Easy Pancake Recipe

The easiest and yummiest basic pancake recipe. Use this recipe if you’re out of mix for delicious pancakes that everyone will love. Plus, check out all our tips on how to change them up for even more flavor!

If you love these pancakes, you’ll also love our buttermilk pancakes and fluffy pancakes! They’re recipes the whole family will enjoy!

Easy pancake recipe

The best Homemade pancake recipe

I think it’s safe to say that most people LOVE pancakes.

They’re simple – they’re quick – they’re delicious slathered in butter and syrup. What’s not to love?

Many rely on store-bought pancake mixes, which are great. But just in case you don’t have any, we’re going to show you a very delicious, basic pancake recipe that you can use. We will also show you how to change up the pancake mix (whether it’s store bought or homemade) to make it even better with the flavors you love most!

Pancake batter in bowl

pancake mix recipe

They’re so simple to make!

DRY INGREDIENTS. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: Flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. That’s your pancake mix!

You can store this in a jar or air-tight container. But to make pancakes out of it, do the following…

WET INGREDIENTS. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the milk, egg and melted butter. Mix until smooth

COOK PANCAKES. Lightly oil a griddle, or frying pan and heat to medium high heat.

Serve warm and top with butter or fruit and syrup (or are personal favorite buttermilk syrup).

Pancakes being cooked on griddle

Storing + Topping Ideas

We have a blog post ALL about freezing pancakes. Be sure to check it out for all our tips.

But, TO STORE, you’ll want to separate pancakes with parchment paper and place in a freezer-safe bag.

If you’re looking for topping ideas, here are a few:

The options are endless – but be sure to keep scrolling to see how you can change up this simple pancake recipe for even more flavor.

Pancake variations

Pancake Mix Add ins

Pancakes with syrup on their own are delicious, but it’s nice to be able to change them up too. We’ve listed out below what you can do to modify the recipe to create an entirely new pancake that is also delicious and perfect for the season or holiday.

Be sure to let us know your favorite way to change up classic pancakes!

Fruity + sweet pancakes

  • Banana Pancakes: Add banana slices to partially cooked pancakes
  • Apple Spice Pancakes: Add ⅓ cup applesauce and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter. OR use 1 grated granny smith apple and a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Lemon Blueberry Pancakes: Lemon zest, lemon juice, and blueberries
  • Peach Pancakes: Chop up drained peach halves into small pieces and gently fold into the batter
  • Island Pancakes: Add ⅓ cup crushed pineapple(drained), and 3 tablespoons of shredded coconut
  • Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes: Add chocolate chips and strawberry slices into the pancake batter
  • Cinnamon Roll Pancakes: Brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla
  • Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Pancakes: Fresh raspberries and white chocolate chips
  • Brownie Batter Pancakes: Incorporate ¼ cup brownie mix and ½ cup chocolate chips

pumpkin pancakes

Seasonal + Festive Pancakes

  • Pumpkin Pancakes: Add ⅓ cup pumpkin puree and ½ teaspoon of pumpkin spice to the batter
  • Gingerbread Pancakes: Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, molasses
  • Eggnog Pancakes: Use eggnog instead of milk
  • Hot Cocoa Pancakes: 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder added to the batter
  • Carrot Cake Pancakes: Use 1 cup of shredded carrots, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of allspice, ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Bacon Pancakes: Add chopped bacon pieces to the batter before cooking
  • Maple nut Pancakes: Add ⅓ chopped walnuts and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup to the batter
  • Funfetti Pancakes: Use funfetti cake mix and a ⅓ cup of rainbow sprinkles

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Easy Pancake Recipe

5 from 36 votes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 225 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: Flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the milk, egg and melted butter. Mix until smooth
  • Lightly oil a griddle, or frying pan and heat to medium high heat.
  • Use about 1/4 c batter to pour each pancake onto the griddle. Heat until browned on both sides. Serve hot.


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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Thank you so much! I want to try this – but my family does not eat eggs. What would be a good substitute? Or is it going to make a big difference if i skip the egg? I’m not sure if the egg makes it more soft – but i am a fan of crispy food so if it was less soft than usual it wouldn’t be a huge deal for me :p

    1. I haven’t tried leaving out the egg, but I would just google what a good substitute would be for eggs in pancakes. I know it makes them nice & fluffy 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    This was so simple and came out perfectly! I used almond cocunut milk since I don’t do dairy and it was still delicious. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    So… this recipe was a HUGE hit in my home. The taste was DIVINE!

    My only caveat was the thickness of the batter. It was thicker than I prefer so next time I’ll use less baking power and a little more milk and water mixture.

    Easy to make and fun too!

  4. 5 stars
    (FYI-You listed vanilla in ingredients but forgot to add it in directions). I omitted the vanilla and also substituted almond milk. My husband is a very fussy connoisseur of pancakes, and he gave the pancakes 10 stars out of 5! Ty!

  5. 5 stars
    So easy and delicious! It has the perfect amount of salty sweet flavor. I used a 1/3c measuring cup and it made 9 pancakes! Definitely going in my recipe book!

  6. I’m looking forward to trying some of the add-ins – it would be helpful if all of them had suggested amounts for the add-in ingredients

  7. How would this recipe change if I wanted to make waffles instead? Would I need to add anything or just use this recipe as directed?

    1. You would want to increase the fat content to create that crispy outside and fluffy inside. I would add about 3 Tbsp of oil to this recipe to turn it into waffles. You could also give our waffle recipe a try. It’s very similar to this pancake recipe, just created specifically for waffles! https://lilluna.com/belgian-waffles/

    1. Yes, all purpose flour. I have not tried them with Gluten Free flour, but I imagine you could substitute it out for pancakes and it would work just fine.

    1. You are welcome! I’m so happy you liked it and that you have a new go-to recipe. Thanks for trying it!

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