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Brownie Batter Pancakes

4.85 from 13 votes

These secretly vegan and healthy brownie batter pancakes taste like eating dessert for breakfast!

Brownie Pancakes

This is the pancake recipe for chocolate lovers.

Dark, rich and fudgy, yet healthy enough for breakfast at the same time!

The delicious homemade chocolate pancakes are magically made without any eggs at all and can be completely dairy free and vegan.

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For the past few days, one of my friends has been staying with me while she waits to move into a new apartment, so basically, it’s been an ongoing slumber party.

We’ve had movie nights, spa nights, and every night is chocolate night.

Brownie Batter Pancakes

On the menu last night: Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Yet both of us woke up craving chocolate again this morning, and the only way to remedy this was to make a chocolate pancake feast.

Healthy Breakfast Brownie Batter Pancakes
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Brownie Batter Pancakes

These secretly vegan and healthy brownie batter pancakes taste like eating dessert for breakfast!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 6 – 8 silver dollar pancakes
4.9 from 13 votes


  • 1/4 cup spelt, white, or oat flour (for flourless, try these Keto Pancakes)
  • 1 tbsp dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil, or applesauce or mashed banana for fat free
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 – 5 tbsp milk of choice


  • Stir dry ingredients well, then add wet. Add more milk of choice as needed to form a batter consistency. Grease a nonstick pan well and heat on medium. When skillet is hot (add a drop of water to test – the pan is ready if it sizzles), drop small ladles of the batter. Use a spatula to flip when edges begin to look dry. Re-grease the pan after each set of pancakes.
    *I personally much prefer the oil version but some readers really like the fat-free one so I'm including that too. I haven't tried subbing regular cocoa powder for the dutch, so be sure to report back if you experiment with that. 
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Published on August 9, 2011

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  1. Endangered Species Chocolate says

    Oh my friggin goodness! This recipe is going in my cookbook right this very instant.

    Regarding sleepovers – I loved the fun/scary moments when you actually (for a second) believed that you could make a friend levitate (“light as a feather, stiff as a board”) or might actually catch a glimpse of “bloody mary” in a dark bathroom mirror.

    Endangered Species Chocolate Goddess

  2. Jenny says

    I used to love sleepovers with friends! All my friends aaalways wanted to come to my house, though, since my family lived in a huge black and white with enormous front, back, and side gardens for us to run around in. Favourite thing to do? Well… it was something you could do even if it wasn’t a sleepover, but: watergun fights! And playing soccer in the house at night when the parents were out… Yep, my brother and I did break some rules when friends were over.

    Okay. You could not be more right in saying that: “That is a photo worthy of a chocolate-covered blog.” No. Freaking. Kidding. And I also second what Qi Tang said: Tomorrow’s breakfast. Did you top them with Barlean’s chocolate raspberry “essential woman” oil? I think I’ll do that + raspberries.

    … Ugh. Come faster, Wednesday morning.

      • Andrea says

        What did you actually top them with when she ate them? I want to make these and am wondering what would taste best as a topper 🙂

        • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

          I thought about banana butter or coconut butter or even coconut banana butter or regular pb. And I also offered her agave or maple syrup. But she actually said they were the best plain, so that’s how she ate them!

          • Andrea says

            So I finally made these for breakfast this morning, and I am so mad that I waited this long! They were AWEsome! I topped mine with a choc. chip cookie dough almond butter sauce 🙂 I will DEFINATELY be making these again… soon!!! Thanks for the recipe!

        • Kathi says

          I’m thinking raspberry syrup would be fabulous…with a few fresh raspberries and a little whipped cream!

          • Andrea (@FrSeed2Stomach) says

            Just discovered this recipe and am bookmarking it. I can’t wait to try it. I might throw some raspberries into the batter and try topping them with raspberry jam and maple syrup or sunflower seed butter. Mouth is watering just thinking about them!

  3. Kat @ a dash of fairydust says

    Oh wow,I’m sure my mum would love these! I think I gotta make her some Brownie Batter pancakes,soon! 😀

    To be honest,I’m not such a great friend of sleepovers. I also am someone who usually goes to bed quite early because my body clock wakes me up at about 6AM in the morning 😉 So I am always the first one who falls asleep and in the morning,I don’t know what to do when every one else is sleeping until lunch time 😛

  4. Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles says

    You are such a great friend! ….She will probably NEVER move out! I know I wouldn’t!!! 😉
    It sounds like fun to have the sleepovers and good times! —We used to do a lot of truth or dare and watch movies like it was no bodies business and talk about boys NONSTOP! 🙂

  5. The Teenage Taste says

    Ahh, I remember back in middle school my friends and I would have sleepovers all the time and go to bed at 4 or 5am. It was crazy, but I think we’re all a little more mature now. Now we only stay up until 2am! 😉

  6. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel says

    DELISH!!! mmmm the syrup never stops.. just a continual chocolaty stream haha 🙂 only once did i ever make chocolate brownie batter pancakes but they never held a candle to these!

    i never had sleepovers as a kid..i was deprived of them…my mom never had sleepovers growing up either (she lived on a farm) lol.. but she also couldnt trust a lot of my friend’s parents lol .. but i did have a few sleepovers when i was a teen… the best memory was going to my best friends house and we’d have like 3 other people there and we would make these mini movies where we dressed up and did our best acting. I’m pretty sure she still has the tapes- would love to get my hands on them lol

    xoxo <3

  7. Jennifer JCD says

    Ooooh… those look absolutely sinful, yet delightfully healthy and yummy! Wow!! I’ll make these tonight for my husband. I’m going away for 12 days and promised I would make him something special for supper tonight. These will be perfect! Thank you.

    Sleepovers – lots of them! As a little kid we played games and made forts with bedsheets and furniture. As a teenager, we mostly baked, cooked, watched movies, and once a friend and I made scrapbooks for our beaus. Lots of fun!

  8. Elise says

    Yuuuuummy! I’m eating these right now 😀 I didn’t have any applesauce so I just added a teensy bit more milk. I also omitted the sugar. I made 5 little pancakes and topped them with Dark Chocolate Dreams PB. 😛

  9. Charlie says

    I woke up late today, and since I knew this is what you would be posting, I made sure to check your blog before having breakfast. These were REALLY good and very brownie like! I didn’t use any of the added sugar/stevia, the sweetness from the applesauce was enough for me (though if I had made them this way for my best friend she probably would have spit them out lol). yummehhh great recipe!!!!

  10. Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl says

    I’d eat both the spinach choco pancakes and the brownie batter pancakes…at once.They both look too yummy!

    As for sleepovers, I still have them with my bff in NYC every now and then. Sometimes we go so long without seeing each other that it’s nice to reconnect and watch girlie movies and gossip 🙂

  11. Amber K says

    It’s funny because cookie dough is way better than cookies, but I actually prefer brownies to brownie batter. I LOVE dense, chewy brownies.

    But these look delicious! I (not so) secretly wish you had snuck some green powder into your friend’s pancakes, just because I’m curious if she would have been able to tell!

  12. Aja says

    Oh my goodness. If I have a sleepover again we’re having these for breakfast. Maybe dinner, too.
    I always slept at sleepovers. I’m terrible at staying up all night. On New Year’s Eve I was sleepy by 9 and somehow pushed through to midnight but crashed almost immediately after.

  13. Alyssa says

    That photo should be on the cover of a magazine. No, scratch that, on the cover of every major newspaper, and on billboards across the world!

  14. Mellie says

    Brownie batter is DEFINITELY better than brownies! And the best part of the sleeepover is definitely at 2 or 3 am when everyone’s deliriously hyper!

  15. Sarahishealthy says

    Couldn’t you have posted these a few hours earlier? I am seriously regretting my choice of breakfasts!

