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Hot Cocoa Pancakes Recipe


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Recipe for Hot Chocolate Pancakes

Recipe for Hot Chocolate Pancakes

One of My Favorite Winter Recipes

Nothing quite hits the spot on a cold day like hot chocolate or hot cocoa. I was recently inspired by my love for hot chocolate and my favorite pancake recipe. The result is this deliciously warm and quick pancake recipe. This is one of my new favorite delicious winter recipes. This pancake mix recipe comes together very quickly and makes great use of the hot chocolate packets that come in holiday hot cocoa gifts.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

15 min

20 min

15 four-inch Pancakes

How to Make Homemade Pancakes

Ingredients for Pancakes

  • 6 ounces French vanilla yogurt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ounces hot cocoa mix, (2 individual serving packets)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 eggs

How Do I Make Pancakes With Yogurt?

If you haven't ever used yogurt in your cooking or baking, the concept can seem downright weird, I get it. Once I tasted homemade pancakes made with yogurt, I couldn't make them any other way. Two years later, I still don't. I regularly make my homemade pancakes with strawberry yogurt. I've also used pumpkin yogurt during the fall months. My latest success combines Yoplait's French Vanilla yogurt with two packets of my favorite instant hot chocolate. For this recipe, use a 6 oz single-serving cup of French vanilla, vanilla, or just plain yogurt. If you have a larger tub of yogurt, use one measuring cup's worth. It will be a tiny bit more than 6 oz but works great too.

Using yogurt in this pancake recipe (and my others), yields such a perfect pancake in terms of both texture and flavor. The pancakes always come out fluffy, smooth, and taste amazing. The big difference that one small container of yogurt can make is almost baffling. I personally hate pancakes that taste like straight water and flour and leave you feeling like you have a giant ball of raw dough in your stomach for hours. These are not those pancakes.

Making Pancakes the Easy Way


  1. In large mixing bowl, combine yogurt, milk, vanilla, melted butter, and eggs. Mix well.
  2. Add hot chocolate mix, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix well.
  3. Gradually mix flour into batter about a half a cup at time.
  4. Pour batter onto hot griddle (350° F) to form pancakes. Flip when bubbles have popped, tops are no longer "wet," and sides are beginning to brown.
  5. Cook other side until golden brown and remove.

This is the pancake pen I use to make perfectly uniform pancakes.

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Tips for Making the Perfect Pancakes

  • Use one 6-oz cup of yogurt. If you have a larger tub of yogurt, use a measuring cup to scoop out one cup.
  • Don't prepare your hot chocolate as a drink. Use just the powder from two single-serving packets. A single serving packet is usually 1 ounce, so you will need 2 ounces total.
  • If your hot cocoa mix has mini marshmallows: you can leave them in, sift them out, or use them as a fun topping on your finished pancakes. You can also buy mini marshmallow bits. My favorite kind is made by Kraft and comes in a great plastic canister for shaking and pouring (similar to the containers that grated Parmesan cheese comes in).
  • Using a pancake pen or batter bottle makes life much easier. You can easily control the flow of your batter, giving you control over pancake shape and size. Mix batter in a bowl first and pour into the bottle.
  • Using an electric griddle can help you make more pancakes quickly which means breakfast is ready faster. I cook six pancakes at a time and I'm sitting down and enjoying my food faster than ever before. No more standing at the stove forever.
  • Only flip your pancakes once. Over-flipping the pancake can cause it to become tough.
  • Don't press down on your pancake with a spatula. It won't cook any faster but it will become deflated.

Serve With Your Favorite Pancake Syrup and Fun Mini Marshmallows

Recipe on How to Make Pancakes With Hot Chocolate Flavors

Recipe on How to Make Pancakes With Hot Chocolate Flavors

Heather Says

Simple recipes for pancakes don't have to be plain. Using yogurt and hot cocoa mix is a quick and easy cheat to achieve a whole new level of flavor with your pancakes. Experiment with different flavors of yogurt and hot chocolate. I hope you love these sweet little pancakes as much as I do. If you try out this recipe, be sure to let me know below. I always love to hear from you!

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Serve With a Perfect Dusting of Confectioners Sugar

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© 2014 Heather


Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on September 03, 2018:

Super recipe

Liza from USA on August 29, 2018:

I can't wait for Fall and Winter to come. This would be great for breakfast food!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on March 06, 2018:

I've tried a lot of pancakes but never a cocoa one. One day when the grandkids are over I'll put this on our to-do list.

