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Triple Chocolate Whole Wheat Pancakes

Triple Chocolate Whole Wheat Pancakes

The fluffiest chocolate pancakes ever – packed with dark rich chocolate. Plus simple steps kids can follow. ~ 

Chocolate Pancakes Kids can make

Here’s how a recent conversation at my house went:

My daughter: Mom, can we make pancakes?

Me: Sure, what kind?

Daughter: Chocolate…with chocolate chips.

Daughter #2: And then we can put Nutella on top!

Ah, yes. Spoken like the kids of a dietitian.

But, when we went to the pantry, we were out of the white whole wheat flour I usually use for pancakes. All I had on hand was basic whole wheat flour. Instead of pancakes, I envisioned flat, heavy, chocolate hockey pucks. And I told the kids as much.

Daughter #1: It’s OK, Mom, they will be covered in Nutella, so they will still be good.

She is right of course, but still fluffy pancakes sounded so much better than flat pancakes. While I’m not expert when it comes to the baking science of leavening options, I do know this: Beaten egg whites do a great job of trapping air to make a baked treat rise.


And guess what?

These were the fluffiest pancakes ever – all through the magic of adding two whipped egg whites to our recipe for chocolate pancakes – perfected long ago.

And another bonus:  Whipping egg whites are a great way for kids to learn to use the electric beaters because:

  • Egg whites don’t spatter (very easily) all over the kitchen very easily
  • I let each kid take a 1-minute turn on the beaters – and after 1 minute, their hand gets tired.
  • If the kids (or Mom) is scared of the electric beater + kid scenario, a hand egg beater is a super-fun solution.

Triple Chocolate Whole Wheat Pancakes |

Another great part of this recipe for kids in the kitchen is for them to see the pancakes puffing up on the griddle. I wrote the recipe below with suggestions for kids to help out – or even make this entire recipe for their sweetie – or for their sweet Mommy on Valentines Day.

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Chocolate Pancakes Kids can make

Triple Chocolate Whole Wheat Pancakes

  • Author: by Serena Ball, RD
  • Yield: about 1 dozen pancakes 1x


The fluffiest chocolate pancakes ever – and packed with dark rich chocolate. Plus simple steps kids can follow.


  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola or corn oil
  • 2 eggs, separated (you’ll use only 1 egg yolk)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • To serve: Chocolate hazelnut spread, such as Nutella


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, have kids add these measured ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cocoa; stir with a fork.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, have kids measure milk, oil and 1 egg yolk; mix with a fork.
  3. In a clean bowl with clean beaters – or a hand crank egg beater, beat egg whites until light and fluffy. This will take at about 10 minutes with a hand beater. But it will keep the kids busy!
  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the milk mixture.
  5. Gently fold the whipped egg whites in. Explain to kids how to gently bring mixture up from bottom of the bowl as not to deflate the egg whites like a balloon.
  6. Measure 1/4 cup scoop of batter onto hot griddle (if kids are old enough) and drop 4-5 chocolate chips onto each pancake. Flip when most of bubbles in batter have popped (but not all since these are such thick pancakes.)
  7. To serve, spread with chocolate hazelnut spread. Kids as young as 2 can do this!

how to make pancakes with kids

Who will be making breakfast at your house on Valentines Day?

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Tuesday 13th of February 2018

That picture is adorable! What I would give for a stack of these right now!

Jessica @ Nutritioulicious

Friday 26th of February 2016

These pancakes look so delicious and I love all your tips for getting the kids involved to help make them. can't wait to make these with my girls!

Serena Ball

Sunday 28th of February 2016

Pancake projects are the best with kids. As I'm sure you know, Jessica! Enjoy!

Arman @ thebigmansworld

Tuesday 10th of February 2015

Triple chocolate totally negates the nutella! Seriously, egg whites may be seen as a diet food but they make pancakes SO much fluffier!


Monday 9th of February 2015

These look awesome and I love how they came about. I'm a big fan of whipping egg whites in baked goods for super fluffy and delicious treats!

Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge)

Monday 9th of February 2015

Um, that sounds like a conversation I would have with my husband :) I love this idea off adding in whipped egg whites! I love pancakes but have a hard time getting "healthy" pancakes to taste light & fluffy! Definitely trying this recipe!

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