Easy Chocolate Chip Pancakes -- Quick Decadent and Sinfully Delicious

The History of My Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Here it is! The recipe I promised in my hub, “Is There Such a Thing as Living Too Healthfully?” Chocolate chip pancakes to die for!

It was several years ago that I discovered chocolate chip waffles on a winter vacation trip my husband and I were taking from Wisconsin to Florida. I was in a restaurant somewhere in southern Tennessee.

At the time, I had never heard of chocolate chips on waffles, or pancakes, or any such things. Being a chocoholic, when I spied chocolate chip waffles on the menu, I had to try them. They were so yummy, that when I got home from our trip, I determined to make some myself. Who knew when I might make another trip through Tennessee?

Having searched everywhere for the recipe with no success, I decided to try concocting my own version of chocolate chip pancakes. It seemed to me that all the restaurant had done was to sprinkle some chocolate chips over plain buttermilk waffles and add whipped cream with syrup on the side. I decided I could probably wing it.

Lots of chocolate lovers have shared this recipe with me over the years, and a few youngsters have become chocoholics as a result of my introducing them to these pancakes.

I apologize that my cell phone does not take better photos. I even manipulated the photos with my photo program (not Photoshop), and they improved, but still are not as pretty as the main photo I borrowed from jumbledpile. I guarantee your finished pancakes will look better than my cell phone depicts, and once you taste them, your life will never be the same again!

Chocolate chip pancakes
Chocolate chip pancakes | Source

What You Will Need

One of the many nice things about this recipe is that you probably have most of the ingredients already on hand.

1 – package of prepared microwavable buttermilk pancakes found in your grocer’s frozen foods department. The package usually includes 4 servings of 3 pancakes.

1 to 1 ½ cups of your favorite maple syrup for each serving of pancakes.

½ Cup of your favorite brand of mini chocolate chips for each serving of pancakes (you may want just a few more than ½ cup, but not much more, because this recipe is extremely rich).

1-package of your favorite prepared whipped cream -- or (this is my favorite) – ice cream. Your favorite vanilla ice cream, chocolate chip ice cream, or similar, will work perfectly.

You will also need a microwave oven, a microwavable bowl, and a spoon.

This is a picture of pancakes sprinkled with mini chocolate chips and covered in maple syrup just before going into the microwave.
This is a picture of pancakes sprinkled with mini chocolate chips and covered in maple syrup just before going into the microwave. | Source
This is a picture of the pancakes after being microwaved and just before mushing the mini chocolate chips around to make them more like frosting.
This is a picture of the pancakes after being microwaved and just before mushing the mini chocolate chips around to make them more like frosting. | Source
Here are the pancakes ready to eat!
Here are the pancakes ready to eat! | Source

Preparation -- About 5 Minutes

* Remove 1 package of 3 pancakes from the larger package of frozen pancakes. Return the package of pancakes you will not be using to the freezer.

* Remove the 3 pancakes from their wrap, separate them from each other, and arrange them in the bowl. If you do not have a large bowl like the one pictured here, a large cereal bowl works even better (IMHO). You need to use a bowl rather than a plate to avoid having the syrup and/or melted ice cream run over. It is OK to leave the pancakes in a stack if the bowl is too small to spread them out.

* Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over and/or between your pancakes.

* Carefully pour the maple syrup over the pancakes, displacing as little as possible the chocolate chips sprinkled on the pancakes.

* Place the bowl of pancakes with chocolate chips and maple syrup in the microwave and nuke on high for 1 minute. This may vary by a few seconds depending on your microwave, but the pancakes should be thawed and warm, and the mini chips considerably softened.

* If you are using the smaller bowl with the pancakes in a stack, you may need to microwave another 20 seconds or so to make sure all pancakes are thawed and warm. Do not over microwave – the pancakes will be hard and tough.

* Use a spoon to mush the mini chocolate chips around on the tops of the pancakes. IF you are using a smaller bowl that requires the pancakes to be in a stack, lift the pancakes gently apart and smear the chocolate chips around, starting with the top pancake, so they are more like a frosting. Do not be concerned with mushing every single chocolate chip. Just get most of the ones on the tops of the pancakes.

