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Cocoa Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberries

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Cocoa Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberries ~ these fun chocolatey pancakes topped with strawberries will help get any day off to a festive and delicious start!

These choco-pancakes aren’t as decadent as they sound…they’re made with part whole wheat flour, Ovaltine, yes, Ovaltine, and they’re topped with fresh fruit, so they’re kinda/sorta nutritious.

I had Ovaltine leftover from making Joy the Baker’s amazing FROSTED BROWNIES last month, but if you don’t have any, (which is just another way of saying you didn’t heed my advice to make those amazing brownies, because if you did, you’d have Ovaltine, but, whatever) just use cocoa powder, your pancakes will be even more chocolaty.  If you’ve decide to throw health concerns out the window you could also add in some mini chocolate chips.

When strawberries are in season I love to use them in as many ways as I can, here are a few of my favorites ~

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Cocoa Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberries

Cocoa Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberries ~ these fun chocolatey pancakes topped with strawberries will help get any day off to a festive and delicious start!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup Ovaltine or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter cooled
  • a splash of vanilla


  • Mix the dry ingredients together.
  • Mix the wet ingredients together and combine the two, mixing just until everything is incorporated. Don't over mix, lumps are good. If the batter seems too thick, add more buttermilk.
  • Cook the pancakes on a hot griddle and serve with sliced strawberries and maple syrup.

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  • Reply
    Felix R
    May 15, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I tried these this morning and wasnt exactly thrilled. Theres way too much leavening in the recipe, and lots of flour that makes them kind of gummy and thick, not tender like buttermilk pancakes should be.
    The chocolate is still nice, and the whole wheat flour is appreciated though.

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    March 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Those look so, so good!

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    March 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Those pancakes look fantastic! I’ve never made pancakes with cocoa powder before…I will have to try it soon! 🙂

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    March 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    i can’t remember the last time i slept past 6 am, and that’s probably a little crazy for a gal in her 20s. oh well–it works for me! i like that there isn’t TOO much cocoa in these pancakes–it looks like just the right amount to me. 🙂

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    March 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I say let her sleep! Mine were always a lot grumpier if they were awake too early 🙂 Being young doesn’t last long enough. Besides that’s more pancakes for you!

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    My Little Bungalow
    March 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Yum, I love pancakes and these look amazing! The strawberries are beautiful. I can’t wait until strawberry picking season begins!

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    March 19, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Time flies really so fast…I am revising my menus for the season. It is spring time…happy smiles and fun, fun, fun! This recipe might just be a good start. Thanks for sharing!

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    March 19, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Oh wow, these look great. We should have fresh strawberries from the garden in a few weeks. I’ll be looking back at this recipe for the perfect match up!

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    hännah @ dishesanddishes
    March 19, 2012 at 2:55 am

    These pictures are absolutely mouthwatering and I love the idea of combining cocoa with buttermilk. Strawberries are just starting to pop up in the grocery store here and so I think I’ll have to give these a try…it’s been ages since I made pancakes!

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    March 19, 2012 at 2:55 am

    These look amazing! I saw them earlier today and didn’t leave a comment…but may I just say that I would be just as happy if I could have them for dinner. What a lucky girl you have! And I’m gonna say it again…you photography is gorgeous!!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    March 19, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Oh yummy, do these ever look good. Give me strawberry and chocolate anything and I am thrilled. It’s a funny thing with kids. They say wake me up for breakfast if you make anything good and then when you go to wake them up they say I didn’t mean this early its only 11:30.

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    March 19, 2012 at 1:50 am

    How nice to have your daughter home so you can spoil her! Have fun! The pancakes look yummy!

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    March 19, 2012 at 1:17 am

    pancakes look great. i love your photos too!

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    March 19, 2012 at 1:08 am

    What a lucky daughter you have – those pancakes look absolutely divine. I love buttermilk, and we often make whole-wheat pancakes with them as well. Just such a lovely flavor combination, isn’t it?

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    Lea Ann (Highlands Ranch Foodie)
    March 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I’m not a fan of pancakes, but your photos are tempting me, especially since I have whole wheat flour left over from the Joy the Baker project. Enjoy the time with your daughter.

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    March 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Your daughter sounds like my boys! But they’d eat your fabulous pancakes in the afternoon…no doubt about it!

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    hobby baker
    March 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Those look wonderful! I do have just plain malted milk and since the kids adore the malted chocolate waffles I make with that, I think they’ll love these too. Strawberries have been hit or miss in our stores lately, I think I’ll wait for some really pretty ones to come in before I try these out.

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    master chef
    March 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Amazing recipe, my mom just makes this recipe

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    tiffany rose
    March 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Oh my gosh! Would you consider adopting me?

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    March 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Cocoa, buttermilk, and strawberries? Count me in!

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    March 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    These look delicious! Beautiful photos, Sue/ I just saw a post yesterday for a strawberry balsamic pancake sauce. I bet that would be amazing on these.

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    Jacquelyn Grandy
    March 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    These pancakes look amazing and your daughter is going to be one happy girl when she wakes up. You could pair them with an egg or two and call it brunch since she won’t be eating till noon!

    I remember the days when we would sleep in till noon and stay up till 1:00 or 2:00. These days I am usually asleep by 9:30 or 10:00 and up by 6:00 (I actually prefer these hours).

    Have a great Sunday and try not to eat all those delicious pancakes before your daughter gets up 🙂