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 - pancakes stacked on plate

The best Homemade pancake recipe

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

They’re simple – they’re quick – they’re delicious slathered in butter and syrup (especially if it’s Buttermilk Syrup). What’s not to love about them?

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 pancake 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.

Easy pancake recipe - stacked on plate with fruit on top

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!

Here are some classics we like to use as bases for our pancakes:

Pancake recipe variations - with bananas and syrup on top

Fruity + sweet pancakes

Here are some easy ways to make the pancakes sweet!

  • 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
  • Chocolate Chip Pancakes: Add chocolate chips – kids go nuts over these!
  • Blueberry Pancakes: Add blueberries and even make a blueberry syrup for the blueberry lovers!
  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes: Adding bananas and oatmeal make them so hearty.
  • Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes: If you love the combo in a sandwich, you’ll love it in a pancake.
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes: We love lemon and poppy seed together – it’s delicious
  • Strawberry Pancakes: Add strawberry slices into the pancake batter
  • Cinnamon Roll Pancakes: Brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla
  • White Chocolate Chip Berry Pancakes: Fresh raspberries and white chocolate chips
  • 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
  • Brownie Batter Pancakes: Incorporate ¼ cup brownie mix and ½ cup chocolate chips
pumpkin pancakes

Seasonal + Festive Pancakes

We love to switch things up for the holidays and for special occasions. Here is how we like to do it:

  • Pumpkin Pancakes: Add ⅓ cup pumpkin puree and ½ teaspoon of pumpkin spice to the batter
  • Bacon Pancakes: Add chopped bacon pieces to the batter before cooking
  • Funfetti Pancakes: Use Funfetti cake mix and a ⅓ cup of rainbow sprinkles
  • Snowman Pancakes: Kids love these all winter long
  • Christmas Pancakes: Great for December 25th and all holiday long
  • 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
  • Maple Nut Pancakes: Add ⅓ chopped walnuts and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup to the batter
Funfetti pancakes stacked on plate


Even with all of these pancake recipes, this easy pancake recipe is simply the best!

Everyone loves it, and it’s our go-to base for all add-ins and mix-ins.

Be sure to check out all of our Breakfast Recipes.

Easy Pancake Recipe

5 from 43 votes
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!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 225 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna



  • 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 ¼ c batter to pour each pancake onto the griddle. Heat until browned on both sides. Serve hot.


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  1. 5 stars
    I made these for my son and his friends yesterday. Teenager approved. They really liked them. Nice and fluffy and great flavor.

    1. Sorry to hear the pancakes were flat. That hasn’t ever happened to me with this recipe. Possibly could have been an issue with the baking powder? I’d double check that it isn’t too old so that those pancakes will rise! 🙂

  2. I want to make pancakes today to eat tomorrow morning on a road trip. Just wondering how they might go cold?

    1. Hi! I hope the pancakes were yummy! I honestly don’t mind them cold… but you can also heat them in a microwave or a toaster the next day.

  3. What is a serving size for the pancake recipe? I am a type 2 diabetic and need to know how many, if any, I can have. Love your recipes

    1. It depends on the size of the pancake but for this particular recipe a serving size would be 3 (6-inch in diameter) pancakes.

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