Chocolate Covered Orange Pancakes

So remember when I said I WASN’TΒ a chocoholic?

Soft and Fluffy Chocolate Covered Orange Pancakes

Well, I think I lied.

When I first created these super fluffy pancakes for Meghan during my visit to Cleveland and then again a couple of weeks ago for the man-friendΒ (don’t hate me for holding out on you), I chose to top them with some pure maple syrup. While that was an absolutely delicious combo,Β I ran into a little…problem?

Chocolate Covered Orange Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

The cakes were just too darn soft (and FLUFFAAAAAAY!) to snap up pictures before soaking up all that sweet syrupy goodness!

I know. I know. #firstworldproblems πŸ˜‰

So I got to thinking about flavor combos and substitutions that would save me from having a stack of pancakes advertising “skid marks” annnnnd in about 0.329 seconds, I had a solution…

Chocolate Covered Pancakes made with Orange Juice!

I seriously thought these were some of the best pancakes I’ve EVER made…then I covered them in chocolate…then I pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming!

Chocolate Covered Orange Pancakes

By:Β Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Keywords: breakfast pancakes high fiber vegetarian coconut flour whole wheat pastry flour orange juice Pancake Sunday

Ingredients (Serves 1)

    For the Pancakes

    • 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or oat flour)
    • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
    • Toppings: chocolate sauce and mini chocolate chips*

    For the Chocolate Sauce

    *or put the chocolate chips IN the batter! πŸ˜€


    1. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle to medium heat and coat with cooking spray.
    2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and stir with a wire whisk to break up any lumps.
    3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
    4. Add wet to dry and stir until just combined.
    5. Spoon batter onto skillet surface, forming 3 small-medium pancakes (batter will be thick).
    6. Allow to cook 4-5 minutes on each side, flipping after edges start to crisp (batter will not bubble).
    7. While the cakes are cooking, prepare your chocolate sauce by mixing all ingredients and whisking until smooth and creamy.
    8. Transfer to a plate and top with chocolate sauce and chocolate chips.

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    I don’t know what it is about the combination of chocolate and orange, but this plate literally had me stopping every couple of bites just to catch my breath! I loved how the addition of the orange NuStevia in the chocolate sauce only further brought out the orange flavor in the cakes. If you don’t have access to stevia, you can substitute a tablespoon of maple syrup and a 1/4 teaspoon of orange extract for a similar taste.

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    I swear these would be PERFECT for Thanksgiving morning! With wholesome ingredients, they are incredibly filling without weighing you down…exactly what you need to power through an afternoon of cooking!

    Chocolate Covered Orange Pancakes

    Or through a morning of fighting off crazies at the mall Friday morning! πŸ˜‰

    What dish are you most looking forward to for Thanksgiving?
    I must admit, the desserts are not a huge deal for me, but I can’t WAIT to get some of my grandmother’s cornbread dressing…she makes two big pans each year!

    Are you shopping during Black Friday this year?
    Can I just say that I think it’s totally ridiculous that some stores are opening on Thursday night! Seriously?!

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    43 Responses to Chocolate Covered Orange Pancakes

    1. Oh wow! Chocolate and orange is just the perfect combo of flavours.

    2. my mom is a chocoholic and would love these πŸ˜€ she loved the pancakes of yours i made her yesterday πŸ™‚

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Oh my gosh, you made those for your mom?! Aww, YAY!! I’m so so glad she liked them! I love you my sweet girl! πŸ˜€

    3. I might do some online Black Friday shopping. We’ll see. I think I get off work early once the stock market closes (I work for an American company) so hopefully I can find something fun online.
      I’m also still trying to decide if I should make a Thanksgiving-esque dinner on Thursday. I probably should. Yes. I’m so excited to have the day off!!! Yay!!

    4. The combination of chocolate and oranges always reminds me of Christmas… mostly because of those chocolate oranges that always come out around that time of the year. And then I run into a serious problem because I can’t decide which is better — the combination of chocolate and orange, or chocolate and mint? But I can’t say it’s a bad problem to have πŸ˜‰

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Oh yes, I’ve run into that problem as well! And I always think of Christmas when I think of oranges since “Santa” always drops them in the bottom of our stockings each year! πŸ™‚

    5. Um so yeah. I know what I’m eating for breakfast.

    6. Ohhhhh… you know what would be perfect with these? A mimosa.

    7. I’m a big fan of the chocolate/orange flavor combo. Remember those chocolate oranges, that you slam down and break off wedges from? Loved those.

      I’m not a fan of Thanksgiving desserts. Pie crust is just ‘eh’ to me. I’ll probably have more pertaters and gravy for dessert ;).

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        I’m with ya on the pie…I suggested to my mom that we do something a little different from the traditional pumpkin pie and banana bread desserts this year. It’s up to me to convince my family that there ARE better things out there! I may or may not be sweating a little over this! Lol

    8. Thanks to you I was -this- close to having pancakes for lunch because it was almost lunch time when I read this. Not a bad idea in general but more so if you have too much [ahem, yes, again] produce to use it. Really, though, these look awesome and I’d readily give pancakes another try for you πŸ˜‰ if you had an idea on how to sub for the egg here. Flax? Applesauce? I guess I’d add some baking powder, too, to get at least some of the amazing fluffiness you had … Gah, and now I’m hungry again though I just ate.

    9. More proof that you absolutely deserve the titled of “pancake queen.” As if we needed more proof ;).

    10. Maria says:

      So I’m not a chocolate girl either, but I’m totally a citrus girl. I am thinking about these pancakes, day after Thanksgiving, topped with cranberry sauce…can you imagine?

      Stuffing/dressing! Covered with gravy of course. My absolute favorite. Not sure why I don’t think to make dressing more than once a year.