Skitiludrp on July 23, 2017:

Yummy, big hit. Made a chocolate cinnamon ganache syrup too. Perfect combo, these pancakes are a definite do again.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on March 25, 2017:

Thanks for sharing. These chocolate pancakes look and sound delicious. Will definitely

try this recipe.

Heidi Reina from USA on June 12, 2015:

Love the idea of using yoghurt for pancakes. I'll give them a try.

Rawpell from usa on February 07, 2015:

These pancakes sound yummy.Very easy to make ,I will have to make them on Sunday:)

Shannonrb on February 07, 2015:

I've seen cake batter pancakes, but this is something unique that I'd really like to try. Especially because it's winter!

Awesome post!

R-Gabrielle from Chicago-Land Area on February 07, 2015:

I'm totally trying this when my kids are over!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 29, 2015:

Heather, two thumbs up. I'm going to try to do this, next month. I'm not much of a baker, but it's perfect for a cold snowy day outside. I wish I had a griddle though.

Joel Diffendarfer from Jonesville on December 12, 2014:

As a single grandfather, I get to be both grandma and grandpa at times. This is going to be a very special breakfast cooking class with my grandkids...thanks!

poetryman6969 on December 04, 2014:

Looks like it could wind up being too sweet for me. But what a cool looking idea for breakfast!

Bubba on November 13, 2014:

Many thanks!

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on September 19, 2014:

I love pancakes so this is a no brainer for me.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 10, 2014:

Looks absolutely fabulous! I could substitute the regular flour for almond flour and make these low carb. Also need to use sour cream instead of yogurt because yogurt usually has sugar in it.

Have you ever tried making pancakes in a quesadilla maker? It cooks both sides at once! no flipping and it's faster!

Sondra Rochelle from USA on August 04, 2014:

These look sooo delicious! My mouth was watering just reading this hub! In fact, I may even have gained a few pounds while reading lol!

DREAM ON on July 24, 2014:

I am guilty. I have an issue with reading hubs. I have a compulsive habit to read the hub then I have to go in an orderly fashion and read every comment. Then leave a comment. I had to skip reading your comments and break out the pancakes. I should of never tried reading your hub on an empty stomach. I have no will power. At a later date I will be back to read all your comments. For now my stomach growling is all I can think of. Pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes. So creative I had never thought of putting cocoa and yogurt in pancakes. Talk to you soon.

RTalloni on July 21, 2014:

Oh me oh my oh--I know better than to read recipes late at night! Looks fabulous. I would have to substitute coconut oil for the butter or make goat's milk butter, and goat's milk for the cow's milk, but that's no problem...and would be well worth the effort. Am very much looking forward to trying this out. Pinning to Ways w/ Food: Kids--thanks.

emilybee on July 21, 2014:

yum! these look great and I love the format of your hub - it shows exactly what we need! will try soon !

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on July 21, 2014:

I love pancakes, especially unique ones. This is a great idea, and I love all of your helpful tips. I also like the creative photos.

Thank you for sharing this with us!

Voted up and sharing.

Have a great week.

~ Kathryn

Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on July 20, 2014:

I am fond of pancakes but never tried this recipe. I need to try this because my whole family loves pancakes. I usually make the plain one with all purpose flour, milk, water, sugar, little aniseed, a little cardamom powder, and raisins. Before making the batter I mix a teaspoon of white oil and aniseed in the flour. Knead the flour dry with the oil and then I add water and milk along with other ingredients. Sometimes I mix a mashed banana in it. Number of banana depends upon the quantity of the flour. Thanks for the new recipe.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 20, 2014:

Those photos are so inviting. I have not eaten chocolate pancakes yet in my life. I´ll surely try this as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful and shared.

Heather (author) from Arizona on March 18, 2014:

@Trish_M-- Thanks for stopping by! I hope you and your family enjoy them. You'll have to let me know how they turned out. Thanks again :)

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on February 22, 2014:

I think the family will love these :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on February 09, 2014:

@DonnaCaprio-- Thanks for reading and commenting. Pancakes are such a treat and there's nothing in the world like those made from scratch. I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you have a chance to make this recipe. You'll have to stop back by and let me know how it went. Thanks again :)

Donna Caprio Quinlan from Newburyport, MA on February 08, 2014:

I don't make pancakes that often, but when I do I make them from scratch. These look great! I will give them a try.

