Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

If your kids beg for pancakes but balk at the thought of banana pancakes, make these. They have chocolate chips, which is a guarantee that your kids will eat them.

Plus: chocolate for breakfast? That’s the start of a really good day.

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes - the perfect breakfast!

You know what is not the start of a really good day? Finding out your cookbook has shipped from Amazon. That happened on Friday. Dessert Mash-Ups is on it’s way to everyone who pre-ordered it.

Hang on. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So…maybe it’s a good day. But it’s also a knot-in-the-stomach day. An I-want-wine-at-6am-day.

What if no one likes the book? I poured my heart and soul into it – what if it gets bad reviews? What if NO ONE BUYS IT?

Anyway, if you’re interested in my cookbook, Dessert Mash-Ups is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Because it’s early, I can’t have wine. But I can have pancakes! And you know what makes pancakes the best things ever?

When they’re Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes!

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes - fluffy and sweet and filled with banana and chocolate!

I think banana pancakes are seriously my favorite, but I’m a banana addict. I don’t much like eating them, but I love throwing them in everything from smoothies to bread. And pancakes are my favorite thing to add them to because it’s so easy (and, in my mind, it makes them healthier).

So I added chocolate chips. DUH, gotta even out that “healthier” with chocolate. #truth

Even though Jordan says she hates banana pancakes, I’ve been adding a banana to her Sprinkle Pancakes for years now and she’s never the wiser. But these? These are not “sort-of-banana” pancakes. These babies are like banana bread…in pancake form.

This is my favorite pancake recipe, but I’ve adapted it to be more banana-y by mashing 2 bananas into the batter. I also added some cinnamon because I love cinnamon with my banana anything. Don’t you?

These pancakes are fluffy, light, and full of rich banana flavor. Then I added chocolate because, well. Obviously Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes > Plain Banana Pancakes. I prefer mini chocolate chips but you can use regular. Reduce the amount if you want a less chocolatey pancake.

But if you do that I’m not sure if we can be friends anymore. 😉

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes - the perfect breakfast or brunch!

And guess what? For “not liking banana pancakes” Jordan ate these for breakfast two days in a row. #momwin

Did you make this recipe?

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Fluffy pancakes filled with bananas and chocolate chips! The perfect indulgent pancake breakfast!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 brown-spotted bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat an electric griddle to 350°F, if using one. If not, you’ll preheat your pan just before cooking the pancakes.
  2. Whisk flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk milk, egg, oil, and vanilla in a large measuring cup. Add wet ingredients to dry, add bananas, and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. (1/2 cup will be very chocolatey, so add how many you want depending on how sweet you want the pancakes to be.)
  4. Spray pan or griddle with cooking spray. Drop desired amount of pancake batter onto preheated griddle or pan. Cook until small bubbles form then flip until the bottom is a light golden brown.
  5. Serve plain or with maple syrup.
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  1. Chocolate for breakfast is definitely the best way to start the day, especially when combined with banana pancakes! These are definitely drool-worthy, Dorothy! I’m wishing I had this for breakfast right now! Pinning!

  2. I hope Jordan knows how lucky she is, having her mom make her all kinds of homemade pancake treats! When I was a kid, I had Frosted Flakes. Every day.

    Congrats on the cookbook coming out! And these looks fantastic!

  3. That last comment was me, not Gayle. Sorry, Gayle! No idea how that happened. 🙂

    Sidenote: Wine at 6am is a good idea no matter what 😉
    And so is chocolate. and pancakes…especially these GORGEOUS thangs…SO FLUFFY!
    P.s LOVE the new look girl! Pinned!

  5. Perfectly looking pancakes! I would love them 🙂

  6. Each Sunday morning, a few relatives come over for breakfast, they’ll flip over these!

  7. I’m the same way– I don’t really ever eat bananas straight up, but I put them in everything! These look awesome, I’m definitely gonna put all of that chocolate in there! 

  8. My kids would FLIP over the pancakes!! And congrats on the book shipping!!! So exciting. 🙂

  9. So exciting about your cookbook, Dorothy! Chocolate for breakfast is definitely a good way to start the day. Love the banana in these pancakes too. Pinning these!

  10. Your pancakes are PERFECT!! What great shape and color and just perfect! I recently got a griddle and have made french toast on it, but not pancakes. If I can make pancakes half as pretty as these, I’ll be happy! Pinned 🙂

  11. I think that banana pancakes have to be one of my favorite things. So cozy and comforting. Yours look PERFECT!

  12. First of all, your site is my favorite ever! I am obsessed with the re-design and its perfect!! And these pancakes – I wish I had these for breakfast right now! Pinned 🙂

  13. These pancakes are heavenly and must be made pronto!

  14. Chocolate chip banana bread sounds great but if it is in pancake form, it is even better! I love bananas in absolutely anything and these are no exception. It’s a shame that our frying pan is incredibly non-stick, I will need to go and buy one to make these pancakes! Pinned 😀 

  15. so excited for you Dorothy! I’m sure everyone is going to LOVE the book, and these pancakes….my kids say they don’t like banana pancakes, but a few chocolate chips always changes everything

  16. Is it weird that these pancakes make me smile and think about when I was 5 and my godmother made me some just like it for my birthday? <3

  17. My sons would go crazy for these, on my list for the weekend!

  18. OMG! AWESOME! I love everything about these. Are they ok for kids at heart too? 🙂 

  19. I got my book Monday – it was a nice surprise after a grueling day. The kids are looking through it to decide what we should make first.

