Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes

by Erin

Not only is it another Secret Recipe Club reveal day, but it’s also National Chocolate Day! As a result, my recipe selection for today from Vintage Kitchen Notes involves chocolate. But before I talk about that, you should check out some of Paula’s other recipes such as Grilled Eggplants with Honey and Spices, Brown Sugar Cheesecake, and these festive White Chocolate Dulde de Leche Ghosts. I also almost made her Chocolate Walnut Sheet cake for today but I hadn’t treated myself to pancakes in awhile.

I ended up choosing her recipe for chocolate pumpkin pancakes. The original recipe used chocolate chips, but I decided to mix in cocoa powder instead to spread the chocolate throughout the pancakes. The chocolate flavor wasn’t as pronounced, but I liked the added flavor in addition to the pumpkin and cinnamon. And I went ahead and sprinkled some mini chocolate chips on top anyway. It’s a fall breakfast treat!

Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes

Two years ago: Halloween Brownie Roll Out Cookie Sandwiches


Serves approximately 6


1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

3 Tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp salt

1-1/3 cups whole milk

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

4 large eggs, separated

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat griddle or skillet to medium heat (around 325 degrees).
  2. In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl mix milk, pumpkin puree, egg yolks and butter. In another medium bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
  4. Add the pumpkin mixure to the dry mixture and mix just until no streaks of flour remain. Add egg whites and fold gently with a spatula. It should be well incorporated but don´t overmix.
  5. Drop pancakes, 1/4 cup of batter at a time, on hot skillet. Cook on one side until bubbles form and bottom is brown. Flip and cook on the other side until browned.
  6. Stack pancakes and serve with syrup or other favorite toppings (such as mini chocolate chips).

Source: Adapted slightly from Vintage Kitchen Notes.


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Rebekah @ Making Miracles November 1, 2013 - 10:04 am

Yummy!! What a great fall treat – and perfect SRC pick this month!! Delicious!!

Joanna October 31, 2013 - 3:00 pm

These looked so delicious….however I followed the recipe pretty close and wouldn’t have called them “Pumpkin”, I used Special Dark Cocoa Powder (all i had) so I added 2 TBSP more sugar. The batter also tasted real strong of baking powder. The pumpkin may have been lost due to the Dark Cocoa, I will say after they cooked they were pretty good Chocolate Pancakes. I will try less cocoa powder next time and/or more pumpkin. Great idea. :) Anyone else have the baking powder issue?

Emily @ Life on Food October 30, 2013 - 6:14 am

I couldn’t think of a better pick for Fall or National Chocolate Day! Best way to start the day.

spiffycookie October 30, 2013 - 11:36 am

I thought so too, thanks Emily!

Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies October 29, 2013 - 11:46 am

Pancakes are always a favorite breakfast of mine, but adding pumpkin and chocolate is sure to put them over the top!

SallyBR October 29, 2013 - 10:46 am

Oh, my…. I am getting a bit weak in the knees, what a scrumptious stack of pancakes! And joining pumpkin with chocolate…. be still my heart!


great choice, perfect timing for the Halloween approaching…

Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines October 28, 2013 - 6:30 pm

These pancakes sound delicious! Great pick~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

Melissa October 28, 2013 - 5:14 pm

This sounds like an ideal weekend breakfast!! Awesome pick this month :)

Cate @ Chez CateyLou October 28, 2013 - 1:54 pm

These look delicious! I am obsessed with pancakes. Can’t wait to try out your version!

Zainab @ Blahnik Baker October 28, 2013 - 12:54 pm

You rock with these food holidays!! I need to buy a food holiday calender to keep track. What a great breakfast (or dinner). I just want to smother it in maple syrup.

spiffycookie October 28, 2013 - 1:00 pm Reply
Tara October 28, 2013 - 11:48 am

Great Autumn recipe! Adding them to my list :)

steph@stephsbitebybite October 28, 2013 - 11:33 am

oh my gosh!! I;ll take an extra large stack please!

amy @ fearless homemaker October 28, 2013 - 10:41 am

Ooh, these sound so fantastic – I love the combo of chocolate + pumpkin, so I know I’d love these!

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes October 28, 2013 - 8:14 am

I think the cocoa is such a great idea Erin! The flavor is subtle even with the chocolate chips. Love what you choose for today! Thanks


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