Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

in Breakfast, Pancakes

Food exists for every occasion. Birthday cakes for birthdays (obvi). Casseroles for cold nights. Chicken soup to rid a cold. Bacon wrapped jalapeños for pot lucks. Cookies for the holidays. Salads for getting cute and healthy…and then…and then there’s heartbreak food.

You know…food for when your heart actually hurts. And you need something to hug you and tell you it’s gonna be okay. And tell you that it’s actually for the best. And that despite life being hard, good things are on their way. Because they are.

So yeah…there’s food for this occasion, too.

Chocolate pudding is pretty popular for this type of situation, as is a pint of ice cream while calling home to mom. Or the first row in a package of oreos. And maybe the second.

But I…I personally recommend pancakes. These specifically.

There’s carbs (requirement!), chocolate (double-requirement!), pumpkin (it’s fall), all while swimming in a pool of warm maple syrup (triple-requirement!).

From the time I’ve spent on this earth, I’ve learned a thing or two about heartbreak; it’s quite simple, really.

It usually happens when two people aren’t on the same page. When one person makes plans for the other (or for the “us”), and when that one person finds out their plan isn’t going to work…it hurts. And that person (a.k.a. me) feels like an idiot for ever thinking that plan was going to work in the first place.

For this special life occasion, I recommend a new purchase of fancy shoes…paired with a stack of delicious pancakes.

Please make them. Eat them. Enjoy them. And even if you aren’t sad, share them…they’re delightful regardless of what’s going on in your heart/brain.

They can really service any type of predicament or celebration–they’re versatile!

Today, though–for me–they’re serving as a pep-talk, from me to myself (and maybe from me to you).

So:

Adrianna (and maybe you), stop listening to sappy music, stop sulking, eat some pancakes, put on some eyeliner and know there’s better days ahead. Because there so is…

(Right? RIGHT?!)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Print this recipe!

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 ground cloves
1/8 ground ginger
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1 egg
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 200˚F.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. In a measuring cup (or small bowl), measure out the buttermilk. Add the egg and lightly beat. Next, mix in the pumpkin puree until completely blended. Pour in the slightly cooled melted butter and mix some more. Lots of mixin’!

In two batches, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps.

Heat up your griddle or cast iron skillet over medium low-heat and brush with 1 tablespoon of butter. Scoop the batter, using a 1/4 cup measure, to the warm skillet. Top each pancake with desired amount of chocolate chips. I added about 6-7 chips per pancake. Cook until small bubbles form on the surface of the pancake and then flip. Cook on opposite side for about 40 seconds, or until golden brown.

Transfer done pancakes to a baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm. Proceed with the rest of the pancakes until you’ve gone through all of the batter. Serve with warm maple syrup.

Yields about 8 pancakes

{ 94 comments… read them below or add one }

Becki's Whole Life October 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

I had pumpkin and chocolate chips for the first time this week. I didn’t think it would be a flavor combo I would love together, but I did. I mean, loved it! Now whenever I see the combo I get hungry…especially when its 6:30 and you show me pancakes…these look irresistible! I also like that plate.

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Jessica @ How Sweet October 21, 2011 at 10:47 am

these are going to be my breakfast!

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Carina October 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

very nice, by the way – love your blog

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

these look amazing! i want them. Now! They look sooo perfect! I’m pinning them to my Pumpkin Board on pinterest right now!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) October 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

you don’t think a stack of 10 would be overkill for my first helping, do you? :)

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Blog is the New Black October 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Loving this!

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Beth @ Remarkably Domestic October 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Sorry to hear you are feeling sad, but I have another great “use” for these pancakes: my kids will LOVE them. (Of course, I will too, and I will eat a dozen, but I can avoid people noticing if I talk about how much the kids love them. :-) ) Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins can do the trick, too….

Feel happier!

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Adrianna October 24, 2011 at 1:52 am

Hope you little ones enjoy ’em. I really do!

