Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

This is the ultimate recipe for the ultimate stack of pumpkin pancakes, spiced with cinnamon, and loaded with chocolate chips. Cool fall mornings just got even better.

I feel like I’m breaking a huge rule today. Pumpkin pancakes… in August?! Ok, ok while I hate saying goodbye to long summer days, warm summer nights, s’mores by the campfire, beach vacations, and actually having a tan – there is absolutely NOTHING compared to this September.  So yeah. I can’t control my excitement anymore.

That being said, fall is coming early on SBA this year.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - this is the ultimate recipe for moist, fluffy, thick pumpkin pancakes! Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’ll be quite busy a chaotic mess the few weeks before the wedding, so I decided to start baking fall recipes early this year. Though I have to admit, I made these pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes in June, twice in July, and finally shot them a couple weeks ago so I could share the recipe with you today. To me, pumpkin knows no seasons. Same with flip-flops and neon pink nail polish. I’m seasonally challenged.

Today’s recipe is everything you love about fall served up on an adorable orange polka dot plate, preferably paired with a steaming cup of coffee on a cool morning as the leaves begin to change color. I think you should get these plates too. Cutest ‘lil things I own.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - this is the ultimate recipe for moist, fluffy, thick pumpkin pancakes! Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

It’s been awhile since I shared a pancake recipe with you, so let me remind you about my thoughts on pancakes. Yes, I have a series of pancake thoughts. My life is weird.

To me, pancakes are meant to be light and soft. A stack of fluffy heaven. Now, it’s easy to make fluffy pancakes using the good ‘ole box of pancake mix, but you won’t find me doing that on a Sunday morning. Nothing compares to homemade! When I began testing pumpkin pancake recipes, I had a long streak of reject batches that were both dense and flavorless. Pumpkin is a funny little ingredient. It changes the moisture, tenderness, and texture of anything it touches. But luckily after about 8 flavorless recipes making pancakes comparable to hockey pucks, I found a winner. And spent nearly $30 on pumpkin in the process.

But this cinnamon-spiced, pumpkin flavored, chocolate chip studded, maple syrup drenched stack of pancakes… oh man, it was soooo worth the trouble.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - this is the ultimate recipe for moist, fluffy, thick pumpkin pancakes! Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

This is a recipe you’re going to want to hold onto this fall. Making these pancakes is incredibly simple and if you want your pancakes to be as lip-smackin’ as mine, I suggest you follow the recipe as written and read this.

Pumpkin Pancake Tips

(1) You need whole milk. Not soy, almond, rice, coconut, skim, 1% or 2%. The only substitute would be buttermilk. Whole milk is what makes your pancakes so tender and rich. With your leftover whole milk, make this.

(2) Measure your pumpkin carefully. 1 cup of pumpkin wasn’t enough. 1 and 1/2 cups was way too much, leaving the pancakes thin and gloppy – they were gross. You need a precise 1 and 1/4 cups.

(3) Don’t mix up your baking soda and baking powder. You need both. 2 teaspoons of BP, 1 teaspoon of BS. These leaveners are what make your pancakes fluffy and tall.

(4) Brown sugar, not white. You want the slight molasses flavor from brown sugar. It just pairs well with pumpkin. I don’t use too much brown sugar because the chocolate chips leave the pancakes plenty sweet. And so does your maple syrup.

(5) If you don’t like chocolate chips in your pancake business, feel free to leave them out. I actually loved the pancakes without the chocolate chips. Topped with melty butter and pure maple syrup, of course. Totally not wedding diet appropriate, but that’s why I run the mileage of a crazy person.

