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Peanut butter pancakes will win you the award for the coolest mom of the year, particularly when you add the warm maple syrup to the top. Make these for brunch and watch them disappear!
Featured with this recipe
- Ingredients for Peanut Butter Pancakes
- How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Pancakes
- Best Syrups to Use for Peanut Butter Pancakes
- Tips for Making Pancakes with Peanut Butter
- Best Toppings for Peanut Butter Pancakes
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Nutella Syrup
- Storing Pancakes in the Fridge or Freezer
- More Delicious Pancake Recipes
- How to Make Peanut Butter Pancakes
- Peanut Butter Pancakes Recipe
These peanut butter pancakes are positively heavenly! Every bite has just the right amount of that peanut butter flavor, without it being too overwhelming. They are simple to make with pantry staple ingredients.
This recipe will keep the pancakes airy and fluffy, even with the welcome addition of diced banana! If you haven’t tried pancakes like these before, just wait. You are about to make your new favorite breakfast recipe. Promise!
Ingredients for Peanut Butter Pancakes
Don’t get overwhelmed with the list of ingredients. Each of the ingredients are key component for thickness, fluffiness, and flavor. They are all pantry staple ingredients that can be used over and over again when making homemade pancakes for your family!
- All-purpose flour – This is a common ingredient in pancakes. It is a thickener and helps fill the pancakes with a fluffy inside.
- Baking soda – A leavening agent will help the pancakes rise and give them a fluffy texture.
- Salt – It may sound crazy but salt will balance and enhance the flavors of the peanut butter pancakes.
- Sugar – Add a little sweetness to the peanut butter pancakes.
- Buttermilk – There are a few reasons to add buttermilk to pancakes. This too is a leavening agent that adds more flavor and has a softer texture to the pancake.
- Egg – Let your egg set out at room temperature. This will help the ingredients bind together and stick better while whisking.
- Vanilla extract – Add to enhance the flavors.
- Peanut butter – Get the smooth and creamy peanut butter.
- Banana – Slice the bananas into thin or thick slices depending on your preference. The banana will also be a topping or garnish and optional.
How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Pancakes
Mixing peanut butter pancakes is a simple process and takes minutes to combine. The batter will be smooth with some lumps in the pancake batter. Get ready for an easy pancake recipe that your family will love!
- Mix – Combine flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and peanut butter in a large bowl. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Add the diced banana and gently stir into the batter.
- Cook – Spoon about ¼ cup of batter into a non-stick skillet over medium heat. With a spoon, form a round pancake.
- Bubbles – Let cook until the batter starts to bubble. Flip and cook until browned, about one to two additional minutes. Transfer to a plate. Continue until all pancake batter is used. Keep pancakes warm.
Best Syrups to Use for Peanut Butter Pancakes
We love a good syrup to top on our pancakes, waffles, or German pancakes! Breakfast is not complete without a delicious syrup. Peanut butter pancakes pair well with a savory or fruity flavor. Even add a little chocolate flavor with Nutella. Make your own with our favorite syrup recipes!
Tips for Making Pancakes with Peanut Butter
Learn how to make the best peanut butter pancakes! Try a few of these suggestions to help you make the best pancakes for your friends and family. There are so many tips and suggestions to ensure perfection every time!
- Type of peanut butter – Creamy is best! There’s no need to make your peanut butter (unless you want to, of course). Simply grab whatever kind you like best off the shelf and add it to the batter as directed below for the best peanut butter pancakes ever!
- Room temperature – Let your ingredients reach room temperature before mixing them. This will help mix easily and have a smooth batter.
- Dry ingredients – Whisk the dry ingredients together before adding to the wet ingredients. This is similar to a sifting process that allows the air to escape from the dry ingredients giving pancakes that fluffy appearance.
- Don’t overmix – Gently mix the ingredients until they are well combined. Do not overmix though. Overmixing the ingredients will make a tough pancake.
- Rest the batter – After mixing the ingredients, let them rest on the countertop while the ingredients meld together.
- Grease – Use butter or a cooking spray to coat the griddle or pan that you are using. Lightly grease the cooking surface. The pancakes won’t stick with grease on them.
- Pressing down – It is always a habit to flip the pancake and press down with a spatula on top of the cooked side of the pancake. Try not to press down. It will release moisture out of the pancake and flatten it.
