Orange Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

Treat your loved ones to decadent Orange Pancakes with Chocolate Chips! This homemade orange pancake recipe gets its flavor from orange juice and orange zest and is speckled with chocolate chips, too! No matter when you make this homemade pancake recipe, you’re in for a treat. Makes 26 pancakes.

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Close up of the inside of a stack of Orange Pancakes with Chocolate Chips on a plate

2023 Update: This recipe was originally shared in February 2015, right before I was due with our first child. I have simplified this recipe to include ingredients everyone can find. The post includes new photos, as well as more tips and tricks. I hope you love them!

This recipe came about when I was extremely pregnant in early 2015. I woke up craving pancakes, raided the fridge and discovered we had a ton of fresh satsumas.

I began pondering what went well with oranges, and I realized, well, duh, CHOCOLATE.

So I took our Old Fashioned Pancake recipe and did some tweaking… and the end result was glorious.

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    Why I love this recipe:

    These pancakes with orange flavors are soft and gooey on the inside and bursting with orange and chocolate flavors. They have a delightful fluffy texture, too.

    The brightness of the orange provides a great contrast to the richness of the chocolate chips.

    To me, homemade pancake are satisfying because they’re simple to make (so long as you have the ingredients) and incredibly satisfying.

    These Orange Pancakes with Chocolate Chips don’t really need anything extra but if you’re feeling decadent, add some maple syrup, chocolate chips and orange zest.

    Because all three of these are a brilliant idea.

    Other pancake recipes you might enjoy: The Very BEST Oatmeal Pancakes | Apple Cider Pancakes | Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes | Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Chips | Peanut Butter Pancakes with Raspberry Preserves Syrup | Sweet Potato Pancakes

    Need breakfast inspiration, but don’t know where to start? Head on over to my Breakfast and Brunch Recipe Index.

    Ingredients to make Orange Pancakes with Chocolate Chips in bowls on a marble surface

    What you need to make this recipe:

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    Let’s talk ingredients!

    In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

    Here’s what you need:

    • All-purpose flour — we always have unbleached at our house, but the regular kind works perfectly, too!
    • Granulated sugar — also known as white sugar, this gives a little sweetness to our pancake batter.
    • Leaveners — we’re using a combination of baking powder and baking soda to give our pancakes some lift. Make sure yours are fresh.
    • Kosher salt — I use a medium-grain kosher salt. If you only have finer salt, consider using a little less so your batter does not become too salty.
    • Orange juice — when I originally wrote this recipe, I called for fresh squeezed. You can use the kind from the store, too. We’re going to need a lot to give these pancakes excellent orange flavor.
    • Eggs — these help bring the batter together. I use large eggs.
    • Vanilla extract — the real deal stuff brings all the flavors together.
    • Flavorless oil — avocado vegetable or canola oil are perfect here! You can also use unsalted butter if that’s your jam, too.
    • Orange zest — grab your zester or microplane and zest 1-2 larger oranges for this. If you’ve got extra, you can use it as a garnish for the pancakes.
    • Chocolate chips — use your favorite here. My original recipe calls for dark chocolate chips, though I think bittersweet and semisweet totally work, too.
    • Toppings — maple syrup (or possibly Strawberry Syrup or Homemade Peach Compote), whipped cream, fresh fruit, extra chocolate chips, orange zest and more!

    A note on ingredients:

    This original recipe calls for equal parts almond meal and whole wheat pastry flour. While a delicious combo, I do not keep either of these in my pantry. I bet you do not, either.

    How to make the BEST Orange Pancakes

    Measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together until incorporated, and set aside.

    Stir in the chocolate chips.

    Wet ingredients for orange pancakes in a liquid measuring cup

    Measure the orange juice, eggs, vanilla extract, oil and orange zest into a smaller bowl or a liquid measuring cup. Mix vigorously with a fork until combined—you want to ensure that the egg is fully mixed in.

    Pro tip!

    Mix the wet ingredients A LOT. We want the egg totally incorporated in it before we pour it into the dry ingredients. We do not want streaky egg whites in our pancakes.


    Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this will affect the texture of the pancakes.

    Set the batter aside, and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.

    While the batter rests, heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Grease the pan lightly with butter or nonstick cooking spray.

    Dollop the pancakes onto the preheated skillet when ready. I use a 1.5-tablespoon cookie scoop to measure out my pancakes. You can use a larger scoop (like a 1/4 cup measuring spoon) if you’d rather larger pancakes.

    When several bubbles have formed on the surface, flip the pancakes, and cook through. Repeat until all batter has been made into pancakes.

