir. Thoroughly combine the wet and dry ingredients, taking special care to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  4. Add chocolate chips. Fold chocolate chips into the bowl of chocolate pancake batter.
  5. Pour. Carefully pour a small amount of pancake batter into a preheated pan.
  6. Cook your pancakes. Let the pancakes cook in the pan until bubbles begin to appear on the surface of the chocolate pancakes and the edges are starting to set.
  7. Give them a flip. Once the edges are set, flip your pancakes with a spatula in one smooth movement, careful not to fold them in half or smear the uncooked batter across the pan.
  8. Finish cooking. Let them cook for approximately two more minutes or until they are cooked completely through.

Enjoy! This chocolate pancake recipe is best served warm, so make sure to have your toppings (and a fork) ready as soon as they come out of the pan.

adding chocolate chips to pancake batter


  • Let your pan heat up before pouring the batter. This will prevent your batter from sticking.
  • I like to use an ice cream scoop to pour the batter onto the hot pan. This ensures they are all the same size.
  • Watch for the bubbles when cooking. Flipping before the pancake sets enough, it will make flipping your brownie batter pancake tricky.
  • Don’t press down on your pancakes. Once you flip the pancakes, let them be. They will start to puff up and little, and this is what gives them that light and fluffy texture.

You could even dress them up a little and serve them for dessert.

pancakes cooking on the griddle


Let me start out by telling you that there is a lot of science behind the explanation of what makes a fluffy pancake. Let’s just say it involves mixing the flour and milk together and then adding a leavener to create bubbles in the batter. The secret in this recipe is all in the baking powder.

Baking soda, alongside yeast, are the leaveners most often used in batters and doughs to make them big and fluffy.


I know that butter almost always makes things taste better, but trust me when I say to use oil to cook your pancakes. The milk solids in butter can burn very quickly, in turn burning your pancakes. For a pancake that tastes just as delicious as restaurant pancakes, reach for canola or vegetable oil to add to your pan.

plate of chocolate pancakes with chocolate sauce and whipped cream


This Chocolate Pancake recipe is totally indulgent, so you may decide they’re perfect just the way they are. Feel free to take them to the next level (or let the kids play with their food a little) by adding these toppings:

looking down on chocolate pancakes topped with whipped cream


These Chocolate Pancakes are so delicious, no one at your breakfast table will be disappointed if they’re served alone. Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, though. So, there’s no harm in serving a little extra — especially if it’s to a table full of people you love:

Here are some things that pair well with these pancakes:

close up plate of stacked chocolate pancakes


If you love these Chocolate Pancakes as much as we do, make sure you share the recipe with your friends so they can try them too!

Yield: 4

Brownie Batter Pancakes

cropped chocolate pancakes picture with chocolate sauce and whipped cream

Chocolate Pancakes - A Chocolate lover's dream breakfast! Thick and fluffy chocolate pancakes with melted chocolate chips in every bite. A sweet and decadent breakfast treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Chips


  1. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, and sugar. Add canola oil, vanilla, and milk. Stir until combined.
  2. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Preheat griddle or large non-stick skillet to medium heat. Spray with non-stick spray
  4. Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour batter into preheated pan. Cook until the edges are starting to set, and bubbles are forming on the surface.
  5. Flip, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Serve topped with whipped cream or powdered sugar.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 296Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 3mgSodium 621mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 5gSugar 14gProtein 8g

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Friday 1st of October 2021

These are the best pancakes I've ever had. Really tastes like brownies!

Beti | easyweeknightrecipes

Thursday 30th of September 2021

The perfect breakfast treat!! I am so excited to try these Brownie Batter Pancakes!

katerina @

Thursday 30th of September 2021

Oh boy, these pancakes are terrific!! I bet they taste AMAZING!

Allyson Zea

Thursday 30th of September 2021

Wow these look so delicious! I love the combo of these flavors!!!

Amanda Livesay

Thursday 30th of September 2021

My boys are obsessed with these chocolate pancakes! They're so good.

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