Chocolate pancakes stacked on a white plate covered in powdered sugar and raspberries

Chocolate Pancakes

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I have a slight obsession with chocolate, okay, maybe slight is an understatement. How can you not, chocolate is so yummy. I also love a good pancake. Combine the two and you wind up with some amazing chocolate pancakes that are perfect for any breakfast. And a chocolate lover’s dream come true.

A perfect way to make the kids happy in the morning is to make them some chocolate pancakes. They are light, fluffy, from scratch, and incredibly easy to make. Top them off with fresh fruit like strawberries or raspberries and powdered sugar and you will have one awesome plate of food. You are pretty much eating chocolate cake for breakfast, haha and it’s amazing.

If I can do it, you can do it, let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools for this chocolate pancake recipe

In order to make chocolate pancakes from scratch you need just a handful of ingredients for this simple recipe:

  • Egg – The large egg will act as a binder for the other ingredients and add a bit of moisture to the pancake, as well as a slight bit of leavening.
  • Milk – I normally use whole milk for these but any milk will do including almond milk if you are lactose intolerant. The milk will add moisture and help make a softer crumb for the pancakes.
  • Butter – I like to use unsalted butter, which will add flavor, but oil can be used as well. You can use salted butter too, just reduce the amount of added salt by half.
  • Flour – Use either all-purpose flour or cake flour.
  • Granulated Sugar – The sugar will add sweetness and balance out the bitterness from the cocoa powder.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – The cocoa powder is the star of this dish. You can’t have chocolate pancakes without the chocolate flavor. For a richer flavor use dutch-processed cocoa powder.
  • Baking soda – Baking soda is the main leavening agent, it will help to make the pancakes light and fluffy.
  • Salt – The salt will add flavor and balance and enhance the other ingredients.


Step 2: How to make fluffy chocolate pancakes

Begin by preheating the pancake griddle to 350 F/176 C or place your frying pan on the stovetop and set it to medium heat.

Next, mix together the wet ingredients, the milk, egg, melted butter, and sugar in a large bowl. Use a stand mixer or whisk to blend them together.

Step 3: Add those dry ingredients

Now take a sifter or sieve and add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. If you don’t have baking soda you can use baking powder but you will need about twice as much.

Then sift them into the batter. You definitely want to use a sifter or sieve because cocoa powder has a tendency to be lumpy.

Either mix in the dry ingredients with a whisk or use a mixer, until the chocolate pancake batter comes out smooth. The batter should be fairly thick, but if it ever gets too thick, you can add a bit more milk to it.

If you really want to up that rich chocolate flavor add chocolate chips as well for chocolate chip pancakes.

Step 4: Cook up those yummy chocolate pancakes

Give the griddle or skillet a spray with some cooking spray or you can drop in a bit of butter if you like. Once the griddle is hot, pour about a half cup of batter onto the griddle or skillet.

It will spread out into a pancake shape. Allow the pancake to cook for 2 to 3 minutes. The edges will become dull and little bubbles will form on the top.

Chocolate pancake batter poured into hot skillet

Step 5: Flip those fluffy pancakes

After the first side has cooked long enough use a spatula and flip it over to the other side. This side will take a little less time to cook, about 1-2 minutes. At any point if the pancakes start to stick to the pan, use some butter or kitchen spray again.

Chocolate pancake finished cooking in a skillet.

Step 6: Use your favorite toppings

Once your chocolate pancakes are finished cooking you can top them off with whatever toppings that you like. Some of my favorites are fresh berries like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Sprinkle it with a bit of powdered sugar and you are good to go.

Or maybe you want to use a chocolate sauce? Or chocolate syrup on top of the pancakes? That will really get the chocolate flavor going.

Homemade chocolate pancakes topped with powdered sugar and raspberries.

How about some peanut butter? Peanut butter and chocolate go together really well and it tastes amazing with these chocolatey pancakes.

I normally don’t put maple syrup on my chocolate pancakes but you certainly could if you like. Enjoy!

How long do chocolate pancakes last?

They will last a few days if kept in an airtight container in the fridge. After that, you can freeze them for a few months in a freeze bag.

Best way to reheat leftover pancakes?

A toaster works really well to reheat your cold leftover pancakes. You can also use the oven or the air fryer. The quickest way is to wrap them in a paper towel and heat them for about 20 seconds in the microwave.

Why are my pancakes splattering?

If your pancake splatters after flipping it over the first time it just means you need to let it cook longer on the first side. Wait until they are dry around the edges and have bubbles in the middle before you turn them.

