Whole Wheat- Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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When I was little, I had a best friend in the neighborhood by the name of Karen. She was strikingly pretty for a little girl. I wanted her perfect, shiny, thick hair, she was always one to attract the boys, and she had eyebrows like Brooke Shields. I always thought Karen’s family was a bit exotic and interesting too. Her Mom was an interior designer and was always dressed very fashionably, her Dad was a Tom Selleck look-alike with the perfect mustache, and her older brother was seemingly obsessed with Elton John and the piano. Karen’s house was the place to be, and what I remember most about hanging out at her house was eating Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

Every time I spent the night at Karen’s place, her Mom had Chocolate Chip Pancakes waiting for us in the morning. This chocolate-inside-pancakes thing was such a foreign concept to me. Sure, my Mom made pancakes on weekends, but certainly never with chocolate chips. It was a real treat. Here’s my version of Mrs. E’s pancakes 🙂

I decided on a whole wheat pancake base… trying to balance a little bit of healthy along with the chocolate. The pancake batter is thick- don’t worry about it, since this will help you create a nice, fluffy, thick pancake that is able to hold those chips.

I like to use BIG chocolate chips- like these Ghirardelli Bittersweet ones. Flip your pancake when the edges kind of curl under and look dry. Medium-low heat is perfect.

How can anyone not crack a smile when they’re making breakfast with a happy-face spatula?

Here’s what happens if you get too anxious and try to flip your pancake before it’s ready to be flipped. Too gooey.

Karen’s family was always very kind to me and got me through some tough times in those younger years. I moved away from the neighborhood when I was about 9 years old, and- strangely enough- Karen and I have kept in touch ever since. I’ve only seen her a few times since we were teenagers, and we’re friends on Facebook… she still reminds me of Brooke Shields. And I’ve always wondered if her Mom is still making chocolate chip pancakes. Maybe for her grandchildren now? So these pancakes, Mrs. E., are for you 🙂

Whole Wheat- Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Our family loves these thick, whole wheat pancakes with melted chocolate chips tucked inside.

Yield: 8 to 10 (6-inch) pancakes

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min


1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 Tablespoons canola oil
chocolate chips


1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk and oil. Stir in dry ingredients and mix just until moistened (lumpy batter is what you're looking for). The batter will be pretty thick, but if it seems a little too thick for your taste, you can mix in a couple more Tablespoonfuls of buttermilk.

3. Heat large skillet or griddle and spray with nonstick spray. Scoop batter onto heated surface (I like to use an ice cream scoop), spread into a circle and position a few chocolate chips on top. Cook over medium-low heat for about 1 to 2 minutes, until edges begin to curl under a bit and appear dry when you place the spatula underneath. Flip and cook the other side for a minute or two. Your pancakes should be golden brown on both sides. Serve immediately with syrup.

Source: RecipeGirl.com

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  • Jamie wrote:

    Delicious! Quite possibly the perfect pancake recipe- thank so much! 🙂

  • melissa wrote:

    yumm how many calories per serving?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      no idea!

  • Helen wrote:

    These are amazing and your pictures are so great! My chocolate chips came out flat and buried in the batter… how do you get them to stick out of the pancake and look so super? I put the chips on top, and then flipped them, and from the top you can’t even see the chips. They still tasted great but what is you secret to the unbelievable presentation?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I definitely dropped a few more chips on top of the stack just before shooting the photo!

  • Jennifer wrote:

    i made these pancakes for my younger brother this morning, who in our house is the king of pancakes, and he LOVED them! I also added some diced strawberries to the batter, and he said they were by far the best pancakes he has ever eaten in his life 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful recipe… i will definitely make these again for my entire family!

  • Tana86 wrote:

    This recipe is amazing!!! I make for my boyfriend and I about three times a week, we are on a pancake kick right now.. 🙂
    sometimes we add bananas , we add two small mashed bananas in with large bowl mixture! <3
    thanks for this delicious recipe

  • Sharee wrote:

    My family and I woke up this morning in want of pancakes. My dad went to the store to pick up a few ingredients for breakfast including pancake mix. When he got back he had everything except the the pancakes smh. Needless to say, I had to turn to Pinterest for some help. I stumbled across your recipe and decided to give it a try. I thought of course that these weren’t going to be better than the box, (I had recently tried another homemade pancake recipe that was a fail) but that some pancakes would be better than none. Final results: I was wrong. These pancakes are BETTER than the box!!! Right texture, right flavor, right look. It’s a winner among my family. Moreover, I will never use the box again. Thanks for the share!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      so happy you loved these!

  • Elesha @ SkinnyfatGirls.com wrote:

    These look scrumptious! Yum, now I’m hungry. 🙂

  • tracy Lentz wrote:

    I just made these for dinner with cherry compote. Absolutely delicious. A new staple in our house!

  • Kelly wrote:

    I just made these this morning – but I replaced the chocolate chips with blueberries – thanks for the great recipe that I will defitnitly use again!

  • Lisa@healthy diaries wrote:

    I made these pancakes over the weekend and while they were good, they weren’t what I expected. Mine came out really thick, almost bread like! I’ll have to add more buttermilk next time. 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Lisa@healthy diaries, They are most definitely a thick batter, but if it’s too thick just add a little extra buttermilk.

  • Mary Ann wrote:

    I just made these this morning and they are fabulous! We didn’t even need syrup. Thanks for a great whole wheat pancake recipe!

  • Mary wrote:

    Love this 🙂

  • Tracey wrote:

    Yum, those look like the perfect breakfast! Chocolate chip pancakes were always my favorite as a kid 🙂

  • Jess wrote:

    Oh my goodness. These look delicious and I absolutely love the picture, I feel like those pancakes could be on my kitchen table.

  • Stefania wrote:

    Deliziosi ? ciao

  • Kathy – Panini Happy wrote:

    I definitely like the look of these! Looking forward to chocolate chip week. 🙂 I’ll be celebrating along with you later this week, I’ve got a great recipe coming!

  • Rivki Locker (Ordina wrote:

    Just came across your site on foodgawker and am so glad I did! Beautiful photos, lovely recipe, and wonderful story to go along with it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dana wrote:

    Those look SO GOOD! I just subscribed to your blog and am seriously crushing on it already. I ADORE your happy face spatula. Where’d you get it at?

    Whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes? You’re a girl after my own heart. I will be trying those.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Dana, Thanks! The spatula… I got at a conference.

  • Jill Anderson wrote:

    Those look really good. I will have to try them. I use wheat flour whenever possible. Thanks for the great story to go with it. It makes it fun to get the background on the recipe.

  • Monica wrote:

    I love a recipe with a story. Funny how often food links us with the past. These pancakes look delish and your photos are amazing. Especially the one with the syrup and melted chocolate dripping down the side. That’s the photo that caught my eye on Foodgawker and brought me here.