* Once the chocolate chips are mushed slightly, add 2-3 scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream. I don’t own an ice cream scoop, so I use a strong soup or serving spoon.

* Spoon some of the maple syrup and melted chocolate chips over the ice cream if desired, and dig in while they’re still warm.

For Children or People of Any Age Who Do Not Handle Rich Foods Well

Separate the pancakes and place just one pancake in a small cereal sized bowl. Do this for as many people as prefer the smaller serving. Follow the same steps in preparing and microwaving the pancake, except that 30-40 seconds in the microwave may be long enough for a single pancake prepared as directed in this recipe. Experiment with your microwave to see what works best.

Microwaving for too long will make the pancakes hard and/or tough. Even just 3-5 seconds too long can make the edges of some foods, not just these pancakes, hard or tough.

I have not tried this method with waffles, but I am about to. I purchased frozen waffles the last time I went grocery shopping, because there were no frozen pancakes available. My favorite brand for pancakes is Pillsbury, but I have been using Wal-Mart’s store brand and they are satisfactory, though the quality does not seem quite as superb as Pillsbury’s.

This is a great recipe for a snack, and tolerable for breakfast if accompanied by some nutritious side elements such as fresh strawberries, canned pear halves, or eggs prepared your favorite way. Whatever you enjoy with chocolate!

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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Nanderson500, I've had some great pancakes at IHOP too! Yes these are even better if only because you don't have to get dressed to make and eat them. :) Thank you for stopping by!!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Rebeccamealey, good to see you again! Yes, these pancakes are a great way to raise one's spirits any time.


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for discovering this recipe and commenting on it! Have something made with olive oil after you have these pancakes and your doctor will never know. Did you know that olive oil actually reverses cholesterol packed into the arteries?

One can complicate the recipe and make their own pancakes instead of using frozen pancakes, but why do that? Well, frozen pancakes aren't readily available in countries outside the U.S., so that would be a reason I guess.

Thank you for the votes and shares, one can never have too many shares. :)


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nanderson500 21 months ago from Seattle, WA

I've had chocolate chip pancakes at IHOP before, these look even better! Wonderfully decadent.


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rebeccamealey 21 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

They look delicious. A special treat for special days. Thanks!


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Paul Kuehn 21 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

How could I have missed such an awesome recipe! It's probably because you published it during the year I was chasing money on Bubblews. I am a lover of pancakes and chocolate and putting them together couldn't be better. I'm very surprised that the recipe is so simple. If my doctor knew I was eating chocolate chip pancakes, I would really catch hell and it would probably show in my cholesterol readings. Voted up as awesome and interesting. Sharing with HP followers and on Facebook.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

DeborahDian, thank you for checking this recipe out. So glad you enjoy this recipe. It's so quick and easy for a snack or to share with drop-in children/grandchildren.


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DeborahDian 22 months ago from Orange County, California

What a delicious way to start off your Valentine's Day ... or any breakfast you want to make sure is extra special! I love this recipe!!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Hady Chahine, thank you for stopping by and drooling at the thought of these scrumptious pancakes. They are sure to satisfy the most demanding chocoholic. They're so easy to make, why not do it for yourself and your sweetie too? :)


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Lady_E, thank you for stopping by! Hope you have a chance to try these. They are truly decadent and easy too!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

bethperry, thank you for stopping by. I've done the waffles a little differently, just sprinkling semi-sweet chocolate chips over them warm from the waffle iron. Then a bit of maple syrup and whipped cream. Very attractive and tasty, but the pancakes are still my favorite. :)


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for the pin and the share! These pancakes are truly decadent and just perfect for a chocolate fix.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Moonlake, long time no see! So glad to hear from you if only briefly. Thank you for commenting and I hope these turned out well for you. They're very rich. My chocoholic daughter can only tolerate one of them at a time, where I usually have a stack of 3.

Thanks for your kind praise about the photos, and for sharing. Take care!