- Oven – Keep the pancakes warm in the oven by preheating the oven to a low degree. Place the cooked pancakes in a baking dish or baking sheet to keep warm while cooking the rest of the pancake batter.
- Toppings – Add sliced bananas, fresh berries, or maple syrup for a delicious and filling peanut butter pancake breakfast!
Best Toppings for Peanut Butter Pancakes
Pair your favorite peanut butter pancakes with your favorite berries, chocolate, or syrup! These choice toppings are the best to create even more flavors and combinations of pancakes. Come up with your family favorite and enjoy a lot of fun creations!
- Fruit – Fresh berries are always a favorite! Slice bananas are a favorite and apple chunks are fun with the extra texture.
- Jam – Stick with the fruit combination and give these peanut butter pancakes a PB&J taste with jam! Kids love this combination!
- Chocolate – The perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a favorite! Drizzle chocolate sauce overtop or spread a Nutella layer overtop.
- Syrup – We love classic maple syrup but you can use fruity syrup or a favorite syrup that pairs well with peanut butter.
- Sauce – Even melting peanut butter sauce for pouring over the pancakes.
- Honey – Slowly warm your honey and pour it over the stack of pancakes.
- Whipped cream – Everyone loves a circle filled with whipped cream topping! Add sprinkles for a special occasion too!
- Nutella Syrup – see recipe below
“These are AMAZING!!! Tried them today for brunch and they are incredible! Best pancakes EVER!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.”-Ana
Frequently Asked Questions
The acid in the buttermilk helps the baking soda work better, giving the pancake extra height. It also helps to break down strands of gluten, which gives a more tender, fine crumb in your pancake.
The classic combination of baking soda and buttermilk will do wonders. When the baking soda is combined with a wet ingredient that contains an acidic element (like buttermilk), it starts producing carbon dioxide gas bubbles that make the batter rise.
It’s hard to go wrong with any kind, but for this recipe, you’ll want to choose smooth peanut butter. The goal is to lace the flavor throughout the batter, which is much more challenging (and less delicious) if you use chunky peanut butter.
You can make buttermilk at home! Use one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice mixed with a cup of milk. Stir together and let it sit for 5 minutes before adding to the pancake batter.
Adjust the amount of liquid if it is too thick or add more flour if it is too thin.
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 heaping tablespoons Nutella
Add butter, sugar and buttermilk into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until melted. When mixture starts to boil reduce heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Syrup will bubble and rise. Remove from heat and stir in Nutella until melted. Drizzle over pancakes.
Storing Pancakes in the Fridge or Freezer
It is always nice to have leftover pancakes for the next day or meal prepping for the week! They are easy to make, store, and reheat. Get ready for fluffy peanut butter pancakes on the daily!
- Refrigerator – Place the leftovers in the fridge for two to three days in an airtight container.
- Freezer – Flash freeze your pancakes ahead of time. Place your pancakes on a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them in the freezer. Once they are frozen, store them in an airtight container or freezer bag.
- Reheat – Take the frozen pancakes and reheat them in the microwave or a toaster. For pancakes stored in the refrigerator, reheat on the griddle or in the microwave until it is warmed through.
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How to Make Peanut Butter Pancakes
Peanut Butter Pancakes
- Combine flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and peanut butter into a large mixing bowl. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
- If adding banana, dice into small pieces. Stir diced banana gently into the batter.
- Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
- Spoon about ¼ cup of batter into the skillet. With a spoon, form a round pancake.
- Let it cook until the batter starts to bubble, taking about 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook until browned, about 1 to 2 additional minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Continue until all pancake batter is used. Keep pancakes warm.
- Allergic to peanut butter but still want the protein and benefits of nut butter? Try almond butter! A great alternative. Or your favorite nut butter, there are many out there: cashew, hazelnut, sunflower seed, walnut…and more!
- Maple syrup tastes delicious on these pancakes as well.
- Looking for a way to make these peanut butter pancakes even more fun and delicious? Whisk chocolate chips into the batter! You’ll love it!
- Want a little more fruit and fiber? You can’t go wrong with blueberries and cut-up strawberries, yum!
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Recipe adapted from Picky Palate HERE