Fluffy Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Let’s just rewind for a minute and forget about Monday. Will you sit down to a plate of pancakes with me and talk about the weekend? Mine was lazy and wonderful… I wish it could have lasted longer. How was yours? Good, I hope.

I can hardly believe it’s just barely the first day of summer. Here in Austin, we’ve already had lots of toasty days, cold cocktails on the porch, and weekends with a slower, easier pace. They’re not about rushing around and getting things done, being here, there and everywhere at once. Those two days of off time are just about savoring long, lazy breakfasts like this one… a pile of fluffy chocolate banana pancakes and a cup of hot, soul-huggin’ coffee.

If you’ve never had chocolate pancakes before, you’re in for a real treat!

These are some of the best pancakes I’ve ever made, and I really mean it. They have the same soft, melt-in-your-mouth consistency of my Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes, but with a kick of creamy chocolate flavor. Just one banana is all you need, but you can add more if you’d like to heighten the flavor and make them a little denser… but still delicious!

You can even sneak a little peanut butter into the batter for an amazing banana-pb-chocolate breakfast experience. About a tablespoon or so should do it. Oooo… how amazing would that be?!

Pile ‘em high and serve ‘em hot with a handful of sliced bananas or your favorite fruit. Drizzle on some syrup, pour a cuppa Joe, and breakfast (or brunch) is served! You’re just gonna love these. So what if it’s a Monday. Mix up these luscious banana pancakes after work and freeze them up! That’s right, freeze them. By adding layers of waxed paper in between each pancake, you can put them in a plastic bag, and freeze for a few weeks.

Warm pancakes at the office? Now that will make for a much more scrumptious start to any weekday morning!

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Fluffy Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Yield: Makes 12-15 pancakes

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour*

3 Tablespoons cocoa powder

3 Tablespoons sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large ripe banana (the riper, the sweeter!)*

1 cup buttermilk*

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Additional banana slices, for garnish, optional

Maple syrup or honey, for drizzling, optional

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.

In a small bowl, mash banana. Mix in buttermilk, egg, vanilla and vegetable oil until well combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The mixture should still be pretty lumpy.

Spray a large pan with nonstick cooking spray and set to medium heat. Cook pancakes until bubbles form on the surface and edges are just cooked, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional minute.

Garnish with additional banana slices and drizzle with maple syrup or honey, if desired.

Enjoy!

TIPS

Make your own buttermilk by combining any milk (I used skim) with 1 Tbsp. white vinegar. Stir and let rest 5 minutes before using.

You can use 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, if desired.

These are freezable! Click here for quick tips on freezing and reheating pancakes.

To keep pancakes warm while cooking, preheat oven to 175 degrees and place cooked pancakes on a cookie sheet or plate.

Adapted from Portuguese Girl Cooks

      

59 Responses to “Fluffy Chocolate Banana Pancakes”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 17, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    I’m going to dream of these pancakes, Georgia! Wish I had that stack to wake up to :).

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — June 17, 2013 @ 12:26 am

    Gorgeous-luscious Chocolate-Banana Pancakes, Georgia! I’m with you…we need to take in, enjoy and relax a bit over our weekends. It makes us just that much better for the week. The Big Lug insisted that I take off this past weekend. No recipe testing, LOL! I feel behind now. Goals are great, but we must live and enjoy life. Fabulous recipe and photos, girl! xo

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    Rosa — June 17, 2013 @ 1:10 am

    Those look delicious! A wonderful breakfast treat.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    starrynight1628@yahoo.com — June 17, 2013 @ 1:12 am

    These are the fluffiest, most perfect looking pancakes ever!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 17, 2013 @ 2:09 am

    So when can I come over for breakfast?

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    Eileen — June 17, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    As always, your food looks so good!

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    Joanne — June 17, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    I think I need to make these pancakes happen ASAP, even on a weekday. Chocolate and banana is the perfect combination to wake up to!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 17, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Well hello gorgeous! My husband’s favorite things to eat on earth are chocolate, bananas, and pancakes. His birthday is in a couple of weeks, and I am definitely going to make these for him!! Thanks for the idea, love! :)

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    Asmita — June 17, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    What a great way to start the day! Yummy!

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — June 17, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    Mmmm… you said fluffy pancakes… I’m in

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — June 17, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    My weekend was a little crazy, since I was entertaining my niece and her two friends. Nothing like a house full of giggling teenage girls! But, holy yum, these pancakes look so incredible!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — June 17, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    I’ve yet to add cocoa powder to my pancakes, but this is so very tempting! My sister just recently gave me a bottle of this amazing coffee syrup (yes, that’s a thing!) and I’ve been dying to drizzle it on pancakes, and I’m sure on THESE ones, it would be spectacular!

    Glad to hear you had a nice, lazy and relaxing weekend! Those are the best :)

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    Tieghan — June 17, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    Ditto what Chung-Ah said, When can I come for breakfast!?

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — June 17, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    Chocolate for breakfast? I could never turn this down!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — June 17, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    Now I’ve made chocolate chip muffins for Kevin about 100 times. (I like mine with blueberries!) But if I whipped up these chocolate pancakes, I think he would propose all over again. And I know I’d love them too – chocolate and banana is a favorite combo! So good!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — June 17, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    I’d love a stack of these right now! They look so delicious. Chocolate is great any time of day in my book!

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — June 17, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Good golly these sound amazing!!

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    cquek — June 17, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Awesome how I can get your recipe and as always your photos look amazing.
    ** btw may i know what font are you using , I love the font .

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — June 17, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Um, I wish I had these breakfast! Holy gorgeous!!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — June 17, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Oh yum! Chocolate for breakfast! These look amazing, love the chocolate/banana combination!