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Maureen October 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

There will be better days ahead…trust me! And for those not-so-good days, there are these delicious pancakes! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Bev Weidner October 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm

a) YES, better things are on the way.

b) PROMISE.

c) No, I seriously promise you this.

d) Would red wine be a good pair with these heart-soothing cakes?

e) I think they might be.

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Adrianna October 24, 2011 at 1:52 am

Wine + Pancakes = LOVE!

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Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy October 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I wish I had time to make these this morning! They sound fabulous!

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DessertForTwo October 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Yes yes yes, there’s better days ahead.
I don’t think you should feel like an idiot for planning things. At all. Ever! He’s lucky a woman like you planned things for/with him. And now he’s the idiot for missing out. Seriously. I mean, SERIOUSLY. I am trying to imagine a better girl than sweet, beautiful, creative, and talented YOU, and it just does NOT exist.
xoxoxo
Happy Friday, dollface! :)

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Adrianna October 24, 2011 at 1:53 am

Thank you, Christina! xo

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Sue/the view from great island October 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Now you’ve gone and done it. I’ve been successfully avoiding pancakes for a while now. But these are too good to pass up. These have Thanksgiving morning written all over them.

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charlotte au chocolat October 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm

These look absolutely delicious. Things will get better, for sure! Hope you feel better soon…

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tina October 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

pure genius! awww hope your broken heart will be better soon! sending {{{{{ hugs }}}}} over there from the east coast :)

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Adrianna October 24, 2011 at 1:54 am

Thank you for the hugs! Truly!

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Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab October 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Pumpkin + chocolate is one of my very favorite flavor combination. I bet adding some maple sugar certainly doesn’t hurt that deliciousness :)

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KellyB@Goodfoodtripslife October 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Oh girl… we all go through this. Yesss of course it gets better and you will move on to better things. Pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes for times such as this – EPIC.

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Jamie-Lee October 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Things always get better. You are awesome and deserve all the happiness in the world.

Your blog always brightens my day =]

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Adrianna October 24, 2011 at 1:54 am

Thank you, Jamie-Lee! So glad it does.

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Rachael October 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

What a lovely post. I make pumpkin pancakes often in the autumn, but haven’t added chocolate chips. Looks like I know what I’m doing for breakfast tomorrow!

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Marla October 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Well, this is the best of both worlds – pumpkin & chocolate!

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Jen of My Tiny Oven October 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I have been daydreaming about pumpkin pancakes for awhile now, I am totally making these for sunday brunch! They look amazing!

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Michelle October 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I think these would make life better regardless of a breakup situation. Those suck, though. A lot. I watched an episode of New Girl where all she did after a breakup was sit and watch Dirty Dancing over and over and over and over. These pancakes are greater than that.

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Michelle @ Chellbellz October 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

heart break for me has never been that simple. It’s always been that I was too nice, and too friendly and all the men I’ve dealt with want some crazy maniac for a girlfriend. I can’t be that person, and even with my good qualities I’m told. You’re like a sister to me….after months of being together. I nornally skip the food, and go straight to the shoe department. I hope you keep being positive, it will work out soon, we are here for you!

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Lisa P October 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I love this post so much. I really do.

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Tina October 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I think these pancakes could cure anything. I hope they were effective.

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Katrina October 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Mmm these are just what I need for sunday brunch this weekend! Awesome.

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lebenslustiger October 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm

YumyumYUMY – PLEASE make a batch for me!

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MollyL October 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Sorry you are down, I think these pancakes are a great soul soother, and my kids would like them, too. I like someone’s idea of making muffins too. I also like pumpkin waffles. I made them one year at xmas from a Rachael Ray recipe when my bestie was visiting. They were good as waffles too (but I don’t think we put chocolate chips in them……next time!).

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Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook October 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm

These pancakes look amazing. If I wasn’t in a good mood they’d sure pick me up. Hope they made you feel a little better.

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Nik October 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

You’re just lovely. LOVELY.

