Strawberry Pancakes with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Classic fluffy pancakes topped with fresh sliced strawberries and a melted chocolate drizzle are the best breakfast treat. Come learn how to make Strawberry Pancakes, and be sure to check out How to make the Best Homemade Pancakes! Makes 4 servings.

Love hosting brunch at home? Make these pancakes alongside a Mimosa Bar and Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Egg!

Three white plates holding Strawberry Pancakes with whipped cream, dark chocolate and strawberry sauce

This Strawberry Pancakes post was originally shared May 6, 2015. The text and images were updated and republished in April 2021.

Mother’s Day is coming up before too long! High-five to all the mamas out there for the awesome job they’re doing with their kiddos.

Being a mom isn’t always easy, but it’s totally worth it. And I think y’all are doing a fabulous job, so keep on keepin’ on, mamas. You rock!

Honestly, I couldn’t resist thinking about what we did for my mom when I was a kid. It usually involved some kind of baking that occasionally ended in a minor disaster. They also usually involved the best chocolate covered strawberries from Dinstuhl’s.

Why I love this recipe:

I developed these Strawberry Pancakes with a Dark Chocolate Drizzle the weekend of my due date of our first child in an attempt to lure her into the outside world. (It didn’t work.)

However, this is a pancake recipe we’ve kept in our wheelhouse because there’s nothing like a giant stack of pancakes with fresh sliced strawberries and chocolate to really up your breakfast/brunch game.

These pancakes are as good as they look. And you don’t even need syrup because you’ve got that chocolate drizzle.

The chocolate-strawberry combo is a winning one, if you ask me. Add in the fact that they’re easy to make, and you’ve got a wonderful Mother’s Day surprise breakfast.

Other pancake recipes our whole family adores: Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes | Red Velvet Pancakes | Sweet Potato Pancakes | Blueberry Breakfast Sausage Pancakes | Peanut Butter Pancakes with Raspberry Preserves Syrup | Dark Chocolate Satsuma Pancakes | Double Chocolate Pancakes | Cinnamon Roll Pancakes / Blueberry Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

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

Ingredients to make pancakes with strawberries on a pink background

What you need to make Strawberry Pancakes with a Dark Chocolate Drizzle

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In addition to these tools, you’ll need a few ingredients to make this strawberry pancakes recipe, too:

  • All-purpose flour—we always have unbleached at our house, but the regular kind works perfectly, too!
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Milk—over the years, we’ve made these pancakes with every type of milk available. Recently, we’ve made them with whole milk because we always have that on hand, but this pancake recipe works with any cow’s milk (from whole to skim), as well as almond, cashew and coconut milk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened applesauce—you can also substitute flavorless oil (like avocado or vegetable) for this if you don’t have it on hand

And, of course, we need toppings for our pancakes, too!

  • Fresh strawberries—since we’re using them as a garnish, the frozen kind simply won’t do
  • Dark chocolate chips—or your favorite chocolate chip that’s good for a drizzle
  • Homemade Strawberry Syrup—for extra strawberry goodness!
  • Strawberry Whipped Cream
Collage of four images showing how to make strawberry pancake batter

How to make Strawberry Pancakes

Mix the dry ingredients. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together until incorporated, and set aside.

Mix the wet ingredients. In a smaller bowl or a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla extract and applesauce. Make sure they’re well-combined.

Mix the pancake batter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring with a plastic spatula 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.

Preheat the skillet or griddle. Heat a griddle or a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Grease the pan lightly with butter or cooking spray.

Make the strawberry pancakes. Dollop the pancakes onto the preheated skillet once the batter has rested and the pan is hot. When several bubbles have formed on the surface, flip the pancakes, and cook through.

Repeat until all batter has been made into pancakes.

Top with the strawberries, then drizzle with the melted chocolate. Enjoy warm!

Make this strawberry pancake recipe extra strawberry-y! When the pancakes are cooking on the griddle, add a tablespoon of chopped pancakes to the top of each pancake before flipping. This will change the texture of the pancakes (as strawberries will add more moisture to the pancake), but it’s a fun way to get more pancake flavor into the pancakes.

Old Fashioned Pancakes in a ring on a plate next to strawberries and a chocolate sauce

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the trick to fluffy pancakes?

In my opinion, to secret to fluffy pancakes is mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately so you don’t overmix the batter once they’re combined. Also, making sure your baking powder and baking soda are both fresh.

Why are my pancakes not light and fluffy?

Overmixing the batter will create more gluten formation and make for a tougher pancake. The key to light and fluffy pancakes is stirring the batter until just combined and not worrying about lumps in the batter.

Do you cook pancakes on high or low heat?

Cook pancakes over a medium heat! If the heat is too high, you run the risk of scorching the outside and the middle still being raw.

Should pancake batter be thick or runny?

This batter is kind of in between super thick and runny. The key is letting it be lumpy and just stirring until all the flour is incorporated so the pancakes will be nice, light and fluffy.

Strawberry sauce pours onto pancakes

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.

Here’s how you can make this Strawberry Pancake recipe:

Three white plates holding Strawberry Pancakes with whipped cream, dark chocolate and strawberry sauce
Yield: 24 pancakes

Strawberry Pancakes with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Classic fluffy pancakes topped with fresh sliced strawberries and a melted chocolate drizzle are the best breakfast treat. Come learn how to make Strawberry Pancakes!

Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cups milk, (dairy or non-dairy work!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

Toppings

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together until incorporated. Set aside.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla extract and applesauce.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring with a plastic spatula 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.
  4. While the batter is resting, heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Grease the pan lightly with butter or cooking spray.
  5. Dollop the pancakes onto the preheated skillet once the batter has rested and the pan is hot.
  6. When several bubbles have formed on the surface, flip the pancakes, and cook through. Repeat until all batter has been made into pancakes.
  7. Top with the strawberries, then drizzle with the melted chocolate. Enjoy warm!

Notes

This recipe makes 24 2-tablespoon pancakes. If you make them larger, you will have fewer pancakes. If you make smaller pancakes, you'll have more.

This recipe is easily halved. To do this, just take half of all the ingredients and follow the directions.

This recipe can easily be made vegan, too. Use a vegan egg substitute (a flax egg or white vinegar/baking soda both work here, as we've tried to make these without realizing we didn't have eggs on hand), and make sure your dark chocolate chips are vegan, too.

Quick Tips and Tricks for the Best Pancakes

  • Don't overmix your batter! This means you want to mix the batter until it has just combined. Lumps are OK. If you whisk/mix until it's completely smooth, the pancakes won't become 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.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24 pancakes

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

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

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3 Comments

  1. Erin, these pancakes look so delectable with fresh strawberries and sauce! Not just mother’s day, I would eat a stack of these any weekend for breakfast! Yumm! Pinning, of course!

  2. What a glorious stack of pancakes! I think they are just exactly the right amount of decadence for a day that celebrates all our favourite women! I know my Mama would love a high stack of these all to herself 🙂
    Enjoy your first Mother’s Day! I can only imagine the gorgeous breakfasts lady baby is going to cook for you in the future!

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