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    Alyssa — June 17, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Truthfully, I’m not a huge pancake person (weird, I know) but I’m thinking these just may convert me. They look SO yummy!

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    foodfashionandflow — June 17, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    I love chocolate. I can only imagine how delicious these are. and your photos are so amazing.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — June 17, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    These pancakes look so fluffy and lovely… wishing I had them for breakfast! :)

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — June 17, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    My weekend wasn’t too bad, thank you for asking ;)

    These pancakes look just…delightful. I would smear peanut butter all over em, yes yes yesss

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 17, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    These look like a happy beginning to a great day! Love chocolate and bananas together! Pinning these beauties! Thanks for sharing, Georgia!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — June 17, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    I’ll eat chocolate for breakfast anytime. These look fabulous!

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    MEgan {Country Cleaver} — June 17, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Good golly Ms. G!! These looks amazing!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 17, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    Perfect for breakfast in bed! These pancakes are so fluffy and soft.

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — June 17, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    Never in my life have I had chocolate pancakes! That’s just crazy! Putting these on my list for brunch.

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    Eat Good 4 Life — June 17, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    Wow, these sure look fluffy. The chocolate and banana combo is just the best. I have not make pancakes in a while but I think I should soon. You are killing me with all of the superb goodies you are posting lately :-)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 17, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    So fluffy! Love that I can eat chocolate for breakfast!

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    Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen — June 17, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

    I never had chocolate pancakes but I have to change this as soon as possible!!! These look awesome!! Yum!!!
    xox Amy

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    Nancy/SpicieFoodie — June 17, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    What a fabulous treat! I’ve never had chocolate pancakes and being a chocoholic I must make them tomorrow. Yum, thanks for sharing:)

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    DessertForTwo — June 17, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    I could use a big stack of these every morning! YUM!

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    Aggie — June 17, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    Yum, what fun looking pancakes! My kids love pancakes, and I love making them for them (especially during the summer) – will have to add this on our list to try!

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    Pam — June 17, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

    I may just make these for my kids tomorrow. YUM!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — June 17, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    I love chocolate chip banana pancakes – adding cocoa powder will make ‘em over the top delicious! I wish the weekend can come sooner because I want to whip up a batch of these fluffy pancakes already!

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    Jeanette — June 17, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    I’ve never had chocolate pancakes, let alone chocolate banana pancakes – gorgeous Georgia!

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    Reeni — June 17, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    Oh goodness Georgia I’m about to go whip these up for dessert! They’re gorgeous. Love the chocolate and banana combo!

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    Dan from Patter Talk — June 17, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    These look incredible! I would like to thank you, in advance, for my children. They are going to LOVE these. Wonderful post!

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    Monica — June 17, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    Oh boy – never tried this and it sounds like an awesome combination!

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    carrian — June 17, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    good mercy I love pancakes but then you made this version and I’m in heaven!

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — June 17, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I’d definitely love me a stack of these! Chocolate and banana are a match made in heaven!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — June 18, 2013 @ 2:34 am

    Planning on making these this Saturday! It’ll be a great surprise for my kids who haven’t tried “chocolate” pancakes before… he he he. :D Thanks for the recipe, Georgia!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — June 18, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    These pancakes are absolutely gorgeous! I love the photos.

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    Yasmeen | Wandering Spice — June 18, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    How gorgeous! Our one-year wedding anniversary is coming up this Saturday… these fluffy chocolate pancakes sound like the ideal breakfast treat to start our celebratory long weekend :)

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — June 18, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    No better way to start the work week!! These pancakes are one more reason I wish I could eat breakfast foods for every meal of the day!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — June 18, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    I’ve seen many pancakes recipes today and I think that means I need to make them!! They look awesome!!

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    Liz — June 18, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    What a gorgeous stack! I have a feeling my kids would not even leave one for me to sample!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 18, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

    Oh my gosh, Georgia! I am seriously in love with these!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 18, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    Oh yeah, this is a nice nice pancake recipe! Incredible looking.

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    honeywhatscooking — June 18, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    Banana and Chocolate is a combo made in heaven. These look delicious.

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    Patty — June 19, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    Oh my! I will also be dreaming of a big stack of chocolate banana pancakes-pinned!!!!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — June 19, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    OMG! This is an irresistible stack of pancakes!!

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    Yii-Huei — June 25, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    I really love this recipe, it’s so easy to whip up and not to mention, EAT A FEW! I subbed in half whole wheat, half all purpose and it worked out fine. I also blogged about them on the Huffington Post- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yiihuei-phang/chocolate-banana-pancakes_b_3491039.html

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    Bill — July 20, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    Ok…I’m having my coffee on a Saturday morning and wondering what I want for breakfast and I come across this post! I want a stack of those pancakes right now! Great post and awesome photos!

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    Keyla — August 2, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Just tried these. Made half the recipe, did half ap flour & half whole wheat flour, made them with almond milk, and OMG. They are DELISH!! The chocolate & banana flavors tastes soooo good together & they are SOOO fluffy! Definitely will make again!!

    • Georgia — August 2nd, 2013 @ 11:01 am

      Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed these pancakes, Keyla! I’ve gotta try your variations next time I make them… maybe again tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

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    Trina @ Craft Anyway! — January 4, 2014 @ 9:45 am

    I just made these for myself and the kiddos and they DEVOURED them. They asked me to make them again tomorrow! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

    Only thing…I didn’t get anywhere near as many pancakes as I thought I would. I used 1/4 cup of batter per pancake and got 10 pancakes. Still plenty for us, but thought it might help someone out who would need to double the recipe.

    Thanks again! :o)

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