Easy Fluffy Pancake Recipe

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This is the BEST Fluffy Pancake Recipe! I’ve spent years making pancakes from a box and from scratch and my recipe – this one – is the one my family loves most. It’s an easy pancake recipe you can make in no time at all – you’ll never use a mix again once you try this recipe.

I love it most because you can change it up; make blueberry pancakes or sprinkle pancakes by just adding your favorite mix-ins!

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We love pancakes in my house! I can almost taste these, drenched in butter and syrup, just by looking at the photos.

How to make a fluffy pancake recipe?

This recipe is extra fluffy because it uses a combination of buttermilk, baking soda and baking powder.

Baking powder is most often used in pancakes because regular pancake batter doesn’t contain acid that would activate baking soda. However, this fluffy pancake recipe uses both baking powder and baking soda. The baking soda is activated with the acid in the buttermilk. The extra leavening and the acid results in an extra fluffy pancake recipe.

The secret to fluffy pancakes is using baking soda, baking powder and buttermilk!

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Fluffy buttermilk pancakes whisk up easily and fast, so you don’t really need a box mix. I was raised on box pancakes but as an adult I learned you can make my pancake recipe easy and fast and even better than the box.

This recipe makes a perfect 8 pancakes for a small breakfast or you can double the batch for larger families.

When Jordan was little she LOVED pancakes so much; she viewed pancakes as a vehicle for syrup. She would beg me for pancakes every morning and, if I was in a good mood, I’d often say yes.

Even today, for special treats, I make her my chocolate chip pancake recipe, which is just this one with added chocolate!

This easy fluffy pancake recipe makes perfect buttermilk pancakes that your whole family will love.

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When Mel and I were first dating he’d take me to a (now closed) breakfast place and their pancakes were to die for. They were big and super fluffy and not quite done in the center and I can still taste them. That’s how I modeled this pancake recipe.

Why are my pancakes not fluffy? Why are they so thin?

Chances are one of three things happened during the chemical reactions to cause your pancakes to be flat:

  1. Check the expiration date of your baking soda and baking powder in case it’s old. Learn all about baking soda and baking powder.
  2. Your pan was not hot when you added your batter. Baking powder is double-acting; the first reaction occurs when mixed and the second when heat is added. If the pan wasn’t hot enough the baking powder won’t be activated correctly.
  3. You didn’t use buttermilk. You can make your own buttermilk if you don’t have any.
  4. Did you mix your ingredients and then let it wait before cooking? When cooking or baking with baking soda, you need to cook immediately after mixing. The chemical reaction between baking soda and the buttermilk happens right away and if you let the batter sit too long the bubbles will flatten out, causing flat pancakes.
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Turn my pancake recipe into your favorite flavor!

You can easily change up this fluffy pancake recipe by adding new flavors into the batter. Here are some ideas:

  • Blueberry Pancake Recipe: Add 1 cup blueberries or other small fruit
  • Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe: Add 1 cup chocolate chips (mini chocolate chips are best)
  • Sprinkle Pancakes: Add 1 cup of sprinkles
  • Lemon or citrus pancakes: Add some orange or lemon zest
  • Cinnamon Roll Pancakes: Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Bacon Pancakes: Fold chopped cooked bacon into the batter

The sky is the limit: this pancake recipe is a blank slate for your creative breakfasts!

Making pancakes ahead of time and reheating instructions

Here’s the thing about pancakes: they’re easy to make but they take a bit of time because you have to flip each one. In order for a little kid to have pancakes for breakfast when they get up with the sun, mom has to be willing to make pancakes in the dark, and I (still) rarely have that urge. That’s when I learned one of the most valuable pancake making secrets: you can make them ahead of time!

I often make them at night and then put them in the refrigerator. To reheat you can use the microwave or even the toaster or toaster oven.

FREEZE your pancakes for easy morning breakfasts!

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I also love freezing pancakes so we always have some at the ready. Freeze them in a gallon size ziploc bag with sheets of paper towel between each. Reheat using the microwave or toaster.

I freeze almost all of my recipes, didn’t you know?

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Easy fluffy pancakes are the perfect breakfast for any day. If you’re a morning person, make them up all at once on a griddle or make them the night before so you can sleep in!

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I absolutely love making pancakes on my Cuisinart Griddler. You can fold it all the way open and make six at a time!

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Easy Fluffy Pancake Recipe

This easy fluffy pancake recipe is homemade and makes the best ever buttermilk pancakes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 8 pancakes
Serving Size 1 pancake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetables oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  • Preheat griddle 350°F or heat frying pan over medium heat until a fleck of water “dances” in the pan.
  • If using milk, add vinegar or lemon juice to the milk and let it sit while you whisk the dry ingredients.
  • Whisk flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Add egg, lemon juice, milk (or buttermilk), and oil. Whisk until combined (batter may be slightly lumpy). Cook pancakes immediately so the bubbles created by the baking soda don’t dissipate.
  • You’ll know your pan is hot when the water dances: flick a bit of water on the pan. If it dances around (i.e. boils), your pan is ready. If it sits, let it heat up a bit longer.
  • Cook pancakes, flipping halfway, on griddle or in pan greased with cooking spray. You know they’re ready to flip when the bubbles form on the top and start to pop and the bottom is golden. Serve warm with syrup.
  • Freeze between paper towels in a ziploc bag for up to one month. Reheat in the microwave.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword pancakes

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My easy fluffy pancake recipe will become your family favorite. Your kids will love you extra when they see there are pancakes for breakfast!

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7 CommentsLeave a comment or review

    1. Baking Soda contains only one ingredient, sodium bicarbonate.  Baking power contains baking soda, cream of tartar (which is a dry acid) and sometimes cornstarch.  They are both a leavening agent which makes baked goods rise.

    1. Lemon juice is not actually used in the recipe.  If you don’t have buttermilk, you add one teaspoon lemon juice to your milk and let sit for about fifteen minutes.

  1. Thank you soooooo much for your recipe! What a time saver. I never thought of freezing pancakes even though we can buy them frozen. It just never dawned on me. This is a very tasty recipe.

  2. I just want to say this was the best pancakes I ever made. The recipe was easy to follow it turned out perfect I usually don’t save recipes this one I wrote down thank you my grandkids and I love them I will not buy box mix ever again.