Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Pancakes

By Maria Lichty

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Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Pancakes-light and fluffy pancakes with a hint of orange and dotted with chocolate chips! 

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Tuesday was National Pancake Day, but I didn’t realize it until after we had eaten breakfast. I didn’t have any ideas for dinner so pancakes came to my rescue! We didn’t miss out on the special day because we made pancakes for dinner. Pancakes are good any time of the day!

We didn’t celebrate with any old pancakes, we went all out. We made Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Pancakes. They were a real treat!

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Our Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are one of my favorites. I decided to mix things up by creating an orange version, but I didn’t stop there. I added mini chocolate chips to the pancakes batter. Orange and chocolate is always a winning combo!

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The pancakes are light and fluffy thanks to the ricotta cheese. The ricotta creates a perfect pancake that melts in your mouth!

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The pancakes have fresh orange juice and orange zest in the batter so they are bursting with orange flavor. The mini chocolate chips are a sweet surprise that make the pancakes extra special.

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I topped my stack of pancakes with a little butter and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. I wasn’t sure if I was eating dinner or dessert! The pancakes were such a treat and my boys loved them too! They were a hit all around!

If you missed out on National Pancake Day, don’t worry, you can still make our Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Pancakes. They are good any and every day of the year! Spoil yourself this weekend and enjoy a special breakfast…or dinner treat!

And if you like our Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Pancakes, you should try our Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Muffins too!

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Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Orange ricotta pancakes dotted with mini chocolate chips! You are in for a real treat!
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  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a small bowl, combine sugar and orange zest. Rub together your fingers until fragrant. Add the mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese, egg, egg whites, orange juice, canola oil and vanilla extract. Gently fold this mixture into the dry ingredients until flour disappears. Stir in the mini chocolate chips. Don't over mix. The batter will be thick.
  • Heat a griddle or a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Drop about ⅓ cup of batter onto the hot griddle or skillet. Cook the pancakes until browned on the underside and beginning to set, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the pancakes on the other side, about two minutes longer. Continue making pancakes until batter is gone. Serve with butter and maple syrup, if desired.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I didnt realize til after the fact either that it was Natl Pancake Day on Tues. I randomly had posted French toast, so that counts, right 🙂

    Your pancakes look great. I love the mini choc chips 🙂 pinned

  2. These pancakes look so light and fluffy! I LOVE adding ricotta to pancakes…it makes them incredible! The orange and chocolate combo is so fun. Pinned

  3. I’m glad I stopped by here first before eating breakfast; Can’t wait to try these pancakes! They look so fluffy and delicious!

  4. I love ricotta pancakes, and the orange + chocolate chips makes these so fun! Such a perfect breakfast!

  5. Breakfast for dinner can be a lifesaver. We always have eggs and flour available so pancakes, especially overflowing with chocolate and orange, are an excellent choice.

  6. This is why I should not read this blog at work…I have no kitchen privileges here and these look divine!!!!! I added ricotta cheese to my grocery list and can’t wait to try them out this weekend!

  7. I absolutely love that you made this orange ricotta instead of the regular lemon ricotta! Chocolate chips are perfect in this too!

  8. Ooh, these look delicious. They’re so nice and thick! I just finished breakfast, but I’m already wishing I had some ricotta so I could make these now!

  9. These pancakes look perfect! You are absolutely right that pancakes are good any time of day! I’ve never made them with ricotta and this looks like the perfect recipe to try!

  10. Oh my gosh! These look awesome — orange and chocolate is a lovely combination, and the mini chips are adorable! I can’t wait to make these this weekend!

  11. I just made lemon ricotta pancakes and fell in love with the citrus and ricotta combo. These looks to die for and I especially love the chocolate chips!

  12. Rictotta and citrus is one of my favourite flavour combinations – and the chocolate chips sound like lovely touch too.