I hope your heart, brain and new shoes felt a little ease with these delicious sounding pancakes. I imagine you wearing fierce eyeliner, necessary shoes and a little bit more hope after writing this post. I say cook, buy, write out all the heartache you have – you’re only making room for whatever is around the corner for you heart. <3

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Lindsay October 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm

You really are the sweetest, Adrianna.

So sorry to hear that your heart is hurting. It’s one of those things that none of us can escape because we’re human, yet it’s proof that we’ve loved and cared for another. It seems like break ups hurt in a different kind of way as we get older and I think it’s because the meaning of our relationships evolve as we age, making it all the more difficult to make peace with the circumstances that hurt us in the first place. Let time do it’s thing, and in the mean time, surround yourself with those who know how to treat you well.

I send lots of love, sparkly nail polish, and pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes your way, sister.
xoxo

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Adrianna October 24, 2011 at 1:57 am

Lindsay, you are so incredibly sweet. Thank you SO much for these words.

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Reem | Simply Reem October 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

These pancakes are sure killer…..
They looks so divine…….
I am sorry to hear that you feel low, trust me time is a big healer. And I am sure things will take shape for the best sweety….
Take care.
Hugssss

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jessica October 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm

oh thank you for your pancakes, your words and your heart-sharing. better things and betterness are most definitely up and coming. but first there must be pancakes and soft smooshy blankets and comfort movies and maybe a new lipstick. warm hugs and wishes and maple syrup to you. big squeeze!

~jek

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Katy October 22, 2011 at 1:46 am

YUM! Also, it is for the best, you will find something better, and clearly he wasn’t good enough for you or he would’ve realized/known that he’d be making a big mistake letting you go. The same thing just happened to one of my best friends, forwarding this to her soon. Hugs!

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Rose October 22, 2011 at 5:42 am

Sorry to read about your sadness!

Thank you for the lovely recipe!

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Amanda October 22, 2011 at 7:12 am

Friend, heartbreak sucks. And although I wanted to punch people in the face for saying these next words to me when my heart was broken, the words are true, and so I’m sharing them with you. Time heals all wounds. It really really does. Just don’t forget to remember that you’re fabulous, and that there is someone equally fabulous out there waiting for you. Best wishes my dear. In the meantime, at least we’ve got these pancakes. 😉

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Heather October 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

1. It will get better
2. Shoes always help
3. Chocolate is the best
4. Those look yummy and I don’t like pancakes.
5. Hugs

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Holly Henderson October 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Apparently, that dummy was getting out of the way to make room for the ACTUAL cool, deserving person who will steal your heart next. Cook on, girl!

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France October 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I know exactly what you mean. I had pancakes at lunch yesterday. 4 of them….But i think I could have improved the situation much faster if I had made these instead.

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chocamochamix October 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm

These look yummy! I intend to make them if I can get hold of pumpkin puree in UK,
reblogged from gastrogirl on Tumblr

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Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen October 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I’m sorry for your heartbreak :( …things will definitely get better! In the meantime…these pancakes look like they will certainly help. I can’t believe how fluffy and thick they are!

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LOurdes candela scheelje October 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm

me encanto tambien pudes hacerlo con harina de lucuma quedaria deli un besito

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dana @ my little celebration October 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Oh dear. YUM!

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Amilia @justeverydayme October 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Mmm this looks delicious! I am currently obsessed with everything pumpkin so I’m looking forward to making these!

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marlissa October 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

chocolate chip pancakes, WOW!!!!
I love it

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LaurenBux October 23, 2011 at 2:32 am

I LOVE pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes! I also love their sister, pumpkin chocolate ship muffins! AWESOME when you don’t have time to sit and eat pancakes…just make sure to have with some hot caramel apple cider!

http://foodistherapy.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/fall-has-arrived-and-with-it-comes-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins/

Thanks for sharing!

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Dana B October 23, 2011 at 5:32 am

Sorry you had such a rough day yesterday :(, but glad you posted such a yummy sounding recipe :) If you want more pumpkin/choc chip combos, whatsgabycookin has some very yummy scones. I made them for dessert the other night :) Hope your day was better today and life turns upwards back to fun soon!!