Heather (author) from Arizona on February 07, 2014:

@VVanNess-- Thanks so much for stopping by. Life has been hectic around here and I'm trying my best to play catch up with comments. Did you get to make these? I hope you did and I hope you and your husband enjoyed them. Thanks again for stopping by and your support :)

@Toytasting-- Thanks so much for stopping by. Did you have a chance to make this recipe? I hope you enjoyed it. You'll have to stop back by and let me know :)

@sgbrown-- Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you were able to try this recipe out. You'll have to let me know how it went and how you liked them. Thanks again :)

@Careermommy-- Thanks so much for the great comment. I wonder what kid wouldn't like this recipe. I love making pancakes with pumpkin yogurt but haven't ever tried cinnamon pancakes. Those sound heavenly! I hope you have a chance to try this recipe out. Thanks again :)

@FreezeFrame34-- Thanks! I hope you've had a chance to make them and you love them as much as I do. You'll have to stop back by and let me know sometime :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on February 07, 2014:

@torrilynn-- Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing this recipe. I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub :)

@thebiologyofleah-- Thanks for visiting and commenting. I'm sometimes amazed with some of the ideas I have. Sometimes they are happy accidents and other times they are a little more thought out. Living in Arizona, we don't exactly have very many cold days. For example, it's 66 degrees F right now. We had A LOT of hot chocolate in our pantry, between single serving pouches and the K-cups for our Keurig machine. I was hoping I could somehow use up the packets (because we had more hot chocolate than cold weather left) and reserve the k-cups for drinking. My first thought was, "I wonder if putting some in my favorite pancake recipe would actually work?" Amazingly, it did. Yogurt will do amazing things for your pancakes; I promise. I hope you get a chance to try it and you'll have to let me know how you like the pancakes :)

@tillsontitan-- Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. I'm really glad you enjoyed this Hub and loved all of your kind words. Thank you! Thanks for pinning and I hope you love these as much as I do :)

@sujaya venkatesh-- Thanks! That's definitely a compliment! I'm glad you stopped by and commented on this Hub :)

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on January 31, 2014:

Yummy! These look amazing, and I bet they're going to be just as delicious when I make them in a little bit! :) I love the pictures! Great recipe.

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on January 31, 2014:

Pan cakes and Hot Cocoa sound like a plan for the weekend. Thanks so much for sharing this. Waiting for tomorrow morning :)

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on January 30, 2014:

Oh my gosh! These sound amazing! I an going to have to try these right away! :)

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on January 30, 2014:

Heather, this is a very unique pancake recipe that I have to try. My kids would love these. I've tried pumpkin and cinnamon, but this is one that I'm sure to be a hit.

FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on January 30, 2014:

MMM! This looks and sounds so delicious; I can't wait to try them!

torrilynn on January 30, 2014:

I've never heard of these until now sounds delicious. shared with others. thank you.

Leah Kennedy-Jangraw from Massachusetts on January 30, 2014:

Wow what a great idea- where do you come up with this stuff? I love your tip of using yogurt in the pancake batter. I will definitely have to try it out in general and when I use this awesome recipe. Thanks!

Mary Craig from New York on January 30, 2014:

What can I say? Pancakes and hot cocoa...there can't be a better combination and I have to add this is an awesome hub. Your instructions are flawless and your pictures superb. This is a four star hub!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting, and of course pinned to my recipes board.

sujaya venkatesh on January 30, 2014:

a cup for dribbling mouth

Heather (author) from Arizona on January 24, 2014:

@beckisgiftguides-- Thanks so much for the social media shares... you're a doll. I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe and I hope you can try it soon. Thanks so much for all of the kind words :)

@Victoria Lynn-- Thanks for the pin! I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe. While we Americans interchangeably use "hot cocoa" and "hot chocolate," there is a difference. Hot cocoa is made with real chocolate while the latter is made with powder. Hot cocoa also contains more fat and "cocoa butter" therefore tasting better. If you made a cup of hot chocolate for a friend visiting from another country, and called it "hot cocoa," they might be expecting something different and maybe even disappointed in the end. Thanks for the great question!