  16. Kris (everyday oats) says

    I’m going to need to make these for breakfast tomorrow 😉
    Ah, the thought of middle school sleepovers brings back so many fun memories. And some interesting ones like ‘light as a feather, stiff as a board’. Its funny how we actually thought it would work…

  17. Lilly says

    Yummm, these were so delish! I used some peanut flour too which added a nice p-nutty taste 🙂 no toppings needed which was great since they were eaten on the go! Thanks Katie! 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I don’t think I’ve actually used regular ww flour (as opposed to pastry) in years! I can tell you that it will be fine, texture-wise. But I can’t personally vouch for the taste. If you try it, let me know whatcha think! 🙂

    • Karen says

      I used white whole wheat, too. Once with regular cocoa and once with dark. Both turned out great. We just ate them as a snack with no syrup. The dark cocoa smells more like brownies baking, but I really didn’t notice a huge difference in taste. Maybe I have an unsophisticated cocoa palate.

  18. Michelle says

    Oh man, I know what I’m having for dinner tomorrow!

    We definitely had sleepovers. When we were younger, it almost always involved constructing a fort out of sheets and chairs and things. When we got older, it was all about staying up as late as we could watching terrible movies and talking.

  19. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) says

    Why do I always see your pancake recipes AFTER breakfast?! Ah well, there’s always lunch 😉
    “Only for a serious chocoholic” -> sounds PERFECT for me!! 🙂 Although sometimes I think I may be allergic to chocolate as it always upsets my stomach a lot. But I don’t care! It doesn’t stop me, and I eat tons anyway 🙂

    I wish I was the one staying at your house and eating all you chocolate-y treats 😉 I would have even let you put the spinach in mine! 🙂

    Btw, I made your butternut squash fries… LOVEEED them!! 😀

    Thanks for the amazing recipe, and I hope you have an equally amazing week!!

    <3 <3

    • Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) says

      So I am eating your pancakes now, and I am seriously without words. The batter almost didn’t make it into pancakes because it seriously tastes JUST like brownie batter (only BETTER!!). And now I feel like I’m eating brownies for lunch. I added chocolate chips and topped them with peanut butter and coconut butter, and I am purely in heaven. I don’t think I have EVER tasted a better pancakes (although it’s close between these and your strawberry shortcake pancakes 🙂 ). So anyway, thank you SO MUCH for the beyond incredible pancakes!! You’re the BEST!! 😀

      Love you Katie!! <3 <3

  20. Bethany says

    Oh my GOSH!!! These look AWESOME! My hubby and I are huge chocoholics and we will DEFINITELY be trying these….

  21. Lorin says

    Oh man I’m bummed I didn’t read your blog before I ate breakfast. I’m definitely going to be making these tommorow! Your pictures are so pretty. Haha, and one time i tried putting chocolate syrup on pancakes but I actually didn’t like it; it just got sticky and wasn’t as runny as maple syrup. What website do you use to calculate your calories?

      • Jenna says

        I am going to wager a guess and say you used stevia and applesauce in your calorie calculations? So if we use sugar and oil, it will be about double that right? Does spelt flour have fewer calories than regular wheat flour?

  22. Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission says

    yeah pretty much second the first comment, but oh my gosh. BEST CHOCOLATE COVERED RECIPE like EVER.
    I am making these… forever.

  23. Qi Ting says

    Oh. My. God. The best, most mouth-watering, good looking, visually-appealing, chocolaty, I-don’t-need-to-taste-but-looking-makes-me-know-they-taste-delicious pancakes. EVER. Tomorrow’s breakfast.

  24. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather says

    Oh my gosh that looks like a birthday breakfast! What a treat… And I’d totally be down with spinach chocolate pancakes… I’d let you make them for me 😉

  25. Lori says

    Those pancakes look amazing! I made your Snickerdoodle dip this weekend and my kids loved it. So much that my 15 year old then made your Chocolate Brownie Batter Dip. Another big hit. We had friends over Sat. night and I brought out the dips and everyone loved it. Nobody could believe it when I told them it was made with chickpeas and Great Northern Beans (that is all I had when my daughter went to make the Chocolate dip – they worked great!)

  26. Lindsey @ Why Just Eat says

    Holy chocolate stack! Those do look good 🙂

    I had sleepovers all the time when I was a kid. My daughter has started asking to have one, but she’s only 5 and all I can imagine is me calling moms at 2am when the kids won’t go to sleep!

  27. Ragnhild says

    Oh my goshiiii, these pictures are so beautiful!! Chocolate for breakfast is the best thing ever! Your friend is one lucky girl 🙂
    I really miss all the sleep-overs we used to have! Its been years, but they were so much fun! Watching girl moves (Mean Girls is still my favorit), eating chocolate, spreading gossip, talking about boys! Miss those days 😀

  28. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats says

    Holy chocolate! lol. These look so decadent! I always loved sleepovers. We always stayed up late watching Disney movies when younger which eventually turned into late night games about crushes, Truth or Dare, and gossiping. I was always pretty crabby the day after from lack of sleep!

  29. Stephanie @ StephSnacks says

    My mouth is seriously watering just looking at these! When I was little, I had slumber parties all the time… I loved giggling all night and eating oreo’s at 2:00 AM!

  30. Aine @ Something to Chew Over says

    My mouth is literally watering!

    I always had and went to slumber parties! We would watch movies, eat lots of junk food, do each others nails, talk all night…

  31. Moni'sMeals says

    AMAZING!! I look forward to making these. You are just so clever you! 🙂 Just a dollop of whipped cream or soy cream for me….hmmmm

  32. Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life says

    Katie, these look amazing! So super chocolatey and the perfect recipe for your blog! 🙂

    I miss sleepovers SO much — we used to have so much fun being crazy silly together!

  33. Katie @ Nutrition in a peanut shell says

    Katie, have you considered going into the “Food Porn” business? I could seriously LICK the screen right about now.
    My parents tease me all the time about not taking advantage of the “sleep” in sleepovers! We mostly just hang around and gossip/surf the internet/watch TV/eat

  34. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    OH MY MUPPETS I am seriously counting down the days till Pancake Sunday now!! Best looking pancakes EVER!! I am definitely DEFINITELY making those on Sunday!! 😀

    Oh, and I just caught up on your last gazillion posts since I’ve been away, and I love them all, and your decisions one the MOST!! SO HAPPY SO HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY for you and when the CCK book comes out I am buying it first thing and then taking a day off to make everything in it and it will be the best day EVER!!

    LOVE for Katie!!!!! <3

  35. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles says

    Yum!! We used to stay up all night at “sleep”overs too. Then we’d have what mom called a sleepover hangover the next day! These definitely look like perfect sleepover hangover cures.

  36. Kristin @ STUFT Mama says

    These look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! CHocolate and spinach for breakfast- sounds like my kind of day! 🙂 Sleepovers- oh how I miss the days of WANTING to stay up and play, now I WANT to sleep, but have too much to do. ha!

  37. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free says

    AHHH YUMMY!!!! I just made some waffles that look almost identical to that (but, of course, I didn’t have any sweetener in them, so they were bitter). It tastes fabulous with peanut butter frosting and sliced bananas!

  38. VeggieGirl says

    Used to love sleepover parties – my friends and I would play music, board games, watch movies, prank-call people (HAHA 😀 ).

    WOWZA those pancakes – the best.

  39. Elise says

    Looks good!! I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never actually had chocolate in pancakes before, or even chocolate sauce, I am obviously weird. I’ll try them and let you know whats better fruit vs. chocolate, I’m afraid I think fruit might win!! x

  40. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn says

    If you ever figure out how to send pancakes in the mail….please send some to me at college. Please and shanks. <3

    G-frand you KNOW I love sleepovers — still do! I love staying up late and talking forrrrever. Doesn't get any betta.

  41. Nikita says

    Katie, you are amazing! I remember how much I loved sleep overs growing up… we used to eat such junk though! If only we had known about your awesome healthy dessert recipes! 🙂

  42. Anna says

    Oh my! Those pictures look delicious!
    My favorite things to do at slumber parties usually involved movies, nachos and painting nails 🙂

  43. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    sleepover parties? Not in a few years, no 🙂

    I can’t wait for Skylar to have them though!

    living vicariously thru her will be the best!

    And living vicariously thru these pancakes and all this chocolate is THE BEST!!!

  44. Lisa says

    Yum I can’t wait to try these! Maybe a chocolicious Saturday morning breakfast. I loved having sleepovers as a kid. Scary stories, smores, talking about boys, and movies! And before caller id we did a lot of prank phone calls. Fun times.

