Chocolate chip pancakes are seriously the best…

Every Sunday, my dad used to make a yummy homemade breakfast for all of us, and we’d gather in the kitchen for some nice family time. It was awesome, and man… that guy can make some breakfast!

Sometimes it was waffles or french toast, but probably the most frequent (and my favorite) was chocolate chip pancakes (with lil’ smokies breakfast sausages…mmm). This isn’t his recipe, but it’s durned good.

Want the best recipe for fluffy chocolate chip pancakes? Here it is!

Here’s the recipe for my Chocolate Chip Pancakes, in case you don’t want to read the whole long step by step thing.

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Want the best recipe for fluffy chocolate chip pancakes? Here it is!
Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes
These are the best (and fluffiest) chocolate chip pancakes you'll ever eat.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Emily Chapelle - Joyful Abode
  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 tsp . salt
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup + milk
  • chocolate chips
  1. Mix the dry ingredients.
  2. Mix the wet ingredients.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  4. Add milk if needed to get the right consistency.
  5. Cook in a pan over medium heat (or on a griddle if you're fancy like that). When you start to see bubbles rising throughout the pancake, it's ready to flip!
  6. For chocolate chip pancakes, sprinkle chocolate onto each pancake before flipping.
  7. Enjoy!

You can, of course, also make these without the chocolate, and they’re the best, most fluffy pancakes ever.

How to make the best and fluffiest pancakes ever - this recipe is so easy and delicious. It's the last pancake recipe you'll ever need.


Chocolate chip pancake-making in slow-mo below. hehe.

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First, dump 3 cups of flour into a bowl. How to make pancakes / chocolate chip pancakes

And add 6 Tablespoons of sugar.

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Then throw in 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 2 Tablespoons of baking powder. How to make pancakes / chocolate chip pancakes

Mix mix mix.

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In a measuring cup, mix 1 cup of milk and 1/3 cup canola oil (or other veggie oil). Beat in 3 eggs, then combine with the dry ingredients.

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You can pour slowly and dramatically if you want.

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Stir it up and decide if it’s battery enough (haha battery) for you. It wasn’t.

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Add milk until it’s the right texture for you. Some people like thicker pancakes and other people like thinner ones, but this is a pretty good middle…

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Once your pan is heated over medium heat, spoon in some pancakes.

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And when they get nice and puffy and have bubbles rising to the top like this…

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It’s time to flip them!

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I made a couple sets of plain ones for hubs, who likes to drizzle syrup on his.

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Well… is this still called drizzling?

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Eh, I think it’s more like glopping. He likes to glop the syrup on his!

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I don’t like anything on mine, unless it’s that spray whipped cream from a can like my dad used to do for us sometimes. But I like mine with CHOCOLATE CHIPS IN THEM. Mmmm…chocolate chip pancakes, y’all.

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I’ve found that if I mix the chocolate chips into the batter, they all sink to the bottom, and I get weird varying amounts of chocolate chips in each pancake, so I just sprinkle them on after spooning the batter into the pan.

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Help yourself! Seriously, these are the best chocolate chip pancakes in the world.

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Why thank you. I think I will!

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The perfect breakfast for a lazy weekend morning. Excuse me… I’m going to go eat some chocolate chip pancakes now.

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Note: I originally published this recipe in December of 2008. In 2009, my family went wheat-free, and since then, we’ve been making these fluffy coconut flour pancakes nearly every week. Check them out if you’d like a higher-fiber, higher-protein paleo version. (And yes, I still make them into chocolate chip pancakes sometimes.)

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  1. 5 stars
    5 star recipe. Very fluffy pancakes and great taste!

  2. Thank you for the best pancakes I’ve ever made! Perfect!!

    • 5 stars
      I made this chocolate Chip recipe it was amazing I just added a little more milk. They were so fluffy and the whole family loved it. Thank u for sharing this I’ll make it again.

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks, I enjoyed making these for my class as a treat for their book share.

  4. These pancakes were AMAZING I mean me and my sisters love it please make more and more pancake recipes!!!!!!

  5. Hi! I just made this one and currently eating these yummy choholate chip pancakes and it it delicious! I followed the recipe exactly as it said and added chocolate chips and it turned out wonderful! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  6. how much pancakes are made out of this recipe.

  7. And I thought using butter was the key! This is an amaaazing recipe that gladly, doesn’t require butter! These pancakes rise like an actual cake whereas normally they pretty much stay flat. I added some cinnamon, vanilla and hot chocolate powder for a sweet twist. I can officially stop searching for the best chocolate chip pancake recipe. Thank you!

