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Chocolate Pancakes

These Chocolate Pancakes are incredibly rich and indulgent, making them a chocolate lover’s dream. Fluffy and packed with melted chocolate chips, these pancakes are absolutely delicious.

If you have a sweet tooth for chocolate, you should definitely give this Double Chocolate Banana Bread or these Chocolate Meringue Cookies a try.

Recipe Details

There is so much to love about these Chocolate Pancakes, from their airy texture to their perfect chocolate goodness. This recipe makes a great breakfast or dessert and will satisfy any chocolate craving.

  • TASTE: Rich chocolate flavor and just the right amount of sweetness makes these Chocolate Pancakes irresistible. They are utterly scrumptious.
  • TEXTURE: These pancakes are super fluffy with melted chocolate chips throughout. The thick ganache topping moistens every bite.
  • TIME: It only takes 25 minutes to make.
  • EASE: This dish is a breeze, with simple instructions and ingredients. It’s really easy to make perfectly fluffy and rich pancakes with this recipe.

What You’ll Need

Ingredients for Chocolate Pancakes: milk, baking powder, vanilla, semisweet chocolate chips, eggs, salt, flour, cocoa powder, heavy cream, melted butter, and sugar.

Ingredient Notes

  • Dutch processed cocoa powder- This ingredient provides the rich chocolate flavor to these pancakes.
  • Melted butter- Adds flavor and moisture to the batter.
  • Eggs- These help make the Chocolate Pancakes nice and fluffy by incorporating air.
  • Baking powder- This is a leavening ingredient that increases fluffiness.
  • Semisweet chocolate chips- These add a mix of sweet and bitter to the chocolate ganache topping.
  • Heavy cream- This thick and creamy ingredient makes the ganache incredibly rich.

Add-ins and Substitutions

  • Make them gluten-free- Substitute gluten-free flour in place of the all-purpose flour in this recipe to make these pancakes gluten-free.
  • Substitute different chocolate chips- Make the ganache topping with white chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate chips.
  • Add mint extract- Adding some mint to the batter makes these into tasty mint chocolate pancakes.
  • Substitute cacao powder- If you don’t have cocoa powder, you can use cacao powder in its place.

How to Make Chocolate Pancakes

  • Sift the dry ingredients. Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl and sift in flour, Dutched cocoa powder, baking powder, and a pinch salt. Whisk and set aside.
Steps to make Chocolate Pancakes: sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder into a bowl and mix.
  • Cream the butter and sugar. In a separate bowl, use a whisk to combine the granulated sugar with the melted butter.
  • Add the other wet ingredients. Then mix in the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
Steps to make Chocolate Pancakes: cream the butter and sugar together, then whisk in the eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  • Combine ingredients. Now add the milk and egg mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix just enough to combine.
  • Add the chocolate chips. Now add in the semisweet chocolate chips and stir just until incorporated. Let the pancake batter sit for about 5 minutes.

Pro Tip: Be careful not to overmix as this kills the air that the eggs and baking powder have incorporated into the batter.

Steps to make Chocolate Pancakes: combine the wet and dry ingredients with a whisk, then add the chocolate chips and fold in with a spatula.
  • Cook the pancakes. Bring a pan over medium-low heat and smear a little bit of butter into the center. Then use a 1/4 measuring cup to pour the pancake batter into the center and cook for 1-2 minutes until the top of the pancakes have some bubbles.
  • Flip. Use a thin spatula to flip carefully and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Then transfer the finished pancake to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
Steps to make Chocolate Pancakes: cook the pancake batter in a skillet.
  • Heat the cream. Add the heavy whipping cream to a saucepan and bring it to a simmer. In the meantime, place the chocolate chips into a heatproof bowl.
  • Make the ganache. Then pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and stir with a whisk until the chocolate sauce is smooth. Serve over the chocolate pancakes and enjoy!
Steps to make Chocolate Pancakes: combine the hot heavy cream with the chocolate chips and whisk together until smooth.

