Our Favorite Pancake Recipes

Getting stuck in a pancake rut is difficult to do — but it isn’t impossible. So, when you need to mix things up, turn to these recipes. From classic takes topped with bananas or studded with blueberries to new twists like pancake-ified cinnamon buns, these recipes are sure to please.

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No Milk Pancakes

These stacks are so fluffy and flavorful, you'll never make pancakes the traditional way again. The acidity in the orange juice helps boost the baking soda's power for an airy texture, and its flavor complements the vanilla.

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Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

Grated apple is the secret ingredient in these lightly spiced and fluffy pancakes.

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Rice Cooker Pancake

Rice isn't the only thing you can make in a rice cooker. With roots in Japan, this method that took online communities by storm requires little effort and leaves you with an easy to share pancake that is reminiscent of the fluffy Japanese souffle pancakes. Because rice cookers cook differently depending on the model, be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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Birthday Pancakes

Make an impressive tower of pancakes for a morning birthday celebration — or serve them as short stacks. Cooking the pancakes over medium-low heat keeps them lightly golden so the confetti sprinkles really pop!

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Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

For many doughs and batters, sour cream plays a significant role, adding moisture and deepening the flavor of your final baked good. Sour cream can also be used to replace different ingredients, like buttermilk, for example, in baked goods like these Banana Sour Cream Pancakes. The sour cream acts like buttermilk in pancakes, activating the baking powder and softening up the cakes, while also adding a bit of tang to the flavor.

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Almost-Famous Cheesecake Pancakes

In 2007, IHOP recipe developers did the unimaginable: They cut up a whole cheesecake, added chunks of it to pancake batter and topped the finished stack of flapjacks like a big dessert, with sweet strawberry sauce. If you're a fan of their over-the-top stack, you'll love this copycat recipe.

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Coconut Flour Pancakes

Coconut flour is a flavorful and fragrant gluten-free alternative but can be a bit tricky to work with. We've smoothed out the kinks to ensure that these pancakes come out golden brown, tender and packed with coconut flavor. Since coconut flour is high in fiber, it retains a significant amount of liquid, which can make pancakes dry. The Greek yogurt in this recipe provides extra moisture and fat to ensure the pancakes stay plush and moist. Because there's no gluten to provide strength or structure to the batter, we call for an extra egg white, baking powder and a little elbow grease when whisking the wet ingredients to make the pancakes fluffy while also being sturdy enough to flip. Just be sure to keep the pancakes small so they can be easily flipped. With a little patience and a quick turn of the wrist, these coconut flour pancakes are sure to satisfy.

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Cornmeal Pancakes

These buttermilk pancakes owe their incredible texture to cornmeal and whipped egg whites.

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Orange Marmalade Pancakes

Top fluffy pancakes with an orange marmalade butter and fresh orange segments.

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The Best Buttermilk Pancakes

We're transporting you to the old-fashioned diner for a plate of fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Our recipe has both baking powder for an airy and light interior and baking soda for that even golden-brown exterior. We love the tang of buttermilk and the richness of butter for an even cakier stack. This recipe is easy enough for a fast breakfast with the kids or doubled for a weekend brunch with friends.

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Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Getting your kids to eat can sometimes be a struggle, so the best way to accomplish this seemingly impossible task is through pancakes. That’s right, the only easy way to get your kids to eat is to serve them breakfast cake. It’s sad, but we’ve all been there! These Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes are the best place to start. Mix them up by adding strawberries, peaches, or mangoes (the list goes on!) and pretty soon, they'll be noshing like there’s no tomorrow.

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Oreo Pancakes

Pancakes get the cookies and cream treatment in this fun mashup. Chocolate pancakes are studded with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, stacked with dollops of lightly sweetened whipped cream and finished with chocolate sauce and more crushed cookies. These decadent stacks are sure to please kids, adults, and cookie lovers alike.

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Pannukakku, or Finnish oven pancake, is similar to a Dutch baby. It's characterized by its crispy, browned edges and smooth, custard-like center – we use an extra egg yolk and a generous amount of butter to ensure the center cooks up perfectly. For the best rise, make sure your pan is well heated. Because the pannukakku begins to deflate after it comes out of the oven, it's best served immediately while still warm; be sure to have your toppings ready to go. Consider going the more traditional route with a smear of lingonberry jam.