@randomcreative-- Thanks so much. You'll have to let me know how yours come out. Thanks for stopping by :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on January 24, 2014:

@peachpurple-- Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub. I use two cameras actually... my iPhone 5C and my Sony DSLR a200. The latter camera is going on six years old now... ancient for technology, but still takes lovely photos. My photo editing is minimal, if that helps answer any questions too. Thanks again :)

@The Stages Of ME-- Thanks so much for visiting and pinning. I hope you get to try this recipe. You'll have to come back and let me know what you thought :)

@Robin-- I hadn't heard of them either until I realized we had more Swiss Miss in the pantry than my husband and I might be able to drink before our mild Arizona winter ends. There are others online but I swear by mine because of the yogurt. I hope you can try these with your family and you'll have to let me know how it goes. I love making hearts with my pancake pen too! Thanks again :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on January 24, 2014:

@Hendrika-- Thanks so much for stopping by. I haven't ever tried them made with sour cream but now I definitely would like to make some after reading your comment. I hope you can try them and enjoy them! Thanks again :)

@misslong123-- Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you and your husband have a chance to try this recipe. Thanks for the compliments too! I take my photos with my iPhone 5C and my Sony Alpha DSLR a200 camera (http://www.flickr.com/cameras/sony/dslr-a200). I purchased my DSLR in 2008 when Circuit City was going out of business. I also use Adobe Photoschop CS6 to add text and do minor adjustments if my photos were taken on an overcast day. Thanks again :)

@Stephanie Henkel-- Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. You could also drop the hot chocolate powder from this recipe (and also the vanilla, if you wanted) and replace the yogurt with your favorite flavor. You could come up with some very special pancakes just for yourself. Thanks again :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on January 24, 2014:

@cclitgirl-- Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, although very minimally because my photoshop knowledge and skills are limited. Thanks so much for pinning and sharing :)

@Glimmer Twin Fan-- Thanks so much for the visit and great comment. You ask a great question that I can "kind of" answer. My husband is the predominant waffle maker in the family and we have a few store-bought mixes we really like. Those call for water and one time, I used milk instead because I just feel like between the two, milk will always yield a yummier result. However... my waffles made with the mix and milk were very soggy and not crispy like a good waffle should be. My husband blamed the milk. I also tried my strawberry yogurt recipe in the waffle iron. That recipe is just like this but without the hot chocolate powder and again they were soggy and flimsy (yummy but not waffle-y). I wish I was a food scientist so I could say why or how it happens, but I'm not. If you feel like experimenting, you may want to substitute water for milk although who knows if the yogurt also plays a role in ruining the waffle-y-ness. Good luck and thanks again :)

@CrisSp-- Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out this recipe. I hope you can give it a try sometime :)

@LCDWriter-- Thanks so much. They're yummy enough to incite cravings. I'm glad you stopped by :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on January 24, 2014:

@rebekahELLE-- Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you can use a cocoa gift for this recipe as was my inspiration for this Hub. Yogurt is my favorite secret ingredient for pancakes, but I haven't yet tried applesauce. I'm excited to since I use applesauce in my other baking, especially one of my favorite muffin recipes. You'll have to let me know how you like them. Thanks again :)

@Alphadogg16-- My iPhone alerted me to your comment a few days ago when I was actually at Denny's having a few pancakes myself! Too funny. I'm finally playing catch-up on all of these great comments. I hope you can give these a try sometime. Thanks again :)

@Anamika S-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on January 24, 2014:

@purl3agony-- Thanks so much! I appreciate the pin. You'll have to let me know how they come out :)

@janshares-- I can't even wrap my mind around making 1,000 pancakes on a regular basis. That's truly amazing and for such a good cause. I bet your pancakes are amazing since you have to be pro with that kind of experience under your belt. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

@DzyMsLizzy-- I've a long-standing affair with chocolate myself! I hope these came out great for you... you'll have to let me know. My strawberry yogurt pancake recipe also has a Bisquick version for lazy days and you could substitute chocolate yogurt too. I'm tempted to try some mini chocolate chips in these next time, after reading your comment. Thanks again :)

Becki Rizzuti from Indianapolis, Indiana on January 23, 2014:

This is fantastic. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I shared it on Facebook so I'll have it to hold onto, and pinned it as well so I can go back later and make these. They look fantastic! I might link this from my Valentine's Hot Cocoa hub as well. Love your photographs too!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on January 23, 2014:

