Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes

Disclaimer: Do not eat these pancakes for breakfast. I know when you think pancakes you think breakfast. But in this case pancakes most certainly means dessert. Please be advised.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes
I’m not sure you should ever eat cookie dough or chocolate for breakfast in any way shape or form even if it is cleverly disguised in pancakes. I have a feeling the sweetness and the lack of nutrients would definitely throw you off for the rest of the day! I’ll admit though, in college I definitely had my early mornings where I went to the diner across the street and ordered chocolate chip pancakes. I guess that’s the problem about going to a college that’s located smack in the middle of Manhattan. There are 24-hour diners EVERYWHERE and you can order pancakes at ANY TIME.

It definitely threw me off, but after college I learned my lesson that maybe I should avoid eating pancakes for breakfast from now on. Especially ones that are store-bought or from restaurants that are most likely filled with lots of crap. You feel like you are just eating slices of airy sugared cardboard.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes
My love for pancakes came back when I finally accepted them for what they truly are: sweets. And boy do I love pancakes when they’re dessert!! So I reinvented the classic chocolate chip pancakes by not only making them vegan AND gluten-free but filling them up with lots of vegan cookie dough! Cause how upsetting is it when you eat some yummy cookie dough and then have a major tummy ache afterwards? NOT COOL.

These pancakes literally taste like cookies, and those balls of cookie dough on top! I LOVE it. And because it’s dessert, I cheated a bit and added a bit of leftover powdered sugar that I have laying around from back when I used to bake with NAUGHTY ingredients. I guess a little powdered sugar doesn’t hurt right?!

So do you ever have pancakes that are basically dessert for breakfast? I mean we were all kids once but sometimes we still like to act like it again!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes
Yields 10
Pancakes for dessert!
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Prep Time
55 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
55 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
For the cookie dough
  1. 1 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  2. 3 tablespoons palm shortening
  3. 2 tablespoons almond butter
  4. 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 tablespoons almond milk
  7. 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  8. 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  9. pinch of salt
  10. 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
For the pancakes
  1. 2/3 cup brown rice flour
  2. ⅓ cup tapioca flour
  3. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. 3/4 cup almond milk
  6. 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  7. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  8. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Start by preparing the cookie dough. In a small bowl, mix the coconut oil, coconut butter, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and almond milk until evenly combined. In a larger bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, tapioca flour and salt.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Fold chocolate chips into dough. Put bowl in the freezer and let cookie dough set for 30 minutes.
  3. After the dough has chilled, make the pancake batter. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Stir until combined, so only a few lumps remain. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes so your pancakes will be nice and fluffy.
  5. Remove the cookie dough from the freezer. Measure out a teaspoon of the dough and roll into a small ball. Repeat this step for the rest of the dough. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  6. In a pan over medium-low heat lightly oil the cooking surface with coconut oil. Scoop ¼-cup of the batter onto the warm pan. Break up the cookie dough and immediately place it on the uncooked side of the pancake. Drizzle a bit more pancake batter over the cookie pieces so they don't burn, then flip and cook for a minute or two on the other side.
  7. Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding more oil as needed. You may need to adjust the heat up or down at this point. Serve the pancakes immediately.
Adapted from Well and Full
Adapted from Well and Full
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17 thoughts on “Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes

  1. Whaaaat?? I want 24 hour pancakes! So I live in Brisbane, which is nicknamed Brisvegas, which is ironically pointing out the lack of nightlife/nighttime activities going on here and how we definitely don’t have 24-hour anything, except McDonalds. 🙁
    These cookie dough pancakes look delicious and I love your gif!

    1. Thanks Hannah! Yes I feel like I am spoiled! Whenever I visit other cities and realize restaurants close by 10 and they stop serving breakfast at 9 in the morning I get so upset! I’m like how can people survive like this??!?

  2. I am literally obsessing over these pancakes. I have LOVED following your food journey so far, you create the most delicious looking recipes with amazing photos! xxx

    1. Haha I think everyone wishes they could relive those carefree days of college! I felt totally invincible back then and so did my stomach! Thanks for all your lovely words Mary Ann!

  3. I’ve always been so curious what it would be like to live in an area that had 24 hour diners down the street. The area I live in now has better hours than other areas of the city food-wise, but there’s a “dark” period between 3 am – 7am where you have to drive a fair distance to get some grub. These pancakes look amazing and I would totally love to have these for dessert!

  4. These pancakes look insane! When I saw your disclaimer I was like, ‘You don’t know my life!’ but after actually reading the post and looking at the pictures I have to agree that these pancakes would be bad news in the morning, but glorious as dessert. They’re vegan too which is really exciting for me! Thank you for the recipe. x

  5. Wow, these are awesome and I can never resist cookie dough. I used to try to eat pancakes for breakfast but they put me to sleep, lol, so now I do the Paleo pancakes of eggs and banana. But…now that you have spun these into a dessert option its got me thinking that this could work! High protein meal first (to stabilize blood sugar) and these pancakes for dessert! Take care.

  6. Maybe I’m just being wilfully perverse here, but I totally think I could handle these for breakfast! On a Saturday, that is, after eating nothing but salads and quinoa all week obviously 😛 These look so deliciously rich and sweet Linda, although when you look at the ingredient list they don’t actually look too bad for you, considering you have used much healthier, more wholesome ingredients than the standard white-flour-white-sugar variety of pancakes. Pinned! But to my desserts board rather than the breakfast one, just out of respect for your disclaimer 😉

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