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Multigrain Pancakes

Multigrain pancakes can be dense and heavy, but these aren't. The yogurt keeps them light and moist without adding a lot of fat.

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Keto Pancakes

Satisfy your breakfast cravings even when you're following the keto diet with these nutty flapjacks.

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Banana Protein Pancakes

These protein-rich pancakes require only a few ingredients and come together in no time. Using a super-ripe banana provides the most flavor and a natural sweetness. This style of pancake is typically made with two whole eggs per banana, but it can come across tasting strongly of egg. We found that using one whole egg and one egg white imparts the least amount of egg flavor but still gives all the structure needed to flip the pancakes. Feel free to swap the unflavored whey protein for your favorite protein powder.

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Cream Cheese Pancakes with Cherries Jubilee Syrup

If you're looking for a brunch dish that's sure to impress, this is the one. The flapjacks are light and fluffy (thanks to whipped egg white that gets folded into the batter at the end) and are topped with a sweet cherry flambe. Pro tip: Use extreme caution when igniting alcohol. Remove the pan from the heat before adding the alcohol. Then carefully ignite it and return the pan to the heat.

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Oat Flour Pancakes

Oat flour is a gluten-free alternative that can easily be made at home. We make ours from old-fashioned rolled oats to create tender, nutty, cinnamon-laced pancakes. To prevent the possibility of a dense, dry or toothsome pancake, we like to keep this batter on the thinner side. This ensures that the pancakes cook up perfectly light and fluffy.

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Pancake Cake with Berries

Since pancakes are indeed cakes, why not dress them up and layer them high with cream cheese whipped cream and fresh berries for a breakfast-for-dessert dish? Or maybe even better, a dessert-for-breakfast treat! By whisking the dry and wet ingredients separately before combining the two, the risk of overmixing is reduced, which helps create light and fluffy pancakes.

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Eggless Pancakes

No eggs? No problem! You can still get the moisture and structure eggs provide pancakes by using buttermilk. The acid in the buttermilk keeps the pancakes tender and helps maintain a fluffy texture. A bit of extra butter in the batter also helps to keep the pancakes moist. They're all the better with a smear of butter and drizzle of maple syrup.

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Vanilla Dutch Baby (Puffed Pancake)

Unlike what most people typically think of as a pancake (fried stovetop and flipped to evenly cook both sides), this Vanilla Dutch Baby is baked in the oven for the ultimate pancake experience. In the family of a popover, the Dutch Baby is a large, puffed pancake that can be eaten at any time of day! We suggest giving it a light dusting of powdered sugar and fresh berries, then slicing it up and sharing with a crowd of very hungry pancake lovers.

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Figs

Why add ricotta to pancakes? It keeps them from drying out. Your flapjacks will still be fluffy when the come out of the pan but their centers will be rich and almost custard-y, unlike a regular pancake.

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Almond Flour Pancakes

These super fluffy pancakes are a great gluten-free alternative to the usual pancakes made with wheat-based flours. Using almond flour also makes the pancakes super tender and a little harder to flip. Just be patient and wait until they are cooked as instructed on the first side before turning them over.

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Peach Cobbler Pancakes

These pancakes package the classic summer fruit dessert as a luxurious breakfast treat, topped with whipped cream and crunchy toasted almonds. If you have apricots, plums or other ripe stone fruits, you can swap them in for the peaches.

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Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

Airy pancakes are always the name of the game and this foolproof recipe ensures the perfect fluff every time. The secret? Baking powder, of course, and also a not-so-typical pancake ingredient: cream of tartar. Cream of tartar is found in baking powder, but the integration of additional cream of tartar helps the eggs to increase and keep their volume as you whisk them up, making it the best secret weapon for creating super fluffy pancakes.

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Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Pancakes

Streamline your pancake process with this Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Pancake recipe. Not only will you be able to make pancakes for a crowd in a matter of minutes, but you’ll also be able to please everyone with lots of topping options. Choose from tasty favorites like bananas and chocolate chips or blueberries and strawberries for a variety of crowd-pleasing pancake possibilities.

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Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

If you’re sick and tired of the plain old cinnamon bun (which we find hard to believe, but will entertain the idea, if only for a minute), then try reinventing the wheel with these Cinnamon Bun Pancakes. Full of cinnamon and swirl, these pancakes encapsulate everything there is to love about cinnamon buns (cinnamon, sugar, that melty glaze) and pancakes (light, fluffy cake), making them the ultimate breakfast food. Serve them for special occasions, or just because; there’s no wrong way to enjoy these breakfast cakes.

