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Kelsey’s Chocolate Chip Pancakes (gluten-free)

Old fashioned gluten free chocolate chip pancakes are a delicious way to start your morning whether you’re a kid or just a kid at heart.

Kelsey's Chocolate Chip Pancakes from What The Fork Food Blog

Kelsey’s Chocolate Chip Pancakes (gluten free)

Every morning I ask Kelsey what she wants for breakfast and every morning I get the same answer. First it’s always “fruit smacks” in hopes that one day we will actually give in and let her eat fruit snacks at 6 in the morning. After the daily briefing in the fact that fruit snacks are not a breakfast food she will, depending on her mood, say anything from chicken nuggets to peas but will always say “Pantates and bacon.” And not just any pancakes she wants. It’s chocolate chip pancakes.

I used to have chocolate chip pancakes as a kid and Adam and I have been making them for years now. Adam had never had them until I had introduced them to him. Which is crazy.

The man with the sweetest tooth in the world had never had chocolate chip pancakes until he was in his 20’s. Now, it’s the only way he’ll eat them. Ok, not the only way but 9 out of 10 times.

Kelsey is equally smitten with the chocolate chip pancakes. We probably have them for breakfast a few times a month since they’re requested every. single. day. She actually enjoys “helping” in the kitchen so she usually helps make them.

It’s so much fun (and sometimes frustrating) seeing here want to be involved in the process of making her food so we let her help to the best of her abilities. Some mornings go better than others if you know what I mean…

Kelsey's Chocolate Chip Pancakes from What The Fork Food Blog

The batter for these pancakes will be thick(ish) and fluffy from the baking soda. It’s not a pancake batter that is thin and liquid-y. I use an OXO Good Grips Large Cookie Scoop to portion the pancakes. It makes it so much easier to scoop the pancakes onto the pan. If you don’t have a food scoop, a 1/4 cup measuring cup works too. It’s just a little messier.

Since the pancake batter is so light and fluffy it makes for nice fluffy pancakes. I really love this pancake recipe. If you prefer to not have chocolate chips you can omit them completely or you can sub them for blueberries. These pancakes are delicious any way but chocolate chip pancakes are just so much more fun!

Kelsey's Chocolate Chip Pancakes from What The Fork Food Blog


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Kelsey’s Chocolate Chip Pancakes (gluten free)

4.62 from 13 ratings
Old fashioned gluten free chocolate chip pancakes are a delicious way to start your morning whether you’re a kid or just a kid at heart.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
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  • 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour regular or gluten-free
  • 3/4 tsp xanthan gum omit if using regular all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 C milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1/4 C mini chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, xanthan gum (if using), baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together milk, vanilla, egg and butter.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until smooth and all the dry ingredients are combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  • Cook the pancakes on medium heat on a buttered (or oiled) griddle or frying pan. Use about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Use your scoop/measuring cup to slightly flatten the pancake on the griddle when you add the batter to the hot pan.
  • Serve hot with maple syrup.


I like to cook my pancakes in a bit of melted butter to help form a ‘crust’ on the outside of the pancakes. When following a gluten-free diet, be sure to use gluten-free ingredients. This recipe makes 12 pancakes but can be doubled.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 946mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 335mg | Iron: 3mg


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  1. Sarah says:

    Oh I can’t remember the last time I made chocolate chip pancakes, these look so good 🙂

  2. My daughter would love this! I would definitely give it a try!

  3. Tina Ernspiker says:

    5 stars
    Those look wonderful! We have made them a few times with our own recipe. Sometimes we make banana pancakes too. Those are very good and simple too 🙂

  4. KC the Kitchen Chopper says:

    Someone needs to make these for me! Wow, #ChocolateChip #Pancakes..YUM! Thanks for sharing at #theWeekendSocial. Please come visit again Thursday 9:00 PM EST. Pinned! 🙂

  5. Lindsey G says:

    4 stars
    Oh my! These look absolutely delicious and I’m totally craving pancakes now! Pinning for breakfast tomorrow!

  6. Those pancakes looks so good!! I never think to make pancakes. Pinning! Thank you… and thank you for sharing at Merry Monday

  7. Dede says:

    Any reason to use chocolate chips in a recipe is a good one to me. These look so good!! I wonder if it would be overkill to spread a bit of Nutella on top……mmmmm!!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Love chocolate chip pancakes!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  9. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    Wow! These look amazing! I love chocolate chip pancakes! Although I’ve never really cared for maple syrup on them…I prefer them plain. I embrace the chocolate-y flavor. 🙂

  10. Camille says:

    I love, love chocolate chip pancakes- especially since they don’t need any syrup and I can just take one and run.

  11. So yummy! I normally make blueberry pancakes but I know my kids would love these! Time to switch it up! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Suzanne Michele says:

    We have pancakes or french toast every Sunday morning and I just said to hubs that we should do chocolate chip pancakes next week! I pinned this recipe, maybe we’ll try this one instead of our usual recipe!

  13. Oh my goodness, those look fantastic! I haven’t had Chocolate Chip Pancakes in literally decades, but if I had some chocolate chips on hand (they tend to disappear around here), I’d make these immediately. If ever there was a reason for “brinner,” this recipe is it! Thanks for sharing these on Gluten-Free Wednesdays this week, Sharon! 🙂


  14. Amber Dunn says:

    Yum! Will have to try this one. Pancakes are a fave in our house, too. My 4 year old requests them daily, and he loves to help his Papa make them. We’ll try this with almond milk and dairy free chocolate chips and let you know how they turn out!