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Healthy-ish Blender Double Chocolate Pancakes (IHOP Copycat)

These blender chocolate pancakes are packed with good for you nutrients like oatmeal, whole wheat flour and just a little bit of sugar to sweeten it up. It’s a sweet treat for breakfast that you don’t have to feel guilty about!

My kids favorite dish at IHOP (yes, that IHOP again– I swear we don’t go all the time although we do think about going a lot ha ha) is their Funny Face Pancake which is just a chocolate chocolate chip pancake with a whipped cream smile and cherry eyes. 

The kiddos each had 4 and I didn’t feel bad about it. We paired them with smoothies and they are terrific topped with strawberry sauce and cool whip. 

You could always make these a little bit bigger and use them as “tacos” just because the kids would get a big kick out of it. Heck, I would get a big kick out of it.

A tall stack of blender chocolate pancakes on a light blue plate.

Tools you will need:

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  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Blender
  • Griddle pan

A good blender can save you tons of time in the kitchen. Using it for pancakes means less clean up since you can mix and pour straight from the blender jar.

My Blendtec blender has totally been worth the money because it’s actually able to process foods that otherwise would have been difficult to blend.

Ingredients you need:

  • whole wheat flour
  • oatmeal
  • cocoa powder
  • eggs
  • applesauce
  • vanilla
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • almond milk
  • sugar
  • chocolate chips (optional)

Now I will not claim that these blender chocolate pancakes are a health food in any way but they are tasty AND are healthier with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and applesauce. Not too shabby.

They are definitely NOT super sweet either but I did that purposely because we are always topping them with buttermilk syrup or strawberry sauce and when you do that you don’t notice that the chocolate pancakes themselves aren’t super sweet.


A blender with the smooth chocolate pancake batter in it

How to make blender chocolate pancakes like IHOP at home?

  1. First add eggs, applesauce, almond milk, and vanilla.
  2. Then add whole wheat flour, oatmeal, cocoa powder, salt, sugar and baking powder.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add chocolate chips to batter and stir.
  5. Pour out the batter onto a hot greased griddle.

There isn’t any necessary order to put all of the ingredients into the blender. You don’t have to use a blender necessarily but by using the blender you don’t get any big chunks of oatmeal like you would with my Oatmeal Cranberry pancakes.

It’s a smoother consistency much more like you would expect from traditional pancakes, plus you have the added bonus of not needing to use a measuring cup to pour them out if you don’t want to create those extra dishes.

How to reheat frozen homemade pancakes?

This recipe makes up a whole ton of pancakes. I like to freeze the extras to have on hand for breakfast later in the week. Spread them on a plate and microwave the pancakes for about 1:30-2 minutes to reheat.

A light blue plate with blender chocolate pancakes topped with syrup and missing a few bites already.

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Healthy-ish Blender Double Chocolate Pancakes

A light blue plate with pancakes topped with syrup and missing a few bites already.

Healthy-ish Blender Double Chocolate Pancakes (IHOP Copycat)

These Healthy-ish Double Chocolate Pancakes are a sweet treat for breakfast that you don't have to feel guilty about!  
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 402kcal
Author: Jade Jones


  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce or 1 banana and 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Add eggs, milk, vanilla, applesauce, and banana if using. Then add remaining ingredients except for chocolate chips.
  • Blend until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips using a spatula or spoon.
  • Use a 1/4 cup scoop or just pour straight from the blender and pour batter into a hot skillet.
  • Cook pancakes for about 2 minutes per side.
  • Top with strawberry sauce buttermilk syrup, or your favorite syrup.


Makes about 25-30 pancakes depending on how large you make them.  


Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 750mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 4.8mg
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Inspired by Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins by Dashing Dish


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