  45. Kady says

    I made these pancakes and they are phenomenal!!! I used all-purpose flour, dark cocoa, and subbed mashed banana for the applesauce. Definitely the best pancake recipe I’ve tried in a long time. I topped them with banana peanut butter, but they were so perfectly sweet and moist that they didn’t even need a topping (unlike many pancakes).

  46. Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says

    wow. can these post get anyy better!!?? Love this of course. I hardly every do sleepovers anymore….. I loved hair and nails…the usual girly things 🙂

  47. Albizia says

    I’d kill for these pancakes! But it’s just too hot for cooking right now…

    I haven’t been on a real sleepover party since high school too but I remember we had a lot of fun and I really miss those times.

  48. Marianne says

    Strangely, I now feel like making pancakes. And I’m not ever really much of a pancake kinda gal, but those look like chocolate heaven. Maybe top them with a few fresh raspberries…yum!

  49. Megan says

    Amazing…as usual! Your pancakes look positively delicious! I always loved sleep-overs, although my friends and I still try and do a “girls night” when we are all in town. We usually stay up until about 2, so its close enough to a sleep-over I think. I remember my friends and I would alway watch Mary-Kate & Ashley movies at sleep-overs! We rocked the junk food as well 🙂 These days, I bake fancy cupcakes and once, I brought your white bean blondies! (They never knew the secret ingredient)

  50. Rebecca says

    Those pancakes should be banned 😉 I loved sleep overs growing up-I actually did one last summer with some girl friends. We played cards, ate junk food, swam in the pool and watched TV. Good times.

  51. BroccoliHut says

    One of my favorite slumber parties was when we all went to the zoo to see the Christmas light display and then came back to bake cookies!

  52. Ashley C says

    Actually both of those pancake recipes look good to me!! Still love my sleepovers!! Watching movies, vegging out on snacks, except now I dont like staying up all night. I need my sleep 🙂

  53. Emily says

    Just made these! GAH they are so good!!!! I felt like I was eating brownies, and kept having to pinch myself and remind myself that they were pancakes!

    Thanks for making healthy eating FUN! 🙂

  54. Nikki says

    Sleepovers for me now that I am older usually consist of telling about our lives now that we have all moved away to college/work. We barely see each other and have sleepovers to overindulge in food and gossip! 🙂

  55. Veg Head says

    Just ate these for breakfast. ZOMG they were good! Even better than I’d imagined. My 7 year old who HATES healthy food scarfed them down in record time! Thank you so much for this recipe!!! 🙂

  56. Kristina says

    The Girl Scout Samoas sound good. I’m going to try to make them TODAY! I’m so glad I found your site. Thank you!!

  57. Elyse says

    Hi Katie! Thank you so much for your blog and your dedication to it and all of your fans!!

    Where can I find Amazing Grass Chocolate Green SuperFood? I’ve looked for it a Whole Foods but I can’t find it anywhere! Maybe I am just looking in the wrong place?

    I (and my very carnivorous boyfriend) LOVE your recipes!! Thank you so much!!

  58. Lauren says

    Hey Katie, I didn’t know where to ask this, but I have a completely random question: Have you ever tried Shirataki noodles before? I was wondering if you had an opinion of them. Thanks!

  59. Nicolle says

    4:25 saw the picture of Food Gawker
    4:35 made pancake batter
    4:40 jumped around anxiously for pancakes to cook
    4:42-4:43 stuffed pancakes in my mouth
    4:44 completely blissed out with chocolate
    4:45 sat down to write how insanely good these are…. and how I’m thankful I only got 3 3-inch pancakes so will not be forced to replace dinner with pancakes!

    Thank you so much for posting!!! Perfect quick chocolate fix!!!

  60. Lorin says

    Oh man, I am making this tommorow. I’m bummed that I don’t have dutch processed though because I’ve tried your other chocolate batter pancakes (from a long time ago) but it didn’t taste super chocolatey without the dutch processed. I’m trying it again though and throwing in some chocolate chips and topping with peanut butter or coconut butter.

  61. Sarah says

    These were sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!!!!!!!!! Even my husband loved them, and he does NOT eat healthy food so that’s saying something! 🙂

  62. Jen says

    Katie, these were AWESOME! Actually “awesome” doesn’t even begin to cut it. These were BETTER than awesome. I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next day……….. YUM!!!

  63. Bethany says

    Made these for breakfast this morning….DELICIOUS! I quadrupled the batch to make a bunch for my family. I also added my own twist: cinnamon. I would have loved to add some cayenne pepper too but my son doesn’t like spicy chocolate (but I sure do!!). I have a Mayan brownie recipe that I use cinnamon and cayenne for and they are AWESOME. The cinnamon was a nice addition to the pancakes but maybe not everyone cares for spicy when they wake up in the morning…

    Anyways. AWESOME! Thanks!

  64. Leanna says

    I used ovaltine in lieu of cocoa powder and o. m. f. g. I just had an experience. I’ve been craving chocolate like mad and to finally get it, in such a healthy form… I’m so happy <3

    (I also added some chocolate chips, though!)

    my favorite recipe yet!

  65. Laura says

    These were really good! I added a few chopped cherries and chocolate chips (I know you love the choc/cherry combo). I love how easy all of your recipes are. Thanks for satisfying my sweet tooth. 🙂

  66. Kathy says

    Made them for breakfast. Am in love <3
    Haha. I wanted to eat them straight-away, off the pan, so they were pretty hot…so what to do? I took some Greek yogurt, and layered it, and it was like chocolate CAKE heaven…now…I REALLY want to make them again tomorrow…and I'll just keep doing that until I'm sick of it! (but really…who gets sick of chocolate? 😉

  67. Christi says

    Wow, these were really delicious. I made three larger pancakes and they tasted a lot like the $6 crepes that a local french bakery serves. I put some Tru Whip on top with a little drizzle of Santa Cruz chocolate syrup and they were a delicious dessert. I think they would also be awesome with nutella spread on them!

  68. Becca says

    Hi! Just tried this recipe this morning, delish! Just curious, do you usually double this recipe?? I only got a couple regular sized pancakes out of it. Just wondered if I have the right measurements. Thanks =)

  69. Janet says

    OMG Double Chocolate Brownie Batter Pancakes?!?!? I think I just died and went to heaven. I can practically taste these right now that’s how delicious they sound. I sooo know what’s on my next Sunday brunch menu.

  70. melanie says

    so i seriously love that it makes a perfect serving size! and they are beyond indulgent in their chocolately goodness. i don’t know if you or any other readers have tried this but i added some instant coffee crystals, about a tsp. it brought out the chocolate flavor even more and was just fantastic! thanks for all your great recipes, ill be trying some more soon! and thanks for following my board on pinterest as well!

  71. Brittany says

    Hi Katie! I just discovered your blog and I am already in love! 🙂 I just made these this morning and, although I think I put a bit too much stevia in them for my taste, I could see the genius behind the recipe. Thanks for a delicious breakfast!!

  72. brooke says

    hey this is gonna sound stupid, but when you say “the entire recipe” is 130 cal, do you mean it’s 130 calories for all 6-8 pancakes or just one?

  73. Julianna says

    ok curious… do you think I could make up the batter the night before and cook them in the morning? I’m thinking of surprising the fam with chocolate pancakes Thanksgiving morning but wanted to save precious time (I also have to bake an apple pie in the morning). The family here in TN are big fans (my hubby keeps talking about he is so stunned how much he likes the brownie bites).

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hmmm… I don’t think you can make pancake batter the night before. But you can cook the actual pancakes the night before and then re-heat in the oven, I think. I haven’t tried it with these, but I know other pancake recipes work that way :).

    • Margaret Vasquez says

      you could always mix the dry ingredients the night before and then add the wet in the morning (: … i saw a box of red velvet pancakes last night and i was thinking dang…. katie should really get on that 😛

  74. Esmeralda says

    I can’t believe that photo. I’m just salivating… Did you hire a professional to take it or was it homemade? I came across this photo on the website I’m working for and just wanted to verify that it was okay. We’re a young startup in Berlin and don’t want to step on anybody’s toes. Please get in touch with me at if you’d like the link. Cheers!

