The BEST Chocolate Chip Pancakes you’ll ever try! This easy to follow pancake recipe yields super delicious and totally amazing pancakes every time! Ultra fluffy and filled with chocolate chips, these pancakes are so much better than a box mix! Serve with delicious baked bacon and hot maple syrup for the tastiest breakfast imaginable!
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Over the years I have shared a number of pancakes recipes with you all (and I have several more on their way!) starting with the pancake recipe to rule them all: my fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes. It is from this recipe that all my other pancake recipes are built including this scrumptious, dessert-for-breakfast chocolate chip pancake recipe.
As you all know, I am a big fan of chocolate for breakfast.
- Jumbo Chocolate Chip Toffee Banana Muffins
- Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Cake Mix Donuts with Chocolate Glaze
- Double Chocolate Banana Applesauce Muffins
- S’mores Cinnamon Rolls with Marshmallow Frosting
You get the idea. Heck, breakfast cookies are a regular occurrence around here too. What can I say? I’m a rule bender.
That is why, in my house, it is perfectly acceptable to have chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. I mean, seriously, who could resist this:
Pancake Shopping List
What I love about making pancakes is that I don’t have to have a bunch of crazy ingredients. Honestly the only thing I need to check for is to make sure my buttermilk hasn’t expired yet!
Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- baking soda
- granulated sugar
- vanilla extract
- mini chocolate chips – you can use regular chips but they make the batter lumpier and don’t melt all the way
The Secret to the BEST Pancakes
The secret ingredient to pancakes is simple: buttermilk. I’ve enjoyed LOTS of pancakes in my time and have experimented with many pancake recipes. The very best of those were made with buttermilk. All of them.
There is the trick of adding vinegar to milk to make your own buttermilk and while this is a good substitute in a pinch, I think the real thing is better for sure. Honestly, use what you have on hand. I use buttermilk for a lot of recipes like Buttermilk Ranch Oven Fried Chicken and Chicken Fried Steak so I tend to keep it in the fridge.
Tips for Making the Best Pancakes
- I like to use a griddle when making pancakes. It’s much more efficient and an easier way to feed the masses.
- Don’t over mix the pancake batter. Small lumps are perfectly acceptable!
- Give your batter a little time to rest after mixing it together. Use this time to preheat the griddle, set out plates and forks, warm up the syrup, etc.
- Serve your syrup warm, if not hot. It helps the butter melt and doesn’t cool off the pancakes.
This recipe is so easy to make and trust me, there is nothing more exciting than a stack of homemade chocolate chip pancakes on a Saturday morning. Just ask my kids.
More Breakfast Favorites
- The Best Homemade Biscuit Recipe on the Planet
- Easy Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
- Lemon Blueberry Scones – don’t forget the lemon curd!
- Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Cinnamon Bread – leftovers make amazing French toast!
How To Make Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips plus more for topping if you want
- Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl or large glass measuring cup.
- Whisk in the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract just until combined. Some small lumps are okay.
- Fold in mini chocolate chips.
- Let the pancake batter rest for 10 minutes. Don't skip this step!
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat.
- Spray with non-stick cooking spray OR brush with butter or oil.
- Ladle one third to one half cup of the pancake batter onto the griddle for each pancake.
- Flip the pancakes over when small bubbles appear on the surface and continue cooking on the opposite side until golden brown.
- Serve with butter and hot maple syrup.