Breakfast & Brunch

Chunky Monkey Pancakes

July 17, 2013

These Chunky Monkey Pancakes are loaded with banana and topped with sweet chocolate chips. Don’t forget to make a large batch and keep some stashed in the freezer!

chunky monkey pancakes
Health conscious parents look away…These chunky monkey pancakes will put me on the top of the “Best Mom Awards,” but probably on the bottom of the “Best Parent Awards.”

Yes… They are loaded with chocolate… covered in chocolate syrup… and contain sugar… BUT they do have banana’s in them! That has to count for something, right? Let’s face it, sometimes you just have to give in and make something delicious and comforting for breakfast.

chunky monkey pancake recipe

These are true kid pleasers. Dax inhaled his in record time. Which is impressive considering bananas are on the top of his “I REALLY HATE THOSE” list. It probably had something to do with the chocolate chips and syrup hiding the flavor. These are definitely NOT going to be every day pancakes but are worth making every now and again.

chunky monkey pancakes packed with bananas and chocolate

While they went over great with my four year old I felt the chocolate chips were an overkill for my personal tastes. Next time I’ll cook half of the batter first before adding them in and possibly even top things off with peanut butter. Can you believe how amazing that combo will be? It’s like a little bite of salty sweet heaven.

Chunky Monkey Pancakes


  • 1 C. flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 3/4 C. buttermilk
  • 3 T. melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 large bananas, diced
  • 1/2 C. mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 C. chopped pecans (optional)


  1. Preheat a skillet to medium heat.
  2. Whisk together the flour, powder, soda, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and butter. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry. Fold in the bananas, chocolate chips, and pecans.
  3. Pour the batter onto the griddle. (I use a 1/4 C. measuring cup per each cake). Cook until the sides are slightly browned and the pancake starts to form little bubbles on the top. Flip and cook until browned.
  4. Serve warm with butter and syrup, or for a little extra kick add chocolate syrup
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Comments (23)

  • Audra @ Painless Meals Reply

    July 17, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Hard to imagine going wrong with chocolate and banana! These sound really good, and I’m diggin’ the “Freezer Friendly” tag. I need more of those.

  • Ashlee - I'll Love You Forever Reply

    July 17, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Oh my yummyness! Looks delicious!

  • Yvonne Reply

    July 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

    These looks sooooo yummy!!! Breakfast is my favorite meal – I’m definitely trying these and definitely pinning them as well 🙂

  • Debra Reply

    July 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Oh yum! These look so good, I love breakfast food…. but I prefer it for dinner. 😉

  • Amy @ The Happy Scraps Reply

    July 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I tried some similar a month or so ago, and my boys ate them up! I have yours pinned, I’ll have to try it next time! Yummy!

  • Elly Reply

    August 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I made these this morning and they were a hit! They were super fluffy, very easy to make and absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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  • Michelle Reply

    November 16, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Made these this morning and they were YUMMY! I only used about 1/4 cup of the mini choc chips after reading that you said they were overpowering. I am glad I did. I think they were perfect!!! We didn’t need to use syrup….we just used a little bit of butter. They were very filling.

    • Jesseca Reply

      November 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      glad you loved them!

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    Made these for dinner tonight and they were so good! I had a add a little extra milk in mine.

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