Chocolate Chip Malted Pancakes

Sharing the BEST pancake recipe today!  These Chocolate Chip Malted Pancakes are the perfect addition to any breakfast and brunch menu. Soft, malted and stuffed with loads of chocolate chips!

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I looooove making a fun breakfast for my family. This pancake recipe is one of our very favorites.  Especially on the weekends. Nothing like seeing the smiles on my boys face when I serve a big stack of pancakes. I jazzed up my favorite Buttermilk Pancake recipe (from my cookbook) today with some malt powder and chocolate chips. Not even kidding, these babies don’t even need syrup. A nice dollop of whipped cream and you are good to go. Hope you enjoy!

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Malted milk….this stuff is magical. I’ve used it in pancakes, cookies, muffins, you name it….it’s amazing! You’ll find it near the chocolate milk in your grocery store.

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Chocolate chips to go in the pancakes please 🙂

Buttermilk Pancakes

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Mix up your pancake batter. Nice and simple.

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Stir in some chocolate chips and they are ready to be cooked up!

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Stack those babies nice and tall….and enjoy!

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Tips For Making The Best Pancakes

  1. Mix lightly and give batter a rest!  Mix pancakes minimally to avoid forming toughening gluten. There are a few ways to ensure that you mix pancake batter well without overmixing it. Have all your ingredients at room temperature. Mix cold buttermilk and eggs with melted butter and you get clumps of butter—not the end of the world, but not optimal for even distribution.
  2. Mix the wet and the dry ingredients separately before combining.
  3. Give the batter a rest before cooking. A rest of at least five minutes allows for the even hydration of the batter and also allows the gluten you created—which will develop even with careful, minimal mixing—to relax. The lumps will smooth out somewhat during this rest.
  4. Test a small pancake in the hot skillet/griddle to make sure temperature is good.  No need to waste a full size pancake.
  5. Cook until bubbles cover the surface; flip before they all break.
Chocolate Chip Malted Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Malted Pancakes

These Chocolate Chip Malted Pancakes will quickly become your new favorite breakfast! Just add a dollop of whipped cream and maple syrup!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons malt powder I used Carnation
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • Place flour, malt powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, egg, vanilla and chocolate chips into a large mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, spoon about 1/4 cup batter into center of pan. With spoon, form round pancake quickly. Let cook for 60 seconds or until batter starts to bubble. With spatula, flip and cook an additional minute or until cooked through and browned. Continue until all batter is used.
  • To prepare whipped cream whisk heavy whipping cream and sugar in mixing bowl until whipped cream forms. Top each pancake with a dollop of whipped cream and additional chocolate chips if desired.


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: buttermilk pancakes recipe, easy pancake recipe, fluffy pancakes

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29 Responses
  1. Linda

    My family loves this recipe and today I decided to put a twist on it. What I did differently today was to add chopped malted milk balls. (I hit them with the rolling pin) I left out the chocolate chips. I also increased the malted milk to 1/4 c. I think the little carton of malted milk balls were 3.75 oz. My family loved these also. Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. Mary @chattavore

    More malt is my motto! I love that bitter bite in my shakes, chocolate milk, etc., etc. I will have to give these pancakes a try ASAP. Who knows? Maybe in the morning! 🙂

  3. Kristen @ Dinner For Two Blog

    I have been looking for malted milk everywhere and I can’t find it. I’ll have to check near the chocolate milk next time! Thanks for the tip!

  4. Ashley@blondegirlcravings

    I’ve been needing a recipe to use up the malt powder in my pantry. Yum!!

  5. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake

    Love malt flavoring and love chocolate in my pancakes! Looks like a match made in heaven!!

  6. Jeanette

    Now that’s a stack of pancakes – your lucky boys! I’ve never seen malted milk like that in the supermarket – great idea!

  7. TidyMom

    I used malt powder in a cake recipe once and LOVED it!! I can’t wait to try it in pancakes!!

  8. Stephanie

    These look AMAZING! I love pancakes!!!! I haven’t had chocolate chip pancakes in years though. Yummy!

  9. Amanda Finks

    It’s never occurred to me to add malted milk to baked goods. This is genius! I’m not sure I’ll be able to wait until next weekend. These may be a weeknight Brinner meal.

  10. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    I’m a huge fan of pancakes on the weekends. What a great way to make pancakes! I love malted milk balls. 😀

  11. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    I love anything malted!!! One of my biggest cravings in life is a chocolate malt- what a smart idea to add it to pancakes!!

  12. lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Well, these are simply genius!! I’ll stack the entire stack, please?

  13. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    SO, these are GENIUS! I am fairly certain that I could very easily live off of pancakes…especially when they are malted milk! How fun is that! Pinned 🙂

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