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Amy October 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I’m sorry you had such a rough week. Take solace knowing that you made so many people happy by posting this amazing recipe. Sometimes doing things for others can help raise your spirits. Question for any of you: how many pancakes does this make? I’m hosting a brunch of three this morning and trying to figure out if I should double the recipe. Also, can I use milk in lieu of buttermilk since I don’t have any right now? Thanks!

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Amy October 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Just wanted to follow up – these were fantastic! I used 1/3 cup whole wheat flour along with 2/3 cups all purpose. I used 1 cup of milk along with 1 TB lemon juice to make buttermilk. We had more than enough for three people. Thanks again!

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Adrianna October 24, 2011 at 2:00 am

Yay for the buttermilk substitute. It works like a charm. So glad you liked ’em!

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erica October 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I love this blog! I am sorry that your heart is so sad! Keep putting one foot in front of the other, your head held high, and a smile pasted on your face – and soon there will be brighter days ahead! Can’t wait to try this recipe! How about you pair it with a hot toddy? Mmmhmm….that will help your heart as well!! :) http://notquitegourmet.com/2011/10/23/cup-of-comfort/

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Carolyn@ LivingOriental October 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Oh my, looking at your pancakes make me really crave for them now. I love all of your recipes :)!!! Always looking forward to read new ones!

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Abby Rice October 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Adrianna,
I feel for you girl. Nobody is more codependent than I am. A breakup hurts…especially when true love was involved. Do not let yourself think about it. Avoid alone time. Keep busy. Re-invent yourself. And if its any consolation, I am on the other side of the US in SC and you have touched me in a big way. Although we have never spoke, your written words brighten my every day. You are truly a special person. I look forward to your blog every time I am online. Do not give up on love. He will find you. Have faith.

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Adrianna October 24, 2011 at 2:00 am

HUGS! Thank you thank you.

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Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! October 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Oh Adrianna..boy do I know about cooking my feelings…and then buying a pair of pretty shoes. Trust me, I know. But don’t you always feel better afterward? Now pancakes for heartbreak, I like this idea. But then again, I like any excuse to make pancakes. I’ve never tried pumpkin and chocolate, but these look yummy enough to try. And hang in there hun, it get’s better (and by better, I mean, there comes a point, where you stop caring and it feels really really good)

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Adrianna October 24, 2011 at 6:40 am

Looking forward to this day. Thank you!

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Alicia October 24, 2011 at 2:57 am

Delish! I made these for my kids yesterday morning. Followed the recipe exactly, and I love how the batter is thick and barely pours. They were so fluffy and delicious! Thanks.

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Mags October 24, 2011 at 4:49 am

I’m sorry you’re feeling so down. I totally agree that carbs are the perfect cheer up food though

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Heidi October 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Adrianna, there absolutely are better days ahead! :)

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Annie October 25, 2011 at 12:46 am

I made these the other day and they were amazinggg <3

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Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake) October 25, 2011 at 1:05 am

oh lordy do i love pumpkin pancakes, i kinda wanna make these for dinner now :)

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Sarah October 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm

These look great. Sorry to hear abbout your heartbreaking times, hope all goes well for you.

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Erin October 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I made these last night and they.are.fantastic. My house smelled amazing :) Thanks for the recipe!

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Angela @ The Dancer Bakes October 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I am absolutely dying to make a white chocolate chip version of these. Or maybe mix the two kinds of chips…ooooh… Regardless, this looks like a fantastic recipe and I can’t wait to try it!

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Taylor November 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm

The day you posted this is the same day I got dumped after almost 2 years. I made these and it’s no lie, they really do cure a broken heart. You’re perfect. Thank you. :)

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Adrianna November 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Umm…this comment might’ve made me tear up. So glad they made you feel a little better.

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Elise November 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Adrianna!