  75. Holly says

    YUM! Made these today and don’t even feel guilty about it! I used regular flour, omitted the sugar, but added Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips and they were divine! Thanks for sharing (o:

  76. Melissa says

    I’ve had brownie batter pancakes on both Xmas and New Year’s Day. 🙂 You deserve a prize!! I’ve melted Nutella in the microwave for sauce. AWESOME! Do you have another sauce you like to use? (assume it’s not just Hershey’s?)

  77. Stacey says

    I must admit, I was a little sceptical going into this recipe, but now I feel ashamed of that scepticism. I mean DAYUMMMMMM they tasted like brownie batter, almost exactly. They were amazing. So thank you Katie, and I apologize for ever doubting you and your wonderful recipes.

  78. Marsie says


    Thanks for the recipe, I made the pancakes a few days ago and the flavor was deliciously chocolate!

    I definitely plan on repeating this recipe; I agree with your mantra of chocolate everyday! My only question is if you have any advice for reducing the gummy-ness of the pancakes. As a non-vegan, I am used to the traditional fluffiness of non-vegan pancakes, but am intrigued by your healthier and more animal/environmentally friendly versions of recipes. Perhaps I need to adapt to the new texture – but I thought I would check and see if you had any advice! Again, loved the flavor!

  79. Ashley says

    What would I need to change (if anything) to use this recipe for waffles? I’m on the hunt for healthy waffle recipes to try out with my new waffle iron! Thanks!

    • Audrey says

      I just made these as waffles and and they turned out great! I did have to make some changes, and used this formula for converting the recipe for waffles:
      Flour = same
      Baking powder: increased by 25%
      Sugar or Sugar Substitute: increased by 300% (crisper, sweeter waffle)
      Almond Milk (or other milk): reduced by 20—25%
      “Egg” (not used in this recipe): same
      Oil or Applesauce: increased 100%
      I also increased the recipe by 50% for two waffles and used any extra batter I had as a topping.

  80. Autumn says

    You are absolutely my hero for creating this amazing recipe for all of us chocoholics out there…Just made these (using banana instead of applesauce) and they are incredible 🙂 Everything on your site actually seems to be amazing<3

  81. Chris says

    So, I know this may sound silly but I don’t know how to make pancakes!

    Im just confused as to what to do when you finished all the mixing processes. Do you just heat a frying pan and put them on? I have no idea!

    Silly me, I wish I knew how to make pancakes 🙂

  82. Christine says

    Katie, this was fabulous, and all the recipes of yours I have made over the past 3 weeks! I made these for my husband and myself this morning, and it was like eating a fresh, warm, chocolate chocolate chip cookie for breakfast! Wow!

  83. Heather says

    I double this recipe to serve my parents at Sunday breakfast – I used whole wheat pastry flour, a mashed banana instead of apple sauce (just didn’t have any), & regular unsweetened cocoa powder. I also added 1 T of chocolate hemp protein powder (next time I’ll try 2) and just 1 packet of truvia.
    In some of the pancakes I added sliced strawberries. I loved the strawberry version, and I used peanut butter instead of syrup. My mom liked plain better & she wants chocolate chips in hers next time! Anyway, they were a hit and a double recipe was great for 3 people with fruit on the side.

    For anyone’s who’s arent’ turning out. Make it a hot pan, and make sure the edges of your pancake are looking dry and cooked before flipping.

  84. Sara says

    I like how you don’t write out the instructions for how to make pancakes. Who needs all that extra for something that SHOULD BE basic knowledge. I read a recipe for grilled cheese one time. GRILLED CHEESE! Good grief.

  85. Candace says

    Just made these today for my whole family. They LOVED them! My 5-year-old ate them plain and my 6-year-old said they were the best pancakes she’s ever eaten. Hubs loved them too. Wow! Pretty incredible for vegan, sugar-free pancakes!! I’m going to try subbing in half buckwheat flour next time. These are SO good!

  86. Amy says

    Made these for breakfast this morning and I was pleasantly surprised! Delicious! Typically don’t enjoy chocolate for breakfast, but these were perfect.

  87. Candace says

    I just made these yesterday with half buckwheat flour, and honestly they were even more amazing – I think because of the texture. The buckwheat made them super fluffy. They were honestly like cake. I wish I had some to eat right now… lol. I’m going to try them this coming Sunday with all buckwheat flour. If it’s a success, these will be GF 🙂 Yay!

  88. Christina says

    Hi! I tried to make this recipe yesterday. For some reason, the pancakes came out very thin and wouldn’t flip. I replaced the stevia with agave and the applesauce with Greek yogurt.

    • Trish @ MyBigFatBundt says

      Agave is going to thin out your batter. As will Greek yogurt or even the applesauce (as opposed to using the oil). This is a small amount of batter, so a small amount of agave is even an issue in the fluffiness of the final product. I used everything as written, except for subbing my GF flour mix which works fine in nearly ally recipe, but used applesauce, not oil. I even added extra flour because the batter was quite thin, and mine came out thin as well and tricky to flip. But they still tasted wonderful.

      Try using a granulated sweetener next time rather than agave, or be sure to add in extra flour and probably and extra scant pinch of Baking Soda….perhaps even a pinch of baking powder. My pancake recipes usually get both anyway. HTH.

      These were yummy…chocolate pancakes for breakfast are perfect when Aunt Flo is in town, lol.

  89. Cilfa says

    Love them! Doubled the ingredients for a full 3 person meal. However, the batter was way to thick (breaddough), so I doubled the milk again. Left out the sugar, added a bit more appelsauce. Perfect dark rich chocolatey pancakes, without being sweet. I finished them with a thin layer of homemade sugarfree blueberry/blackberry jam. This added a sweet-and-sour fruity touch that was absolute heaven with the chocolate. What a feast!

  90. Giselle says

    I made these, and they were unbelievable! And you get such a huge serving size. I will make these many, many more times

  91. Megan says

    I’ve always loved this recipe but today I made it with dark chocolate almond milk and omitted the applesauce…it really tasted like I was eating brownies! (And when I inevitably ate half of the raw batter it really felt like I was eating brownie batter :p)

  92. stp81091 says

    Just made these to satisfy my chocolate craving earlier, and I did indeed dunk them in chocolate syrup because I am an chocoholic for sure! The amount in this recipe is perfect for a light snack, and I love how low-maintence it is and how easy it’d be to double it. You’re a genius Katie, and so your blog is so fun to read for a die-hard vegan like me! 🙂

  93. Michelle says

    Thanks for a great recipe Katie! I’ve toyed around with grandma’s PA Dutch pancake recipe for years, but my chocolate version never tasted this good. Absolutely love the spelt flour and applesauce substitutions, they make this healthy version taste phenomenal. I used xylitol as my sweetener just to keep the blood sugar in check, no discernible difference in the flavor. And we had no plain applesauce- the choices were blueberry, mango, and spiced Asian pear. My husband opted for the blueberry and it definitely added a great fruit component to the mix. Just waiting for the boy child to wake up and smother his in Nutella now!

  94. Cindy says

    I just made these, and the taste is INCREDIBLE, but the texture came out weird. I just subbed the flour since I didn’t have any spelt, but other people have subbed different things too and said they turned out fine. What did I do wrong? I used coconut oil (not as much) at first, then I had to add some almond flour and a little flax seed flour (the only three I had available). The texture of the batter seemed great, but they didn’t hold together, before or after I added the extra flour. 🙁

    We still loved them though and just ate them up like crumbles of brownies! I made a simple sauce of butter, cocoa, milk, cream and xylitol. It was perfect. YUM!

  95. KC says

    Just wondering if you have a recipe for the chocolate syrup in this recipe? Also, what kind of chocolate chips do you use that do not have added sugar? Love this blog, thanks!

  96. Kerry says

    My kids loved these pancakes. I don’t think they set quite right, though. The texture was not pancake-y at all. Not sure why. I did use spelt flour. Maybe because I used all applesauce and no oil? Maybe too much almond milk? Not sure. Will keep tinkering with it, because my kids did enjoy them a lot! Thank you!

