Cherry Chocolate Chip Pancakes (or Waffles)

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Looking for a great way to turn breakfast into a treat for the entire family? Wish you could find a simple dessert that is easy to make? These cherry chocolate chip pancakes are a great option. Kids and adults both love them, and they taste like a truly indulgent meal. Fortunately, without a lot of fat or calories, they are a treat you can enjoy guilt-free.

Healthy, delicious desserts are hard to come by. Fruit is usually the suggested option, but how many times each week can you satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit? These chocolate chip pancakes or waffles are a great alternative. You can whip up a batch in advance and munch on them whenever you want a quick treat after a savory meal. They freeze well, too, so you can pull a single cherry chocolate chip pancake or waffle from the freezer and warm it up any time you get a hankering for the rich, sweet taste of chocolate and cherries.

Breakfast no longer needs to be a challenge. These chocolate chip pancakes with a burst of cherry flavor are the perfect way to start any day. You can top these pancakes with traditional syrup, but we find chocolate sauce or fresh whipped cream to be especially delicious. Hoping to accompany your pancakes or waffles with a little extra protein? Try our delicious Spinach and Mozzarella Frittata!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Pancakes (or Waffles)

Enjoy some guilt-free indulgence with these overwhelmingly flavorful but healthy pancakes and waffles!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Diabetic-Friendly, Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 708kcal


  • 2 cups sweet cherries pitted
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups almond butter
  • 2 cups arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks


  • Pit cherries.
  • Puree cherries and bananas until smooth.
  • Add almond butter and puree until smooth.
  • Add all remaining ingredients except chocolate chips and mix.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Heat skillet to medium/high, add a little coconut oil if your skillet isn’t nonstick.
  • Ladle in batter and watch for bubbles to come up to the top surface of the pancake.
  • Flip and cook the opposite side 2-3 minutes.
  • Every stovetop and skillet is a little different. The first batch of pancakes in the pan are always the test subjects to see how long it takes before they can be flipped successfully yet still be golden and how long the opposite side needs to cook. I will say these pancakes have a tendency to need to cook a little longer than some pancakes before firming up yet also brown more quickly sue to their high sugar content. Keep an eye on them!
  • In the end, after I made half of the batter into pancakes I pulled out my waffle iron to see how the batter would do this way as well. Success! I actually preferred this variation more as waffles than pancakes.


Serving: 2pancakes | Calories: 708kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 827mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 316mg | Iron: 3mg
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6

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20 Comments on "Cherry Chocolate Chip Pancakes (or Waffles)"

  1. Shanna  August 7, 2012

    So excited to see some Paleo Recipes on your site!!  🙂

  2. Erin Wiebe  August 8, 2012

    Silly question, but can you taste the banana?

  3. TTober  August 8, 2012

    can you use peanut butter instead?  my husband is allergic to almonds

    • Skinny Ms.  August 8, 2012

      Tara, Definitely! Peanut Butter will do fine.

      • Susan  January 26, 2013

        No you can't!!! Peanuts are a legume and are NOT Paleo…sorry.

  4. Amanda  August 10, 2012

    Yay for Paleo recipes!!!! Delicious breakfast!

  5. Mary R.  August 11, 2012

    Can I use tapioca powder instead of arrowroot powder?

  6. Eat.Style.Play  August 19, 2012

    OMG, i'm excited to try this!!

  7. Tracy Woods Derry  February 5, 2013

    Is there anything I can use in place of the 2 tbsp Arrowroot powder?

  8. Tracy Woods Derry  February 5, 2013

    Thank you!! Wasn’t sure what the arrowroot did exactly!! I think I’ll be making these this weekend!!

  9. Cindy  June 8, 2013

    What is an immersion blender?

    • Skinny Ms.  June 9, 2013

      Cindy, It’s a long blender that purees ingredients. You can also use a food processor.

  10. Claire  July 14, 2017

    Omg! Trying to clean up our diet. I have piled nearly 30 pounds on in the last 18 months. These look truly delicious and satisfying. I get so bored eating the same bland food. Thanks for posting 🙂

    • Nichole Furlong  July 14, 2017

      You’re very welcome, Claire! We hope you give the recipe a try and love the pancakes (or waffles)!

  11. Crystal  February 11, 2018

    What does the arrowroot powder do? Other options besides the tapioca powder to substitute?

    • Gale Compton  February 12, 2018

      Crystal, The arrow root works as a thickener in recipes. It’s especially used in gluten-free recipes.


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