Peanut butter infused pancakes studded with chocolate chips. Drizzle them with chocolate syrup and peanut butter, then top off with whipped cream; these peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes might serve better as dessert than breakfast (but I don’t judge).
While I love a good old-fashioned buttermilk pancake, there’s a special place in my heart for over-the-top pancakes.
My family has an annual Fat Tuesday tradition (oh, there’s a special place in my heart for holidays named with the word “Fat“, too) of going to IHOP for dinner, and I always choose whatever ludicrously sweet and decadent pancake platter they happen to be featuring that year.
There have been glaze-glossed cinnamon roll inspired pancakes so sweet I couldn’t finish them, cheesecake filled pancakes with strawberry sauce, Oreo studded pancakes, and more, but I’m being honest when I say I’ve never had a pancake as deliciously decadent as these homemade peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes.
Peanut butter has the real potential to weigh down these pancakes, but it doesn’t because we take a few preventative steps.
First, we warm the peanut butter just enough to make it less viscous and more whisk-able. You’ll gently stir it into your liquid ingredients and then whisk well (otherwise you’ll have peanut butter streaks through your pancakes, and while that’s really not the worst thing that could happen, let’s try to avoid it).
When you combine your wet and your dry ingredients, do so with an extremely light hand (this is good practice for any pancakes, but especially so for peanut butter ones). A few specks of visible flour left in the batter is OK.
The end result is ever-so-slightly heavier than your typical buttermilk pancake, perhaps, but they still maintain that lightness and fluffiness that’s critical for a good chocolate chip pancake.
They’re light, fluffy, but definitely a bit more… extreme… than your average buttermilk pancake.
These peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes are decadent, and to make them even more so, I highly recommend that you bypass regular maple syrup and dress your pancake stack instead in chocolate syrup and melted peanut butter, chocolate chips and whipped cream.
Makes my heart flutter just thinking about it. Maybe that’s just my arteries, though.
Do you have any Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras food traditions?
A lot of people in my area go crazy for fastnachts… I’ve actually never had one so I’m hoping to get my hands on one this year.
More Breakfast Recipes to Try:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter (this yields lighter and fluffier pancakes, for thick, dense pancakes you may increase to ⅔ cup)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Chocolate syrup and whipped cream for topping optional
- ⅓ cup peanut butter melted for 15-20 seconds for topping, optional
- In medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In larger, microwave-safe bowl, microwave peanut butter for 15 seconds. Remove from microwave, stir in vanilla, and then stir in lightly beaten egg, until combined.
- Stir in milk until ingredients are combined (the peanut butter may be clumped and streaky, try to whisk until ingredients are well combined, but some streaks are OK).
- Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir once or twice. Add chocolate chips.
- Continue to stir until just combined (there may still be a few flour clumps, this is OK but do not overmix the batter)
- Lightly spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-low heat.
- Once pan is heated, pour about ¼-⅓ cup batter into pan in circle to form pancake. The batter is a bit thick so use a knife or the back of a spoon to nudge some of the batter from the center and into the edges so that the pancake is even and not bulky in the center.
- Cook several minutes, until edges begin to bubble and appear cooked, and then flip and cook the rest of the way through.
- Transfer to plate and serve immediately, preferably topped with chocolate syrup, slightly melted peanut butter, and whipped topping.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.
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Originally published 2/8/16 — Updated 2/17/17
hey I saw you have buttermilk pancake, blueberry, and peanut butter chocolate chip but you have no just plain chocolate chip can I just use this recipe without peanut butter or what should I do
Hi Dylan! You can just add chocolate chips to the buttermilk pancakes. 🙂
Absolutely DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for coming up with this recipe!
I’m so glad you enjoyed them so much, Cheryl! 🙂
I was reluctant in making these pancakes since I have not made anything with peanut butter before. A little bit of elbow grease in incorporating the peanut butter with the other liquid items and eventually the whole thing came together. Batter looked amazing after mixing it all.
I made one for taste test and I am glad I tried this recipe. The peanut butter complemented the chocolate pieces and made the whole pancake a delicious treat. I could totally see why some mentioned that these can be considered as dessert.
Overall, this recipe is a success and I recommend it to whoever wants to enjoy a piece of “yummyness” especially with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
Thank you for sharing this.
I am so glad you enjoyed them so much, Hank! 🙂
The whole family loved them… even without syrup or any topping.
Sugar Spun Run
I am so glad that your family enjoyed them, Donna! Thanks for trying my recipe. 🙂
These were perfect! Thanks. My son had been sick all week and not wanting to eat, but when he finally felt better he requested peanut butter chocolate chips pancakes. Thanks to Google I find these!
Sugar Spun Run
I am to hear that your son is feeling better, Melissa! Thank you for your comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes! 🙂
Is there a brand of peanut butter you would recommend?
Hi Gia! Honestly buy whatever is on sale at the store. As long as it isn’t natural peanut butter it will work. 🙂
I made these with natural peanut butter because that was all I had. I microwaved the peanut butter a few extra seconds and added about 2 tsp. oil to thin it out a bit. They were spectacular! Thanks!
I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing, Liz! 🙂
Needed to cook over medium heat rather than medium low. My batter wasn’t thick like the directions described, so my cakes were a little thinner but oh so delicious! Great with fresh sliced banana.
I’m glad you were able to enjoy them Candace! 🙂
Wonderful pancakes for an indulgent Christmas breakfast
Thank you so much, Natasha! 🙂
Oh wow! This is amazing, it’s perfect if you have a sweet tooth, and it has the perfect amount of peanut butter, it’s so creamy and delicious. I’ve made it three times so far and all times it turned out amazing. Family loves and we will definitly be keeping this recipe nearby for a long time! Thanks Sam!
I’m so glad that you and your family enjoyed the recipe, Faith! Thank you so much for commenting to let me know how it turned out for you! 🙂
Annie @ The Garlic Diaries
Oh man, these pancakes look absolutely wonderful! I have never done “Fat Tuesday” before, but that is 100% because I didn’t know it even existed until this year when my students told me about it :). It definitely sounds like a day of tradition I can get behind!!
You have to do it now! 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Annie!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
These pancakes are serious over-the-top peanut butter and chocolate indulgence! Pinning 🙂
Thank you, Medha!!
Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction
I am SO looking forward to Pancake Day. Pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! These look incredible, Sam!
Thank you, Marsha!! 🙂
Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient
Breakfast for dessert? Sounds good to me! Love how rich these are for a special treat.
Thank you, Mary!