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Hady Chahine 2 years ago from Manhattan Beach

Oh man, half way reading through your hub I caught myself salivating. Not really, but I was in thought in anticipation of what I’m definitely eating this Saturday for breakfast! Now I just have to convince my significant other why I deserve this delicious treat and why she should make it for me. ; )


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Lady_E 2 years ago from London, UK

I love it. Very Yummy.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

Mm, they sound good! And you'll have to let us know how you fare on doing up waffles this way.

Btw, your photos are great!


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Visiting this recipe again and will pin it to Awesome HubPages and give it another share. All the chocolate lovers out there are sure to like this recipe! ☺


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moonlake 2 years ago from America

I have been so hungry for pancakes maybe we will have those for dinner. Your photo are great. Sharing.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Deborah-Diane, thank you for stopping back and sharing this recipe again! These yummy pancakes would be festive for a special occasion. I love them any time I need a chocolate fix!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Chocolate chip pancakes are a wonderful treat for Christmas morning, New Years Day or any other big family gatherings over the holidays. I'm re-sharing this as a family-friendly reminder for my followers. Your pancake recipe is sure to bring back wonderful memories for many people!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you, Shyron, for voting on, pinning and sharing this recipe! If your honey bunny loves chocolate he will be delirious over these yummy decadent pancakes. They're so quick and easy when you need a chocolate fix. The only thing that might make them better (might) is a bit of nice crisp bacon.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Au fair, I must make these for my honey bunny, he is also addicted to Chocolate.

Voted up, AI, shared and will pin to Amazing HubPages board. I also posted on facebook.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you DDE, for checking out this recipe. It really couldn't be easier with frozen pancakes from the grocery store, but home made buttermilk pancakes work just as well. Hope you get a chance to try these.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome recipe and filled with chocolate goodness love the photos a simple to make recipe.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for commenting Sam (samowhamo). I love homemade French toast. I'm not a big breakfast eater either, but there's really no law that you have to eat any specific food just because it's breakfast or that you can't eat a particular food because it isn't breakfast. I eat what I want no matter what time it is. Used to love pizza and left over cold macaroni and cheese at breakfast time (before microwaves).

I like chocolate chip waffles, but generally I prefer pancakes.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you DeborahNeyens for reading and commenting on this hub. Frozen pancakes can be dressed up a lot of different ways in a hurry. Strawberries or peaches would probably be pretty good too.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

I don't care much for pancakes but I like waffles and I have had chocolate chip waffles I like French Toast too. I don't usually eat breakfast because I cant stomach it but when I do eat breakfast I prefer waffles or French Toast (sometimes cereal) and chocolate milks that's my idea of a good breakfast.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

My sister-in-law made us two kinds of pancakes Sunday morning at our annual Fourth of July campout. One version had mini chocolate chips; the other had blueberries. Both were delicious and one of the best camping breakfasts ever. Thanks for sharing your recipe. No need to apologize for your photos. They look quite delicious!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you rajan jolly for stopping by, and for the vote and especially for the share.

Hope you do try these because they are super easy, and great for chocoholics. Although if you're in India the frozen pancakes may not be available. I was reading recently that a lot of the processed foods we have here in the states are banned in many other countries. Any buttermilk pancake will do, but Pillsbury's frozen pancakes are the best.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Needed to try this out so I'm here again. Voted up, interesting and sharing.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Careermommy, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope your son enjoyed the pancakes for his birthday breakfast. :)


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Au fait, you've given me an idea for my son's birthday tomorrow! He loves pancakes and adding some chocolate chips will put a great twist to a nice birthday breakfast. I won't even need to add syrup. Thanks for the idea!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Moonlake, thank you for pinning this hub!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Came back so I could pin this good recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you sgbrown for reading and commenting on this recipe, and for voting it up, etc. This is a great treat for grandchildren and nieces and nephews. ;) I keep some Pillsbury frozen pancakes in my freezer for those times when nothing else will quite satisfy my need for a chocolate fix.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Oooh! These sound so good! Hubby doesn't care much for chocolate, can you believe that, but me and the grandkids do! These will be an awesome treat for them when I am keeping them from time to time during summer vacation. Voting up and useful! (I wish we had a "yummy" button!) :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

ishwaryaa22, thank you for checking out my recipe for the easiest chocolate chip pancakes in the world! This recipe is great for a snack, a dessert, or any time at all and you can add as many chocolate chips as you like. Perfect for chocolate lovers!


