Fluffy Chocolate Pancakes {With Fudge Sauce}

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Quick, easy, soft, fluffy chocolate pancakes recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. They are full of cocoa powder, shredded chocolate, hot fudge sauce.

These are so much fun for special occasion breakfasts such as birthdays, Mother’s or Father’s Day, or even showers that are brunch themed. I love the intense cocoa flavor of these pancakes making chocoholic dreams come true first thing in the morning. These Chocolate Chip Pancakes {With Chocolate Syrup} and Mocha Pancakes With Mocha Syrup are also fun takes on a breakfast classic, if you are looking to spice up the morning mundane.

Easy Fluffy Chocolate Pancakes With Hot Fudge Sauce Stacked on White Dish

How to make easy chocolate pancakes recipe with cocoa powder? 

  1. Whisk dry ingredients– Including flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt.
  2. Mix wet ingredients– Including eggs, sugar, milk, oil, vanilla extract.
  3. Combine mixtures– Do not over mix.
  4. Stir in shredded chocolate– Let batter rest.
  5. Make hot fudge sauce– While batter is resting.
  6. Cook pancakes– On a heated and oiled griddle.
  7. Serve with hot fudge sauce– Enjoy.
Slice of Cocoa Powder Pancakes on Fork- Closeup Shot

Key ingredients for brownie pancakes 

  • Flour– Use All-purpose for best results.
  • Cocoa powder– Use a high quality brand for best flavor.
  • Leavening agent– Baking powder is sufficient.
  • Sugar– Use granulated for best flavor.
  • Shredded chocolate– I recommend semi-sweet.
  • Whole milk– Don’t use skim or 2% because it really takes away from the richness of these pancakes.

What goes well with fluffy chocolate pancakes?

Whipped cream- Such as this Homemade Stabilized Whipped Cream or this Chocolate Whipped Cream {3 Ingredients} version.

Syrups– Such as maple, blueberry, blackberry, or Nutella Syrup {2 Ingredients}.

Fruit toppings– Such as this Strawberry Pie Filling, Raspberry Pie Filling, or Cherry Pie Filling, or Easy Caramelized Bananas {With Cinnamon}.

Chocolate– Such as Easy Chocolate Ganache {2 Ingredients} or Chocolate Ganache Frosting {2 Ingredients}.

Caramel– Like this Homemade Caramel Sauce or Dulce De Leche.

Frostings– Such as Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting, Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe, Caramel Frosting {3 Ingredients}, or Peanut Butter Frosting {4 Ingredients}.

Nut butter– Warm your favorite nut butter such as peanut, cashew, almond, or sunflower seed butter and drizzle it over the pancakes. You can even try Nutella or Biscoff.

Jams and preserves– These can be homemade or store-bought.

Fresh fruits– Berries are my favorite, especially strawberries and raspberries.


Add mini chocolate chips– Instead of shredded chocolate. However, I do think shredded chocolate is more evenly distributed. I would steer clear of regular sized chocolate chips though.

Add nuts– Such as finely chopped walnuts, pecans, peanuts, or macadamia.

Add spices– Such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, or even pumpkin pie spice.

Try other extracts– Such as mint, maple, or almond.

Add fruit– Such as diced apples or slices of banana.

Make it gluten-free– Use a cup for cup gluten-free flour of your choice.

Make it spicy– Make a Mexican chocolate version by adding a dash of cayenne pepper to the batter.

Tips and techniques

Don’t forget to let the batter rest– This is very important because it helps to make the batter, and therefore pancakes, fluffy.

Don’t replace oil with butter– It made them dense when I tried it.  

Use a nonstick pan or griddle– Because this makes for easy clean up and prevents the pancakes from sticking and burning on the pan.

Don’t flip multiple times– It deflates the pancakes and makes them flat. Only flip them 1 time.

Don’t over mix the batter– Because it makes for dense pancakes.

How much batter per pancake? I use a 1/3 cup batter per pancake for nice sized pancakes.

Brownie Pancakes With Chocolate Sauce on White Dish- Overhead Shot

Storage of homemade pancakes

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 2 days.

Freeze– In a freezer safe bag or container for up to 1 month.

Reheat– In the microwave.

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Easy Chocolate Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Quick, easy, soft, fluffy chocolate pancakes recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. They are full of cocoa powder, shredded chocolate, hot fudge sauce.
Yield: 4 People



  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt.
  • In another mixing bowl, add eggs, sugar, milk, oil, vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • Add this wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix until combined. Do not over mix.
  • Stir in shredded chocolate.
  • Set batter aside for 5 minutes and let it rest. This makes the pancakes very fluffy.
  • While the batter is resting, make the hot fudge sauce.
  • Heat a griddle or a nonstick pan over medium heat and spray some oil. 
  • Pour about 1/3 cup batter on the hot pan. You can use a spatula or the back of a spoon to spread out the batter slightly into a nice round shape, if necessary.
  • When the top and sides become bubbly, flip and cook the other side until done. Do not flip again!
  • Serve with hot fudge sauce. Enjoy.


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for 2 days and reheated in the microwave. 


Calories: 660kcal, Carbohydrates: 103g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 467mg, Potassium: 668mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 46g, Vitamin A: 219IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 225mg, Iron: 4mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Calories: 660
Author: Abeer Rizvi

3 comments on “Fluffy Chocolate Pancakes {With Fudge Sauce}”

  1. Oh my goodness! I thought my kids were going to jump out of their seats! They loved these, thank you!5 stars

  2. Love these pancakes!! They were perfectly fluffy and chocolatey! Thank you for sharing.5 stars

  3. Holy Decadence! This is one of my most favorite sweet breakfast dishes, thank you so much for sharing this recipe5 stars

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