  8. Yum! These were very light and fluffy.. i added some choc chips and topped with wipped cream and maple syrup. Definitely going to make these again :)

  9. I have been looking up online pancake recipes for awhile now and yours has been permanently added to the wall of recipes in my cupboards! These are perfect, once you add the extra milk. :) I used to be a Navy wife and a SAHM as well. :) Thank you…thank you…thank you for not making this another boring recipe to read either. :) I was very entertained. :)

  10. I’ve used the same recipe for years, never memorized it, and lost it. Found this one on Pinterest….thank God! Much better than my old one and my new forever recipe, if I don t lose it😉

  11. OMG! These were amazing! I used Soymilk and Splenda. Wow they were delicious. Tomorrow is my birthday and I’ve really been wanting a good pancake and these were perfect! Thanks!

  12. great recipe! tried them without eggs and tasted just as good!

  13. Hi there,

    Thanks for your recipe! I’m a pretty inexperienced cook and was trying out for a small batch to see how it works so I did 1/3 of everything you mentioned. But my pancakes turned out rather weird tasting (somewhat bitter and soapy). Texture is fine though! Any advice?

    • The only thing I can think of is your baking powder. Did you forget to decrease the amount? Or did you maybe use baking soda instead?

      • Well, in the large recipe (with photos) you said to put 2 tablespoons baking powder, while in the small recipe you said to put 2 TEASPOONS.

  14. What a wonderful recipe… I love it.. Thank you…

  15. been looking for pancake recipes all over, yours is my favorite. i just tried it

  16. OMG YUMMY az thnkq soo much 4dat 2u n ur dad they were very njoy my kids n mokos jus chowd dem dwn n i was lucky 2gt 1, so when they all lft th table wif happy tummies I had 2make up anather batch & what I also did s made 1half of plain n other half threw n chokchpyz, big mistake kids n mokos came back so stl yt 2try th chippy1, to b continued!! ;-) :-(


      • Emma get a life. You sincerely need one. Lalaine. :-)

      • No Emma is right they need to learn how to type properly. Because it is very hard for people like myself it is very annoying

      • Lol, Emma, please act your age??? I am a professional chef and DO NOT want to waste my precious time reading your childish bickering, with the other gals, on this page
        so PLEASE do NOT waste everyone’s valuable time???
        We, actually want to cook!!! This is NOT high school!!!! SHEEESH, LOLOL :-)

  17. I haven’t made dem yt but ill sure b chucking out 2days weigh me dwn f I can even call dem pancakes jus to give this ago, jus frm readn a lot of gr8 comments bar 1 there’s jus no plzn n every1 but I’m really lokn 4ward to makin these n thee mrnn. 2b continued!! ;-)

  18. thanks for sharing and good tips from others too

  19. I have never been able to make a good fluffy pancake. They have always been to heavy. This recipe is wonderful! I used Ener-G Egg Replacer for the eggs and soy milk instead of cow’s milk due to DD’s dairy and egg allergy. The pancakes were light and fluffy. DD loved them at breakfast then had the leftovers for lunch. Thanks for sharing this terrific recipe. Love the pictures too.

  20. hi, i love your recipe but it’s kinda hard when the pancake is cold.

  21. Amazing pancakes! No more bisquick for me! Thanks for the recipe. It was very easy. The pancakes turned out so fluffy. I added a teaspoon of vanilla. Also, I didn’t have enough oil so I added some “I can’t believe it’s not butter” vegatable oil spread. It was a lot of batter but that’s a plus to a mother of two little ones because now I can make pancakes this week without any effort. Only problem is… They are so wonderful it’s going to be hard for me not to eat pancakes every day. I already ate them for breakfast and dinner yesterday. I love pancakes but they are not part of my clean diet. I guess I better get on the elliptical.

    • Just made these again today. This time I used 1/3 oil and no butter. I have to say they were good but not as good as when I used butter. Last time I ran out of oil so I used butter and those turned out amazing.

  22. For the chocolate chips version, I put some chocolate chips into a measuring cup (like 1/3 cup size) then scoop battery into, mix it up a little and pour into the skillet. The advantage is that all chips are coated – never hit the heat, which makes them soft and gooey rather than “fried”.

  23. I am really astounded by these pancakes and are the best ones I have found online but I have yet to try out the recipe with chocolate chips and without a doubt I know they’ll be delicious. And this proves that anyone can cook because I am actually 12 years old and I make them for my family all the time and they can’t get enough!