    Make a stack of pancakes, and serve with warm maple syrup, softened butter and your favorite fruits. These are particularly excellent with extra chocolate chips and orange zest sprinkled on top.

    Maple syrup pours on top of a stack of homemade pancakes

    Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

    I previously thought pancakes would be fussy to prepare for brunch at home, but they really aren’t! It just requires a little patience, planning and working ahead to get ‘em made before guests arrive.

    Here are a few tips and tricks to transforming this recipe into a brunch centerpiece:

    • Depending on the amount of people you’re serving, double this recipe. You can also half it if you’re not feeding a crowd.
    • Make the flapjacks before guests arrive, and keep them warm in the oven. We put ours on baking sheets* (affiliate link) and keep them warm in a 200°F oven.
    • Transform your table into a pancake bar! Offer various toppings, like real maple syrup, sweetened whipped cream, fresh orange slices. You can even transform them into a Pancake Board if you’re feeling creative!
    A sliced-into stack of orange pancakes with syrup, butter and mini chocolate chips as garnish

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the secret to making fluffy pancakes?

    The secret is mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately so you don’t overmix the batter once they’re combined. Also, make sure your baking powder and baking soda are fresh.

    Why are my pancakes flat and rubbery?

    If they’re flat and rubbery, you probably overmixed the batter. The more you mix the ingredients together, the more gluten forms, which will change the texture.

    Should pancake batter be thick or runny?

    This batter is kind of in between super thick and runny. The key is just stirring until all the flour is incorporated so the pancakes will be nice, light and fluffy. It’s OK for there to be some small lumps in the batter.

    Quick Tips and Tricks for the Best Pancakes

    • Don’t overmix your batter! Just mix the batter until it has just come together. Lumps are OK. If you mix until it’s smooth, the pancakes won’t be as fluffy.
    • When do you know how to flip? When big ‘ol bubbles start to form in the batter. Lift up the edge a little bit with a spatula to confirm the color on the other side before committing… because when you flip them, you won’t flip them again. (Yep. We only need to flip our pancakes once.)
    • Once you’ve flipped your pancakes, don’t press down on them! This will deflate them. Obviously, we want them to puff up and be as light and airy as possible.
    • Leftover pancakes? Freeze ’em! Line a baking sheet with wax paper, and pop them in the freezer for 4-6 hours. When the pancakes are fully frozen, transfer them to a freezer baggie. Reheat in the toaster oven, toaster or the oven until warm.

    More pancake recipes to try:

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    A sliced-into stack of orange pancakes with syrup, butter and mini chocolate chips as garnish
    Yield: 26 (1.5-tablespoon) pancakes

    Orange Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes

    Treat your loved ones to decadent Orange Pancakes with Chocolate Chips! This homemade orange pancake recipe gets its flavor from orange juice and orange zest and is speckled with chocolate chips, too! No matter when you make this homemade pancake recipe, you're in for a treat.

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (240g)
    • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (30g)
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder (12g)
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda (4g)
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (3g)
    • 1 ½ cups orange juice (375ml)
    • 2 eggs (~100g)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (6g)
    • 2 tablespoons flavorless oil (avocado, vegetable or canola oil all work) (30g)
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest (7g)
    • ¾ cup chocolate chips (140g)

    Instructions

    1. Measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together until incorporated, and set aside.
    2. Whisk together the orange juice, eggs, vanilla extract, oil and orange zest in a smaller bowl or a liquid measuring cup. Whisk together with a fork until combined—you want to ensure that the egg is incorporated. Why? We do not want random egg whites in our pancakes.
    3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this will affect the texture of the pancakes.
    4. Stir in the chocolate chips until just incorporated.
    5. Set aside the batter, and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
    6. While the batter rests, heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Grease the pan lightly with butter or cooking spray.
    7. Dollop the pancakes onto the preheated skillet when ready. I like to use a cookie scoop to measure my pancakes out into 1.5-tablespoon silver dollar sized ones, but you can use a larger measuring scoop if you’d rather larger pancakes.
    8. When several bubbles have formed on the surface, flip the pancakes, and cook through. Repeat until all batter has been made into pancakes.
    9. Make a stack of pancakes, and serve with warm maple syrup, softened butter and your favorite fruits. These are particularly excellent with extra chocolate chips and orange zest sprinkled on top.

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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    26

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

    Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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      1. Thanks so much, Heather! These are absolutely DELICIOUS. Like you, I love anything with dark chocolate, so it’s not really hard to please me… but these are an extra special treat!

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