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging recipe hub! I am a big fan of anything that involved chocolates! Your recipe sounds delicious! With clear instructions & inviting photos, I would like to try your recipe. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & shared


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Sweetie1 for reading and commenting on this hub! You may have to catch a quick flight to the states to get some frozen pancakes! ;) I've never in my life made pancakes from scratch. I have used pancake flour, and maybe that is available in India? There are usually recipes on the outside of the packaging. There are of course many buttermilk pancake recipes on the Net.

My recipe here is intended to be quick and easy and can be accomplished entirely in about 5 minutes. That would not be possible even with pancake flour.

The first time I made this recipe with frozen pancakes was about 30 years ago. Hard to believe you do not have frozen pancakes available in India after they have been here for such a long time. Maybe you should try a different grocer, or ask your regular grocer to special order them for you. They are the ultimate and worth the effort! Thanks again for checking this recipe out!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

rajan jolly, thank you for reading, commenting, voting, and especially for sharing this hub! If you love chocolate the way so many of us chocoholics do, this recipe will hit the spot! ;)


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sweetie1 3 years ago from India

Very nicely written recipe and looks very yummy but I have not seen anyone selling those frozen butter milk pan cackes in India. So may be in next hub you can write how to make these pan cakes..it would make me try this recipe. voting it up .


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

The chocolate chips are an interesting variation. Never tried these before. certainly worth trying. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up and interesting.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for reading, commenting, voting, and especially for sharing this hub. I don't understand why people are so standoffish about sharing because it benefits everyone who participates.

Yes, pancakes are easy to make and I've made my share of them when I had a family to cook for, but now there's just me, and I love the convenience of frozen pancakes -- but they have to be Pillsbury buttermilk for best results.

You are so right that this recipe could be a desert! It makes a great snack too. With children it's usually best to give each one just a single pancake because they're so rich. They're perfect for so many occasions. Hope you give them a try.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Deborah-Diane, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub. These pancakes are one of my favorite decadent foods when it comes to chocolate!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

My husband makes chocolate chip pancakes for our grandkids every Sunday morning. They love them!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Au fait,

I have purchased frozen waffles in the past because I do not own a waffle maker but have always made my own pancakes. They are easy to make from scratch. This recipe of yours sounds like a bit of heaven for chocolate lovers. Could almost be a dessert! Up votes and will share. This should put a smile on chocolate lovers faces! :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for commenting on this hub! These pancakes are so good I'm addicted to them -- but store brand pancakes don't cut it. Have to be Pillsbury Buttermilk Pancakes. Hope you get a chance to try them.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, this sounds wonderful! When I was a kid, my parents took me to the IHOP restaurant for chocolate chip pancakes. I haven't thought about them in years, but what's not to love? Especially since I'm addicted to chocolate. I look forward to sampling these myself. Thanks!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for letting me know how much your family loved these pancakes Jen. I know you can buy syrup in different flavors, so maybe that would work along with fresh strawberries or blueberries? You can always use pie filling and whipped cream . . .


Jen 4 years ago

Just thought I'd tell you that my daughter and her husband and children came to visit over Thanksgiving and they loved these pancakes. You're right that the Pillsbury brand comes out best. Her husband is a picky guy and I worried these pancakes might be over rich, but he ate them all up with ice cream! Saved me a lot of time that I could use on other things. Now I'm thinking how I can cover them with strawberries or blueberries and save the time of making the pancakes myself.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for checking out my quickie recipe for chocolate chip pancakes Nicole S. I had some just the other day myself and they were so yummy. A person could make their own pancakes, but these are so much easier and quicker. Hope you get to enjoy some soon!


