19 Best Pancake Recipes You'll Want to Eat Every Single Morning

Pancakes, flapjacks, and more for National Pancake Day!

February 25, 2022
Photo by Julia Gartland

Delicious pancakes need no introduction. Drizzle a stack of light and fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and add a pat or two of butter for the ultimate start to your day. I know you hardly need convincing to make any one of these recipes, so let’s get right into it:

The Best Pancake Recipes

1. The Kitchn's Lofty Buttermilk Pancakes

You want fluffy pancakes, you want flavorful pancakes, and, above all, you want easy pancakes that you can make quickly for a large group. This classic recipe for homemade pancakes made from scratch hits all the marks, thanks to the use of high-quality, simple ingredients.

2. Magical Whole-Grain Pancakes From Josey Baker

This fluffy pancake recipe calls for one special step: soaking whole-wheat flour in milk overnight. The result is a smoother, more tender batter that bubbles with energy as it cooks on a griddle.

3. Perfect Pancakes

When you’re not looking for anything overly fussy, these apple pancakes will check the box. In fact, they’re our readers’ favorite pancakes of all time.

4. Super-Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

You know how ricotta can make ravioli or a cream sauce super duper creamy without adding richness or heaviness? It works its magic in the same way in these light and bright pancakes, and the slight tang cuts some of the sweetness. “Adding the ricotta into the pancake makes them thicker than the average buttermilk-style, but still light and fluffy with a deliciously squidgy center,” writes recipe developer Elaine Lemm.

5. Hotteok (Korean Sweet Pancakes)

The syrupy filling of brown sugar and cinnamon in these doughy pancakes is what dreams are made of. They don’t come together nearly as quickly as American-style pancakes, but the wait is well worth it.

6. Gluten-Free Buckwheat Groat Pancakes

Don’t immediately reach for a bag of buckwheat flour to make these gluten-free pancakes; they’re actually made with buckwheat grout, which removes the outer layer of the grain, making these more pleasantly earthy (rather than bitter and off-putting).

7. Olive Oil Pancakes with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

We love baking with olive oil, especially for cakes and pancakes. Not only does it make baked goods extra-moist (like moister than you can possibly imagine), but it also brings phenomenal fruity flavor for a perky wake-up call.

8. Oma's Apfelpfannkuchen (Apple Pancakes)

The size of a dinner plate and layered with so many thin apple slices, this large-format pancake more closely resembles a galette or Dutch baby, but we’re certainly not complaining.

9. Go-To Vegan Pancakes

If you’ve tried and failed at making vegan pancakes, or even trying half a dozen boxed mixes to no avail, don’t give up yet: this simple recipe makes use of basic pantry ingredients like apple cider vinegar, non-dairy milk, and melted coconut oil for a totally dairy-free pancake.

10. 3-Ingredient Pancakes

Three! Count 'em three ingredients—ripe banana, almond flour, and eggs—are used for these perfectly perfect pancakes that are gluten-free to boot.

11. Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin purée not only makes these pumpkin pancakes extra moist, but they also bring true pumpkin flavor that we can get enough of come October 1st. We let the pumpkin mostly speak for itself, with the exception of just a little bit of cinnamon.

12. 1840 Farm Pancakes

The brilliant chefs at this beloved Pennsylvania-based farm and event venue shared their recipe for this breakfast staple and our readers can’t get enough of it. “They are light and fluffy, like I am eating a cloud, yet they still have sweetness and flavor,” writes community member Zachariah T.

13. Cottage Cheese Pancakes With Strawberry Maple Syrup

Do you dream of eating strawberry cheesecake for breakfast? Now you can. “These are pancakes for people who don't like pancakes (i.e., me). The cottage cheese not only transforms the texture of the cakes, making them light, fluffy, and soufflé-like, but enhances their taste, as well,” writes recipe developer Eric Kim.

14. Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

Two breakfast staples—lemon poppy seed muffins and pancakes—join forces for one power-hungry breakfast treat.

15. Orange Cannoli Pancakes

The zest and juice of Cara Cara oranges are used in every element of these sweet pancakes, which is to say that it appears in both the pancake batter and cannoli cream smeared between layers.

16. Yogurt Pancakes with Pomegranate

Sprinkle pomegranate arils over pancakes for a festive holiday garnish.

17. Gluten-Free Pumpkin-Oat Pancakes

Somehow, someway, these fall-forward pancakes were destined to be made with oat flour. The nuttiness of the gluten-free substitute works so well here that we can’t imagine them any other way.

18. Lavender-Chocolate Chunk Pancakes with Crème Frâiche

“Between the tangy crème frâiche, the sweet and sensual chocolate, the citrusy lemon and the floral lavender, the flavors in these pancakes perfectly complement each other to create a full sensory explosion,” writes recipe developer Fig Test Kitchen.

19. Cynthia Chen McTernan’s Buttermilk Mochi Pancakes

Using equal parts of all-purpose flour and rice flour creates super delicate pancakes. Each bite will taste like another.

Okay we have to know: which pancake recipe are you going to try first? Let us know in the comments below!

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