The 7 Pancake Recipes You Don’t Want to Miss

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Homemade pancakes are always a treat, but these 7 pancake recipes take a basic pancake breakfast from boring to brilliant. Pancakes are so versatile. An extra ingredient or two can really boost the nutrition value of your pancakes giving you the extra energy and sustainability you need for an awesome day. You don’t want to miss the added protein, fiber, and flavor, of these easy pancake recipes.

Collage of Pancake recipes including protein, banana, orange, and lemon ricotta pancakes
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  1. The 7 Pancake Recipes Not to Miss
  2. Tips for making fluffy, delicious pancakes
  3. Share your favorite!

The 7 Pancake Recipes Not to Miss

Protein Pancakes

If you are looking for a breakfast recipe that is nutritious, easy to make, and delicious, you have found it! These healthy protein pancakes come together in minutes and they are also high in protein with no flour or added sugars. Plus, they have an amazing fluffy texture and they taste so good! The combination of complex carbohydrates and protein energizes you for the day.

Ingredients

  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Banana
  • Eggs
  • Egg whites
  • Protein powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
a stack of protein pancakes with strawberry slices on top
Recipe: Protein Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

If you are a fan of banana bread, you are going to fall in love with this banana pancake recipe! You won’t believe the flavor a few ripe bananas can add to pancakes. As the pancakes cook to a golden brown on the griddle, the bananas slightly caramelize becoming sweeter. Whip these up, turn on a little Jack Johnson, and cue “Banana Pancakes.” I am pretty sure these are the pancakes he wants to make when he pretends it’s the weekend!

Ingredients

  • Bananas
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Large egg
  • Vanilla
Top View of Banana Pancakes with butter and macadamia nuts. Butter, juice, syrup and bananas on the side.
Recipe: Banana Pancakes

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

A fantastic brunch recipe, these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes have a tender yet fluffy texture, melt-in-your-mouth lemon flavor and a thin, crisp crust. You might be thinking, “Ricotta cheese belongs in lasagna, not pancakes!” but hear me out. The creamy ricotta adds a tender yet fluffy texture to the pancakes and balances out the sweetness for the perfect bite. It doesn’t taste cheesy at all. And, of course, there is the benefit of added protein to your breakfast.

Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Whole milk
  • Eggs
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Almond extract
A stack of lemon ricotta pancakes on a plate with blueberries and a lemon wedge
Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes

These Whole Wheat Pancakes are healthy and yummy! And, guess what? This pancake recipe starts with actual whole wheat kernels (not whole wheat flour) that you grind in the blender. The blender breaks down the wheat kernels and creates a light batter with rich flavor. You would think that whole wheat pancakes would be super dense and heavy, but these are fluffy pancakes! This is the perfect recipe to use up some of that whole wheat in your food storage that you may no know what to do with. Throw in some blueberries or chocolate chips for added sweetness. Top with your favorite syrup and a pat of butter and you have the perfect Saturday morning breakfast!

Ingredients

  • Raw wheat
  • Milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or powdered milk
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
Maple syrup pouring onto stack of Whole Wheat Pancakes.
Recipe: Whole Wheat Pancakes

Orange Pancakes

I would have these Orange Pancakes every day for breakfast if I could. It tastes just like one of those frozen orange creamsicle pops that my kids love so much. Vibrantly flavored with tangy orange juice, these pancakes have a light fluffy texture and sandwiched with a rich sweet, creamy filling (optional). The easy pancakes are also delicious on their own without the filling, only two ingredients. The best part of all is our Aunt Lana’s famous tangy orange syrup!  It’s always such a special treat when we make these orange pancakes, whether we’re celebrating a birthday or just in the mood for something sweet and tangy.

Ingredients

  • Pancake mix
  • Orange juice
  • Whipping cream
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Milk
Orange Syrup pouring on top of two Orange Pancakes.
Recipe: Orange Pancakes

Peanut Butter Pancakes

Oh my goodness! These peanut butter pancakes are positively heavenly. Every bite has just the right amount of that peanut butter flavor, without it being too overwhelming. Whip up a batch of these peanut butter pancakes, and you will win the award for the coolest cook of the year, particularly when you add the warm nutella syrup to the top. Make these for a brunch and watch them disappear! 

Ingredients

  • Peanut Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Egg
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes with Nutella Syrup on a white plate with a glass of orange juice in the background.
Recipe: Peanut Butter Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

You need to put these Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel Maple Syrup on your must try list! It is like eating dessert for breakfast. I absolutely love pumpkin flavored everything, it is one of my favorite things about fall. That being said, the best part of these pancakes is actually the syrup — it is incredible! It is a caramel type of syrup with a hint of maple flavor and cinnamon and it is to die for. What takes it even more over the top is the candied pecans. Because of these three things, this is one of the best breakfast recipes to make this fall. 

Ingredients

  • Pancake mix
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Brown sugar
  • Pumpkin pie spice
A stack of pumpkin pancakes with a pecan caramel syrup on top
Recipe: Pumpkin Pancakes

Tips for making fluffy, delicious pancakes

No matter what homemade pancake recipe you are using, let us share some tried and true tips for cooking up the perfect pancakes.

  1. Measure the ingredients and follow the instructions in your pancake recipe carefully.
  2. When you combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients together in a bowl, don’t over mix! It is normal to have some clumps in the mixture. If you over mix the batter, it will knock all the air out and your pancakes will be flatter than….well, a pancake!
  3. For uniformly sized pancakes, use a measuring cup to pour the pancake batter on the griddle. They are much easier to stack when they are all the same size! We recommend a ¼ cup as a good portion size.
  4. Cook your pancakes on a good quality non-stick griddle or skillet, but still lightly grease it with butter or shortening. Use a paper towel to wipe off any excess melted butter so it doesn’t end up saturating your pancakes. This makes flipping the pancakes so much easier and prevents any sticking.
  5. Always preheat the griddle or pan you are using to medium heat, or the recommended heat on the recipe for evenly cooked pancakes.
  6. When to flip? Be patient. Don’t flip your pancakes until the bubbles start to from on the top of the pancake. This is a sign the underside of the pancake is cooked and ready to be flipped.

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Share your favorite!

Once you’ve tried one of these 7 recipes, we would love your feedback. Let us know how you liked the recipe or recipes, and let us know your favorite. If you have a pancake recipe you don’t want us to miss… please share your best pancake recipe in the comments below.

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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