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Nicole S 4 years ago from Minnesota

Mmmmm - chocolate chip pancakes are one of my favorite things! Great hub!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Jen, for letting me know that you tried these pancakes and that you found them to be as yummy and chocolaty and decadent as I promised they would be -- and they take just a few short minutes to prepare. Great for the busy person who doesn't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.


Jen 4 years ago

Read this recipe a few days ago and didn't leave a comment, but today I'm back to let you know these pancakes were the best! When it comes to chocoholics I am the worst sort. I love chocolate and these pancakes with the melted chocolate chips on them really hit the spot! Thanks for this recipe. Wish I'd had it a long time ago. It's so fast and easy and I've got my chocolate fix in not time!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting moonlake! I like recipes that don't take a lot of time but deliver maximum taste and satisfaction. This one is great year around, but especially good for our hot summers here in TX when you want something you love but you don't want to stand over a hot stove to make it.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I will have to try these. The family loves to have a pancake breakfast ever so often. These would be great. Voted up and more.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for your comments molometer. Yes, if you can't find frozen buttermilk pancakes you can always make your own and they are so good!


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molometer 4 years ago

This is one of the things I miss about the USA.

The pancakes are to die for. Thanks for the recipe. I can now make some here.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you billybuc for commenting. I hope you will try these pancakes because if you are a chocolate lover, you will love these pancakes even more than Snuffles (Quick Draw McGraw's doggy friend) loves dog biscuits. They're fast, easy, cheap, and best of all, chocolate!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you tillsontitan, for checking out my chocolate chip pancake recipe. I know it's not from scratch, although a person could use from scratch pancakes if they wanted to, but I don't always feel like going to all that trouble just for me, so I take the fast lazy cook's way to scrumptious chocolate! This is a great way to spoil grandchildren too!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

rebeccamealey: Thank you for commenting. These pancakes are easy, fast, and cheap, and great for when you're in a hurry but you need a chocolate fix!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for commenting Brett. These are actually pancakes, but waffles could substitute, and I'm about to test that one of these days soon.

I've had both waffles and pancakes chocolatized in restaurants and I've had them both with the chocolate chips mixed into the batter and on top like I've done here with my lazy cook's method. I've even had chocolate pancakes -- that is, chocolate mixed into the batter like with a chocolate cake, and they were good too! I think chocolate is the secret -- it makes everything good -- or at least better.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have never had these but you can bet I will soon. What a great idea...and anything that includes chocolate is a great idea!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Tell me what could be better than chocolate chip pancakes? Nothing! (I have to eat gluten free pancakes but I can certainly add chocolate chips to them.) I've had waffles with ice cream topped with whipped cream but never pancakes! ...and they couldn't be easier using frozen pancakes...imagine fresh pancakes...my mouth is watering. Waaay to go Aufait!

Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

The chocolate chip pancakes sure look good. I just might have to indulge soon. You've got me craving chocolate!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

I was never much of a waffle fan, as we don't really eat them much in the UK. However, I recently tried done waffles at a local coffee shop which mixes the chocolate chips into the mix before cooking ... Delicious, as I am sure these are.

Shared, up and useful.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you mary615 for reading and commenting on my hub!

I'm probably the only person here who dislikes the new recipe capsules. The regular capsules work much better, and easier for me. I appreciate that you would give me the 5 stars if that were possible.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Mhatter99: Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Yes, pancakes are really another form of bread in many ways. They can be good cold with your favorite sandwich spread. I have known people who simply put a bit of cream and sugar on them.

Buckwheat pancakes can be good as a wrap around bacon or ham and tomato. Pancakes make a good wrap. They can be very versatile. All it takes is imagination! ;)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

My family loves chocolate, they love pancakes too, so this will be a winning combination for us!

Great recipe. I get it 5 stars, voted it UP, and shared.

Oops, I don't see the star feature, sorry.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Believe it! I didn't see the possibilities of pancakes until someone offered me a peanut butter sandwich made with them. Thank you for this.

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