      Black Friday is going to consist of pajamas pants, Christmas movies, cups of detox ginger tea and leftovers. Maybe some online shopping, but I don’t plan leaving the house πŸ™‚

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Oh yes, I can most DEFINITELY imagine!! And I’m right there with you on the dressing…I have no idea why I don’t make it more often (or at all since I’ve only actually made it once in my life!) Haha!

        Your BF sounds absolutely perfect!

    11. Kat says:

      Good lord Heather you kill me. KILL ME DEAD! Im not even hungry. In fact, Im pleasantly full, but now all I can think about are these orgasmic freaking pancakes, and now I want to make them AND EAT THEM ALL!!
      Curse you my friend. Curse you and your culinary genius.

    12. Holy moly lady these look incredible!! I love choc orange it is definitely a flavour combination I can get on board with. I’ve not tried out any of the flavoured stevia before but I really need to.

      We don’t have Black Friday here but I always do my online US shopping at that time to take advantage of the sales. It is still cheaper to buy and have stuffed shipped over from the US than it is to buy the same stuff here-we get ripped off something shocking on some things.

    13. I’m insanely excited for stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy. I’m not really a desserts kind of person, but I love everything else about Thanksgiving!
      I do go out shopping on Friday, but I firmly refuse to go out or even cyber shop on Thanksgiving. It makes me sick that stores are forcing their employees to work on Thanksgiving and I’ll give my money somewhere else.

    14. These remind me of the chocolate breakable oranges you can get around Christmastime. My mother in law always gives these to the kids in our stockings πŸ™‚ We’ll definitely have to try these… oh dear…

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        You’re the second person to mention those…I don’t think I’ve ever seen them before. Where have I been?! Haha!

    15. Chocolate and orange sounds delicious! I’m looking forward to being in TN!! πŸ™‚ No black Friday shopping for me…..

    16. Chocolate and orange are so good together! Like Amanda said, that combo always makes me think of those Terry’s chocolate oranges.

      If we hadn’t already had our Thanksgiving up here in the great white north, I would be looking forward to the pumpkin pie. Always the pumpkin pie. πŸ˜‰

    17. Those pancakes look beautiful!! Great job girl!
      I think I’m looking forward to the turkey & some sweet potatoes the most this year… and maybe a glass of wine! πŸ˜‰

    18. Ahhhh I saw these on Intsagram and they looked SO GOOD!!! You’re a pancake wizard πŸ™‚

    19. I’ll be working on T-giving and BF thanks to Canadians sucking major ass. Like who does T-giving in October? Lame.

      Also lame is me taking 218641643 hours to check this goodness. I’ve been borderline having a panic attack all weekend long thanks to my blog redesign. Holy crap it took over my life. Side note, I highly value your opinion and would appreciate any comments you have on the design! It’s a work in progress but you know I love you and your design so please feel free to share any/all comments!

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Oh wow! I just clicked over and checked it out…it looks so crisp and clean! I’m glad to see you kept the red too! Two things though: Is there any way to make your profile picture any bigger? It almost gets lost in the other stuff on your sidebar? And what about the ad at the top of the page? It seems sort of out of place? Does it HAVE to be right there for Glam or could you move it somewhere else?

    20. Oh my goodness – these look insane! I love the orange and chocolate combo, and these look like heaven for breakfast. Drooling at my desk right now!

    21. Why can’t I eat oranges!?!?! These look AMAZING! (But then everything you make always does!)

      This year we’re having Thanksgiving for the first time as Jesse’s now in Australia so I’m on cooking duties – pumpkin pie, macaroni and cheese, turkey, gravy – the list goes onnnnnnn and on. I’m excited to see the smile on Jesse’s face when he sees his wife can make everything without resorting to Betty Crocker or store bought ready made things ;P

      We always shop on Black Friday and get everything shipped over to Australia for Christmas – we’re disney freaks so the Disney Store is our first stop!

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Awww, your FIRST married Thanksgiving!! I’m so happy for you two! And I know you’re gonna totally blow him away with that feast! πŸ˜€

    22. I’ve never been a fan of the chocolate and orange combination…however seeing as you’ve made them sound absolutely delicious….I’m going to give it a go. I tried a Lindt square the other day which had orange peel in it and I didn’t mind it!

      I most certainly be taking advantage of all the offers you guys post online….$$$$$. Now if only iherb had some massive sale.

    23. I remember these pancakes well. They get the Clean Eats approval, not that it’s necessary. Of course, I loved that you used whole wheat flour and I can’t wait to use up all my coconut flour making these. It means I’d have to stop making your zucchini pancakes first, but since I’m almost out of shredded zucchini, allowances will have to be made. I’ll probably skip the chocolate sauce and drown these babies in some type of fruit sauce instead because you know I love my fruit. Although the Hubby would be horrified to know I bypassed a chocolate sauce. Oh well, what he doesn’t know can’t hurt him.

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        You know…these would be mighty fine covered in boozy cranberry pomegranate sauce! Just sayin’ πŸ˜‰

        PS, I love you more than pancakes!

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    27. Dan says:

      I think this recipe is a great idea, and I’d really love to try it, but I’m allergic to coconut!! πŸ™
      Are there any substitutes for coconut flour?? Can it be made without?? Or will I have to sacrifice my immune system for a taste of these glorious pancakes?? haha πŸ˜€

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Oh no! While the coconut flour DOES lend an amazing quality to the texture, I couldn’t live with myself if you risked your health in such a way! πŸ˜‰ You can omit it, but you’ll probably need to add a bit more flour (or less OJ)…just eyeball it! I’d love to hear what you think when you try them out…true story, I was JUST thinking about these earlier today. I might just have to make them myself sometime this week! πŸ˜€

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