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).


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 }

Abby Rice October 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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.


Adrianna October 24, 2011 at 2:00 am

HUGS! Thank you thank you.


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)


Adrianna October 24, 2011 at 6:40 am

Looking forward to this day. Thank you!


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.


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


Heidi October 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Adrianna, there absolutely are better days ahead! :)


Annie October 25, 2011 at 12:46 am

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


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 :)


Sarah October 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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


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!


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!


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. :)


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.


Elise November 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm


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 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.



Adrianna November 15, 2011 at 1:04 am

Thank you, Elise. xoxo


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!’


Adrianna November 15, 2011 at 1:05 am

Tell your nephew he just made me blush. :)


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!!!!


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!


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.


Adrianna January 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

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


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


Amy August 26, 2012 at 11:29 am


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,



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.


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…


Adrianna September 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

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


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 :)


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!


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


laura October 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

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


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!


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!


Aqiyl Aniys March 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Very nice presentation. Your pancakes look really really tasty!


Austin November 9, 2014 at 7:47 am

A simple recipe would have been sufficient.


Adrianna Adarme November 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

This is pretty simple.


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