Cocoa Crepes – The most popular breakfast recipe for kids

These cocoa crepes are the most popular breakfast request from my kids. They are easy to make and taste delicious with fresh fruit or maple syrup.

cocoa crepes on a white plate with fresh berries and coffee

What is the difference between a crepe and a pancake?

Crepes or crêpes are thinner and lighter compared to pancakes. This because a leavener such as baking powder is not add in the recipe. Crepe recipes also do not require a heavy milk or buttermilk like most pancake recipes, making crepes a lighter breakfast option. Crepes are also versatile! They can be savory or sweet. We love having crepes with fresh fruit and they can be easily folded, rolled like a burrito or just topped with syrup like a pancake.

What to have with cocoa crepes?

Cocoa crepes go amazing with fresh fruit, maple or agave syrup, chocolate syrup, berry compote, and/or whipped cream. We usually serve these crepes with fresh berries, but have also mixed chopped bananas, apples, grapes, and oranges as well. I usually make them into mini-pancakes rather than a full crepe for the kids. But you can certainly make a larger crepe where you can roll in the fruit.

cocoa crepes on white plate with fresh berries in green strainer and strawberry huller

Taking the stems out of the strawberries have been made so much easier with this strawberry huller! This was a cute anniversary gift from my husband on our fourth-year anniversary. I also find this green colander so easy to use to rinse and drain my fruit, while also serving as a handy bowl.

How to make cocoa crepes?

I have made this crepe recipe so many times, I have it memorized. You simply beat one egg in a medium sized mixing bowl. Then add in all your remaining ingredients at once and stir until well combined.

flour and cocoa in a silver mixing bowl

To reduce the chances of having clumps of flour or cocoa in the mixture, I would recommend sifting the flour and cocoa first before adding it to the bowl. You could also add everything into a blender and mix to ensure a smooth creamy consistency. I find just combining everything together in the bowl and mixing produces a great smooth batter without these extra steps.

I usually use whole milk for this recipe just because that is the type of milk my boys are drinking. But have also made these crepes with oat milk and 2% milk and they have turned out the same.

I would say this recipe serves a family of four. However, my two boys have devoured the entire serving in this recipe between the two of them. They love this crepe recipe that much!

How to store cocoa crepes?

If there are leftovers, I sometimes will add these crepes as a dessert in the boys’ lunch kits with some fresh fruit. Otherwise, they can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for one day.

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Cocoa Crepes

These cocoa crepes are the most popular breakfast request from my kids. They are easy to make and taste delicious with fresh fruit or maple syrup.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 4


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk I usually use whole milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter melted


  • Whisk egg in a medium sized mixing bowl with a fork (or whisk).
  • Add milk, sugar, vanilla, flour, salt, cocoa into the mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
  • Add melted butter into the mixing bowl, then stir until well combined.
  • Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter in pan and swirl until pan is coated. For mini crepes, pour about a ladle-full (about quarter cup to half cup) of batter in the pan. Once the batter starts to bubble, flip the crepe and cook for another minute. Then transfer crepe onto plate. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Keyword chocolate crepes, cocoa crepes, crepes

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