There’s nothing better than starting a holiday or birthday celebration with a fabulous breakfast. You’ll definitely want to keep this collection of mouthwatering pancake recipes handy to make every member of your family happy.
Are pancakes healthy?
If you load your meal down with maple syrup and whipped cream, pancakes aren’t the healthiest breakfast choice. But they can be good for you, especially if you choose to eat whole-grain pancakes. Both buttermilk pancakes and whole-wheat offer a boost of energy from the carbs, plus an added punch of iron and calcium.
How to make pancakes fluffier
Fluffy pancakes have one simple secret: egg whites. Separate your eggs before you start. Then mix the egg yolks in the bulk of the ingredients and wait for the very end to fold in your egg whites. Only mix them in just enough to get a thick batter—otherwise it won’t work.
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When to flip pancakes
Pancakes are ready to flip when you see bubbles on the visible surface that then pop and stay holes. You’ll also see the edges of the pancakes start to form. Depending on the size of your pancakes, it should take just a few minutes to get to the flipping point.
How to reheat pancakes
It’s the breakfast so nice, you’ll want to eat it twice. Reheating pancakes is easy—and you’ve got a few options.
Treat your pancakes like toast
Take your cold pancakes out of the fridge and pop one in each toaster slot. Just make sure they don’t burn!
Heat them up in your oven
Bake at 350 until they’re warm, which should take about 10 minutes.
Refry pancakes on the stove
Butter a skillet, plop down a cold pancake, and heat it on low while flipping until it’s heated through.
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Use the microwave as a last resort
It should only take about 30 seconds to a minute to heat up a pancake, depending on the strength of your microwave. But it’s easy to overcook them and end up with a tough breakfast.
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Does pancake mix go bad?
We’ve all heard the urban legend that expired pancake mix can kill you. But it’s a legend for a reason: It’s not true. Your pancake mix will have an expiration date on it, but use it as a guide, not a rule. You should be able to stretch it out a few months after that date, regardless of whether the box is open or not. But keep your eyes open for any changes to the mix, like the appearance of mold or funny colors, unexpected clumping, or any gnats floating around.
Can you freeze pancakes?
You can absolutely freeze pancakes. They’re a great option for meal prep because they reheat so easily. Store them in the freezer between layers of wax paper and tightly sealed in an airtight container. Don’t let them freeze for more than a couple of months if you want the best outcome. When you reheat them, use any of the methods above. Don’t worry about defrosting them first; it’s not necessary.
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Can you save pancake batter?
If you have extra batter left from your pancake recipe, pop it into an airtight container and store it in the fridge or freezer. For the fridge, don’t keep it in there more than four days. But overnight is actually a good idea—some pancake batters work better when they’ve been chilled for a bit. You can keep extra batter in the freezer for up to a couple months, and defrost it in the fridge when you’re ready to use it.
How long do pancakes last in the fridge?
Pancakes should last a few days in the fridge as long as they’re stored in an airtight container. After the first few days, the quality will begin to suffer—so eat them pretty quick!
Best sweet pancake add-ins and toppings:
Whether you top your stack of pancakes with powdered sugar, maple syrup or fruit, it’s one delicious way to start the day. These are a some ideas of ingredients you can stir into your pancake batter to up the flavor—or sprinkle on top.
- chocolate chips
- shredded coconut
When is National Pancake Day?
Bust out those pancake recipes on September 26 and celebrate National Pancake Day! According to the National Day Calendar, the holiday began in 2005 when two friends wanted an excuse to eat pancakes and waffles. September has the official day, but another one often happens around Fat Tuesday. You’ll know it’s the right time because that’s IHOP’s National Pancake Day celebration, where you can get a free short stack.
Easy pancake recipes
Best Pancake Recipes
Perfectly-Plated Fluffy Pancakes Stack
Professional food stylist Callie Blount plates a perfectly golden fluffy stack of pancakes, topped with fresh fruit, granola and chocolate. She shares her perfect pancake recipe, and also reveals her trick for getting the best maple syrup drizzle for photos.
