Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Pancakes

The pomegranate chocolate chip pancakes are a great balance of tart and sweet and they’re very festive looking!

Pancake Sunday came a little early this week. Since I’m nowhere near my warm kitchen today and probably somewhere in center city Philadelphia around mile 4 when this posts, I enjoyed these Friday morning instead.

Have you seen all the pancake Sundays of the past?

Pomegranate chocolate chip pancakes

Pomegranate pancakes


Everyone seems to love them this time of year. Pom this, pom that. The “virtual” pom peer pressure eventually got to me and I bought one this week.

On the second slice into the fruit, the knife slipped, the pomegranate went shooting across the counter, arils went flying everywhere, and it looked like a murder scene in my kitchen with red juice on me (and my white shirt..awesome planning) and the cabinets & walls. Ginger came running in, sniffed around and then looked at me like “fruit? why can’t you drop bacon?!” and then walked out.

That’s when I remembered why I don’t really do pomegranates. I’ll happily pay $9.99 for a big bottle of POM juice or pick at arils that someone else has spent 20 minutes extracting, but deal with cutting the fruit myself? No, thanks. I have way more important things to do with that 20 minutes. Like play in blog or twitter-land as Ulysses likes to call it.

Pomegranate pancakes with chocolate chips

So, if you have the patience for pomegranates these pancakes are totally worth it. The arils burst with tartness in your mouth while the chocolate chips keep it sweet and balanced. They really were good, I was just jaded by the whole 15 minutes of unexpected kitchen cleanup on top of the 20 minutes of aril extraction and cooking time. Pancakes should not be an hour long process!

Serves 2     adjust servings

Pomegranate chocolate chip pancakes

Preparation 5 min Prep Time
Cook Time 10 min Cook Time
Total Time 15 mins Total Time

The pomegranate chocolate chip pancakes are a great balance of tart and sweet and they're very festive looking!


  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Combine all ingredients except pomegranate arils and chocolate chips in a medium bowl and whisk until mixed well.
  2. Fold in arils and chocolate chips.
  3. Heat a pancake griddle or pan over medium heat. Grease with butter or cooking spray and pour batter onto pan.
  4. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side or until pancake is cooked through.
  5. Repeat with remaining batter.


Do you like pomegranates? Think they’re worth the effort?


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  3. Kathie

    All you have to do is to cut off the top and bottom – then cut SLIGHTLY into the sides (as if you were going to cut it into fourths) – pop the whole thing into a bowl of water and let it sit for a couple minutes (pomegranate should be submerged) – then peel it while STILL UNDER WATER! (Be sure to remove the bitter, white part from the arils)

    MUCH more enjoyable this way! :o)

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Kathie- I just installed a print feature yesterday to use on all recipes. You can see it on the pomegranate orange scone post yesterday. I will be using that going forward with all my recipes. I can’t guarantee I’ll have the time to go back and reformat all the old ones right now but all new posts will have it!

  4. Kat

    I absolutely love pomegranates! And pancakes. SO really, this is kinda amazing. The only thing is – do you find the pancakes taste drier when they’re whole wheat?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Not with whole wheat PASTRY flour. It’s different than regular whole wheat. But if that’s what you’re referring to, no, I don’t think they’re drier. They might taste a little different than regular AP flour but not drier.

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