Triple Chocolate Pancakes

As I sit and type this post bright and early in the morning, I can honestly say that I have no desire to eat these pancakes for breakfast. Ever. Nothing at all against this recipe–in fact–I believe it to be a very good one. But these pancakes… are much more like “cakes” than your typical flapjack. The chocolate chips and ganache may or may not exaggerate this inherent quality.

Stacked up, they actually make a pretty decadent chocolate cake. With a moist and tender crumb, dark chocolate bits strewn throughout, and covered in thick silky ganache… it is definitely my kinda flapjack.

But, fair warning: eat these for dessert, not first thing in the morning. Unless you are some sort of hardcore chocolate devotee (in which I enthusiastiacally applaud you), you won’t find these very appealing with a glass of OJ. A tall glass of chilled almond milk, on the other hand, washes them down perfectly.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention that today is the last day of Pancake Week (thanks Marly!)… did you know? Kind of a bummer that I was only able to catch the tailend of the celebration, but it’s a good thing the internet is around to preserve the past week’s pancake contributions indefinitely. I intend on spending the day engaged in some serious pancake appreciation.


Triple Chocolate Pancakes ~ Vegan & Gluten Free

makes 8 pancakes



  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or melted vegan margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips


  • 1 1/4 cups coconut cream
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp vegan margarine

Pancake Directions:

In small bowl combine almond milk with vinegar and let rest until milk is curdled.

In separate, larger bowl, combine sorghum flour, tapioca flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Stir melted margarine or olive oil and vanilla into the curdled almond milk.  Whisk milk mixture together with flour mixture to make a batter. At first the batter will be thin, but it will “puff up” if you let it sit for a few minutes while you prepare your griddle/pan. If it gets too foamy, just whisk together again until smooth.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Heat up a flat skillet or griddle to medium heat. I used a non-stick pan on mine for these (not my favorite choice but our cast iron pan needs a re-season), and I didn’t need to grease the pan with margarine or cooking oil. Use your best judgement here, and lightly grease your pan if needed before dropping the batter onto it.

Create each pancake by dropping a 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot skillet and let cook for about 1-2 minutes. Don’t overcook though! When they are ready to flip, they will have puffed up and small bubbles will form on top. Use a flat wide spatula and flip carefully, but quickly. Cook for approximately 45 seconds and transfer to plate.

Keep cooking them until all batter has been used. Stack them up and pour ganache* overtop of them. Let rest for a few minutes to let the ganache firm up, or eat warm for an ooey gooey chocolate treat!

* To make ganache, simply place the chocolate chips and margarine in a medium sized bowl. In small saucepan, bring the coconut cream to a boil over medium heat. Once it is boiling, pour over chocolate chips and margarine and whisk together until very smooth. It doesn’t harden up too terribly fast, so you have some time to work with it. After several hours it will become pretty firm. Use any leftovers like a fondue… or poured over ice cream.

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54 Responses to Triple Chocolate Pancakes

  1. Danielle says:

    Hi, so far these are delicious but we are having trouble with them sticking to the pan and making them almost impossible to flip…!!!! Any suggestions?

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  6. Mo says:

    Yeah. So this pretty much looks like the best thing ever!

  7. Preeti says:

    I can’t believe it took me this long to find this blog! Your cakes are truly decadent, really enjoy looking at all the gorgeous photos.

  8. Gauri Radha गौरी राध says:


  9. 81kia says:

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  10. Alissa says:

    Oh. My. God. These look FANTASTIC and I wish I could make them right now! What a great recipe, especially being that it’s vegan and also gluten free. I’m so jealous of you for having these right now, I can only imagine how great they tasted. Maybe one day I’ll try to make an entire breakfast using vegan chocolate. That would be probably the most amazing thing ever. Great post and recipe!

  11. Scrumptious says:

    I’m not much of a chocolate person, or a sweets person, or a cake person. However, having said that, a post like this is EXACTLY why you guys are awesome for starting xgfx. I clicked over to your blog, saw that gorgeous opening shot of the pancakes, and automatically started to scroll down, thinking, “Okay, can’t eat that, on to the next post.” Then I remembered where I was and that if I did want the pancakes, I could actually have the pancakes! What a lovely feeling!

    All the glamour shots are fabulous, too!

    • allyson says:

      So glad you said that! yay!!!!

      That is EXACTLY the intention… to give people that feeling of inclusion when searching for recipes/info… instead of exclusion. I too know the feeling!

      Thank you <3 <3

  12. These look almost stupidly amazing. As in, one would eat them and be stupefied. This is the sort of recipe that makes me want to gnaw on my monitor. XD

  13. Mihl says:

    In Germany most people consider pancakes to be a dessert food and not a breakfast food. And these look like the perfect dessert indeed!

    • allyson says:

      It just makes perfect sense, you know? I never could tolerate the idea of eating pancakes for breakfast… but for dessert? Yes please! ;)

  14. Laurel says:

    Awesome! I’m going to have to get out my dictionary to find more words. I wonder what it’s like for your kids to be living with the Sugar Plum Fairy? Lucky kids I say. I think when my niece comes to visit during Spring break these would be the perfect thing to make together after arming ourselves with a pot of gourmet coffee and some girlie movies. I wish I weren’t too old for a pajama party – wouldn’t these be great when you got the 2:00 a.m. munchies? You sure your other name isn’t Titania or something?

