Easy Fluffy Pancakes Recipe from Scratch

How to make fluffy pancakes at home, with ease. This easy recipe makes pancakes that are light and fluffy and only requires a few simple ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now. Jump to the full Pancakes Recipe now or read on to see how we make them.

We love simple, no-fail recipes. Recipes that you know are easy to adapt or add to with ease. This recipe is just that. It’s quick to make and we’re willing to bet you’ve got everything you need to make them right now.

In the past, we called on boxed mixes. Not anymore.

Boxed mixes are great, but everything needed to make delicious pancakes already sits in our kitchen. We said goodbye to the mix and haven’t looked back since.

Easy Waffle RecipeYou may also like our Easy Waffle Recipe that makes waffles that are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This is one of our absolute favorite recipes!

How to Make Fluffy Pancakes

This recipe is easy! The pancakes aren’t too sweet and are lightly scented with vanilla. They are delicious.

How to Make Our Easy Pancakes from Scratch

Here’s how we make them:

The Dry Ingredients

  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour or whole wheat. A combination of the both is nice, too.
  • Sugar: We use granulated sugar, but you could experiment with brown sugar. Brown sugar will make the pancakes a little more moist.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder makes the pancakes so light and fluffy.
  • Salt: We like to use 3/4 teaspoon of coarse salt. It balances the sugar nicely and brings out lots of flavor in the pancakes.

The Wet Ingredients

  • Milk: We usually stick to reduced fat milk, since that’s what we have in the fridge, but whole milk or non-dairy milk (like almond or coconut milk) will work, too.
  • Melted Butter: You can’t beat the taste of butter for this, but we’ve found that melted coconut oil is really tasty.
  • One Egg: The egg adds structure and helps with how light and fluffy the pancakes become.
  • Vanilla Extract: Vanilla adds sweetness and depth of flavor. You could try other extracts, too. Almond extract would be pretty delicious.

How to Make Fluffy PancakesDo you see how fluffy they are, look at all those air pockets. If you want pancakes that are light and fluffy, make sure you read our tips below.

For Fluffy Pancakes, Don’t Over-mix

Over-mixing pancake batter is a common mistake — it makes them heavy and flat, not fluffy. To prevent this, mix dry and wet ingredients separately at first then combine just before cooking. By the way, these tips apply to waffles and muffins, too. We use this same strategy when making our favorite blueberry muffins.

Don't Over Mix the Batter

Once you’re ready to cook, combine the two mixes — we use a fork. Stir until you no longer see dry clumps of flour. There can be some small lumps, though.

Now, Adapt It Based on What You Love

This is our basic recipe. We use it often as is, but have used it as a base for other recipes. Add what you love. Here are a few suggestions:

There’s lots of things you can do to make these your own. So go experiment and add what you love. Then, if you’d like, come back and share what worked for you. We’d love to read about it.

Fluffy Pancakes Recipe

Recipe updated, originally posted September 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Fluffy Pancakes Recipe from Scratch

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These pancakes are light and fluffy and made completely from scratch. They’re not too sweet and are scented with vanilla, making them extra delicious. These are easy to adapt — try adding a handful of berries, nuts or chocolate to the batter.

Makes approximately 8 pancakes

You Will Need

1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/4 cups (295 ml) milk, dairy and non-dairy both will work

1 large egg

4 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for skillet

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Make Batter
  • Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and the salt in a medium bowl.

    Warm milk in microwave or on top of stove until lukewarm, not hot (you should be able to keep your finger submerged for 10 seconds). Whisk milk, egg, melted butter and the vanilla extract until combined. (By warming the milk slightly, the melted butter mixes into the milk instead of turning into small lumps).

    • Cook Pancakes
    • Heat a large skillet (or use griddle) over medium heat. The pan is ready if when you splatter a little water onto the pan surface, the water dances around the pan and eventually evaporates.

      Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour milk mixture into the well and use a fork to stir until you no longer see clumps of flour. It is okay if the batter has small lumps, in fact you want that – it is important not to over-mix the batter.
      Lightly brush skillet with melted butter. Use a 1/4-cup measuring cup to spoon batter onto skillet. Gently spread the batter into a 4-inch circle.

      When edges look dry and bubbles start to appear and pop on the top surfaces of the pancake, turn over. This takes about 2 minutes. Once flipped, cook another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked in the middle. Serve immediately with warm syrup, butter and/or berries.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • We use kosher salt. If you don’t have it on hand, keep this in mind: 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt = about 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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174 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Pamela Bisantz March 29, 2017, 8:54 pm

    Simply……..DELICIOUS!

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  • Cristina February 24, 2017, 10:39 pm

    These turned out sooooo good!! Very light and fluffy! I substituted half the butter with coconut oil and used both bakers sugar and brown sugar in the recipe, to total the recommended amount. Absolutely delicious! Served with sliced banana’s and warm maple syrup.

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  • Ree February 24, 2017, 2:02 am

    PERFECT in EVERY WAY!!!

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  • Michelle Beavers February 22, 2017, 10:11 pm

    Fantastic!

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  • Dreadite February 4, 2017, 12:15 pm

    I make these every Saturday or Sunday depending on what’s going on at home. We double the recipe so my son has pancakes for the week for an easy on the go breakfast! I make them just as the recipe says and just add chocolate chips. Delicious!!!

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  • Stacey January 23, 2017, 5:33 pm

    Great, easy recipe. I always make pancakes from scratch. And this a good go to basic recipe. Not a fan of the buttermilk ones and seriously who has buttermilk on hand. After reading a few comments about the batter being too thick I thought I’d add my own comment. Often inexperienced cooks make the common mistake of measuring flour by dipping the cup in the bag and level it off. This will always give you more flour then recommended. Spoon the flour in to your cup then level to get an accurate amount. I just made these and added amaretto and cinnamon. It was a very successful experiment! Cast iron skillets are the way to go. Put your butter in the pan and a little brown sugar befor you ladle the batter. Sweet crunchy goodness!!

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  • Sol January 22, 2017, 12:12 pm

    Finally something that i like…

    Reply
  • Nash Khan January 18, 2017, 6:23 am

    Best homemade pancakes I’ve ever eaten! Moist,fluffy and just melted in the mouth. I added a tablespoon of brown sugar as extra to the white sugar and cut down the salt a bit. Then dressed them with a pat of butter on top bluebetries icing sugar and chocolate sauce, so yum!

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  • Lindy January 17, 2017, 10:22 pm

    I love these pancakes. I wonder if the recipe will just as good with buttermilk?

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    • Joanne February 6, 2017, 1:21 pm

      Hi Lindy, You can definitely add buttermilk to the pancakes instead of milk. Since there is no baking soda in the recipe, the pancakes will be tangy (which I really like).

      Reply

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