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Chocolate Pancakes

If you love chocolate and you love pancakes you will love these homemade chocolate pancakes. They are light, fluffy, and oh so yummy! And they are incredibly easy to make.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, easy, fluffy, light
Servings: 6 pancakes
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Large bowl
  • Sifter
  • Whisk
  • skillet or griddle
  • Spatula


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of milk whole, 1%, 2%, skim, Almond, etc.(237mL) (can use 1 or 2 Tbsp. more for thinner batter)
  • 2 Tbsp of unsalted butter melted (oil can be used as well) (30g)
  • 1 cup of all-purpose or plain flour 120g
  • 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar 50g
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder 35g
  • 1 tsp. baking soda 5g
  • 1/2 tsp. salt if using salted butter reduce to 1/4 tsp. (3g)


  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Powdered sugar
  • Blueberries


  • In a large bowl mix together the egg, milk, softened butter, and granulated sugar. Use a whisk or mixer.
  • Using a sieve or sifter, sift the flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder into the large bowl with the batter. Mix those together with a spatula or mixer. Don't overmix with the mixer it could cause the pancakes to be less fluffy.
  • Heat a skillet or griddle to 350 F/176 C. Normally medium heat on a stovetop. Wait until the pan or griddle heats up completely. Test it with a drop of water, if it sizzles that means it is hot enough and ready to go.
  • Spray the pan or griddle with cooking spray. Then scoop out some batter with a measuring cup or ladle onto the hot pan. I typically will use my half-cup measuring cup.
  • Allow this side of the chocolate pancake to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Once the edges start to get dull and some tiny bubbles form on the top of the pancake you can flip it over. This side will take a little less time, only about 1 to 1.5 minutes.
  • Once the chocolate pancakes are done, you can serve them with fruit like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and powdered sugar, whipped cream, etc. Enjoy!


How to Make Chocolate Pancakes | Easy Homemade Chocolate Pancake Recipe


You can make a few more pancakes if you thin out the batter with more milk.
Nutritional facts for chocolate pancakes
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Calories: 178kcal

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  1. Amy Richardson

    Why do you have to use unsalted butter? What happens if you use salted butter?

    • You don’t have to use unsalted butter. You can use salted butter. If you use salted butter, reduce the amount of added salt by half. Salted butter is usually preferred in baking and cooking because you have complete control over how much salt is added or not added.

  2. 5 stars
    Made these for breakfast today and they’re delicious, fluffy and perfectly chocolatey! Great for warming up a Saturday morning

  3. 4 stars
    I tried this today since I was craving chocolate pancakes, they turned out well but I recommend more sugar. Thanks.

    • Glad you tried it, Sarah, sure you can always add more sugar. But normally people will add things on top that are sugary, like powdered sugar, syrup, sweetened whipped cream, etc. So these weren’t designed to be super sugary by themselves. With that said it is super easy to just add a few more tablespoons to the batter if you like. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    My favorite breakfast dish. Only I love them with chocolate cream or plain sugar. And I also make small ones in a small frying pan to make it easier to eat. Brilliant recipe, thank you for adding it.

  5. 5 stars
    They look to die for! I must add this to our weekend breakfast this week.

  6. 5 stars
    These pancakes look really delicious. So fluffy and sweet. I must make this for my boys.

  7. 5 stars
    Who doesn’t love Chocolate Pancakes? I love putting strawberries or any berries on top. I also like to put heaps of butter! So yummy!

  8. Ok this is making me question my breakfast choices. How come I never had chocolate pancakes before?

  9. 5 stars
    That looks like an easy recipe to make. I’m sure my kids would love this chocolate pancake, it looks delicious!

  10. 5 stars
    Wish I had known about these for pancake day, these look amazing and very tasty

  11. 5 stars
    hi from another chocoholic. I once made coffee pancakes with pears on top and that was lovely, I have never thought of making chocolate pancakes, what a great idea.

  12. Chocolate pancakes are the best! Always fun to spice up pancake recipes like this. Thank you for sharing ??

  13. Chocolate pancakes? My oldest (who is super picky) would probably eat pancakes if I made them like this!

  14. 5 stars
    Ohhhhh, I know what I am making for breakfast this weekend! These Chocolate Pancakes are mouth-watering and delicious. As always great recipe Matt!

  15. You had me at chocolate! #YUM I’ve never heard of chocolate pancakes before. I am definitely going to try your recipe as I love chocolate and I love pancakes – a winning combination. Thank you.

  16. 5 stars
    I’ve never had “Chocolate” pancakes. I need to give these a try with the raspberries YUM! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. Would make a great item for our Sunday brunch at home.

  17. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    5 stars
    Oh these look so delicious! Chocolate pancakes would make for a yummy breakfast. Thanks for the idea and the recipe too. This is going to be our breakfast tomorrow.

  18. 5 stars
    These pancakes look amazing. There is something about chocolate and raspberries that is so decadent and delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. I am definitely going to try it. I usually never make chocolate pancakes, so this will be a treat for me. I think I am going to try your recipe without eggs and see how it goes.

  19. 5 stars
    It’s like having dessert for breakfast and I’m all for that! Perfect way to start the day!!

  20. 5 stars
    Dessert for breakfast! My dream come true. These are actually not too sweet and perfect to kick off the weekend!

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