Fluffy and delicious with light tones of cinnamon and vanilla, and studded with mini chocolate chips, these pancakes are perfect for breakfast or breakfast for supper!
Coming up with a chocolate chip pancake recipe was actually my daughter’s idea. I’m really enjoying her 5-year-old perspective on cooking; it’s so fun to do these little collaborations with her! She gets so excited and proud when we take one of her ideas and bring it to life together in the kitchen. This time, she was inspired by some pancakes she’d seen in a Fancy Nancy book and if you don’t know who Fancy Nancy is, do yourself a favor and check out her books because that chick is most definitely living her best life and serves as inspiration to make every day moments special.
And speaking of special, we used mini chocolate chips in these pancakes. I’ve tried making pancakes with regular sized chocolate chips in the past, and while they taste good, I prefer them made with the mini ones. The regular sized ones tend to stick to the pan and leave small craters where the chocolate chip was before the pancake was lifted off of the pan leaving the chocolate chips behind. So not only is there now less chocolate in the pancakes and craters on their surface, but you’re left with the annoyance of the chocolate on your frying pan/griddle which needs to be cleaned up before the next batch or it’ll leave burnt chocolate on the next pancakes. I didn’t have this problem at all when I used the mini chocolate chips. They were small enough to be held by the batter and while they melted and some streaked a bit, they stayed in the pancakes. So I’m now a mini chocolate chip convert. If that’s not enough to get you to try them, just LOOK at them! They are so cute and make for such an easy garnish on a tower of pancakes.
I used a bit of cinnamon in this recipe which you could omit if cinnamon isn’t your thing. If you do like cinnamon, the amount I used is modest so you’re getting just a hint of cinnamon, so it’s not overpowering at all. You can clearly taste the chocolate and vanilla without any competition from the cinnamon.
If 12 pancakes are too much for you, these freeze really well. I often make big batches of pancakes and stack them with a small piece of parchment paper between each pancake then slide the stack into a zip-lock bag and then into the freezer. When you want a pancake, just pull one out of the freezer and plop it into your toaster. This is a great option for mornings when you don’t have much time or don’t want to start your day with a few dishes.
If you make these pancakes, let me know how you like them! I always love hearing from you and seeing what you come up with when you try my recipes. Let me know in the comments section below or tag me, @crumbs.and.caramel, on Instagram!
Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups plant-based milk of choice
- 3 tbsp neutral oil (e.g. avocado, canola etc)
- 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, combine and stir the plant-based milk, oil and vanilla. In a large bowl, sift in the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Pour the liquid ingredients in, stirring just until almost combined, taking care not to over stir. Fold in the chocolate chips. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes.
- Heat a lightly greased non-stick pan over medium heat, or an electric griddle set to 380°F. Add the batter by 1/4-1/3 cupfuls. Cook for 4 minutes or until bubbles break the surface; flip the pancakes and cook another 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush the pan or griddle with a light amount of oil between each batch.