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Simple Homemade Pancakes

Another classic recipe, these Simple Homemade Pancakes tackle the power of buttermilk to create soft, fluffy cakes. The acid from the buttermilk works together with the baking powder to produce more air bubbles and establish a lighter overall pancake. These simple cakes are great on their own, with a variety of toppings or even as a pairing for a larger meal. They’re also great any time of day, so if you’re feeling breakfast for dinner, don’t shy away from this recipe.

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Vegan Banana Pancakes

Ripe banana, a common replacement in vegan recipes, pulls double duty here as both an egg substitute and a delicious pop of flavor. In this case, the riper the banana the better! We recommend using unsalted vegan butter which lends a flavor reminiscent of traditional pancakes, but coconut oil also works in a pinch.

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Swedish Pancakes

Swedish pancakes sit between crepes and American pancakes. Not quite as thin as crepes, but certainly not as fluffy or thick as pancakes, They're a happy medium when you want something a bit lighter and more delicate than American pancakes. Top them with fresh fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup or a dusting of confectioners’ sugar for a delicious breakfast any time of year.

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Hot Chocolate Pancakes

Leftover hot chocolate or cocoa mix gives a chocolaty kick to these pancakes, inside and on top. We fold it into the batter and simmer it with the maple syrup for decadent drizzling.

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Fluffy Pancakes

Perfecting the art of the fluffy pancake can be a challenge, but the whipped egg whites in this Fluffy Pancake recipe prove all other methods trivial. They lift the batter, integrating lots of little air pockets for maximum pancake rise and fluff. Light and airy pancakes are the only pancakes that should be allowed in our kitchens because they lift our spirits (similarly to the action of egg whites in this recipe; see above) and also allow us to enjoy a pleasant pancake breakfast (or lunch, or dinner!) without needing a nap immediately after the meal.

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Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes

Go tropical with these Pineapple-Upside Down Pancakes. Paying homage to the classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, these pancakes serve you everything: tanginess from the pineapple, sweetness from the maraschino cherries, buttery, cakey, airy realness from the pancake batter. They’re moist and flavorful (and will transport you to that island vacation you’ve been waiting all summer for).

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes

It’s time we give chocolate chip pancakes a round of applause. They’re delicious, fun and give us all an excuse to eat chocolate (and, let’s be honest, cake) for breakfast without getting judged or feeling guilty. Chocolate chip pancakes are the Guardian angel we’ve always wanted, but didn’t realize we had. There are also so many options for ways to enjoy them; try adding bananas, strawberries or nuts to go with the chocolate. You won’t regret it!

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"Instant" Pancake Mix

All out of store-bought mix? Make your own! All you have to do is combine a few dry ingredients and store in your pantry. When an unexpected visitor or aggressive pancake craving comes along, you’ll be able to add your wet ingredients and whip up a fresh batch of cakes in a matter of minutes.

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Nutella-Stuffed Pancakes

Surprise and delight anyone with these pancakes stuffed with chocolate-hazelnut spread. The rich spread is cleverly frozen into little discs and then plunked right onto an almost-pancake, then covered with another. The spread melts and oozes in the middle as the double-stacked pancake griddles. Try making them with frozen peanut butter discs for an easy variation.

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Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

If love yourself a good pancake, but are gluten intolerant, have Celiac disease or quite simply stay away from gluten, turn to these Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes. Made simply with eggs and bananas, these cakes will provide you with protein and potassium to power through your morning (and your alliterations!). Add oats and cinnamon for an extra bit of fun, or top them with syrup for the classic experience.

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This classic pancake is a must-have in your repertoire of recipes. It serves as a great basis for pancake toppings, but also stands alone as a lovely, slightly sweet breakfast cake. Pair with lots of scrambled eggs, bacon and fresh fruit, and you’ve got yourself a versatile, all-pleasing breakfast buffet that will satisfy everyone, from your picky toddler to that neighbor that always shows up unexpectedly.

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Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Ree proves that you don't need a lot of time or special ingredients to make pancakes from scratch — even her brunch-worthy, lemon-blueberry version.

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