I just celebrated my 32nd birthday. Not much of a milestone for most people, but this year has been one that Ben and I used to cheesily look forward to because it is the year that we have been together longer than we have been apart (we started dating in high school.)  It’s funny to actually be here now, 16 years together, almost 10 years married. We have been through so much in our time together and our rose colored glasses were tossed in the trash quite a while ago. Valentine’s Day holds little significance for us these days. We have zero interest in heading to a crowded restaurant and choosing from a limited and likely overpriced menu.

Still, it’s fun to celebrate a bit, especially with the kids and especially this year since it falls on a Saturday. I asked recently on Instagram what recipes everyone would like for Valentine’s Day and at least a few people asked for kid-friendly breakfast ideas. In our house, waffles or pancakes are pretty much the kids’ idea of a perfect breakfast. Chocolate pancakes seemed like a natural choice, but even with the holiday, I wanted to avoid dessert for breakfast. To balance out the decadence, I used white whole wheat flour to make them whole grain and used fresh strawberry greek yogurt in place of the usual whipped cream. These were indeed a huge hit with the kids, and with Ben and I as well. Even though this looks completely different than I probably imagined our Valentine’s Days 16 years ago, I am more than thrilled with our reality. We are lucky in love, no doubt.


For topping:

  • 1½ cups coarsely chopped strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 cup low-fat greek yogurt
  • Chocolate syrup, for drizzling (optional)
  • Sliced strawberries, for topping (optional)

For the pancakes: 

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
  • ½ cup plus 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4½ tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1¼ cup whole milk


  • 01

    Combine the strawberries and the sugar in a medium bowl and mix well. Let stand about 15-20 minutes to draw the juices out of the berries. Stir in the yogurt.

  • 02

    In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Whisk together until well blended, breaking up any clumps. In a large liquid measuring cup, combine the eggs, butter, and milk and whisk until evenly combined. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated and no dry streaks remain.

  • 03

    Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and grease the pan lightly with additional butter. Scoop the batter into the hot skillet (about 1/3 cup for each pancake). Cook until bubbles begin to form in the top of the batter, flip once and cook just until set and cooked through. Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining batter.

  • 04

    Use a heart shaped cutter to cut hearts out of some pancakes, if desired. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and layer with the strawberry yogurt as desired. Serve immediately.


  • Aw, you guys seem like such an awesome couple and family and yum! These pancakes!

  • Fun pairing! Chocolate pancakes sound delicious on their own, but paired with that yogurt they sound even better! Yum!

  • Diane

    Yummy! Do you think I could mix in the cocoa powder to your Waffles of Insane Greatness recipe to make chocolate waffles? I got a waffle maker for Christmas and we’ve been on a waffle kick.

  • Adorable!! We’re also not big Valentine’s day people, but I love to make a fun treat for the day of. :)

  • Cara

    These look wonderful, Annie! Can’t wait to try them on Sat. On a personal note, the hubs and I are in very similar shoes. It’s a pretty amazing feeling when you cross over into the “I’ve officially known and loved you for more of my life than I haven’t.” part of your relationship. Hard to remember any other way- what a great feeling. :) Thanks for putting these together and Happy Valentines Day.

  • annieseats

    I actually have a chocolate waffle recipe already on the blog, so I would just use that rather than having to experiment with a recipe that wasn’t designed with cocoa powder included. Enjoy!


  • Amber

    We feel the same way about Valentine’s Day, although my husband somehow always ends up on call that evening anyways… I always tell him it’s better that he takes it, then someone else who’s wife might actually mind! The children love Valentine’s Day the most though, so I’m excited to surprise them with these this Saturday!

  • I don’t think we’ve gone out to eat on Valentine’s Day in …12 years?? A long time. We prefer to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I think I’ll need to make these soon, regardless of celebrating!

  • Lisa

    Can’t wait to try these on Saturday! I’m trying to pin these from your page, but only see a place to share to Facebook or Twitter. Am I just missing the pin it button or did you remove it? Thank you.

  • Kat

    Probably my favorite post ever. For the fact that Valentine’s is more for kids than for us, for the accepting of reality and enjoying it, and for the adorable sentimentality of it.

  • Molly

    Valentine’s day happens to be my little girl’s birthday, so it’s a special day for us. She turns four this year, and this looks like a perfect breakfast for her, since she loves pancakes and almost single-handedly ate all the strawberries I bought last week:) Thanks for posting!

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    It is exciting that Valentine’s Day is on Saturday this year. We can all enjoy a nice breakfast.

  • annieseats

    Hmm, I’m not sure what the issue is. I tried on a couple of computers and it worked for me. Also if you have the browser-based Pin It button installed, you can use that. Hopefully you can get it to work!

  • Lisa

    Thanks for the response and looking into it… must be my older phone and computer. Pinterest sometimes wacks out. Probably time for an upgrade! thanks for the awesome recipes. You are my go-to baking blog!

  • Yum, chocolate and strawberries is one of my favorite combinations!

  • LOVE this!! And yeah, the.boy and I are not doing anything for V-Day and I am totally fine with that. I mean, I might make ice cream, but how is that different from any other Saturday, really? I’d happily down a few of these any day of the week!

  • Kayla W

    I love this. 2 Valentine’s Days from this year we will have been together longer than we’ve been separate. Yay for high school love :) And these look delicious.

  • Wow! Chocolate pancakes? I will be doing this for sure! Thanks! X