  13. I am so intrigued by ricotta pancakes now that I had my first ones in NYC!! Yours look beautiful!!

  14. I’ve never tried ricotta in pancakes before, but it sounds lovely. I’m so intrigued.

  15. These look so good and such a brilliant idea! Orange, chocolate and pancakes – well hello there. Ricotta pancakes are brilliant too – I tend to make them with oats and eggs, but very keen to test the above recipe out.
    Thank you for sharing such a cool idea.

    Laura x

  16. Last night I made your recipe for Orange Ricotta Pancakes. They were absolutely delicious. Thank you for this – I will definitely add it to my list of favourites.

  17. My husband made these this morning and they were sooooooooo good! They are our new favorite. He made a few subs, spelt flour, coconut sugar and olive oil. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. I’m more of a waffle person, but good lord! these pancakes my make me change my ways. beautiful

  19. OMG! This is ssssooooo good! I didn’t have ricotta so I used plain yogourt and these pancakes were a hit for father’s day!

  20. made these for dinner tonight…absolutely delicious! Everyone loved them! This recipe only makes 8 pancakes if you use a 1/3 cup scoop. I had to ration them out to feed 4 people and make sure everyone got 2. So, if you are feeding more than 4 people, or want more than 2 pancakes each, you should probably double the recipe. Also, I followed the recipe exactly except I used plain tropicana orange juice instead of fresh and it was just fine. I sliced the orange that I used for zest and served it on the side…perfect compliment to the pancakes. Thanks for the recipe! It will be a staple in my home from here on out!

  21. These were really good. Great way to use up leftover ricotta. I loved the combination of orange and chocolate. I left out the orange zest because I thought it would be too much for my picky husband and thought it had just the right amount of orange flavor. I made a double batch – one with chocolate chips and one without. My whole family loved them! Thank you!!

  22. Made these pancakes with only one change..semi sweet regular sizes chocolatechips…as this is what I had on hand. One word review…DELISH! One question..what is considered a serving?

  23. I pinned these when you first posted them, just made them for the first time this morning. If I were to open a B&B these would definitely be on the breakfast line up! I look forward to sharing with family and friends! Thank you!

  24. 5 stars
    Delicious pancakes! The pancakes can stand alone without the chocolate chips, but the flavor combo is lovely. Thanks for another delicious recipe!

  25. 5 stars
    Super yummy! Fluffy and lots of orange flavor! Had a hard time stopping eating them even after I was full! Kids and husband loved them too!

  26. 5 stars
    I made these last night and they were fabulous! Great recipe and thanks!

    I modified by using Bisquick-1 and 1/4c (combines top 4 ingredients). I did not have quite enough ricotta so I filled out the rest with plain yogurt. The one orange I had to zest only gave me half a cup of fresh OJ so I used Tropicana for the rest.

    Also, I used 1 tbs melted butter instead of Canola. (I like the taste of butter better. 🙂 )

    And, my housemate doesn’t care for chocolate chippers, so I made the first half of the batter without them and added the chips at the end for the last few pancakes.


    (And sorry for the mods-I know it changes your recipe a bit but that was what I had to work with and I still get to commend you on a great recipe!)

  27. 5 stars
    These were delicious. I made some of them with blueberries (for the baby) instead of chocolate chips and both were excellent. I made a double batch which yielded 18 pancakes. I will definitely make them again.

  28. I would love to make these ahead of a big brunch. Can they be frozen and reheated in the oven? What would be the best way to do that?

    1. Yes, cool completely and freeze. You can put parchment or wax paper in between the pancakes so they don’t stick together. Reheat in a 325 degree F oven on a baking sheet until warm!

  29. 5 stars
    These are amazing! I think the original recipe serves about 2-3 so I doubled it which was perfect– but then realized I did not have enough ricotta after I had all the other ingredients ready (doh). So I used half ricotta cheese and half cottage cheese. These pancakes are phenomenal! So light and fluffy with a hint of orange and a smattering of chocolate– made these a hit. We topped with powdered sugar and some whipped cream— no maple syrup needed! Thank you for sharing!

  30. We make this recipe every two weeks! Leave out the orange zest and replace orange juice with soy milk – they’re always a hit. So fluffy and filling