  24. This was the best pancake recipe I’ve come across! Thank you very much! :D they came out big & deliciouse!

  25. Thanks so much for the recipe! The pancakes came out great. It made A LOT, though so I think I’ll be eating chocolate chip pancakes for about a week. I don’t really have a problem with that. Thanks again!

  26. I found this recipe 3 years ago, and I will get stop saying THANKS! it´s the best pancake recipe ever!

    • sorry my keyboard mistake, I meant tha I will never stop saying THANKS, thanks one more time! :D :D :D

    • thats awesome….am definately trying it out tomorrow….Thanks alot.

  27. We usually make thin, pathetic British pancakes so i though we should try something different. This recipe is brilliant. Using it from now on :)

  28. this recipe is absolutely repugnant. the pancakes are way too thick and they do not cook all the way through. stay away!

  29. this recipe is absolutely repugnant. the pancakes are way too thick and they do not cook all the way through.

    • if your pancakes are too thick then you should add some more milk to the batter. obviously !

  30. thank you sooooooooooo much for showing me the recipe if it wasn’t you i will not even know to to bake anything tank u sooo much

  31. Hi, I love this recipe- the first time I made it it turned out perfectly- but I had lots left over.. I’ve tried two times since then to reduce the measurements but it’s just turned out differently.. can you help me? thanks :)

  32. thanks for the recipe ! I love the chocolate chips in them

  33. Are the choclate chips supposed to be semi sweet ot unsweetened?

  34. Thanks for the recipe! I needed to add about 3/4 to 1 cup more of milk than the recipe called for (just eyeballed it), to make the batter less doughy and more battery. I also added a tsp. Vanilla to the wet ingredients. These pancakes turned out fluffy and perfect. Thanks again!

  35. Thank you for the most unbelievable pancake reciepe. Truly the best of the best. What a good idea to sprinkle the chocolat chip on top while cooking. I just had to add another 1/2 cup of milk to the batter. I could not thank you enough. Your reciepe was a gift to me, thank you again, Jackie

  36. Oh my gosh! I’ve just discovered your blog, I love the recipe and the nostalgia that goes with it. I’ll be going back to past blogs and come forward to the present time to see what other wonderful recipes you’ve posted. Thank you for such a happy site, I look forward to reading more of what you’ve written.
    For JIM (the comment above mine) a batch with 3 cups of flour should feed two adults and two children just fine, unless somebody’s really hungry.

  37. With your recipe are the cakes really thick, because I looking to make thick one’s?

  38. I know this is an old post, but I stumbled across it and wanted to let you know that you can mix the chips into the batter. My trick is to mix the chips into the dry ingredients so they get coated with flour. Then add wet ingredients. It keeps the chips from sinking to the bottom!
    Same trick works for adding blueberries, and for adding anything to cakes, cookies, or muffins.

  39. I just made this 10 minutes ago & it taste dayumm awesomee

  40. I’m going to put nutella on mine yum!!! These look REALLY nice!!! :)

  41. Those look AWESOME. Need to go make myself some Chocolate Chip pancakes!

  42. These are simple to make, and my brother and I finished them right after I finished flipin them!! <3 them

  43. This recipe was so great my little brother kept asking for more!

  44. If you take a little time and separate the eggs, whip the whites, and mix the whites in at the end, THEN you will be griddling some fluffy pancakes. That’s the secret and you’ll never eat ’em any other way once you try it (chocolate or not).

  45. i just made these while my family were out, now im going to suprise them with these for breakfast tomorrow! brilliant recipe, and a great way of showing it through pictures. cant wait to make them again

  46. Oh!…that's great helpful, it's so right to me! Million thanks for the article,

  47. This is so interested! Where can I find more like this?

  48. i wuz just with lulu makin them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! perfect sleepover breakfast lmreo :-)

  49. I LOVE LOOKING AT RECIPES LIKE THIS!!!!!! you tell us the instructions together with the photos of it. GOOD JOB! POST MOREEEE RECIPES PLEASEEEEEEE!

  50. I LOVE LOOKING AT RECIPES LIKE THIS!!!!!! you tell us the instructions together with the photos of it. GOOD JOB! POST MOREEEE RECIPES PLEASEEEEEEE!

  51. You are so right! They were very fluffy! Landon loved them… I did tweak the recipe a little bit: using whole wheat flour instead of white, a little splash of lemon juice, and I divided all the ingredients in half and used 2 eggs. They were delicious!! Landon's had a layer of bananas baked in (spoon some batter on the griddle, top with thinly sliced bananas, then spoon another thin layer of batter on top of the bananas) and mine had chocolate chips! delicious all around!