  97. Ellie says

    Actually, im in highschool and have an after-prom sleepover coming up in a few nights, so guess who’s convincing her friends that vegan food doesn’t taste like rabbit food? (That’s literally what they refer to my lunches as!) These look wonderful, can’t wait to try them out! They’ll be wonderful with an almond milk lattee. 🙂

  98. Lia says

    These were absolutely delicious! I loved that they weren’t too sweet, just chocolatey!!

    This is probably a strange question for a food blog, but would you mind sharing what kind of blush you use? It’s such a perfect pop of pink!

  99. Yerin says

    I had to wait until the weekend to make these since I’m still in high school, but oh my GOSH Katie! Just made these for breakfast, and they were fantastic! Mine were quite flat, but we a little spread raspberry jam on each, squirted whipped cream down the middle, rolled them up like cannolis and sprinkled on powdered sugar! Yum! I’ll have to go find your thick pancakes trick… sure they’ll be delish like that too 🙂
    My mom loved these too! We are both serious chocoholics but she was kind of skeptical about this recipe. Her mind is totally changed now, and I’ll be making many of your recipes in the future, starting with chocolate chip cookie dough dip later today. Thanks for the recipe!

  100. Laura says

    Oh yum I just made these are they were great! I planned on using maple syrup so I used a little less sugar and they were still good enough to eat right out of the griddle. Fluffy, chewy and a nice chocolate flavor. I’m definitely using chocolate chips next time because I can never have too much chocolate!

  101. Dahlia says

    Had them for a mother’s day breakfast this morning. Still wanting more now at nearly 2130! Thanks for this awesome recipe.

  102. Cassandra says

    I just made these for myself and kids today and we are in love with them! I made them as written, using spelt flour, sugar, the oil and applesauce suggestion. I wasn’t sure about the batter at first, since it was really runny, and it makes a very thin pancake, but once I used enough spray/butter on the griddle, they were not too difficult to flip with some finesse. Just so ridiculously easy to make! I tripled the recipe, I probably need to at least quadruple it next time…..five kids and myself, sometimes hubby, thats a lot of pancakes!

  103. Marissa Popp says

    Is it 130 calories if you use unsweetened apple sauce?? Because if you use oil it is definitely more than 130 calories because the flour alone would be one hundred calories…just wondering. Thanks for posting such awesome recipes!

  104. Brinna says

    Posted recipe on facebook! (The brownie batter pancake recipe, I eat these at least once a week haha)

  105. Jamie says

    Just made these for the second time. It’s definitely my favorite recipe (although I did eat almost an entire pan of flourless chocolate chip cookies the other day). I made a quadruple batch of the pancakes so I could freeze some. I started out adding banana and then ran out so I decided to try adding some mini marshmallows. OH MY GOODNESS! If only I had some graham cracker crumbs. It was sooo delicious! Love your blog!

  106. siewlingchaw says

    hello may i know what kind of oil do you use in this recipe ? 🙂 i’m not fond of coconut oil and i’m not a vegan,but would love to try this recipe.any suggestions?

  107. Lauren says

    These are awesome! I am on a low calorie diet and these are perfect for breakfast. Instead of the chocolate sauce I added a little bit of light whipped cream. The perfect “reward” after a 10k run! 😀

  108. Meghan says

    I couldn’t find dark chocolate cocoa so I used chocolate soy milk to add some more chocolate flavor. Love this recipe!

  109. Taylor says

    Hey Katie!
    I’m making my dad ‘brinner’ for Father’s Day tomorrow and I’m debating between these pancakes and one of my favorite vegan waffle recipes, which got me thinking…you have so many fabulous pancake recipes, how easily do you think they could be converted to waffles?! Seems like you must be more partial to pancakes but my dad and I are serious waffle lovers; I think I may just add a little more baking powder and maybe a little more oil and cross my fingers and give these a try as waffles tomorrow! Thanks again for another great recipe! =)

  110. Jamee says

    I’ve made these several times now and they’ve been great every time! So quick and easy, too–that is a must for me in the mornings. I sprinkled them with powdered sugar, and my (German) boyfriend topped them with applesauce, and we were both very satisfied! I like how they’re not super sweet; it’s hard for me to handle too much sweetness early in the day. I know I’ll keep coming back to this recipe again and again. What a wonderful vegan pancake. Thank you, Katie!

  111. Emily says

    Bless your soul, Katie. I made a batch of these TWICE today for lunch and a snack (guilty c: ) and they are unbelievable. A few things I added/ substituted- I didn’t have any applesauce, so i added a tbsp of banana using your melted banana trick, plus about a tsp of canola oil. also, I used ap flour and they turned out great! to top it all off, i spread a little bit of PB&Co. dark chocolate dreams (all natural, vegan) peanut butter on top – it was heaven on earth. Plus, I couldn’t help but sprinkle some semisweet choco chips over them, either! thank you so much for the recipe- i WILL use it again

  112. Elise says

    These were absolutely delicious! My husband had been moaning about feeling all unhealthy, so I decided to make him these with some fruit for breakfast instead of a normal large Saturday brunch. He LOVED them. It was a great introduction for him to your recipes- I suggested your shamrock shake, and he turned his nose up at the idea of spinach, so I’ve still got some work to do, but these were sure a great way to start! Thank you!

  113. Kim says

    Hi Katie! I found your site a few months ago while wandering around on Pinterest. I now make your cake batter shake most nights of the week! 🙂 I just wanted to share that I just got done making this recipe for probably the 10th time, at the request of my 5 year old daughter. They are her favorite and I’m more than happy to indulge something so healthy! Thank you!!! 🙂

  114. HY says

    I tried this gluten free (with almond and brown rice flour) and came out too thin….Any suggestions? Thanks!

  115. Amanda says

    I just made these pancakes… and they really are delicious! I am a chocolate & peanut butter addict.
    So what I did was melt a tablespoon of PB in the microwave for roughly 45 seconds and then drizzled it over the pancakes. I also added 1/2 a teaspoon of mini choc. chips which made the pancakes decadent!
    Thanks so much for this recipe. It hit the spot!

  116. paris cole says

    Hey Katie!! So I made these delicious pancakes this morning, but I used oat flour instead (that’s all I had)..BUT…they were amazing!!!! Definitely making these again!!!

  117. Annie says

    I made these again last we only this time I tried the recipe with sugar and oil instead of applesauce. Couldn’t believe the difference! The low fat version is good, but using oil definitely brings this recipe to a whole other level of chocolate heaveness!

  118. Shannon says

    Hi Katie! Just found your website via Gina @ You did your guest post on my birthday last year so clearly I am meant to make this amazing-looking pancakes. I am sitting here at working watching the clock slowly tick to 7am so I can go home and make these. I can’t wait! I am a baker so any way I can make things healthier, I am all for it. I can’t wait to explore more of your recipes!

    • Shannon says

      I made this this morning. Holy Moly! SO GOOD! I’m going to make them tomorrow morning too! Instead of flour, I pureed some dry oatmeal in my food processor to make “flour”. I wanted to get some of my grains in this morning. I only had regular hershey cocoa powder on hand but it was just as good. I actually made a “double” batch. My changes: 1/2 C dry oatmeal, blended to powder. 2 tbsp applesauce, 1 tbsp oil, 5 tsp sugar. Everything else I kept the same. It made 5 medium sized pancakes. I had one plain, 2 with peanut butter, 1 with light hershey syrup and one with regular syrup. Just a small amount of each topping to keep the calories down. I liked all of the variations. Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

  119. Sierra says

    I love the pancakes! have a few left to try and I’m always checking for new recipes on your site to share with my co-workers 🙂

  120. Peggy says

    Made these for breakfast this morning, and they were delicious! I used regular cocoa and topped them with the whipped topping from a can! It was like having dessert for breakfast! Thanks for the recipe!

  121. Anonymous says

    I absolutely adore this recipe! I’ve done it about 5 times in the last two weeks. I was wondering though…. I have an awful sweet tooth for cream horns… do you have any ideas on a healthy recipe for those?? thanks!