Moist, fluffy, flavorful, everything a pancake should be. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - this is the ultimate recipe for moist, fluffy, thick pumpkin pancakes! Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

NOTE: I highly suggest you make the recipe as written first. Pumpkin pancakes are very temperamental and even the slightest change in ingredients will have your pancakes tasting different than mine. After trying the recipe, tweak as you see fit if necessary. 🙂

ALSO: make sure your griddle is hot hot hot before adding the pancake batter.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - this is the ultimate recipe for moist, fluffy, thick pumpkin pancakes! Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

These pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes are the epitome of a cozy fall breakfast! Moist and fluffy, they're wonderful with a pat of butter and a cascade of maple syrup. Make sure you read my notes in the post before beginning.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 heaping teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice1
  • 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (305g) pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
  • 1/3 cup (67g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) whole milk2

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and chocolate chips together until combined. Set aside.
  2. I like to mix the wet ingredients in a blender (I love the one that is linked!). This guarantees a smoother batter and breaks down the pumpkin. This is especially necessary if you are using fresh pumpkin puree. Add the pumpkin, brown sugar, egg, oil, and whole milk to a blender and blend on high for 45 seconds until combined. Alternatively, you may whisk by hand or use a hand mixer.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk by hand gently to combine the ingredients. The batter is extremely thick. Do not thin it out. Whisk until *just* combined, no more. A few lumps may remain. Taste the batter. If you want to add more spices, go ahead. I usually add more cinnamon.
  4. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat generously with butter. Once hot, drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to form on the sides, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Coat griddle/skillet again with butter for each pancake or batch of pancakes.
  5. Keep pancakes warm in a preheated 200°F (93°C) oven until all pancakes are cooked. Serve immediately with your favorite pancake toppings. Pancakes taste best right after they are made. Pancakes freeze well, up to 2 months.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Instead of pumpkin pie spice, you may use 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice.
  2. Whole milk is key for the richest tasting pancakes.

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207 comments

  1. I just made these with & without chocchips & they r soSooo darn delicious!  Thank u 4 the recipe &measuring tips.  If I didn’t read them I would have had 5T flour too much!

  2. Just made these and they are so wonderful!! I didn’t have chocolate chips so substituted the cinnamon chips I had. Oh my goodness. Divine in every way.

  3. Wow! Made these this morning after stumbling across your recipe as I was searching online. These were amazing! Best pumpkin pancakes I’ve ever had. I substituted 2% milk since it’s what I had in the fridge, but still turned out great. Thank you for testing and sharing your insights with us!

  4. I love pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes and I make them often from a few different recipes and let me tell you, this, next to one other I have as a favorite is just if not better than that one!
    Thank you just polished off a stack for myself with some powdered sugar and Vermont maple syrup.
    Thank you and will check out your we sight for other recipes 🙂
    Jean

  5. Hi Sally, I love to make these without the chocolate chips, then when they are cooking I put white chocolate chips for the kids and blueberries for me. I love the moisture that the blueberry juices add, and I tried them with Biscoff on them today…OMG! So good, you have to try it!

  6. Made these today. Half without chocolate chips and half with. They were so silky and delicious! Other pumpkin pancake recipes I’ve tried have been quite heavy, but these had a airiness about them that I just loved. The kids gobbled them up too!

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. AMAZING! Delicious- perfect and exactly what I was craving. I am allergic to dairy so I substituted the whole milk for coconut cream (Thai Kitchen). And I always use non dairy butter. Smart Balance is great. Thank you! 

  8. Absolutely delicious!! I didn’t use the entire batter, about half left.. Do you think I could make muffins with it?

  9. I’m so HAPPY to have found your site!  It’s my second time making these pumpkin chic chip pancakes and my teens gobble them up!  We had these for lunch today and for tonight’s big MSU football game I am going to try your BBQ chicken finger recipe.  All I want for Christmas is your cookbook!  Keep up the fantastic work!

  10. I followed the recipe and measured everything properly, but they wouldn’t get done on the middle.  I don’t usually have a problem when I made other homemade pancakes.  

  11. Hi Sally!

    These look so so amazing, and I’m going to make them for my boyfriends birthday (he’s OBSESSED) with pumpkin! Do you think that the batter would last overnight in the fridge? We both have work early so I was just trying to save a little time in the morning. 

    Thank you!

    • The pancakes should be cooked right after the batter is made. It doesn’t take long to stir together, I promise!