I love chocolate, and this looks great. Must pin! Hey, and I thought "hot cocoa" and "hot chocolate" were interchangeable. Aren't they the same thing? Thanks.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 23, 2014:

This is such a fabulous idea for pancakes and so easy! I love all of your tips for making pancakes. I can't wait to give it a try.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 22, 2014:

oh gosh! Your pancakes are awesome. What brand of camera did you used? Looks like I am reading a recipe book! Voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful awesome . Sorry I can't vote funny. I wish there is FABULOUS vote.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on January 22, 2014:

Yummy yum yum I can't wait to try these. I am pinning for my friends. Excited to have found your hub through Blossom :)

Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on January 21, 2014:

I have never heard of hot cocoa pancakes. Our girls have been begging me to make pancakes; I'm going to have to try this recipe! I have the pancake pen, too. It is amazing. You can make letters, hearts, and it's great for pancake molds. It's one of my favorite kitchen tools! Thanks for the recipe and inspiration, Heather. :)

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on January 21, 2014:

Thanks for the recipe. I have eaten them made with sour cream but never with yoghurt so I am going to try it.

Michele Kelsey from Edmond, Oklahoma on January 21, 2014:

These look so good! I don't cook much because my husband loves to but I will for sure pass this recipe along to him. Thanks for sharing and beautiful pics! How do you make them? Voted beautiful. Michele

Stephanie Henkel from USA on January 20, 2014:

These look wonderful! I'm not a big fan of pancakes, but you have me convinced to try this recipe. You photos are mouth watering! Voted up and shared.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 20, 2014:

Wow! How awesome! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your photographs. What photo editor did you use - I ask because they look professional. :)

And I can't wait to try pancakes with yogurt. Pinning this and sharing. :)

Claudia Mitchell on January 20, 2014:

Well, my daughter is now expecting these for breakfast tomorrow. I'm going to have to break it to her that I don't have the yogurt. These look wonderful. Do you think this batter would work for waffles? I'm never sure if one can use the same batter for pancakes and waffles. Pinned and voted.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on January 20, 2014:

Yummy! Definitely trying this...love everything pancakes.

Good hub! Voting up and absolutely pinning and sharing.


L C David from Florida on January 20, 2014:

These look sinfully delicious. Must try them!

rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on January 20, 2014:

Yum, this looks so delicious. I received one of those big bags of cocoa mix for Christmas. This gives me another use rather than making a pot/mug of hot cocoa. I also like using yogurt or applesauce with pancakes, but yogurt would taste better with the chocolate. I'll have to give it a try this weekend. Another great recipe, thanks Heather!

Kevin W from Texas on January 19, 2014:

Wow.... I've never tried Chocolate pancakes but I'm a pancake lover, can eat them anytime of day. As a matter of fact I had "all you can eat" pancakes at IHOP earlier today. Definitely going to try these. Thumbs up on your hub Heather Says

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on January 19, 2014:

Hot Cocoa Pancakes sounds good. Never even thought of this! Thanks for sharing!

Donna Herron from USA on January 19, 2014:

These sound super yummy! I will have to save them for a special occasion. Pinning now for later use :) Thanks, as always! Love all your recipes!!

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on January 19, 2014:

Oooo, Heather, really!? Chocolate pancakes? YES! Wonderful recipe, must try on day off. I'm the program coordinator and pancake maker for the breakfast program for the homeless at my church. Every other Saturday, I cook between 700 and 1000 pancakes on a commercial grill. I add only cinnamon. I like your tips on making pancakes, especially the one about not pressing down the pancake. I've trained people about that so they will remain fluffy. Thanks for this fun and yummy hub, Heather. Voted up, useful, and awesome.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on January 19, 2014:

Oh, Yum! As a devout chocoholic, I love this idea! If I go to a restaurant that offers chocolate chip pancakes, I'm sure to order them!

I have an electric griddle, but it's awkward to get out. I use a similar-sized one that I bought at a camping store. It fits across 2 burners, and I, too, get 6 pancakes per batch.

My (lazy cook) preference is to simply use biscuit mix and add an egg and either water or milk. I guess that would work--just add the packets to that, or a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder.

Guess what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow?? ;-)

Voted up, awesome, useful and pinned!

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