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Start your day off right with this Chocolate Orange Pancakes Recipe. They’re loaded with semi sweet chocolate chips and taste just like a Mocha Valencia!

chocolate orange pancakes with chocolate chips and orange zest

A billion or so years ago, Starbucks made an awesome drink called the Mocha Valencia. We used to live right across the street from a Starbucks, and I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I stopped by almost daily to get my chocolate-orange fix. This was back when I worked full time and before we had five kids, so I could kind of, sort of justify the expense!

If you’ve never heard of a Mocha Valencia, it tastes like an orange-chocolate truffle or one of  those chocolate oranges that are popular around Christmas. It’s a classic flavor combo that I absolutely love!

The kids and I have been making these chocolate orange pancakes off and on for a few years now. I have an older, similar recipe on the blog, but I recently updated it, so I’m sharing the new version now.

This recipe for chocolate orange pancakes is super easy, but it’s perfect for special occasions. Mother’s Day is coming up, and I for one, would love to wake up to these delicious pancakes! They would be perfect for Mother’s Day breakfast or brunch, but you can definitely enjoy them anytime at all.

The pancakes get their amazing flavor from a combination of orange juice and orange zest. They also have plenty of cocoa powder and a healthy helping of semi sweet chocolate chips to make them extra chocolaty. If you like chocolate, you’ll love these orange chocolate pancakes!

I used butter in place of oil, but if you want to make these dairy free, just use your favorite oil, instead. I used a combination of fresh-squeezed orange juice and store bought juice in place of milk. The store bought juice is slightly thick, so I used a whole cup. If you’re using nothing but fresh-squeezed juice, you might want to start out with 3/4 cup and add more if you need to.

chocolate orange pancakes with whipped cream on plate

Easy Chocolate Orange Pancakes Recipe

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Chocolate Orange Pancakes Recipe

By: Dee
Chocolate orange pancakes with chocolate chips are the perfect way to start your day and would make a wonderful Mother's Day breakfast or brunch!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 20 pancakes


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or oil
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
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  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add egg, and beat slightly  
  • Add remaining ingredients, and mix until mostly smooth
  • Preheat a griddle and grease with butter or cooking spray
  • Drop scant 1/4 cup batter on griddle to form 2 to 3-inch circles. Flip when bubbles form, pop and edges are slightly firm. 
  • Remove from griddle when second side is done and slightly brown, and keep warm or serve immediately
  • Top with syrup, honey, butter, additional chocolate chips and extra zest, if desired


Calories: 75kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 30mg, Potassium: 192mg, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 55IU, Vitamin C: 19.9mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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If you like the classic combo of chocolate and orange, I hope you’ll give this chocolate orange pancakes recipe a try. My family loved these pancakes, and I think you will, too!

Happy Cooking,

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  1. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says:

    Whoa, those look amazing, I can’t wait to try them!

  2. Erin @ The Speckled Palate says:

    YUM! I love that you took a favorite coffee drink and turned it into a pancake. I’d love a stack of these beauties this morning!

  3. Ginny McMeans says:

    Chocolate and orange are so wonderful together. Love that you threw some chocolate chips in there too. Sounds so good.

  4. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    I’ll take the whole stack! These look delicious!

  5. Laura | Petite Allergy Treats says:

    These chocolate orange pancakes look and sound divine!

  6. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    Love chocolate and orange together! These pancakes are right up my alley!

    1. Dee says:

      It’s one of the best combos ever! 🙂

  7. Jen says:

    Sounds like a explosion of flavor! I’ll have to try these this weekend.