      • Just wanted to reply back and say I made them for my boyfriend this morning and we both (plus all of my housemates) more than LOVED them! They were amazing! Also, for others looking to save time, I mixed the dry batter last night and that did help a bit this morning. Thanks again for such a great recipe!

  12. These are our new favorite pancakes. We make them at least once a month, and keep them in the freezer for quick breakfast to warm up. We use half the amount of chocolate chips. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Can this recipe be easily doubled, or would it be best to just make two separate batches? Thank you for posting such delicious recipes!

  14. Hi Sally! First off, I LOVE your recipes! I was wondering if I could use this as a waffle recipe instead of pancakes? I’m a waffle girl myself – all those yummy syrupy wells.. Mmmm! 

  15. These were HEAVENLY! I followed the advice of another comment and made “buttermilk” with my almond milk, since that’s all I had. I also didn’t realize I was out of pumpkin pie spice until I was in the middle of making these, and I had no allspice! I just added extra cinnamon in place of the allspice, and it all worked out. These are definitely my new favorite pancakes. Even with the almond milk instead of whole milk, they were so thick and fluffy. The pumpkin flavor was perfect. We have plenty of leftovers, and I can’t wait to eat them again tomorrow!

  16. We had these marvelous pumpkin pancakes this morning for breakfast. Thank you very much for this great recipe. I will definately keep it in my do it again list.

  17. Hi Sally! I LOVE your blog, especially your pumpkin recipes and I was wondering if I could put the link to this wonderful recipe in one of my blog posts? Thank you so much, Sally! I always enjoy reading your posts and trying new recipes!

  18. Oh, Sally!!! I made these pancakes over the weekend and they melted my heart and soul! Wow! What an amazing recipe. Thank you so so much for sharing. I’ve now become addicted to your site! 🙂

  19. I made these last week. THEY WERE THE BEST!!! Thanks for posting!

  20. I made these for the first time this morning. I subbed half a cup of whole wheat flour and used your favorite trick – using 1 1/2 cups milk and subbing half a cup of plain Greek yogurt since all I had was 1 percent. They were A mazing! My 2 and 4 year olds gobbled them up. I will use half the amount of chocolate chips next time though I found it a little sweet and drowning out the pumpkin flavor and also threw some pecans in a few of mine. So good.
    I have been poring over your blog and Facebook page since I stumbled on it several weeks ago. This is around the dozenth recipe of yours I have tried and I have loved all but one and have a list I’m dying to try.

  21. Hi Sally – I love all your recipes and am very excited to try this one.  What do you think about substituting coconut oil for the vegetable oil?  Thanks so much for this recipe and all your other recipes!

  22. These look incredible! We’ve been searching for the perfect pumpkin pancake recipe and it looks like this is IT! I love the addition of chocolate chips. Thanks so much! 🙂

  23. Hi Sally, I love all of your recipes and have made tons of them and have pinned even more!  I have a question regarding these pancakes. The description calls for 2 cups of milk but the recipe says 1.5 cups. I made it both ways and felt the 2 cups were better. Wondering your opinion and how much is correct? 
    Thank you so much,
    Kate

    • Hi Kate! I don’t see where it says 2 cups of milk, but I’m sorry for the confusion regardless! It’s 1 and 1/2 cups. Though if you like it with 2 cups, by all means– continue to make them that way 🙂

  24. Hi Sally, I’m making these for thanksgiving breakfast tomorrow, but for a rather large crew.  I saw that you said doubling would be fine, so would quadrupling the recipe be fine as well?

    • Hi Mary, I fear the ratios could get a little funky if making that much batter at once. I recommend making 2 double batches.

  25. I tried this amazing pumpkin chocolate chip pancake recipe for brunch and my guests and I all loved it. The pumpkin flavor is wonderful in pancakes, and we love the addition of chocolate chips. Another recipe of yours that will become a classic in my house 🙂

  26. I would like make these pancakes but I don’t have any brown sugar right now. I only have white granulated sugar and powdered sugar. Can I use white granulated sugar.

  27. These came out great! Thanks for the recipe!!

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