    • allyson says:


      You’re never too old to have a pajama party, Laurel! Oh, I bet a pancake-centric late night festivity would be a ton of fun! (Maybe I can talk my husband into it one of these nights!) But, coffee and a girly movie with your niece sounds like a blast too! You must be an amazing aunt. <3

      My middle name is Ashley… does that mean anything? ;)

      • Laurel says:

        From the urban dictionary, there’s a lot more, you should read it!
        someone who knows what she deserves and won’t settle for anything less.
        She just floats with ease, and never struggles with anything she does.
        She must always meet the expectations and live up to her rightful name of the awesomest person everyone knows.

  15. Mary says:

    I’m completely obsessed with your blog and telling everyone I know to check it out! My BF and I are vegan and I try to stay way from wheat and spelt as much as possible. My mother is g/f due to celiac disease, so I’m hoping she’ll start trying your recipes too.

    Photos are lovely too, bravo!!!

  16. Marly says:

    I’m happy to claim my very important role in the creation of these pancakes…alerting you to the fact that it was pancake week. Now I will sit back and enjoy the results of my hard work – your post! Lovely!!

  17. Vegan, gluten free, chocolate, and pancakes. So much delicious in so few words. Yum

  18. Fanny says:

    Woooow. What a beautiful plating! I prefer savoury foods for breakfast (actually, I like eating dinner left overs in the morning..) but these would be awesome in the weekend with coffee!

  19. rebecca says:

    looks so unhealthy

    • allyson says:

      Yes, surely there are other cakes/pancakes out there that could boast better nutritional info. But when I make a chocolate cake or many desserts, I tend to prefer them on the less healthy side. :)

      and, keep in mind that stack of cakes up there is intended for about 4 people…. not just one. ;)

  20. Jennifer says:

    I keep coming back to this post and marvelling at how incredible these look! ! I want to eat the whole stack of them right now! :)

  21. Gina says:

    Seriously, no better way to get your day started than with a stack of these! They look amazing!!

  22. Katrina says:

    Oh my! Chocolate pancakes sound awesome! Great recipe :)

  23. Honey says:

    very nice pictures… these pancakes caught my attention on foodgawker! Wow, i would never have thought to make triple chocolate pancakes… :-)

  24. Ari Anderson says:

    Hello Pancake Heaven! Wowzers! These look amazing.

    Quick question: Any ideas on what I can sub for the coconut cream if I can’t have dairy cream or coconut? (I’m sensitive to them both! :() I was thinking maybe greek yogurt since I can tolerate that (even though it’s dairy it’s one of the few things i can eat) but then again, ugh no? Ideas? Thanks so much!

    • allyson says:

      Hi Ari…

      You could probably sub out some non-dairy coffee creamer (Silk brand comes to mind), or even just original almond milk–or another non dairy milk–would do the trick. Or, if you really want to get creative, and can find a variety that suits your dietary needs, try melting some vegan ice cream and using it in place of the coconut cream.

      <3 allyson

  25. Hannah says:

    I’m speechless. I think probably everyone who reads this post will be. How is it fair that something like this exists in the world, but isn’t in front of me right now? :P

  26. Susan says:

    Those are some hardcore pancakes! I agree, they would not tempt me for breakfast, but for dessert they look amazing. Very pretty.
    Hurrah for a pancake week! Pancakes are one of my favourite foods.

  27. sweet road says:

    oh my god im drooling hardcore. i dont even know if i could handle this in the morning, but for sure as a breakfast for dinner, as bad an ideas as that might be…

  28. OMG these look sooooooo delicious! I would love to have a plate full of that right now :) YUMMM

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  30. yum yum. i think these would make the perfect Christmas pancakes (at least that is a tradtion my sister does with her family) sounds like a good idea!

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  32. kala says:

    Whoa, those look amazing!

  33. Ayla says:

    Um.. these look awesome and I could definitely eat these for breakfast! Seeing as my sister was eating a brownie this morning, I have a feeling she could too. Haha.. we’re definitely some hardcore chocoholics. ;)

  34. These pancakes look like cupcakes in pancake form….so delicious

  35. Morgan says:

    I think this may be the definition of heaven on a plate.

  36. Carolyn says:


  37. jessy says:

    i’m a savory breakfast kinda girl – kale salads, millet with collards, beans, etc. – but i kinda want to try these out for breakfast sometime to shock my system with all kinds of awesome. actually, i’ll probably chicken out and have them for brunch. you know, ’cause that’s okay – yeah?! i know dan would be down and i’m gonna have to make these happen. never have i made a ganache before and for these pancakes i shall! mmmmmm!

    • allyson says:

      <3 <3

      shocking your system with all kinds of awesome sounds like one heck of a way to start the day, Jessy! ahahaha :D
      I love it!

  38. Ricki says:

    I was about to comment that these really put the “CAKE” in “pancake,” and then read your intro that they are not really a breakfast food! What a fabulous dessert for a dinner party, though. . . I am sure my friends would be very, very impressed. They look fantastic!

    PS Thanks for all your info/help re: the button. I owe you an email–I think I am still a bit confused! (sorry, a bit dense over here. . . not at all like those fluffy pancakes). ;)

    • allyson says:

      ha! Thank you Ricki… :D Yes, these would be a fun addition to a dinner party, and much easier than a layer cake! Maybe even some silver dollar style personal plates… that would be adorable!

      –and oh my goodness take your time with the email! It’s the weekend for goodness sakes…. (almost)… enjoy it! I will most certainly try to help “de-confuse” you at your convenience <3

  39. VeggieGirl says:

    WOWZA those look and sound amazing!