Brownie pancakes are made with 3 levels of chocolaty goodness. Cocoa powder, mini chocolate chips, and a chocolate syrup topping to match. These light and fluffy pancakes are a chocolate lover’s dream!

Stack of chocolate pancakes topped with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and sprinkles.

These tasty brownie pancakes are possibly the most chocolatey chocolate pancakes there ever were! And sometimes chocolate in the morning is what you need to get the juices flowing. Either that or you can enjoy them for dessert, because they are just that decadent!

About This Recipe

Brownie pancakes are chocolate pancakes made from scratch using cocoa powder, buttermilk, and chocolate chips, among other simple pantry staples. The flavor will remind you of a fudgy brownie, but with a light and fluffy pancake texture. When topped with a chocolate drizzle, they become a whole other level of spectacular.

Make these for Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, a special birthday, or just indulge on any given day because you’re a chocolate lover and pancake lover living your best life. You should also try whole wheat double chocolate pancakes!

Believe it or not, you can even make these gluten-free and refined sugar-free, with a simple swap of ingredients! Make a couple of batches, freeze some for later, and keep this recipe handy for when the chocolate cravings come calling!

Overhead view of chocolate pancakes arranged on a platter.

What You Need

  • Butter – Melted butter adds so much flavor to these pancakes.
  • Egg – You’ll just need 1 egg for this recipe for binding.
  • Buttermilk – A slight tang with added fat to give these pancakes a richness.
  • Granulated Sugar – Added sugar to create a sweet, decadent pancake.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract – A lovely hint of vanilla adds a depth of flavor.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – For plenty of chocolate flavor.
  • All-Purpose Flour – Used as the structure of the pancake and the base ingredient.
  • Baking Powder – A needed ingredient in pancakes to help give rise to fluffy pancakes.
  • Salt – Brings balance to the sweetness of the chocolate and sugar. Also helps all the other ingredients develop their own individual flavors.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – When they’re mini-sized chips, it means you can add more chips to each pancake! Regular-sized chocolate chips will work if that’s what you have.
Overhead view of ingredients needed for recipe.

How to Make Them

Preheat an electric griddle or a large frying over medium-low heat and melt the butter in a microwavable bowl. Then whisk together the butter and the egg in a medium-large mixing bowl.

Melted butter with a whisk.

Add the buttermilk, sugar, and vanilla, continuing to whisk.

Add in the cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt.

Wet ingredients topped with dry ingredients in a glass mixing bowl with a whisk.

Mix until smooth. 

Chocolate pancake batter with a whisk.

Stir in the chocolate chips and allow to rest for 5 minutes. 

Chocolate chips on toop of chocolate pancake batter.

Pour about ⅓ cup batter onto the preheated griddle/pan. Cook until a medium golden brown on the first side (about 3 minutes). Flip and cook one to two minutes further. 

Cooked chocolate pancakes on a griddle.

Serve with chocolate syrup, maple syrup, whipped cream, or any of your favorite toppings!

Pancakes cut to show texture.

How to Make These Pancakes Your Own

  • To make these gluten-free, substitute a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour and use certified gluten-free baking powder.
  • To make these refined sugar-free, omit the granulated sugar and replace it with the same amount of coconut sugar. You also may want to omit the chocolate chips or replace them with cacao nibs.
  • Drizzle with chocolate syrup, maple syrup, or caramel sauce.
  • Top with whipped cream or a simple dusting of powdered sugar.
  • For a refreshing contrast to the decadence, have a few pieces of fresh fruit on the side. There’s always something about strawberries and chocolate that go so well together. Or, try them with strawberry sauce.
Chocolate brownie pancakes with a wedge cut out.

Make Ahead Ideas

Pancakes are typically best made once the batter has had a chance to sit for a few minutes. Other than making a homemade mix and storing the dry ingredients until you’re ready to make the batter, it’s a little more difficult to make the batter ahead of time. Your best bet is to make them completely and freeze them for later.

Storage Suggestions

Keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. If you have them on your counter within the first few hours of making them (you know, for snacking every time you walk into the kitchen), just keep them loosely covered. Store any leftovers in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Reheating Tips

For a soft and warm pancake, use the microwave to reheat at 20 second intervals. You can also reheat these on a griddle over medium heat.

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Stack of chocolate pancakes topped with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and sprinkles.

Get the Recipe: Brownie Pancakes

Brownie pancakes are made with 3 levels of chocolaty goodness. Cocoa powder, mini chocolate chips, and a chocolate syrup topping to match. These light and fluffy pancakes are a chocolate lover’s dream!
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat an electric griddle to 375ºF or a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Melt the butter in a microwavable bowl.
  • In a medium-large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and egg. Whisk in the buttermilk, sugar, and vanilla.
  • Add the cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until smooth.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Pour about ⅓ cup batter onto the preheated griddle/pan. Cook until the pancakes are a medium golden brown on the first side (about 3 minutes).
  • Flip and cook one to two minutes further.
  • Serve with chocolate syrup.

Notes

  • Makes 9-10 pancakes.
  • If desired, replace the mini-chips with regular-sized chocolate chips. Peanut butter or butterscotch chips are really good, too.
  • For gluten-free pancakes, replace the all-purpose flour with 1:1 gluten-free flour.
  • Recipe can easily be doubled. Freeze extra pancakes in a resealable freezer bag for up to one month. 
Serving: 3pancakes, Calories: 353kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 844mg, Potassium: 293mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 612IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 391mg, Iron: 3mg