Get the recipe: Perfectly-Plated Fluffy Pancakes Stack
Blueberry-Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes
These fluffy blueberry-lemon buttermilk pancakes are packed with fresh blueberries and light lemony flavor.
Get the recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes
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Green Smoothie Pancakes
Start your family’s day with a little luck of the Irish. These naturally green pancakes deliver all the fun of a breakfast favorite, plus a dash of fruit-and-veggie nutrition.
Get the recipe: Green Smoothie Pancakes
Best Ever Classic Pancakes
Nothing beats a fluffy, golden stack of homemade pancakes piled high, drenched in a waterfall of maple syrup. This will be your go-to recipe for classic pancake batter.
Get the recipe: Best-Ever Pancakes
Gluten-Free Almond Butter Banana Pancakes
Upgrade your gluten-free pancake mix with almond butter and bananas.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Almond Butter Banana Pancakes
Lemon-Blueberry Dutch Baby
Like a giant popover, a Dutch baby emerges from the oven puffed, golden and looking spectacular, yet it’s a super-easy brunch option.
Get the recipe: Lemon-Blueberry Dutch Baby
Bobby Flay’s Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Serve this favorite breakfast family-style on a platter so everyone can help themselves. Then all you have to do is pour the coffee.
Get the recipe: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Oatmeal Protein Pancakes
Chef Jon Ashton shares how to make fluffy Oatmeal Protein Pancakes finished off with a delicious greek yogurt topping—a naturally gluten-free breakfast choice.
Get the recipe: Oatmeal Protein Pancakes
Cinnamon Bun Pancakes
This recipe for Cinnamon Bun Pancakes comes from a delicious cookbook by Adrianna Adarme: Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. It’s a perfect weekend option that takes just 35 minutes from prept
Get the recipe: Cinnamon Bun Pancakes
Blueberry and Walnut Pancakes
Try these fluffy flapjacks from Al’s Breakfast in Minneapolis, featured in James Beard’s All-American Eatsa cookbook spotlighting recipes from restaurants across the country.
Get the recipe: Blueberry and Walnut Pancakes
Joy Bauer’s Healthy Protein-Packed Pancakes
This recipe is a triple threat against high cholesterol because it features apple, oats and chia seeds,” says the Today show’s nutrition expert Joy Bauer.
Get the recipe: Apple Oat Pancakes
It hardly seems right to call these pancakes. With egg whites mixed into the batter, they truly are soufflé-delicate.
Get the recipe: Souffle Pancakes
Tiffani Thiessen’s Yogurt Pancakes
Saved by the Bell queen Tiffani Thiessen shares her favorite healthy and delicious pancake recipe. “Take your pancakes up with Maple Hill 100% grass-fed organic Greek yogurt. It gives them this great tangy flavor that kids and adults devour,” she notes.
Get the recipe: Yogurt Pancakes
Morning Glory Pancakes
Take over breakfast by adding carrots, walnuts and coconut to basic buttermilk pancake batter.
Get the recipe: Morning Glory
Pepper Teigen’s Kanom Krok (Thai Coconut Pancakes)
Whether you’re new to Thai food, or a Thai lover who just wants to master the cuisine at home, you’ll definitely want to try the beloved Thailand street food snack.
Get the recipe: Kanom Krok (Thai Coconut Pancakes)
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Classic Buttermilk Pancakes
Simple quick, and delicious.
Get the recipe: Buttermilk Pancakes
A Finnish pancake, or pannukakkuis really less pancake than breakfast custard.
Get the recipe: Finnish Pancakes
Pancake Battered Chicken Recipe
Sometimes you just need to get a little creative to use up your leftover pancake batter. That’s where this recipe comes in. It’s so good you’ll never look at chicken the same way again.
Get the recipe: Pancake Battered Chicken Recipe
Whole-Grain Buttermilk Pancakes
You can never go wrong with a classic pancake—this whole grain batter ups the health factor and the flavor.
Get the recipe: Whole-Grain Buttermilk Pancakes
Orange Ricotta Pancakes with Raspberries
Warm and creamy with a tart pop of flavor, these pancakes taste great full- or silver dollar–size.
Get the recipe: Orange Ricotta Pancakes with Raspberries
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