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These fluffy chocolate pancakes 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.

Why You’ll Love These Chocolate Pancakes

  • Easy. Despite how fancy these chocolate pancakes look, they are incredibly simple to make. You won’t need any complicated ingredients or techniques. Just pantry staples and a variety of topping choices.
  • Decadent. It doesn’t get more indulgent than fluffy chocolate pancakes topped with maple syrup, berries, and whipped cream. You can even serve these pancakes for dessert, just top them with chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream!
  • Perfectly Sweet. These pancakes are not overly sweet on their own and that is intentional. I love going to town with toppings so these pancakes have just enough sweetness to compliment a variety of fixings without becoming too sweet.

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Ingredient Notes

Here’s a quick look at what you’ll need to make chocolate pancakes:

  • All purpose flour
  • Cocoa powder – Unsweetened. I use Hershey’s brand.
  • Brown sugar – Packed. Light and dark brown sugar both work.
  • Baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Eggs – At room temperature
  • Milk – I use whole milk, but skim milk or plant based milk would also work.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Olive oil – You could also use vegetable oil, or an equal amount of melted butter.
  • Unsalted butter – Melted and cooled for the pancakes. You’ll also need some for greasing the griddle.
Top view of a stack of chocolate pancakes with a wedge cut out, lots of toppings

How to Make Chocolate Pancakes

Are you ready to make this chocolate pancakes recipe? Here’s how to do it. Make sure you scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions.

  • 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 all the dry ingredients together.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Flip and continue cooking. Quickly scoot your spatula under the pancake and flip it over, then cook for another 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on the underside of the pancake to make sure it doesn’t over cook. Pancakes are done when fluffy and cooked through.
A wood spatula making a small crack in a chocolate pancake
  • 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. Serve your pancakes “crack side down” and no one will know you peeked at the inside!
  • Keep warm. When your pancakes are finished cooking transfer them to the plate you have placed in the oven to keep warm. Continue cooking the rest of the pancakes.
  • Serve. Once all your pancakes are done, it’s time to dig in. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
A stack of chocolate pancakes with syrup being poured on top

Topping Ideas

Adding all your toppings is one of the best parts of eating a fluffy stack of pancakes. We love to serve these with maple syrup, whipped cream, and fresh fruit. Sliced strawberries, blueberries, and currants from the garden is our favorite combo. If fresh figs are in season I’ll slice those and serve those on top too!

If you want to turn these pancakes into a dessert, I suggest topping them with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Might as well add some fresh fruit too! I think you need to go all-in if you’re serving these pancakes for dessert.

How to Store and Reheat Chocolate Pancakes

  • Fridge – Let your pancakes cool to room temperature, then place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer – Once the pancakes have cooled completely, transfer them to an airtight, freezer-safe container. I recommend placing pieces of parchment paper between each pancake to prevent sticking. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before enjoying.
  • To reheat – You can simply zap them on a microwave-safe plate until warmed through. One pancake usually needs about 45 seconds.

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Chocolate Pancakes

5 from 1 vote
These fluffy chocolate pancakes are super easy to make and elevate breakfast to a decadent treat!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Yield: 12 pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the griddle

Instructions

  • 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. Continue cooking the rest of the pancakes.
  • Serve. Once all your pancakes are cooked, it's time to dig in. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 450mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 2mg
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