Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 20 mins

Update 2/20/2017: These Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes are my families favorite pancakes! We have been making this exact recipe since 2014 — almost 4 years now — just about every Sunday for breakfast.

We are big breakfast fans and I love any way to use up over ripe bananas. Ellie isn’t a fan of chocolate, but is thankfully a huge banana fan.

I always set aside a little bowl of batter just for her, without chocolate chips, and this recipe makes perfect plain banana pancakes as well. Hope you enjoy eating them as much as we have over the years!

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes: These are my families favorite pancakes! They are ready in 20 minutes and are the perfect Sunday morning breakfast. Bonus - this is another great recipe to use up any over ripe bananas!

Y’all didn’t actually think that I would stop making pancakes now that I learned the secret to French Toast, did ya? I just can’t help it, pancakes are my favorite!

Jorge and I had plans to spend Sunday on the couch — doing nothing. With a long weekend, I like to pick at least one day to just lounge around and be bums. We stayed in our PJs all day and binge watched United States of Tara on Netflix.

Around 11, our stomachs started growling and Jorge asked if I wanted to go out to brunch. I did, but I didn’t want to change out of my PJs…and I don’t think the other paying guests would have been happy to see us there in our pjs sipping mimosas.

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes: These are my families favorite pancakes! They are ready in 20 minutes and are the perfect Sunday morning breakfast. Bonus - this is another great recipe to use up any over ripe bananas!

Instead I started prepping the ingredients for hoecakes, but Jorge came over and said he wanted something a little different. And if there is one flavor that will always make Jorge happy, it’s banana.

I had these babies on the table in about 15 minutes – definitely faster than we could have gotten into our favorite brunch restaurant.

With the chocolate chips and banana, these pancakes are already sweeter than normal pancakes. Instead of syrup — we just slathered on a little butter and topped them with more bananas and chocolate. πŸ˜‰

It was definitely one of the best breakfasts we have had in a long time!

Yield: 8 large pancakes

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Stack of Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes on a white plate topped with bananas and chocolate chips.

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes are so sweet that they don't even need any maple syrup - crazy right? Put these homemade pancakes on your breakfast menu this weekend!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 large bananas)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips


  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat mashed bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, sour cream and vegetable oil together until smooth.
  3. Add flour mixture, alternating with milk and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat. Using a 1/2 cup scoop, pour batter on to skillet.
  5. Once you start to see little bubbles form, flip and continue to cook until pancake is browned on each side. Continue until you have used all pancake batter.
  6. Serve pancakes with whatever you would like: butter, syrup or extra sliced bananas & chocolate chips!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 284mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g

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41 Responses
  1. Carolyn Murray

    These sound soo good!! I have to make these for my grandson because I think he will love these and so will his YaYa

  2. Al

    I have made these at least 30 times. They are the only thing my kids want for breakfast on the weekends. For taste and texture, we like Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and I beat the bananas in a stand mixer on high speed until there are basically no chunks of banana left.

    Sometimes I use peanut butter chips instead of chocolate.

  3. Marisol Guerrero

    WOW! I just made these pancakes! They are AMAZING! I’ve tried lots of different recipes. This one is now one of my fav banana pancakes! I used Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream and butter instead of oil, and chopped up some dark chocolate instead of the chips. It was like eating a fluffy, moist, slice of banana bread! Thank you for this recipe! Ill be following u in Instagram! πŸ™‚

    1. Jessica

      I think it would – but I am not 100% sure. If you try it, make sure and come back and share how it worked out!!

  4. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Made these this morning. They were so delicious! I’m so glad I decided to try them. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  5. Robin

    saw your other pancake recipe, and they look identical except for the other recipe has more vanilla, more sugar, and uses buttermilk instead of sour cream/milk combo. so which version is better? I am thinking of using the other version using buttermilk, more sugar/vanilla, with the mashed bananas & chips? what is the difference in the pancakes between the 2 versions (buttermilk vs. sour cream/milk)?

    1. Jessica

      Hi Robin,

      It’s really a personal preference type of thing…also depends on what I have on hand. I usually have sour cream, but I don’t always have buttermilk. Both ways are delicious – so just try which ever works for you!

  6. Tina | My Life as a Mrs

    these picture are so pretty that they ALMOST make me think I’d suddenly like bananas! πŸ˜‰

  7. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    Your pictures are so great, I feel like I can taste these just looking at them…almost of course, not quite as good as the real thing πŸ˜‰

    I absolutely have to have a lazy day at home on the weekends as well, so glad that you stayed in and made these! Banana + chocolate + pancakes = my kind of breakfast.

  8. Joanne

    Well if there’s one flavor I can’t get enough of it’s chocolate! Especially for breakfast. I choose your pancakes over brunch out any day!

  9. Monica

    These pancakes look amazing! I wish I weren’t so lazy in the mornings so that I could actually get up at a respectable time to make these! Bananas and chocolate chips are one of my favorite combos. The only other combination that could possibly rival this one is banana pancakes with strawberries and blueberries. Yummy (:

  10. Beth @ bethcakes

    I’m not a huge fan of bananas, but I’m sure if they were in pancakes with melty chocolate chips I would eat all of them. Because I kind of wish I could do that right now. πŸ™‚

  11. Traci

    I feel really dumb, but I’ve never tried bananas and chocolate together in a bread form. So going to. Those pictures are worth every calorie. πŸ™‚

  12. Allison @ Celebrating Sweets

    Thank you for introducing me to what I’ll be making for dinner tonight. πŸ™‚ There’s nothing like breakfast for dinner! Yum!

  13. Marcie@FlavortheMoments

    These look so good! I grew up eating banana pancakes and somehow have gotten away from making them. Chocolate and banana is one of my favorite flavor combos!

  14. Leah | So, How's It Taste?

    I have been craving pancakes for days now and you’ve just pushed me over the edge! Love the combination of banana and chocolate. I need these in my life!

  15. Kristi

    These look so good. I have never made pancakes with sour cream. Can you substitute Greek yogurt instead or would that affect the texture of the pancake?

  16. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    This would last about 10 seconds on our table, the kids go bonkers after banana and chocolate!

  17. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Oh my goodness. I normally skip breakfast but if I can have these for breakfast, I’m so there! Pinned!

    And that french toast of yours. I see it pinned everywhere and it gets me, every.time.

  18. Tieghan

    LOVE!! These are so awesome and a lot like my staple pancakes. See, my pancakes ALWAYS have chocolate chips in them. Always. It’s the way my mom did it growing up and I just love it! I like to throw in banana too when I have ripe ones and those always turn out to be my favorite!!

    Such an amazing stack and I think that extra sprinkle of chocolate chips is and awesome thing!

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