Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

There are few things more comforting than a warm stack of pancakes, wouldn’t you agree? So, as part of our month of pumpkin recipes we picked a delicious seasonal version from Monique of Ambitious Kitchen. Her pancakes are chocolate-y, spicy and surprisingly wholesome — perfect for a weekend breakfast. Here’s how to make them…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes
by Monique Volz of Ambitious Kitchen

These fluffy and healthy whole wheat pumpkin pancakes are packed with vitamin A and burst with just the right amount of pumpkin flavor. If you want to reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe, just use fewer chocolate chips. Serve with pure maple syrup or a dollop of peanut butter for a cozy fall breakfast.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Serves 6 Pancakes

You’ll need:

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of cloves
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plus more if necessary to thin the batter
1/3 cup chocolate chips
Coconut oil or butter for greasing the skillet

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

In a separate large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, maple syrup, egg, vanilla and almond milk until smooth and well combined. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. If the batter looks too thick add just a splash more milk. Fold in chocolate chips.

Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with butter or cooking spray and place over medium heat. Drop batter by 1/4 cups onto skillet and spread out a bit with a spoon. Cook until bubbles appear on top, about 2 minutes. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on the underside, about 2 minutes. Wipe skillet clean and repeat with more coconut oil (or butter) and remaining batter. Reduce the heat to medium-low heat on the second batch to prevent burning. Makes 6 pancakes.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Thank you so much, Monique!

P.S. More sweet recipes, including nutella-stuffed blondies and pumpkin crème brûlée.

(Recipe by Monique Volz. Photos by Sarah Fennel of Broma Bakery. Thanks to Stella Blackmon for helping with this series.)

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  2. we all need something delicious to start our days out right now am I right?

  3. This recipe is too yummy-looking to ignore. Thanks for sharing!

  4. These look soooo good. Very delicious.

  5. oooo these look perfect for Thanksgiving morning! Good to know they’re packed with Vitamin A (aka Vitamin Awesome*unicorn emoji*).

  6. Stefanie Braatz says...

    I made these for breakfast on a rainy day her in SF yesterday. They turned out so delicious and we’re so easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Leah says...

    Made these this morning and they were delicious! However if you use a 1/4 cup to create them, the recipe makes about 10 pancakes, not 6.

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  9. Rebecca says...

    Yes! We make a cookie version of these, with practically the same recipe, just more pumpkin and flour. They’re so soft and the chocolate is key. Love it!

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  11. wb says...

    Would love to see a gluten free version!

  12. Oh wow, these look incredible. I have friends visiting from the UK this weekend and these might be the perfect Sunday brunch dish, especially so close to Thanksgiving. I’ll definitely be giving these a try, thanks Jo!

  13. These look SO GOOD. I don’t even like pancakes that much, but I do love pumpkin…A LOT. It’s like eating a giant cookie! For breakfast!

    Heather |

  14. Laura C. says...

    Pumpkin and chocolate? I never would have thought! But it looks good!
    I have always cooked pumpkin with salty recipes.

  15. Ummmm…. Yum! These look incredible. I need to make these now. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea

  16. I love Ambitious Kitchen! :) Denintely putting these on the weekend menu!

    • I love cake and Pumpkin Chocolate. This looks promising, hearty!!!
      love cakes…

  17. Joy says...


  18. These look divine, and definitely something both my two year old and 10 month old will happily eat. Even better, I have all the ingredients on-hand. :)

    Thank you for tomorrow’s breakfast!

  19. Sarah says...

    These are amazing! Made them a few weeks ago and you will not be disappointed. Ambitious Kitchen is the best and her recipes are very forgiving/adaptable for those of us who want healthy-ish, are nut-free or are not vegans. Her honey whole wheat jalapeño tamale pie is an easy-dinner staple and we always add it veggies and black beans. I made it last night in fact, ha! Can you tell I love her!?

    • I’ve never tried that but it sounds delicious! Thanks for the recommendation!

  20. these look soooo good.

  21. Brianna says...

    These look delicious, though I might leave the chocolate chips out (I know, I know!), but I’m sort of a pancake purist!!

  22. These look amazing! How did you manage to fit that whole stack onto a fork!?

    Abigail Alice x

    • Giulia Doyle says...

      toothpicks that you can’t see are usually a food photographers best friend ;)

  23. Yummy!! I love Reading ambitious kitchen, it’s the only food blog i’?3 found that is compelling both in its recipes and it’s writing content! I made her turkey chili the other night – it’s a huge favorite in my house and I highly recommend it!! Also her coconut milk got chocolate is AMAZING! Fun to see two of my favorite blogs teaming up!


    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i agree! she takes the most mouthwatering photos.

  24. yum, these look so delicious. and really, we all need something delicious to start our days out right now am I right?

    xo, brittany
    holiday jammies roundup on my blog today!