These Orange Pancakes with Chocolate Chips are amazing! Rich dark chocolate perfectly complements these fluffy pancakes, but feel free to use milk chocolate or white chocolate!
Chocolate chip pancake lovers, I've got a secret to tell you.
If you add orange flavor to your homemade pancakes, you'll unlock a whole new level of deliciousness. The chocolate-orange combo is amazing!
It's the same profile I used in these orange-chocolate bars and these Nutella Rice Krispie Treats. So good!
Because we don't do bland around here.
How to make these orange pancakes
Just like this Orange French Toast, the batter here includes orange extract (affiliate link). I buy a small bottle at a time at the grocery store, (where it's currently cheaper than ordering it online).
These pancakes get an extra oomph from orange zest, which also provides fresh, bright flavor.
You'll add all the ingredients -- except the chocolate chips -- to a mixing bowl. You'll whisk just until the batter is combined.
When to add the chocolate chips
Most chocolate chip pancake recipes call for mixing the chips into the batter. But I recommend waiting to add the chips until right after the pancake has started cooking.
Spoon some batter onto your pan or griddle, wait 30 seconds, then place the chips onto the surface, pointy side down. This prevents the chocolate from burning and allows you to control how much chocolate is in each pancake.
Some people like just a few chips, while others like their pancakes loaded with chocolate!
What kind of chocolate chips to use
If you know me, you know I'm a dark-chocolate lover. I tried using semisweet chocolate chips here but found bittersweet ones provide a richer contrast to the bright orange flavor in the pancakes.
I haven't tested these with milk chocolate, but go for it, if that's your preference. And...I think white chocolate chips would be amazing, if used in moderation. They're sweet!
You can freeze or refrigerate the cooked orange pancakes once they've cooled. For best quality, cook all the batter and store the leftover pancakes, rather than storing the batter.
But, if you wish, you can store the batter for up to two days in the refrigerator, covered. Just know that the pancakes won't be as fluffy when you cook them from leftover batter.
More pancake recipes
I hope you enjoy this orange pancake recipe as much as I do! Be sure to check out my other pancake recipes:
- The Best Homemade Pancakes
- Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
- Easy Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes
- Fluffy Banana Pancakes
- Cinnamon Almond Multigrain Pancakes
(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C. Originally published on September 18, 2016 as "Orange Pancakes with Chocolate Chips" and updated now with new photos and text.)
Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Orange Zest
- 2 teaspoons orange zest (from one orange)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 2 cups milk (low-fat is fine)
- ¼ cup cooking oil
- 2 teaspoons orange extract
- ⅔ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- butter for serving
- maple syrup for serving
- Zest your orange until you have two teaspoons. Add the zest to a medium mixing bowl.
- Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the bowl. Crack your eggs into a liquid measuring cup and beat them with a whisk before adding them to the dry ingredients.
- Add the milk, oil and orange extract to your bowl and whisk just until blended. The batter should still be lumpy.
- Heat an 8-inch skillet over a medium-high flame, until it is hot enough that a drop of water splashed on it will sizzle. Spray the pan with cooking spray.
- Use a large serving spoon to pour some batter into the center of the pan, using two full spoons for each pancake. The pancakes will be about 6 inches in diameter. After 30 seconds, place 9-12 chocolate chips, pointy-side down, onto the batter.
- Flip each pancake when bubbles form and burst on top, and the edges appear dry. Cook the second side until it is lightly browned. Remove the cooked pancake to a plate or platter and cover with foil while you make the rest of the pancakes.
- Wipe out any chocolate left in the pan/griddle with a damp paper towel before making the next pancake, so the chocolate doesn't burn. Spray the pan with cooking spray each time before adding batter to the pan.
- Serve the pancakes with butter and syrup. Store any leftover batter in the refrigerator for up to two days. Cooked pancakes can be frozen.
- I used to make these with white whole wheat flour, but now I prefer them with all-purpose flour. You could try a combo of half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour, if you wish.
- I like to add chocolate chips to each pancake after 30 seconds of cooking, instead of mixing them into the batter. This allows control over how many chips are in each pancake and prevents the chocolate from burning.
We **LOVED** these, kiddos and parents alike! The only change I made was using the juice of the orange instead of extract, because I had no extract on hand. Now I want to make them for my mom, but she's dairy free....any thoughts on which kind of alternative milk might be the best substitute in this recipe??
Hi Andrea - I'm so glad you guys loved these pancakes! You could use almond milk instead of dairy milk, but you'd also have to substitute something for the chocolate chips, which contain milk. I haven't tried vegan chocolate chips. Maybe your mom can steer you in the right direction.
OMG!! These are looking so perfect. The orange adds such an interesting twist in these pancakes. I never tried this but I can't wait to try them now. Regards
Hi Nehal - Enjoy! These are so good.
Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser
I know it's right up your alley, Cheryl! 🙂
Chocolate and orange are a match made in heaven. Pure genius to put them into a pancake! I love it.
Thanks, Tara! I keep thinking of ways to incorporate them in my food...:)
What a nice combo or flavors! Just like those chocolate dipped orange slices! Delish!
Yes! Thanks, Angie!
I would eat these faster than you could make them. Seriously…they look amazing!
Haha! Thanks, Noor!
I sure do love the orange chocolate flavor combo. These delicious looking pancakes are right up my alley 🙂
The flavor combo works so well in pancakes. I hope you give these a try, Revathi!
Love the combination of chocolate and orange! These pancakes look incredible. Such a great way to start the day.
Thanks, Tara! They're a special treat for sure.
Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery
Yes to indulging in weekend pancakes! I have the griddle heating right this very moment for a batch of buttermilk pancakes (chocolate chip for my husband, blueberry for my toddler). I've never tried adding orange though, what a great idea!
The orange adds such an interesting twist, Julie. I hope you try it!