  52. You know, I've heard of people using sodas in baking all the time… I guess it's the carbonation that helps, more than anything else, but I'd personally want to stay away from the extra sugar/corn syrup/aspartame (depending on what you use). These are super-fluffy without any soda!

  53. they look delicious! I will tell you a family secret we have been using for years in our house: a splash of 7up and lemon juice…. sounds a little weird, but my grandfather's uncle invented 7up so we use it in everything… and it makes them light and fluffy and incredible!!! And they are still amazing with chocolate chips!

    Well, I know what Landon is getting for breakfast!!!

    • i like your twitter name :DDDDD but does it mean like your mom made or like you maid or it something to do with lemonade? (:

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  55. omg me and my famliy are soo hungry and i have nothing to make but i think i no know!!!

  56. YUM!!!!!
    I am in a top chef thing for school and my round is battle pancake, and I have spent ages looking for a good recipe, and I have finally found it!!!

    • Wow, Claudia, that sounds like fun! Good luck in your battle. I hope you win! Let me know. :)

  57. I made these this weekend….absolutely wonderful.

    Although I used chocolate chips and then covered them in syrup.

  58. wow! this recipe was simply delicious! i tried it for an evening and night time dessert today – turned out exactly as in the pictures! i added bananas to the mixture (plus choc chips), served it with ice cream and a lil plum sauce, and did it vanish fast!

  59. That’s breakfast sorted tomorrow, they look good – thanks for sharing!

  60. hey thank you so much im going to use this recipe for mothers day many thanks for your easy to understand instructions and pictures.
    also my mum will thank you :P
    byeee. from jazz

  61. I made these this morning and they’re the fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever made! I made some plain ones and some with chocolate chips. They were so yummy! Thanks for the great recipe :)

  62. I suggest using the large chips and pushing them slightly down into the batter during cooking and smoothing over the tops. That way they hide in the center and they never burn! Corn (cooked kernels) is also a great addition!

  63. mmmmm! those look delicious!
    one way to keep your chocolate chips (or anything else ie. blueberries!) from sinking to the bottom of your batter is to lightly dust them in flour first. works like a charm!

  64. Yuuuuummmmmmyyyyyy! Your humor is so like mine. I laughed with you. thanks for that this morning. :)

  65. aaahhhh!!!!!!!!!! omggg these are truly wonderful! , thank you(:
    sincerlyy ,
    a very happy pancake eaterr(:

  66. Evelyn, I think the last time I made them I tried to actually measure the real amount of milk I put into the batter…it was a bit over 2 cups I think. (Cup = measuring cup. I’m not sure what you mean by “how big the cup is”) Short answer? No. You just add milk until the batter is the right consistency.

  67. Does it matter how big the cup of milk is?

  68. Thank you for the lessons. I somehow made it to age 46 burning the pancakes every single time I made them. Yours turned out perfectly. My kids adore me (for today anyhow). Oh, and the semisweet/white swirled chips totally rock in these.

  69. i love pancakes! chocolate chip ones remind me of when i was little and i’d spend the night at my grandmas. have a great new year!

  70. My god these look absolutely mouth watering.

    What kind of flour are you supposed to use?

  71. I like banana pancakes myself (and for a treat, I add the chocolate chips). I generally put in 1 overripe banana per 1-2 cups of dry ingredients. So delicious!

  72. fun! i saw this on LJ and was inspired to make some chocolate chip pancakes too. (i added a little over 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp cinammon to the batter just to sweeten it a bit). delicious!

  73. These are the most awesome fluffy pancakes I have seen in a long time! Sweet little puffs with chocolate in them….must try making sometime :)

  74. so i mean, could you share any more of a perfect christmas breakfast recipe with us all? MMMMMM!!!

  75. yum! I was puttering around my house this morning, and decided to check out tastespotting when I stumbled on your post. Anyways, within about 15 minutes of reading this, I enjoyed some super fluffy, delicious chocolate chip pancakes! They were super easy, and I am quite sure I will be making them again in the near future. Thanks!

  76. What beautiful pancakes. I haven’t made pancakes in ages. I especially like the addition of chocolate chips, who doesn’t love chocolate?

  77. Woah, your pancakes look awesome! THanks for the step-by-step photos and recipe. Definitely trying this next time I make pancakes :)

  78. Those chocolate chip pancakes are making me drool! My mom, my brother, and his family are coming to my house Christmas Eve to exchange gifts. We’re going to wear our pj’s, eat breakfast food, and pretend it’s Christmas morning so I think these pancakes will definitely be on the menu!

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