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39 Pancake Recipes for Breakfast and Beyond

Updated on July 10, 2024

There are so many ways to enjoy a steaming-hot stack of sweet morning cakes.

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Our Best Ideas for Pancakes

Pancakes come in all shapes and sizes, flavors and textures. For a cozy weekend breakfast or an energizing weekday morning, a fluffy buttermilk stack drizzled with golden maple syrup never fails to put you in a good mood. We have recipes to suit all occasions, from decadent stacks to impress at a holiday brunch to whimsical, colorful confetti plates for celebrating a special birthday. We have dozens of recipes to suit all kinds of palettes and diets, because even gluten-free and vegan diners deserve a warm stack of flapjacks. With this list at your disposal, you’ll wonder why you ever reached for the boxed pancake mix before.

This pancake recipe is as tried-and-true as it comes, as the many reviews attest to. With just the right balance of melted butter and sugar, it’s a recipe that’s sweet without being too sweet. You can also use this recipe to serve as the base for adding other ingredients and mix-ins, like nuts, fruit or chocolate chips.

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Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

Sweet banana pancakes are always a good call, and this recipe adds a special touch by incorporating tangy sour cream into the batter. The sour cream keeps the flavor from skewing too sweet. Instead of mashing, dice the ripe banana and fold it into the batter to ensure pops of soft fruit in every bite.

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Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

Infuse a batch of pancakes with fall flavors by folding in some grated fresh apple. The fruit adds both flavor and texture, increasing moisture without thinning out the batter. Add to that a combination of warm cinnamon, brown sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup, and you have a cozy, warming breakfast to start any day right.

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Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Nothing sets off the taste of fresh blueberries in a stack of hot pancakes quite like tangy buttermilk. Use fresh or frozen berries, wild or farmed, and the final dish will be delicious no matter what. Add the blueberries after spooning the batter into the skillet to avoid losing them all to the bottom of the bowl.

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