Recipe Tips

  • Sift the dry ingredients- Sifting the ingredients together gets rid of any flour clumps that could ruin the taste of your pancakes.
  • Don’t overmix- The leavening ingredients are incorporating air into the batter, so too much whisking can get rid of the air.
  • Let the batter stand- Doing this allows the leavening agents to increase the air production that makes the pancakes fluffy.
  • Don’t overcook the pancakes- Look for bubbles on top and the bottom looking done before you flip your pancakes to avoid breakage.

FAQs

What is the secret of amazing pancakes?

The secret to fluffy and delicious pancakes is not overbeating the batter. This can result in chewy and tough pancakes, so only mix enough to incorporate the ingredients and then let the batter stand for 5 minutes before cooking.

Is pancake mix better with water or milk?

When making pancakes, they have a richer flavor when milk is used rather than water. They both work, but you’ll get a better flavor from the milk, especially when making decadent pancakes like these Chocolate Pancakes.

Stack of Chocolate Pancakes topped with chocolate ganache and berries, a piece missing.

Serving Suggestions

These Chocolate Pancakes are rich, decadent, and full of chocolate chips. Topped with chocolate ganache, this sweet treat pairs well with other breakfast items and coffee.

  • Eggs: Serve these with Eggs Benedict, an Egg Sandwich, Easy Poached Eggs with Caramelized Onions, or Shakshuka.
  • Muffins: Pair these pancakes with some Cinnamon Apple Muffins (VIDEO), Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (VIDEO), Blueberry Muffins (VIDEO), or Cornbread Muffins.
  • Pastries: Serve these Chocolate Pancakes with some Cherry Danishes, Easy Cheese Danish Pastry (VIDEO), Apricot Rugelach (VIDEO), or Apple Fritter Bread.
  • Beverages: Enjoy them with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, Caramel Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat), Iced Matcha Latte, or Brown Sugar Boba.

Make This Recipe in Advance

Make ahead: You can make this batter ahead of time and store it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to make the pancakes. The ganache can be made ahead of time, too, but will need to be warmed up before adding to the pancakes so it’s not too thick.

Storing: Store these Chocolate Pancakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

Freeze: You can freeze these pancakes in a freezer ziplock bag with layers of parchment paper in between each to avoid sticking. They can last in the freezer for 3 months.

More Scrumptious Pancakes!

  • Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes
  • German Pancake (VIDEO)
  • Almond Flour Pancakes (gluten-free)
  • Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Full Recipe Instructions

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10 pancakes
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Dina

Equipment

  • 1 pan
  • 1 thin spatula

Ingredients

For the pancakes

  • In a separate bowl, use a whisk to combine the granulated sugar with the melted butter.
  • Then mix in the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
    Steps to make Chocolate Pancakes: cream the butter and sugar together, then whisk in the eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  • Now add the milk and egg mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients.
  • Mix well but careful not to over-mix.
  • Now add in the semisweet chocolate chips and stir just until incorporated. Let the pancake batter sit for about 5 minutes.
    Steps to make Chocolate Pancakes: combine the wet and dry ingredients with a whisk, then add the chocolate chips and fold in with a spatula.
  • Bring a pan over medium-low heat and smear a little bit of butter into the center. Then use a 1/4 measuring cup to pour the pancake batter into the center of the hot pan.
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes until the top of the pancakes have some bubbles and the bottom appears to be done. Use a thin spatula to flip carefully and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Transfer the finished pancake to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
    Steps to make Chocolate Pancakes: cook the pancake batter in a skillet.
  • To make the ganache, add the heavy whipping cream to a saucepan and bring it to a simmer. In the meantime, place the chocolate chips into a heatproof bowl.
  • Then pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and stir with a whisk until the chocolate sauce is smooth. Serve over the chocolate pancakes and enjoy!
    Steps to make Chocolate Pancakes: combine the hot heavy cream with the chocolate chips and whisk together until smooth.
  • Notes

    • Sift the dry ingredients- Sifting the ingredients together gets rid of any flour clumps that could ruin the taste of your pancakes.
    • Don’t overmix- The leavening ingredients are incorporating air into the batter, so too much whisking can get rid of the air.
    • Let the batter stand- Doing this allows the leavening agents to increase the air production that makes the pancakes fluffy.
    • Don’t overcook the pancakes- Look for bubbles on top and the bottom looking done before you flip your pancakes to avoid breakage.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 3mg

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