Chocolate Pancakes Recipe

Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti

These chocolate pancakes are great for breakfast or dessert.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 15 pancakes

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For the chocolate pancakes:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing pan and buttering pancakes

  • 3/4 cup whole milk

For the chocolate sauce:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • 5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In medium bowl, whisk eggs, melted butter, and milk. Pour liquid ingredients into dry and gently mix until batter is just moistened (there will be some lumps).

  2. Melt small piece of butter in large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Drop 2 heaping tablespoons batter in hot skillet and spread into 2 1/2 inch disc. Space discs 2 inches apart. Cook until bubbles form over entire top, about 30 seconds. Using heatproof, non-stick spatula, carefully flip pancake and continue to cook until done, 15 to 30 seconds more.

  3. In small saucepan, heat milk to just simmering. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Serve over pancakes.

Special Equipment

Large nonstick skillet, heatproof nonstick spatula


Make sure to use regular cocoa powder in this recipe, not Dutched.
Do not overmix the batter. Avoid making it smooth.
Maple syrup or raspberry preserves are good substitutes for the chocolate sauce.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
164 Calories
8g Fat
22g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 15
Amount per serving
Calories 164
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 84mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)