From traditional pancakes to gluten-free pancakes, to whole grain pancakes--I am sharing with you the BEST Pancake Recipes! Find out the secrets to making fluffy, tender, flavorful pancakes that your entire family will love! Plus tips on how to freeze and store pancakes.
There is nothing much better than a fluffy stack of pancakes smothered in real maple syrup. Unless the pancakes are hard as a rock, soggy, flat, or flavorless. You can avoid that pitfall, by following my tips for fluffy, tender pancakes when following any pancake recipe. Pair any of these pancakes with Oven Baked Bacon, Breakfast Casserole, or Potato Frittata for a delicious brunch.
Pro Tips for the Best Pancakes
- Measure the flour correctly. I suggest using a spoon to scoop flour directly into the measuring cup. If you try to use the measuring cup to scoop flour you will typically end up with up to ¼ cup more flour. And that translates into dense pancakes.
- Whisk the dry ingredients well before adding wet ingredients. In fact, I strongly recommend sifting the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. There is nothing that is worse than biting into a lump of baking powder.
- Be sure your baking powder is fresh.
- Use acid, like buttermilk, lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar, to add flavor and keep pancakes light and fluffy.
- Do NOT over mix batter—a few lumps are fine!
- Consistency! Use ¼ cup measuring cup to scoop out the batter evenly onto the griddle.
- Cook over medium heat. Higher heat will cause your pancakes to brown too much and low heat will not allow your pancakes to develop any color.
- DO NOT push down on pancakes after flipping. This will cause the bubbles to pop and the pancakes to become flat and dense.
Tips for Serving Pancakes
- Remove pancakes from griddle and place on an oven-safe cooling rack on the baking sheet. Simply stacking pancakes on a plate after cooking will cause trap the heat in between the pancakes and make them soggy.
- If you are making a large batch of pancakes, keep the baking sheet in an oven set to 200 degrees. As you remove pancakes from the pan, add them to the baking sheet in the oven. This temperature will keep the pancakes warm, but not dry them out.
- Warm maple syrup by placing in a heat-safe measuring cup and microwaving for 30 seconds to 1 minute. You can also add cinnamon or vanilla to the maple syrup for an infused syrup.
- Use a medicine dropper filled with pure maple syrup to let kids "pour" their own maple syrup onto their pancakes. This limits the amount of syrup they use on their pancakes, but yet they love the control they have to squirt the syrup out themselves.
How to Store Pancakes
If you happen to have leftover pancakes, you can either store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days or in the freezer for 3-4 months. In fact, it is smart to make extra pancakes, just to keep a stash in your freezer for busy mornings.
- Cool pancakes to room temperature.
- Place pancakes in layers between wax paper and place in an airtight container or bag. The wax paper will help keep the pancakes from sticking together.
- Place pancakes in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. The parchment/wax paper will help keep the pancakes from sticking to the sheet pan.
- Freeze for 30 minutes or until frozen solid.
- Remove pancakes off the cookies sheet and place in a freezer-safe bag or container.
How to Reheat Pancakes
- In Microwave: Place 1-3 pancakes on heat safe plate and microwave for 30 seconds, flip pancakes over, and microwave for additional 30 seconds.
- In Oven: Or wrap pancakes in foil and place it into a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes. This is the PREFERRED method for reheating pancakes, as the pancakes will warm evenly, not get soggy, and not dry out using this method.
- In Toaster Oven: Place pancakes in the toaster to warm through. The pancakes may get a bit crispy, but very minimally.
- In Microwave: Microwave 1-3 pancakes at a time for 1 minute, flip pancakes, and microwave for additional 30-60 seconds, depending on microwave strength.
- In Oven: Wrap pancakes in foil and place 350-degree oven for 20 minutes.
The Best Pancake Recipes
Fluffy and tender, these whole wheat pancakes are just as good as the original!
Just because you can't have dairy or eggs, does not mean you need to eat dry, thin pancakes! These vegan pancakes prove you can still have fluffy pancakes without dairy products!
A traditional German Pancake gave a healthy make-over. This baked pancake is crispy, buttery, and delicious!
Fluffy cream cheese pancakes are topped with a fresh strawberry sauce, crushed graham crackers, and tangy cream for a take on Strawberry Cheesecake!
Sweet potatoes keep these pancakes moist and fluffy and the warm spices make them taste like fall. Finished with an apple compote for a delicious breakfast.
These pancakes are not only gluten-free, but they are given a natural boost of protein and creaminess from cottage cheese. These pancakes melt in your mouth!
A few simple ingredients are all you need to whip up the easiest Gluten-Free pancakes around. These pancakes are light, sweet, and irresistible.
These peanut butter infused pancakes are delicious served plain or with jelly topping--for Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes.
These Chocolate Chip Pancakes are a MUST for any special occasion. They are perfect for a sleepover, birthday breakfast, or holiday.
I love stocking my pantry with this homemade pancake mix for a quick pancake fix. This mix also makes a great DIY gift.