  20. I am suddenly overcome with a sad feeling…because I can’t make these pancakes tonight due to the lack of ripe bananas!  It’s on for the weekend!  They look simply delightful and perfect for Saturday breakfast.

  21. The cookbook arrived Monday! It is lovely. The pics are great and you write and describe it all so well.  Thanks for this gem of a book. 
    Your fan,Mary Brown

  22. I would be over the moon if I had these pancakes for breakfast – they look out of this world amazing!  So so excited for your cookbook too girl- I seriously CANNOT wait to get my hands on my copy – I know it’s gonna rock! Pinned 🙂 

  23. The chocolate chips guarantee that I’ll eat ’em too! Always love an excuse to have chocolate at breakfast time!

  24. Maybe no wine but I sure do think a mimosa would have gone perfect with these pancakes!! Congrats on the book and the new design all in one week!! WOOO HOO

  25. Beautiful pancakes!  I love making chocolate chip pancakes, and I, too, hide the banana, to get more nutrition in my family.  They say they don’t like banana in pancakes, yet gobble them up.  I’m trying this recipe – I’m sure it’s better than mine (looks better!). I have to get a griddle, since I make these about once a week (my mom had one, but she had a bigger kitchen than I do). Don’t worry about your cookbook; it will be very popular.  You are so talented, people will see that.

  26. Need these pancakes NOW!! Pinned 🙂

  27. Banana bread in pancake form sounds amazing! But not half as amazing as I am sure your book will be! It already has one good review and it just shipped! Breathe. Aaaaand if that fails, it is now solidly into the acceptable drinking hours! 😉

  28. I love how your pics have an ultra-pop look now. These look so good.

    P.S. I thought of your on Tuesday when HGTV played “your” Jenny Garth show…you know the one you were soooooo excited to watch. Hahah 😛

  29. Love the new site, it looks amazing! I can’t wait for my book to arrive, it should get here soon 🙂 These pancakes look amazing, wish I could have a giant stack of them right now!

  30. These pancakes, these pancakes are like whoa and made of all things I want to start my day with! Great recipe, Dorothy!

  31. Oh boy! Dorothy, your pancakes always look incredible – so thick and so fluffy – my perfect pancake! 

  32. Your pancakes look perfect to me! I left the first review of your cookbook on Amazon — before it arrived. 🙂

  33. I wouldn’t mind even more chocolate chips! 🙂

  34. I ADORE your new design, Dorothy! Our week got derailed, so I’m sorry I didn’t get over sooner to see it. It’s beautiful (just like these pancakes)!

  35. I have a bunch of super ripe bananas on my counter, just waiting to be made into these pancakes. None of us eat plain bananas; there’s something about the texture of trying a banana that’s not quite ripe that ruined it for me. But baked into a pancake, muffin, or bread is perfect!

  36. congratulations on the shipping of your book! I’m sure it will be awesome and everyone will love it 🙂

  37. I would add more banana. I don’t understand people who don’t like it, see that it has protein, vitamins, almost no fat. You can add it to almost every meal, I love them in shakes 🙂

  38. Made these this morning. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe.


    also choc chips and bananas are part of every balanced breakfast 😀

  40. “chocolate for breakfast? That’s the start of a really good day.” Agreed. :).  These pancakes are the bomb! And that’s so exciting about your cookbook!!! I can hardly wait to see it! 

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  42. Yum! These look delicious! I’ll take two stacks!

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  44. Hi! I will definitely try them in the next couple of weeks. I was just wondering if you think it would be possible to prepare everything the night before, leave it in the fridge and them cook the pancakes the morning after? Thanks a lot! 🙂

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  49. I just made these today with my 4 year old daughter. She loved them, as did I! Mine did not turn out as fluffy, so I am not sure where I went wrong, however it didn’t affect the taste. I will for sure make these again. Thank you! 

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  52. I hope it’s okay that I used your recipe and adapted it for my own blog… I credited you of course!

    also, my name is Jordan as well 🙂 

    so yummy! thank you!!! 


  53. Made this today and it was excellent!!! Thanks so much! 

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  64. I just wanted to let you know that I made these last night for dinner and they came out perfectly! And yes, I ate them for dinner- I would eat them for breakfast and dinner in the same day if my family would adapt to my tastes haha. Thanks for sharing 🙂 

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  66. Made these this morning. They were a total hit! Will definitely be making these banana chocolate chip pancakes again! Thanks so much!

  67. This looks so good, I’d love to try them out! I just have a question, if I don’t use the entire batter, how do I store it and for how long can it last? 

  68. I made these this morning and they turned out great! Delicious!

  69. I’m trying these this morning. Thanks for the recipe!

  70. I am so making these this morning !!!

  71. I am so making these this morning !!!!

  72. Would it be okay if I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil for the pancakes?

  73. nice recipe

  74. These were easy to make and delicious! Thank you!

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