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Fluffy Mocha Chip Pancakes

What could be better than fluffy, chocolatey mocha-chip pancakes? Almost nothing! These pancakes are ultra-thick, fluffy, and delicious served with chocolate sauce.

fluffy mocha chip pancakes

These chocolatey mocha-chip pancakes are the ultimate Sunday breakfast. For me, personally there’s nothing I love better than a slow family breakfast with a great cup of coffee. And the only thing that makes it even better is super fluffy pancakes!

I topped my pancakes with thick chocolate sauce and crunchy cacao nibs (crunch elements for the win!), but they are absolutely spectacular served with espresso-spiked maple syrup. 

Requiring only 9 ingredients, and 30 minutes of active prep and cook time, these pancakes couldn’t be easier to make, and are so worth it! 

If you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. To view our recipe video on Instagram click hereHappy cooking!

fluffy mocha chip pancakes

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these pancakes with decaf coffee?

You can! Simply brew up your favourite decaf coffee in place of caffeinated. 

Can I make the pancakes gluten-free?

We haven’t tested the pancakes using gluten-free flour as yet, if you do make this using gluten-free flour, please comment below, and tag us on Instagram to let us know how it turned out! 

What else can I serve this with?

Try serving these pancakes alongside fresh fruit, with fresh cream and honey, or plain maple syrup.


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Fluffy Mocha Chip Pancakes

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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups milk (or buttermilk)
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 50g chocolate

For serving (optional)

  • chocolate sauce
  • cacao nibs for some crunch (or use nuts)

Strong coffee for pancakes

  • 3 Tbsp high-quality ground filter coffee
  • 2/3 cup boiling water


  1. Brew your coffee by placing the coffee grounds into a coffee press or plunger. Add the boiling water and allow the coffee to steep for 6 minutes. Once ready, push down the plunger and set it aside to cool until needed
  2. In a bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, coffee, egg and melted butter and mix until smooth.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a small knob of butter, then pour or scoop the batter onto the hot pan, using approximately 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Once the batter has settled sprinkle some chocolate chips over the pancake batter. Cook on medium until the bottom of the pancake is golden and bubbles start to form on the top, then flip the pancake to brown the other side.
  4. Stack up your pancakes and serve hot, with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and a sprinkle of cacao nibs.


Using buttermilk in place of milk will give your pancakes a lovely Flavour and help them get extra fluffy. If using buttermilk, you can add 2 Tbsp more coffee to your batter.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 224.27kcal
  • Sugar: 6.97g
  • Sodium: 383.65mg
  • Fat: 9.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.25g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.61g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.78g
  • Fiber: 2.31g
  • Protein: 4.56g
  • Cholesterol: 35.97mg
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