Pancakes are quite literally one of the most feel-good foods out there (the dough, the syrup, the dollop of whipped cream). And National Pancake Day—the one day of the year we properly celebrate them—is this Tuesday, September 26, which is why we all need some easy pancake recipes to choose from. You see there's nothing wrong with Bisquick most of the time, but on this mini holiday, homemade is the way to go… But it also needs to be simple because, well, weekdays.
It turns out humankind’s love for pancakes goes back further than one would imagine: The Greeks and Romans reportedly ate their flapjacks with honey, while the Elizabethans injected theirs with everything from rose water to apples (yum). So to help you decide which recipe to whip up on Tuesday (or really any day), we searched high and low for the most delectable yet simple recipes for this popular breakfast dish. From savory to sweet and sugary to vegan, there’s seriously something for everybody.
So wherever you are and whoever you’re with on National Pancake Day, at least you’ll know what you’re eating (read: devouring).
Blueberry and Cinnamon Cornmeal Pancakes
What we love about this particular recipe is that it’s just basic enough to be perfect. Cornmeal and flour meld with buttermilk for a rich batter that’s spiced up with some cinnamon. The dry and wet ingredients set for five minutes; then it’s off to the griddle. Top with a few fresh blueberries for a pretty—and tasty—garnish.
Moroccan pancakes—aka beghir—are special because they aren’t flipped like the flapjacks you know and love. But the truth is that they might just be better because of it… Tiny bubbles occur on the top that were basically just made for soaking up tons of honey butter. Top with pomegranates—ta-da!
Savory Pancakes With Fried Egg
Pancakes don’t have to be sweet, right? We agree, which is why this savory pancake recipe is right up our alley. Perfectly chopped-up spinach and sun-dried tomatoes add specks of color (and flavor) to the batter. Instead of syrup, try a runny egg right over the top.
Chocolate Chip, Bacon, and Orange-Kissed Pancakes
These are definitely not your ordinary pancakes. The batter gets amped up with egg whites for some serious fluffiness and orange zest for a citrusy kick. And we have to admit, the bacon and milk chocolate morsels completely complement one another.
Flourless Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
A flourless pancake? It’s possible, and it’s actually quite delicious. When you add in some mashed banana, oats, and Greek yogurt, you get a healthy cake that’s worthy of seconds (and thirds…).
Vegan Banana Eggnog Pancakes
It’s almost the season for eggnog, so we’ll welcome it in our pancake batter, too. Very ripe bananas meld with the vegan eggnog, baking powder, and coconut oil (plus, add a pinch of nutmeg for a little spice). Top off these tasty cakes with banana slices and some fresh cranberries.
Mini Coconut Ricotta Pancakes With Strawberry Syrup
Stacks of mini pancakes mean you can eat even more, right? This totally unique recipe calls for coconut-flavored cakes filled with whipped ricotta. The finishing touch is a show-stopping homemade strawberry maple syrup that you may just eat with a spoon by the end of your meal (we won’t tell).
Dutch Baby Pancake With Caramelized Persimmons
A Dutch baby is basically a cross between a pancake and a popover. The crispier cake rises up on the sides, making it the perfect vessel for any type of caramelized fruit. Persimmons cooked down in pear liqueur will do the trick for a filling, especially with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Birthday Cake Pancakes
Uh oh, hopefully you’re hungry because the funfetti version of pancakes is here. This irresistible (and simple) recipe is whipped up by doctoring up a box of yellow cake mix. Sugar and vanilla bean go right into the batter, while sprinkles and more vanilla make the ultimate glaze.
Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes
This clever recipe revolves around a homemade cheesecake filling of cream cheese, vanilla Greek yogurt, sugar, vanilla, and a hint of lemon juice. The cheese mixture then goes straight into your dry ingredients so it melds right into your pancakes. When topped with a four-ingredient fresh strawberry sauce, you may not be able to put your fork down.
Fluffy Cornmeal Pancakes
Sometimes you want a flapjack that’s a little more subdued, and that’s where these airy cornmeal pancakes come in. You can serve them in mere minutes, whether you choose the savory route or douse them with a cranberry compote (take your pick).
Buttermilk Pancakes With Chamomile Cream
It’s probably the chamomile infusion in the whipped cream, but this recipe just feels so, well, British. A stack of buttermilk-style cakes are made rich with vanilla and cinnamon. Sprinkle with some gingered strawberries and garnish with chamomile flowers (so pretty).
Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
We’d never miss out on anything pumpkin-spice flavored, including pancakes. These happen to be a balance between healthy and decadent, with whole wheat flour and heaps of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin purée. Add banana and flax as a topping.
Fluffy S'Mores Pancakes
The campfire treat has made its way onto the breakfast table with this fluffy s’mores-style recipe. Butterscotch. Chocolate chips. Graham crackers. Everything melds together to make the world’s most ooey, gooey pancake. Side note: The marshmallow syrup is out-of-this-world good.
Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes With Blueberry-Peach Syrup
In the midst of this sugar rush, we thought we would end on a (slightly) healthier note. Greek yogurt, almond flour, and whole-wheat flour help make the pancakes good for you, while the syrup is whisked together with pineapple juice, blueberries, and fresh peaches (refreshing!).
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