I’ve never commented before, despite pinning pretty much every recipe you EVER post and sometimes – ok frequently – laughing out loud while reading your posts. This one didn’t make me laugh, obvi, but it did make me want to comment and send you some hugs. Hopefully things are looking up 1 week out from pumpkin chocolate pancakes. Although of course that doesn’t mean stop making them…

Anyhow, thank you for ALL the awesome recipes. When I read your posts I kind of feel deja vu bc it’s like I’m reading my own thoughts, spoken in my own voice. Love it, love you, you’re awesome, feel better!

-Elise

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Elise November 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm

hmm, ok actually like 3 weeks out from pump. choc. pcakes. apparently i’m further behind on my blog reading than i though.

-e

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Adrianna November 15, 2011 at 1:04 am

Thank you, Elise. xoxo

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Tiffany November 15, 2011 at 12:10 am

Made this tonight for dinner for me and my nephew. Soooo good. He adds ‘best pancakes ever!’

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Adrianna November 15, 2011 at 1:05 am

Tell your nephew he just made me blush. :)

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Julia December 6, 2011 at 5:29 am

OK I just made these yesterday coz I had extra pumpkin puree from all the piemaking last week and these were AWESOME!!!. I followed the recipe exactly except added 2 egg whites instead of a whole egg (coz I needed to use them up). They were the lightest, fluffiest, most tender, flavorful pancakes ever!!! THANKS SO MUCH!!!!

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brighteyedbaker December 30, 2011 at 2:30 am

I’ve been thinking I need to try some pancakes from scratch, and these look like they wouldn’t disappoint. I love pumpkin and chocolate chip :) LOVE IT!

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Anita January 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I am eating these as I type for MY lunch. Nope, not sharing with anyone. I love these!
While I love making my grandmother’s buttermilk pancake recipe that has been in our family for generations, I think THIS recipe will be my very own little slice of heaven during a stressful day. Their beautiful fluffy shapes and the delightful smell of goodness. Each bite is a bit of calm during the fire–with or without the chocolate chips.

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Adrianna January 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

So flattering. So glad you loved them. This makes my day!

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Claire August 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

just browsing your recipes is making me so excited for fall! i will definitely be making this for a birthday breakfast this year

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Amy August 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hello,

I am making these delicious pancakes as I type, but am having a hard time making out the amount of butter to use. I know some is for the batter and some is for brushing, but the recipe says “1/2 tablespoons”. Can you help?? We’re hungry!! :) haha

Thanks so much,

Amy

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Adrianna August 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Hi! Sorry for the confusion. The 1/2 tablespoon of melted butter should go in the batter. You’ll need an additional tsp or two of butter to brush your pan.

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Amy September 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

Thank you so much, Adrianna. I made these for the 2nd time today…..awesome recipe :) Hope you are doing well…

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Adrianna September 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

YAY! I’m doing super well! Thank you for being here.

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Stephanie September 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

It’s finally feeling a *little* like fall here in SoCal and the first thing I did was hunt for your pumpkin pancake recipe! Absolutely our favorite for weekend brunch at home :)

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julie @ the semi-reformed nerd September 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm

YUM. I’m a bit of a pumpkin pancake snob (and I never miss an opportunity to eat them) so I can’t wait to get these a shot!

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Shannon October 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

Just made these this morning!! They are soo sooo good!! I wouldn’t change a thing about them! Thanks for the recipe, they are perfect for fall season <3 Will definitely be making them again soon

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laura October 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I cannot resist chocolate chips in pancakes…looks delicious. Love your pictures, too!

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Paulinski November 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Made these today, and they were delicious! Didn’t need cheering up or anything; I just love pumpkin, like you do, and have lots of purée from our jack-o-lantern. Thank you!

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Lucy November 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

Just made a gluten-free version of these for my boyfriend’s birthday! I’m not sure if it’s because of the GF flour, but I wound up having to add an extra half-cup of liquid to the batter to make them spread out more on the pan.

They still turned out great – thanks for sharing!

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Aqiyl Aniys March 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Very nice presentation. Your pancakes look really really tasty!

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Austin November 9, 2014 at 7:47 am

A simple recipe would have been sufficient.

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Adrianna Adarme November 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

This is pretty simple.

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