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Decadent Chocolate Pancakes

These fluffy chocolate pancakes are super easy to make and elevate breakfast to a decadent treat! They are not overly sweet, which means you can add maple syrup, whipped cream, and your other favorite pancake toppings with abandon.

A tall stack of chocolate pancakes topped with figs, currants and blueberries

My family loves homemade pancakes. Old-fashioned pancakes, sourdough discard pancakes, multigrain pancakes– we love them all. Sometimes we even bake a giant pancake in a skillet and stuff it with apples. And, at the risk of sounding like the pancake version of Bubba from Forrest Gump, I now bring you chocolate pancakes. (This won’t be the last pancake recipe either – there will be more! I’m about as obsessed with pancakes as I am with mug cakes.)

The best part about these pancakes? How incredibly decadent it feels to eat them. They are not overly sweet, which means you can go to town with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and your favorite fruits. The ones shown here are topped with fresh figs, blueberries, and currants. Heck, you could even top them with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream if you felt like it. I haven’t done that yet – I just thought of it – but I may just try that for dessert tonight!

tall stack of chocolate pancakes topped with fruit with a cut taken out of the stack

There is nothing complicated about this pancake recipe so I won’t go into too much detail. If you are new to making pancakes and want to learn everything you can to make the best pancakes of your life, I recommend checking out my old-fashioned pancakes post. It has step-by-step photos and lots of tips for how to properly cook, store, reheat, and even freeze pancakes. All of that info applies to these chocolate breakfast beauties.


Decadent Chocolate Pancakes

A tall stack of chocolate pancakes
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These fluffy chocolate pancakes are super easy to make and elevate breakfast to a decadent treat! They are not overly sweet, which means you can add maple syrup, whipped cream, and your other favorite pancake toppings with abandon.

  • Author: Rustic Family Recipes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 pancakes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the griddle


Prep your tools. Preheat your oven to 150F-200F (depending on how low your oven can go) and place an oven-safe plate in that oven. This is to keep your pancakes warm as you make them.

Mix dry ingredients. In a large bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.

Add wet ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla, olive oil and melted butter. Mix well until there are no dry areas in the batter. Don’t over mix, some lumps in the batter are ok.

Heat a griddle over medium-low heat. Once the griddle is hot, grease with about 1 tablespoon of butter by running the pat of butter up and down the griddle. Wipe the griddle down with a cloth so that there aren’t pools of butter on it. You just want a very thin coat of butter.

Cook the pancakes. Pour pancake batter onto the griddle ¼ cup at a time. Cook about 2 minutes or until bubbles start to form on the top of the pancake. Quickly scoot your spatula under the pancake and flip it over.

Cook another 2-3 minutes, keeping an eye on the underside of the pancake to make sure it doesn’t over cook. Pancakes are done when fluffy and cooked through.

Test for doneness. You can check to see if a pancake is done by gently pressing the corner of your spatula into the center of a pancake and making a tiny crack. If you see wet batter inside, then flip the pancakes again and cook a bit longer. If you see fluffy insides then your pancake is finished cooking.

Keep warm. When your pancakes are finished cooking transfer them to the plate you have placed in the oven to keep warm.

Serve. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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