  122. Melinda says

    I just made these and they were so good! I used reg cocoa because that was all we had. They tasted just like brownies! Thank you so much you have saved my sanity whilest I am on the road to lose 40 more lbs!

  123. Anna says

    I made these for the second time today.
    I thought it was odd that the recipe didn’t call for eggs or a vegan egg substitute to help the pancakes hold together but I followed the recipe exactly anyway. They looked exactly like the ones in the picture and tasted great! However, the pancakes in the picture(and the ones I made) are a bit thin in my opinion since I am used to really fluffy non vegan pancakes.
    This time I added a flax egg which helped the pancakes fluff up a bit without adding a weird texture or flavor. Next time I may add up to 2 flax eggs. Hope this helps anyone who says their pancakes came out thinner than they would have liked.

  124. Cindy says

    soul mates! this recipe will definitely go in my chocolate arsenal. Thank you for a great and healthy way to curb (or feed) my chocolate cravings!!!

  125. Jamie-Leigh says

    These look delicious! Is the applesauce like the apple sauce you buy in ajar and serve with pork?! Or s it a special ingredient?

  126. Pippa says

    How are these pancakes way lower in calories than other recipes? Seems so crazy (in an amazingly, fantastic, get in my belly, kind of way).. But i was just wondering..

  127. Pippa says

    Hi Katie. I just made a savoury version of these and used oat flour instead of spelt. The tasted amazing, but didn’t cook right. The bottoms burned and just stuck to the pan so it ended up more like a few blobs of oatmeal. Is it the flour, or my pan or..? What am I doing wrong? I really want to make the chocolate ones tomorrow. HEEELPPP 🙂

  128. Brittany says

    This website is 100% amazing, I can’t get enough! I stumbled across the brownie batter pancakes on Pinterest and followed the recipe back here. I don’t know if I’ll ever eat a “real meal” again 😛

  129. admattai says

    just made these pancakes (with all purpose & chocolate chips and 2.5 tsp. of sugar) and they were awesome! will totally make again soon, thanks for the great recipes! 🙂

  130. Sydney says

    Hey! i loveeee chocolate for breakfast and these pancakes are awesome but I prefer a thicker pancake so I went ahead and mixed this recipie with the blueberry one resulting in the most amazing pancakes!!

  131. Sydney says

    my comment got all messed up cause of my computer but what I was trying to say was I was going for a fatter pancake and thats why I mixed the recipie lol

  132. L says

    Also, Katie, I signed up for your emails but first accidentally signed up to receive comments on this post instead. How do I fix this?
    (I am also signed up for emails now, and I love them!)

  133. Christy says

    i tried these today and they were SO GOOD! felt like i was eating brownies 😀 i love your blog and your sense of hunor so much!

  134. mandi says

    Katie, what vegan chocolate syrups are out there, because I wanna drizzle these pancakes with them, but can’t find any 🙁

  135. Alana says

    Dear Katie,

    Hi my name is Alana and I’m 11 Years old. My mom and I ADORE you and this website.We were actually thinking of going to New York to meet you but we can’t afford it. Even though I live in NH. it’s just the gas money,plus hotel money,and food. Anyways I found this website on my birthday in June when I was looking for an ice cream recipe.Then we started coming back to this website Because everything is so healthy. You come up with the most creative ideas that doesn’t involve with a bunch of crap.I actually made oatmeal raisin cookies yesterday.Just in case you’re wondering why I’m not talking about this recipe,i picked a random recipe so I could write a comment.
    Sorry this comment is so long,


  136. Natalia says

    omg I won a 400 $ vegetarian box by sending this recipe (with a link to your website) to a Dutch vegetarian magazine. this recipe was chosen as one of the 10 best vegetarian recipes. hopefully you will have more Dutch viewers now! I made these pancakes a few times and they’re super delicious! Natalia

  137. Mandela says

    These recipes may seem healthy but eat them in moderation or else u will gain weight I am a nutritionist and yes deserts are ok for a treat but u should not have chocolate everyday! My friend had the brownie batter pancakes for breakfast along with the chocolate cake for one for a snack for just two days back to back and she gained give pounds! Went from 115 to 120 so there’s some food for thought.

    • Oh really? says

      You’re a nutritionist?

      A. You can’t spell or use proper grammar.
      B. If you were really a nutritionist, you’d know that people can’t gain 5 pounds of real weight (non water weight) in two days.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if this commenter is a 14 year old troll. Also, I eat chocolate every day and have been reading Katie’s blog for two years, and I’m at a perfectly healthy weight for my size. I call bs on your comment, troll.

  138. Mary says

    Katie, I would love to see the full nutritional content for those of us following Weight Watchers. I didn’t see a fat or carb content and we can’t calculate Points without knowing fat, fiber, protein and carbs. Thanks in advance! These look fantastic!! Love your site!

  139. Jillian says

    Omg. Just made these this morning..
    they’re AMAZING. i slightly undercooked mine, so they were chewier than intended. that doesn’t matter, it tasted like a dark chocolate brownie!! I topped it with your amazing banana butter, and mmm! Yum! I will DEFINITELY be making these again.

  140. Kristen says

    Made these just now. Used whole wheat flour and added a tsp of instant espresso and mmmmmmm yummy. Definitely needed a bit of syrup to balance out the chocolate. Great healthy recipe

  141. Therasa says

    I haven’t read all the comments and perhaps it’s come up before but will these recipes work on a low carb diet?

  142. Violet says

    mmmmmm i so love this recipe. eating it right now with blueberries on top. :] perfect for days when it’s chocolate for breakfast or nothing. gotta use 3 stevia packets for this girl though

  143. Rachael says

    Hey Katie! I’ve been looking at this forever but not been able to make it yet. I’m determined to make them before the end of the month! But one issue, I don’t have any stevia. Could I just use sugar? Or is there something else I could sub for it? Please respond! I must make these asap. Thanks for the great recipes! Your site is my fav on the Internet at the moment. Keep it up!

  144. Hannah Lane says

    Silver-dollar pancakes. How do you measure those out? I used a tablespoon measure when I made them this morning, but they seemed kind of big…I’m wondering though if I did something a little off because the batter seemed thin. They tasted amazing, but didn’t look like yours.

  145. Alicia says

    OMG! I love this! I think I will make this for breakfast the morning of my twins 3rd birthday. They’ll be so excited!!!

  146. Nicole says

    Hey I was wondering if I substitute either oat flour or whole wheat pastry flour, if the measurements would be the same? These look delicious!

  147. Ashley says

    Do you think almond or coconut flour would work as well? Loooooove all your recipes – starting a healthier lifestyle and you’re def making it easier!!!

  148. SARAH D says

    Made these today and they really hit the spot! I used spelt flour and followed recipe exactly (except with extra stevia as I have a serious sweet tooth!), but mine fell apart and wouldn’t flip without sticking/making a mess. They tasted just like gooey brownie batter and were awesome, but yours looked much prettier than mine! I even greased the skillet. Any thoughts? Maybe your new oreo pancakes would work out better for me? Side note: Have you ever made pancakes in the oven? I’ve heard that it works, but never tried it!

    • will c says

      your pancake isnt done before you are flipping it.

      afew important notes on making pancakes:

      grease skillet- always

      let pan come back to heat before adding batter

      do not flip until the bubbles stop forming on the uncooked side. if it is still bubbling, then it isnt cooked solid enough to flip. (if you find that waiting this long scorches the underside, your heat is too high)

      after flipping, smacking the center to make a slit. this steam vent ensures that moisture can escape, thereby allowing your pancakes to cook through

    • becauseHeloves! says

      Letting your pancake batter rest for about 5-10 minutes before cooking them will make them more stable and easier to cook. It let’s the baking powder do it’s magic!

  149. Celine says

    So I’ve had a few problems with this chocolate pancake recipe…first of all, the batter is not substantial enough to hold up chocolate chips or any fruit. Is there a reason that it’s so thin? And secondly do you spray any oil or rub your pan/ griddle with anything prior to pouring? I’m having trouble with these sticking a lot…

    • Celine says

      Ok never mind about the sticking! Sprayed the next batch with oil and turned the heat down a little and they came out perfect.

