IHOP Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe

Last Updated on December 2, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Have you ever tried the IHOP chocolate chip pancakes recipe? Learn how to make chocolate chip pancakes like IHOP does right here.

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My husband is from Houston and he raves about their pancakes. This copycat recipe may remind you a bit of the pancakes you order when you’re there. 

HOP Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe Copycat at Home

IHOP Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe

Now, this IHOP chocolate chip pancake recipe is ombre so some of the pancakes are plain with progressively more chocolate added to them. You can use it to make them all plain or all chocolate or any shade in between.

It’s the best of both worlds. Check out these tips for making pancakes if you’re a beginner.

So, chocolate chip pancakes can be eaten for breakfast if you like. Or, they can be eaten as a dessert. For me, chocolate for breakfast is just a bit more sweetness than I normally want.

But, everyone deserves a decadent dessert every now and then. So, if chocolate pancakes sound like a treat for you, I hope you’ll give these a try. 

IHOP Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe at Home

Chocolate pancakes for one

So, one of the best things about pancakes is that you can make a big batch up on the weekends. And, then you can freeze one or two pancakes for future use.

That way, when it’s breakfast or dessert time, you just take out a few pancakes and pop them in the toaster. Then, add whatever topping you like. 

So, when you order this IHOP chocolate chip pancake recipe at their restaurant, you get four chocolate pancakes that are filled with chocolate chips. Then, they top the pancake stack with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and more chocolate chips.

And, after all of that, they add whipped cream. You may enjoy this mocha protein shake if you love chocolate.

Making Real Whipped Cream for Desserts and Drinks

So, if you are going to add whipped cream, I recommend that you think about making real whipped cream. It only takes a few minutes to make homemade whipped cream.

And it tastes so much better than the type that comes out of a can. If you’re going to make this IHOP chocolate chip pancake recipe, it needs to be topped with real whipped cream.

Or, sometimes, I make homemade ice cream in my ice cream maker with no rocksalt.

HOP Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe Copycat at Home

Healthier IHOP chocolate chip pancakes recipe

Now, if you buy these at IHOP, they have about 690 calories which is quite a hefty number for breakfast. So, there are a few ways that you can make these a bit more healthy.

This recipe uses all-purpose flour. You can substitute half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour if you prefer.

A few other suggestions for you would be to cut the number of chocolate chips and skip the drizzle of chocolate syrup. You could substitute fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream if you prefer.

Or when you make this IHOP chocolate chip pancake recipe, eat two of them instead of four.

ingredients to make pancakes

You should have everything that you need to make this IHOP chocolate chip pancake recipe in your pantry already. They are pretty much pantry staples. The only thing that you might not have is the mini chocolate chips. 

So, if you don’t have mini chocolate chips, you can certainly use full-sized chocolate chips if you prefer. You could also substitute dark chocolate or white chocolate chips in this recipe for a slightly different taste.

How do you cook pancakes?

So, if you are making only one or two small pancakes, you can certainly cook them in a large frying pan. But, if you plan on making this whole IHOP chocolate chip pancakes recipe, I really recommend that you use a griddle.

If you try to cook too many pancakes in a frying pan, they will push up against each other. And, they won’t cook evenly throughout the whole pancake. You want them to be a uniform size and shape so that you can stack them on top of each other.

pancakes cooking on griddle

If you’ve ever wondered when to flip your pancakes over, you flip them when you see tiny bubbles around the edges of the pancake. If you flip them too soon, they will break.

And, if you flip them too late they will burn. Flip them slowly and carefully, and you’ll have no problems at all.  This pancake ring is a huge help when it comes to making round pancakes.

My favorite pancake cooking hack if you don’t have a griddle is to use a cookie sheet. When you make this IHOP chocolate chip pancake recipe, just position the griddle evenly over two burners and watch your heat.

Make sure that you are adding the batter over a burner so it cooks evenly.

Other pancake recipes to make

So, if you love this IHOP chocolate chip pancake recipe, here are a few more that you can try. Some are healthier than others. 

And, if you love IHOP, try my IHOP Bacon Temptation Omelet. Or, make this Crockpot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana soup. Or, why not try my IHOP Eggs Benedict.

IHOP Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe

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Yield: 8

IHOP Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe Copycat at Home

IHOP Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe

IHOP Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe Copycat at Home

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 3 heaping Tablespoons of sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of oil
  • 2 eggs - beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa
  • A cup of mini chocolate chips - extra for sprinkling on top
  • Whipped cream - for topping


  1. In a large bowl, break the eggs, and beat them with a whisk until they're light lemon yellow, and fluffy. Add the milk, and stir. Add the Oil, salt and sugar, and whisk together. Then, add the Flour and baking powder, and whisk together just until ingredients are mixed. (Batter may be a little lumpy, but that's okay) Divide batter; you'll need two cereal bowls; place an equal amount of batter in both bowls, and leave an equal amount of batter in the big bowl. mix ingredients
  2. In the first cereal bowl, add 1/2 cup of cocoa, and 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips, blend well. In the second bowl, add 1/4 cup of cocoa, 1/3 cup of chocolate chips and blend well. Finally, in the third bowl (the one you mixed the batter in) add 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips, but no cocoa. ingredients to make pancakes
  3. Heat an electric griddle until better melts and sizzles. With the heat on a medium setting, drop the batter for the pancakes with either a ladle, or ice cream scoop, and cook until golden brown. IHOP Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe at Home
  4. Flip the pancakes with a pancake turner, and remove to a plate to serve, starting with the dark batter, medium batter, and the natural color on top. Drizzle with melted butter and syrup, and top with whipped cream, and sprinkle mini chocolate chips. Follow the same instructions until all pancakes have been cooked and plated for breakfast. Enjoy! IHOP Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe at Home


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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 538Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 621mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 4gSugar: 17gProtein: 10g

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