In my opinion, everyone should have a killer from-scratch pancake recipe in their repertoire to whip out for the occasional weekend breakfast treat. I was without one for awhile, until I saw Brown-Eyed Baker’s post titled “Best Buttermilk Pancakes“. When a food blogger claims something is the “best”, you listen to them. Usually this kind of declaration implies that multiple recipes have been tried, and I gladly take advantage of that kind of research whenever I can. So I’ve hijacked her hard work and can now rest assured that I will always have a great pancake recipe to fall back on. I’ve made these a few times already and they haven’t disappointed yet! I even gained some confidence to play around with the recipe a little and so today I’m sharing a whole wheat chocolate chip version of her best buttermilk pancakes.

Aren’t they beautiful? Not perfectly round, but I love the color of them and the specks of mini chocolate chips peeking through. A few tips I’ve picked up along the way for making near-perfect pancakes: don’t overmix your batter, ensure the batter is thin enough to spread out nicely, and resist the temptation to squish down the flipped pancakes with a spatula. I’ve been guilty of all three, but if you’re careful about those points, you’ll get fluffy pancakes every time with this recipe. I made these in a pan (sadly no storage room for a griddle, yet…), so I could only do a few at once, and I like keeping them warm in a low-heat toaster oven as I finish up the rest of the batch. Do you have any other great pancake-making tips? I’m always learning!

Ryan LOVES chocolate chips in his pancakes, so I threw mini’s in for this recipe, and swapped in a cup of whole wheat flour for a health kick. Use this recipe as a base recipe and add in whatever mix-ins you prefer — blueberries, banana puree, applesauce, or nothing at all (that’s actually what I prefer). Surprise your Dad with a batch of homemade pancakes this weekend and you’re sure to win “best child” with these “best pancakes”!

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes

Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Yield: 16 pancakes


1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2-1/4 cups buttermilk*
1/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1-2 tsp vegetable oil for greasing pan


In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

In a separate medium bowl, combine buttermilk, sour cream, eggs, and melted/cooled butter.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet. GENTLY stir in chocolate chips until just combined (the batter will be lumpy with a few streaks of flour — don’t overmix!). Allow batter to sit for 10 minutes before cooking

Heat 1 tsp of vegetable oil over medium heat until shimmering. Using a paper towel, carefully wipe out oil, leaving a thin film of oil.

Using a 1/4 cup measure, portion batter into pan. Cook until edges are set and bubbles on surface are just beginning to break (about 2-3 minutes).

Using a thin, wide spatula, flip pancakes and continue to cook until second side is golden brown (about 1-2 minutes longer).

Repeat with remaining batter.

* I added 1/4 cup of buttermilk because of the high protein content of the flours I use (Pillsbury/Gold Medal have low protein, King Arthur and the Stop and Shop brand I use has higher protein), but adjust this amount according to the type of flour you use.

PS: Can you tell I was inspired to decorate my kitchen from the mug in these photos??

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6 Responses to “Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes”

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    Lacey @ — June 17, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Great photos! We’d love for you to share with us at!

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    Dana @TheSundaySweet — June 21, 2011 @ 1:08 am

    I am ALL about chocolate chip pancakes. I agree with you on the whole if a food blogger says its the best then it must be pretty darn good. P.s. I love your new kitchen!

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    Adrienne @ Midwestern Belle — June 21, 2011 @ 1:11 am

    These look great! Chocolate chip pancakes are my favorite :) I can’t wait to try them.

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    Nina — June 21, 2011 @ 3:49 am

    Erica, these look wonderful! Love choc chips in pancakes…fantastic photos!

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