stack of chocolate and cherry pancakes

How to make Amazing Chocolate Cherry Pancakes

How to make Amazing Chocolate Cherry Pancakes

Oh yes! This week I have been experimenting and have mastered how to make amazing chocolate cherry pancakes! These pancakes are soft, fluffy, chocolatey and definitely delicious! Now, let me tell you that I am not generally a chocolate anything fan… chocolate yes, but chocolate cake no, chocolate ice cream no, chocolate sauce no. Why then, would I make chocolate pancakes? Well, I already have several pancake recipes on here (I do like pancakes)! and as Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) is coming up and Valentines Day is almost upon us, I thought I should try something different! If pancakes are not your thing and you’re looking for a Valentines idea, how about making these shortbread cookies.

pancake stack with cherries and cream
Chocolate pancakes, cherries, cream, chocolate.

The Chocolate Cherry Pancake Recipe

I have created a recipe for you which uses storecupboard ingredients. You can use regular plain, or gluten free flour and baking powder, and standard cocoa or raw cacao powder. Please note that all cocoa has different strengths so you can adjust the amount to your taste. Any milk will work, the thicker the better to get a great consistency (I used oat milk). The ingredient you may not have is linseed (flaxseeds), this is a fantastic storecupboard item to use in place of eggs. You can of course use whatever your normal egg replacer is, or if you use them, replace with one egg. Here is the recipe.

Chocolate Cherry Pancakes

Fluffy chocolate pancakes layed with lashings of cream and sweet cherries, sprinkled with chocolate.

Course: Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: chocolate cake, Pancake day, Pancake stack, pancakes, Vegan dessert
Serves: 8 pancakes
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 100 g plain flour (gluten free if required)
  • 200 ml milk (I used unsweetened bottled oat milk)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (gluten free if required)
  • 4 teaspoons ground linseed
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (adjust if necessary)
  • pinch of salt
  • oil of choice (or non stick pan)
  • Optional Topping or Stacking Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sweet cherries (frozen, fresh of tiined)
  • 1 cup of whipped cream of choice (coconut, regular or spray)
  • sprinkle of grated chocolate or extra cocoa powder
  1. Put all of the batter ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Melt or heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan, or use a non-stick pan, then spoon a ladleful of the batter in. Gently swirl the pan to level the mixture.

  3. When bubbles start to appear, flip the pancake over and cook on the other side (the second side requires less cooking). When you flip it, you should see it start to puff up.
  4. Remove the pancake and keep warm (put in a low oven) whilst you use the rest of the batter. to make more pancakes.
  5. Create a pancake stack by layering a pancake with cream (or yogurt or ice-cream) and cherries, then repeating. Finish with cream, a few more cherries and a sprinkling of chocolate.

  6. Enjoy!

tall stack of chocolate pancakes with cherries and cream on a white plate
Layer, stack, layer, stack…

How to serve your pancakes

I have made these into a chocolate cherry pancake stack, but you could of course just serve them as they are with your favourite toppings. For the chocolate cherry pancakes, any cherries will work – I used frozen, but fresh or tinned will also work. Then you can choose your favourite cream, or use yogurt or ice-cream to layer these with… or a combination of them all! A sprinkle of your favourite chocolate, or just a dusting of cocoa powder finish these off.

  • tall stack of chocolate pancakes with cherries and cream on a white plate

Are the pancakes easy to store?

Ideally, you would make these and eat them, but they do actually store quite well. If you have any leftover after making, you can keep them in the fridge for a couple of days, or indeed, wrap them and freeze for up to a month. To reheat you can pop them in the toaster from frozen, warm them in a pan, or even microwave them, then assemble when needed just before eating. If you have already assembled your pancake stack (assuming it is not with ice-cream), then this can still be stored in the fridge and eaten the next day but it will be more cake like. You would need to eat the pancakes cold if stored once stacked or filled with yogurt or cream.

Plate of pancakes on a white plate
Pancakes stack

What do I need?

These pancakes can be made with standard kitchen equipment you probably already have. If you are new to cooking or your kitchen needs a refresh, here are a few things which you might find useful! I do receive a small commission if you click and purchase through these links (this is at no additional cost to you)!


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plate of pancakes with chocolate cream
All for me…

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of these chocolate cherry pancakes? Are you tempted to make them? Will you make a chocolate and cherry stack, or are you tempted to make chocolate and banana breakfast pancakes? Maybe you like pancakes for dessert and are dreaming of peanut butter and chocolate ice cream pancakes? I would love to hear what you are making!

