Easy Everyday Pancakes Recipe

This is my go to pancake recipe, it is almost as easy as using a pancake mix too, it really only takes a few minutes longer and they taste so good! I always thought pancakes were one of those really hard things to make from scratch until I found out my brother had been making his pancakes from scratch, once I had his pancakes I decided I needed to give it a try. I am so happy I did, I cannot stress how easy pancakes are to make from scratch.

I really like this recipe because it is the perfect size for my family of 3 1/2 (the toddler just eats mini pancakes so I am counting him as the 1/2 , and the baby doesn’t eat solid food yet 🙂 ) The recipe makes about 12 pancakes or so, I often do a half recipe when my daughter isn’t eating with us, the half recipe makes about 6 pancakes which is perfect for the 3 of us.

I have never been a big fan of pancakes until I started making them from scratch, I think it is because this recipe only uses baking powder, I think one of the things I don’t like about box pancake mixes is the use of baking soda, I feel like that is all I can taste. I don’t have anything against baking soda in baking, I just seem to be overly sensitive to the flavor in pancakes.

I have been making pancakes from scratch for a few years now, and after fiddling with different recipe’s this is what I have come up with as what I think is an easy and perfect pancake recipe.

Easy Everyday Pancakes


To sift, or not to sift? That really is the question…and I don’t really know the answer, I have tried it both ways and I don’t really see any difference in texture, I think the only thing I can think of is the incorporation of all of the dry ingredients being mixed together better. So I am leaving this up to you, you can take the little bit of extra time and sift the dry ingredients, or just mix them all together with a wire whisk.

Use a medium sized bowl and sift…or mix together with a wire whisk:

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

6 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt


Once I have my dry ingredients mixed together I set them aside and start putting the wet ingredients together. I like to use a large liquid measuring cup (4 cup capacity) to mix my dry ingredients, I add my milk first, then start adding my other wet ingredients, I include the sugar in this step (I add vanilla but it isn’t pictured above)

In a medium sized bowl (or 4 cup liquid measuring cup) mix together:

1 1/2 Cups Milk

2 Tbs Brown Sugar (or granulated sugar)

1 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

4 Tbs Vegetable Oil, Coconut Oil or Melted Butter

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Combine your wet and dry ingredients by adding the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients.


Mix together, but do not over mix, you want your batter to be a bit lumpy. Cover and put in fridge to chill.


While the batter is in the fridge, pre-heat your pan, I like to cook on my cast iron grill pan. I cook my pancakes on low/medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side. I also use a 1/3 cup dry measuring cup to scoop my pancakes and for toddler pancakes I use a table spoon.


Pancakes are done when they start to bubble and lose the shiny wet look, for me 2 minutes on each side makes a perfectly cooked pancake, however, you may need to do a few test rounds to see what time works best for your stove/pan.


For my little one, I like to make itty bitty pancakes for him, I use a tablespoon and I end up with silver dollar sized pancakes, they are the perfect size for little hands, and I don’t have to cut them up for him. My son is two and he loves getting his little mini stack of pancakes…I must also admit, that they are the cutest little pancakes ever 🙂

My son also just eats the pancakes plain, no syrup, just pancakes and maybe a side of  sliced banana.


And that is it, you will have the perfect pancakes…it is really that simple!

Download a PDF to print the recipe: Easy Everyday Pancake Recipe

Serves 3 – 6


2 Cups All Purpose Flour

6 tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp Salt

1 ½ Cups Milk

2 Tbs Granulated or Lt. Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

1 ½  tsp Vanilla

4 Tbs Vegetable Oil, Coconut Oil or Melted Butter


  • In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, mix using a wire whisk.  
  • In a separate bowl, add the eggs, milk vanilla and oil or butter.
  • Mix until all ingredients are incorporated, do not over mix, batter will be lumpy.
  • Put mixture in refrigerator for 10 minutes.

About 5 minutes after you place the batter in the fridge, heat a lightly oiled griddle or skillet over medium heat. Once griddle/skillet is heated use ⅓  cup of batter for each pancake.  Cook approximately 1 ½ -2 minutes on each side.

Enjoy topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup!

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