  150. Joseph says

    If you want a “more substantial” breakfast you can always add fiber powder and/or whey protein to the mix. The fiber will give you a fuller feeling and takes more calories to digest. As well as the whey protein. – mind that both with add calories to the recipe

  151. Traci says

    I just made these tonight for dessert. All I can say is “WOW!” guilt free chocolate pancakes! They have me doing the chocolate happy dance. 🙂

  152. Sara says

    These are absolutely amazing!! They are SO chocolatey, I kept thinking, there is NO way these are low in calories! I didn’t get as many pancakes as the picture shown from the batter, but who cares? It was AMAZING!

    Like everyone says, you are a genius! Thank you so much!!

  153. Aimee B. says

    Just tested these out because I want to make them for my Sweetie’s birthday on Friday. My kids and I LOVE them! I drizzled them with melted chocolate chips. These are so decadent and delicious! I know my hubby will be in Heaven when he tastes them. Thank you, Katie! <3

  154. Dani Joy says

    I live in Spain. I wonder what spelt is? I wonder what it is inSpanish. I wonder if I can get it. Oh I hope so. I really ant to make these and eat healthy. Have to look it up.
    I use to have sleep overs an talk in my sleep. Lol. But eat all kinds of chocolate too.

  155. Emma F says

    Hi Katie! I am new to your blog… and I am already in love! Even if I don’t make the recipes, I just love scrolling through the pictures! I was wondering, in Ireland we don’t have readily available apple sauce so would you please post a recipe, if you haven’t already? Much appreciated, Emma x

    • will c says

      take some apples and apple juice. core and peel the apples, then cut into chunks. place in a pot with the juice and cover. (low, med-low heat) simmer, stirring occasionally. as time goes, the chunks will soften. you will need to add more juice now and then to prevent goop from cooking to bottom of pot.

      when to take your applesauce off the heat depends on how chunky you like it….

  156. Christina Holmes says

    I made these tonight and used the whole batch to make a waffle instead of little pancakes. I have a round belgin style waffle maker. The first one was a little too soft and fell apart when I took it out so I added about a tablespoon maybe two of extra flour. I used whole wheat flour. The second one was great. It was still soft and fluffy so I had to remove it carefully from the waffle maker. I also needed to cook it about a minute longer than my waffle maker wanted. It is one of those that lights up when it is done. My three year old devoured it in about five minutes then asked for another. I had mine with strawberry syrup made with about a cup of frozen berries, four tablespoons water, and two tablespoons maple syrup boiled then reduced until thick. So amzing! An awesome breakfast for dinner. These will definitely be a regular!

  157. lacey says

    i can’t figure out how these only have 120 calories in the whole recipe?? the flour has 120 calories and 1 T of oil has 120 too, I used a bit less sugar than the recipe called for but all together it’s over 300 calories. Did I miss something?

  158. Shannon says

    I just made these and they were delicious! I used regular cocoa powder but added chocolate chips to make up for it. I also spread homemade freezer jam on top and they were perfect!

  159. Donna Anderson says

    These sound like they’d be way too much chocolate, but really – can you ever have too much chocolate? I’m going to try these the next time my grandsons spend the night with me. They’ll love it!

  160. lisa says

    I made these with 1 packet Nectressa (made from Monk fruit), 1/4 tsp sugar, Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, and used oil. Then followed then recipe from there. 🙂 I try to watch my calories, so this was the perfect recipe fix! 😀 I topped mine with Sugar Free Maple Syrup, and a teaspoon of Honey, and a little Sugar Free Boysenberry Jam.
    They were DIVINE! Thank you SO much, CCK!! <3 🙂

  161. Paula says

    Okay, so I have to make these tomorrow morning…but–what is the chocolate sauce you are drizzling on them?! Oh. My. God. I am salivating… Maybe I could melt baking chocolate with some maple syrup and have my sauce that way 😉

  162. will c says

    while i appreciate that you included a mention of bob’s gluten free flour, it is also very important to note that gluten free flour products lack the proteins to bind the finished product together. accommodations must be made in a recipe to hold your gf pancake together, or they will crumble, at best…

    the easiest way to do this is to use 1 1/4tsp xanthan gum per cup of flour, however guar gum our and extra egg may be used as well

  163. Kayla Marie says

    I made these this morning with my boyfriend and they are so delicious! Top with maple syrup, bananas, peanut butter, anything! They are so yummy and simple, I will definitely make them again 🙂 Thanks Katie!

    • Kyra says

      Ummm whoops. I meant I used coconut nectar instead of chocolate syrup. Anyway, these were freaking amazing and I’m gonna make this over and over again. This recipe yielded 3 small pancakes!

  164. Rebekah V. says

    delicious! i used all-purpose flour, brown sugar, regular Hershey’s cocoa & coconut oil… oh, and semi-sweet chocolate chips! very chocolatey & yummy!! perfect serving for one person.

  165. Astrid says

    Made those for breakfast: instead of the oil , i put a third of a pear. It felt like melted chocolate chips !! DELICIOUS! topped with a very light spread of tahini…. oooo my word! what ..?? did i already finish the plate..??? i swear all those pancakes were here a minute ago….!! o well, i’ll just have to make some more ..:D

  166. Hony Keooudom says

    Hi!, Loved this sooo sooo much! and thanks! Just have a suggestion about the website, Can you please add a search bar somewhere? I love your recipes and it would make it easier <3 thanks again!

  167. Melanie says

    These are delicious and satisfy the chocolate and sweet cravings, without feeling guilty! I just blogged about them and your blog in general. Check it out at

  168. MJ says

    I would just like to let you know that I nearly cried from happiness when I saw this recipe. Two of my loves: chocolate and pancakes. But I’m on I diet. You are SO AWESOME!

  169. Bethany Jackson says

    I made these with some added chocolate chips… totally decadent for breakfast!!!!

    But, I was doing the math and curious how it comes out so low? Just 1/4 cup of AP flour is 113.

  170. Aria says

    I just had these and I swallowed them whole. They were so good that I was eating them while waiting for the next pancake to come off the pan!! It seems as if they evaporated.

  171. McKenna says

    Tomorrow’s breakfast. ; ) Sleepovers! Lots of gossip and virtually no sleeping, at least not until we heard the birds chirping, and then we’d sleep the day away!

  172. Elizabeth says

    I just found this recipe last week and have already made it twice. The second time around, I made it with 1/2 T oil and 1 T mashed banana (rather than applesauce) and just about 1/2 T sugar. I think I may leave the sugar out entirely next time (because there WILL be a next time!). I made it into 3 pancakes and stacked them up with layers of PB and banana slices between the pancakes. SO good! Thanks, Katie!

  173. Caitlin says

    Love this recipe! My brother’s a big junk food junkie, so when I promised him chocolate pancakes, he was all over that idea! Little did he know they were healthy AND vegan until five minutes later when they were gone…mwahaha! I also tried some myself and thought “there’s no way these can be healthy.” But I trust you! 🙂 Also, I made them with regular baking cocoa and they were excellent!

  174. Zena says

    I just made these. Devoured them. Then made another batch. Yes, that is how good they are! I topped them with some shredded coconut sugar and BAM! Instant mood elevator! Haha! Thank you Katie!!

  175. Ali P says

    I added a scoop of protein powder to the recipe – high protein, low fat snacks are what I’ve been seeking. It doesn’t hurt that it’s chocolate related 🙂

  176. Chrissy says

    I love these pancakes! I’ve made them twice so far (for an actual meal; not even breakfast or dessert! haha). They really do taste like brownie mix! For extra chocolateyness, I use chocolate almond milk for the milk choice.
    Instead of applesauce, I use coconut oil. Then, I warm up the batter in the microwave until the oil melts. The pancakes come out really smooth and dense (just how I like them!)
    I even made some vegan chocolate syrup to go on top 🙂

    As for sleep overs, I mostly played Truth or Dare, and stayed up late gossiping.

