Hot Chocolate Pancakes

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Chocolate pancakes with a marshmallow sauce

Hot Chocolate Pancakes are a great way to have dessert for breakfast! Chocolate pancakes are topped with a marshmallow sauce.

Stack of Hot Chocolate Pancakes on a plate with a copper spoon

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These chocolate pancakes may sound like a sugar bomb, but there are ways to balance it. I was actually rather surprised at how NOT sweet they were.

The easy chocolate pancakes are not very sweet if you use unsweetened cocoa powder (alternatively, for sweet pancakes, either use sweetened cocoa powder or increase the sugar).

The marshmallow sauce, on the other hand, is definitely sweet.

Close up of chocolate pancakes with a marshmallow sauce

The inspiration for these Hot Chocolate Pancakes came from the love I had for hot chocolate when I was a kid. I loved the warm, rich cocoa with soft marshmallows.

These homemade pancakes would be great for a special occasion breakfast, such as a birthday or holiday.


Horizontal photo of Hot Chocolate Pancakes

Making a marshmallow sauce is really easy!

Just melt some marshmallow fluff over low heat with a touch of water and it will turn into a smooth sauce. For a thick sauce, use a little less water.

And of course I love to top off the chocolate pancakes with cocoa powder, mini marshmallows, and a few chocolate chips. Just like a mug of hot chocolate!

A copper spoon pouring marshmallow sauce over Hot Chocolate Pancakes

The marshmallow sauce stays liquid for quite a while, so no need to worry about it hardening while eating.

And if you are loving the dessert pancake, you may also love our Mocha Pancakes with Coffee Glaze!

A stack of Hot Chocolate Pancakes on a plate

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Hot Chocolate Pancakes

Chocolate pancakes with a marshmallow sauce
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16 pancakes (4 inches)
Calories: 144kcal


Mocha Pancakes

Marshmallow Sauce


  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the egg, butter, milk, and lemon juice in a medium bowl.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just combined (some lumps is fine). Do not over mix.
  • Add a teaspoon of oil to the skillet. Scoop 1/4 cup of the batter into the skillet for each pancake. Cook until bubbles appear approximately 2 minutes, and flip. Cook another 1-2 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Repeat with more oil and batter.
  • While cooking, make the sauce by combining the jar of marshmallow fluff and water in a small saucepot. Heat over low heat until incorporated and melted into a sauce, approximately 5 minuts.
  • Serve the pancakes warm with the mashmallow sauce and marshmallows.


These pancakes will be sweet if you use sweetened cocoa powder or double the sugar. Otherwise, they are not sweet (like a typical pancake) if using unsweetened cocoa powder.
You can use buttermilk instead of the milk and lemon if desired.
You can keep pancakes warm while cooking by placing them on a wire cooling rack in the oven on the warm setting.
Add additional sweetness by adding chocolate chips to the pancakes when they are cooking in the pan!
I found the pancakes look and cook much better when using the oil, but it can be omitted if desired.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg


By on August 19th, 2020

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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