Happy Valentines, Happy Galentines and Happy Pancake Day!

Speak soon

Laurena x


  • tulips79 11th February 2021 at 20:22

    Hello Laurena. These beauties look a bit like Black Forest gateau pancakes 😊 Like you, although I love chocolate, I’ve never been much of a chocolate cake fan either. I can’t abide chocolate muffins, I only started liking brownies a few years ago lol. Hope all’s well with you xx

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 11th February 2021 at 20:53

      Eva 😘🤗 It’s so lovely to see you back online. I’ve been thinking of you lots. I hope you’re all okay? Haha, yes, I guess these are a bit Black Foresty! I’m just loving everything black cherry at the minute!😍 Yes, I recall your chocolate thoughts being similar to mine! 😋 Maybe the reason I’m liking more chocolate foods is that they’re vegan?😋🤷🏽‍♀️

      • Claire Anderson 13th February 2021 at 14:45

        Laurena, these look fab, do you know how many points? xx

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 13th February 2021 at 15:27

          Thank you Claire. Welcome to my blog! The points for these on WW, for the pancakes and cherries work out around 7 points for the whole batch. Obviously this will change with the type of milk you use, then there’s the cream (or yogurt or ice-cream) to point too. I’m not sure anyone could eat a whole batch in one sitting though! Lol 😛

  • tulips79 11th February 2021 at 21:25

    Thanks Laurena😘🤗back at you. Yes, it still amazes me that vegan chocolate stuff tastes so good. I’ve been enjoying a certain brand of vegan choc hazelnut spread😉 and my go-to cocoa date and tahini bliss balls. Hope you’re doing ok with all the home-schooling and busy life in general x

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 11th February 2021 at 22:05

      Ooo, yum yum to the spread! 😋 It’s half term next week so hopefully we can have a bit of a rest! Oh, and we’ve got lots of snow at the minute!!!

      • tulips79 11th February 2021 at 22:27

        That’s good you can have a bit of a rest next week. Yes, we’ve had snow here too which was nice- there wasn’t inches of it but it’s always lovely waking up to a white, frosty view. Saying that though, it wasn’t much fun for hubby when he couldn’t get out the front door of the car last night, he said he had to climb out the back door lol (and no anti-freeze to found anywhere near us)☃️

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 11th February 2021 at 22:39

          Oh gosh! I can’t even work that out! Did he drive far to get frozen in?🙄❄☃️ It’s really really cold here at the minute- The Big Freeze! Definitely hot pancakes (& hot chocolate) weather! 🥞

  • tulips79 12th February 2021 at 07:17

    He hadn’t used the car for a few days, it’s been around -9 during the day too (lucky we don’t live in Siberia lol). Maybe the fact the car’s over 10 years old also has something to do with it. He had just arrived to play tennis (indoors) and not even his tennis buddies could help him with their anti-freeze, so they just laughed at him trying to get out the back of a small car (that they already laugh at!). When he got home, he made a few trips to and from the carpark with our kettle, very old school lol. Have a good day Xx

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 12th February 2021 at 08:18

      Oh wow! Poor hubby!🙈 Has your lockdown finished now? We’re still only allowed to meet one person once a day, for outdoor exercise, that’s all… all non essential shops still shut too.

      • tulips79 12th February 2021 at 08:50

        I’m such a typical ex-pat lol, I follow UK news a lot more than German news. I’ve been told by others that non-essential shops will re-open next week. Our Bund/state is a bit naughty with the indoor tennis though, I suppose. Mum and sister weren’t too happy when I told them hubby went… He’s been itching to play for a few months and couldn’t really stop him x

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 12th February 2021 at 12:54

          I think when I lived abroad I could only get English news once a day for 5 minutes!😱 I’m having trouble keeping up here… it changes hourly!😬 Anyway, are your Mum and sister both well now? xxx

          • tulips79 12th February 2021 at 14:08

            I wonder if it was around the time I had to call my parents from a payphone at Liverpool Street station about what time my train was due to depart lol.
            Mum and sister seem to be over the worst re Covid, hopefully. Mum was offered a vaccine last week but declined until she knows she no longer has any antibodies in her system. She’ll take an antibody test soon, I think. Apparently it’s not wise to have the vaccine while you’re still not ‘clear’ of Covid- one woman who had Covid recently took the vaccine and ended up on a ventilator…not sure if this is a rare case though xx

          • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 12th February 2021 at 14:19

            Haha… youngsters today have no clue about the things we had to do! 😂 Glad they are getting better from covid 😘

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