  177. Samantha P says

    We tried these this morning. WOW, they are decadent! I made a couple of extra batches to stick in the freezer for desserts 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  178. Katie Biegert says

    I love this pancake recipe!! I have used it so many times since you posted it that I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I’ve memorized it! Thanks so much for this amazing recipe 🙂

  179. Elisabeth says

    Oh man, oh man, oh man. It’s a friday night and my house is void of chocolate. A quick web search and these saved the night! Everyone loved them. This will forever be a go-to recipe.

  180. Ariana says

    Oh my gosh Katie, this recipe is spot on! And I’m not even vegan
    I did change a few things, though. I used half all purpose flour and half oat flour, replaced half the sugar with honey and reduced the liquid. I also added a little bit espresso powder to enhance the chocolate flavor.
    The pancakes puffs up beautifully and slightly crispy on the outside. So delicious! Thank you so much Katie 😀

  181. Jennifer says

    These were absolutely amazing! I feel like I ALWAYS have chocolate cravings and these help big time! Thank you so much again. I wouldn’t change a single thing about this recipe!

  182. Jen says

    I just wanted to thank you for this blog. I have never subscribed to a blog in my life, but your recipes are something out of my dark chocolate–eat all the sweets I can stuff into my gullet even though I’m diabetic dreams dipped in well…more chocolate of course or wait wait unsweetened coconut flakes. In any case thank you for helping me fulfill my wildest, chocolate filled fantasies.

    <3 You are the goddess of guilt-free desserts

  183. Eva says

    These are delicious! I am losing weight, it’s going pretty well for me and when I found your blog it was like a miracle – healthy recipes with low calorie count! This is WAY lower in calories than the usual pancakes and it tastes better!

  184. Cassie says

    I just made these for breakfast. Delicious, but not very sweet by themselves!
    I fixed this by layering them with peanut butter and topping them
    with pure maple syrup and some healthy cookie dough bites I’d made.. delicious and super indulgent!!

  185. Brittany says

    Um. The chocolate on chocolate on CHOCOLATE is getting me a bit to excited, I think! It literally makes my mouth water. Looks amazing, excited to be signed up for your free recipes as of today ; ) Happy baking Katie, you’re awesome!

  186. Emily says

    I made these for breakfast this morning but changed up the recipe just a little. I used chocolate protein powder instead of coco and I used oats ground up in to flour instead of my regular GF flour. I wanted it to be a good post work out breakfast. I also used 1 Tbsp of applesauce and 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil. I put it all in my nutribullet to mix it and turn the oats in to flour. They turned out awesome and I topped them with strawberries! Thanks for yet another amazing recipe! 🙂

  187. Drake says

    I made these with 2 tbsp chocolate PB2 + 2 tbsp of peanut/almond butter….

    *homer simpson* mmmmm…..pancakes

  188. Amber Harrington says

    Katie – these were the yummiest!
    I used all natural cocao (because I didn’t have Hershey’s, and well, I wasn’t about to wait) i did find they weren’t as sweet so I added a handful of chocolate chips. By the time I finished making my second pancake, the first one had already been eaten! A certain little boy ate it right up, lol! My younger bother and I have dairy and oat allergies, so these were perfect 🙂

  189. rachel says

    Just tried these and they were sinfully delicious! I didn’t have any applesauce so I used greek yogurt instead and 1 tsp of canola oil. The batter was a little thin so I think next time I’ll increase the flour to 1/3 cup and maybe only use 5 Tbs of milk. I ate mine with some melted peanut butter and it was heavenly! Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

  190. Monica Ryan says

    I love your website and this recipe is really good, but I needed to make a few changes to make it work for me. You’re right that it works best with both applesauce and oil, so I used 1 T applesauce and 1/2 T oil. But I also found that the milk is too much. I had to reduce it to 2 Tbs in order to get thicker pancakes as well as adding 1 egg white. I also added 1/8 tsp instant coffee to made the chocolate richer. And one last thing: I am gluten intolerant and I’ve found I prefer oat flour so I used oat flour and they came out great!

  191. Fionna says

    Those pancakes are awesome, Katie! I actually love adding some mashed banana and swapping the cocoa for actual chocolate chips, for banana-choc-pancakes. The make an amazing breakfast, when straight out of the oven and served with strawberries, cinnamon, more banana, vanilla-joghurt, cinnamon, ….maybe some cinnamon? (I’m seriously addicted to cinnamon… =3 )
    Anyway, thank you so much for those amazing pancakes, they make the best breakfast, snack, dessert (I could eat them any time, or all day long)

  192. Cory says

    These are delicious! Would they work with brown rice flour? Also, I have always loved your blog but I am a new vegan as of recently! Any tips?

    Thanks Katie! You’re the best =)

  193. Maerwhyn says

    I discovered this recipe three days ago and I’ve had it for breakfast every day. They are amazing! The only sad thing is that I don’t have any stevia in the house (I really want to try it–I’d love to make sweet stuff without all the calories) so I used white sugar. I also love buttermilk pancakes so I used buttermilk in these. I figured those were pretty significant ingredient swaps, so I ran the new recipe through MyFitnessPal’s recipe calculator and got a really sad surprise. Wheat flour, sugar, and coconut oil drove the calories up into the 500s per batch. 🙁 So these are absolutely amazing, but if you want the low-cal version, you definitely need to stick with Katie’s original ingredients. Thanks Katie for so many incredible recipes!

  194. Maerwhyn says

    Update: I’m not sure how you got 130 calories per batch, Katie. I put your original recipe (spelt flour, stevia, coconut oil, etc) through a calorie calculator and got about 330 calories per batch. I know every calorie calculator is going to give slightly different results, but a 200 calorie difference is pretty significant. You may want to double check yours so people aren’t misled. 300 calories for these pancakes is definitely worth it, but it’s still good to have accurate info. Thanks!

  195. Anne Kennedy says

    My five year old daughter despises pancakes but I love them. I asked her if she would be willing to try chocolate pancakes. I made these for her and she asked for more!! And I finished off the rest of the batch. Thanks so very much for sharing your amazing talents.

  196. Elena p says

    YUM I just made these with a little protein powder in the mix along with some peanut butter on top and WOW I was in heaven!

  197. Winter says

    Katie, I love your chocolate recipes. They definitely are proof that healthy chocolate desserts can taste amazing. I’ve made these double chocolate brownie batter pancakes so many times…I just had them this morning and because I only had regular cocoa powder at the moment, I added in a good handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips which definitely made it taste like DOUBLE CHOCOLATE brownie batter. To make it even more amazing I topped it with a good dollop of your banana butter recipe. Thank you for helping me incorporate chocolate recipes into my vegan lifestyle!

  198. Erin says

    I love your recipes! I have a 2 year old who has eaten most of your pancake recipes without hesitation! She is eating these brownie batter pancakes right now for dessert!
    I am so glad I found your blog with all these great recipes!!

  199. Sam says

    I, um, I’m actually super bad at making pancakes. So I used the batter made from this to make a brownie in a mug in the microwave. And it was absolutely delicious 😀 I’m sure pancakes made from this would be amazing too.

  200. Adrienne says

    I just made these this morning for myself my birthday breakfast. They were awesome! And such a perfect way to start my birthday. Thank you for this recipe!

  201. Tori says

    5 stars
    OMG Katie!!!! These were amazing!!!! I made them in a waffle maker, and eating chocolate waffles in the morning is heaven!!! The only problem was it stuck to the maker a lot, but that’s my fault.

  202. isidora says

    the pancakes look awesome, i want to make them this instant!! Because i’m on a diet I wonder does the 130 calories refer to each pancake or to all of them ?

  203. Erin says

    4 stars
    Hey, I made these this morning and they were delicious! The only problem was that they were very hard to flip, as they were extremely thin, so they ended up a little misshapen. Any way to fix this?

  204. Stacy says

    5 stars
    I tripled this recipe and made them for breakfast today for me and my kids. DELICIOUS!!!! I served with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and it really hit the spot. Thanks!

  205. Lisa says

    I don’t understand what I did wrong. I’m an experienced baker/cook and I followed the recipe but my batter was SUPER runny.

4.85 from 13 votes (10 ratings without comment)

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