How to make pancakes at home – ultimate guide with 3 easy steps and with recipe

Make Pancakes at home: Introduction

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How we make the best fluffy homemade make pancakes at home. This simple recipe yields light and fluffy pancakes. You only need a few simple ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen.

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Toss out the boxed pancake mix. Everything you need to make delicious pancakes is most likely already in your kitchen.

This recipe is simple! The pancakes are lightly scented with vanilla and aren’t overly sweet. They’re delicious, and you can easily adapt them to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Let’s get started!

Ingredients to make pancakes at home

We love easy, no-fail recipes, and this pancake recipe is no exception.

It’s easy to make, and we’re willing to bet you have everything you need right now.

In this recipe, we use eggs. If you’re looking for egg-free pancakes, try our vegan pancake recipe.

Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll require (the full recipe with ingredient amounts is shared in the recipe below).

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Use all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, or a combination of the two for the flour. Use your favourite gluten-free flour blend or buckwheat flour to make gluten-free pancakes. 


Granulated sugar is used in this recipe, but other sugars such as coconut sugar, raw sugar, or brown sugar will also work.

Baking Powder

The baking powder is responsible for the light and fluffy texture of these pancakes. If you want to make pancakes without baking powder, I’ve included some baking soda tips in the frequently asked questions section below.


We like to use half a teaspoon of fine sea salt. It nicely balances the sugar and brings out a lot of flavour in the pancakes. If you’re using salted butter, cut the salt down to 1/4 teaspoon.


This recipe can be made with whole milk, reduced-fat milk, or even skim milk. Nondairy milk can be used to make dairy-free pancakes (like unsweetened almond milk or homemade oat milk).

I’ve also used orange juice instead of milk in the past and it worked well. If you want to use buttermilk, try our recipe for Buttermilk Pancakes.

Melted Butter

You can’t beat the taste of butter for this, but melted coconut oil or melted plant-based butter work just as well. We use unsalted butter, but salted butter can be substituted. If you use salted butter, cut back on the salt by 1/4 teaspoon.


The egg provides structure, flavour, and fluffiness to the dish. In the frequently asked questions section below, I’ve shared some tips for making eggless pancakes. We make use of a flax egg. You might also like our vegan pancake recipe.

Vanila for Flavour

Vanilla enhances the flavour by adding sweetness and depth. You could also experiment with other extracts. Almond extract would be pretty delicious.

Step by step method to make pancakes at home

make pancakes at home
make pancakes at home

These easy pancakes come together quickly! They are ideal for children (as you can see from the reviews, many of our readers make these with their children, and sometimes the children make them!) To persuade them to do so, simply follow these simple steps:

  1. Whisk dry ingredients together
  2. Melt butter and warm milk (we use the microwave)
  3. Whisk wet ingredients together
  4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients
  5. Cook on a hot buttered skillet
  6. Enjoy!

The secret:

Here’s how to make the fluffiest pancakes: Separately combine the dry and wet ingredients, then combine just before cooking. You can combine the dry and wet ingredients as much as you want, but when the two mixtures come together, use a light touch. Over-mixing the batter is a common mistake that results in heavy, flat cakes rather than fluffy ones.

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This recipe yields 8 pancakes, so depending on how many you eat in one sitting, it could serve 2 to 4 people. If you have any leftover pancakes, you can freeze them! This is a great trick for when only one of us wants pancakes in the morning. Check out the frequently asked questions section for more information on how we freeze them.

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