Best Pancake Recipes

Start the day off right with Cooking Light's best pancake recipes.

Buttermilk-Banana Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup Recipe

Buttermilk-Banana Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup

Pancakes are one of America's tried and true favorite breakfast items, and our readers were certainly quick to let us know which of our recipes were of the highest caliber. These 12 varieties offer an array of takes on the pancake, from classic buttermilk and blueberry, to more unique fruit incorporations. Take note that many of them can be prepared in advance, frozen, then reheated and served later.

Our first recipe is a delightful combination of fruity flavors. The pairing of banana pancakes with pomegranate syrup is a healthy way to start your morning.

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Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe

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Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

Made with whole wheat flour, these pancakes are fluffy yet filling, and can be whipped up in only 20 minutes.

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Carrot Cake Pancakes Recipe

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Carrot Cake Pancakes

Stuffed with toasted walnuts, shredded carrots, and all the spices found in carrot cake, these light buttermilk pancakes are a guilt-free breakfast pleasure. Top with some homemade honey butter or light pancake syrup.

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Blueberry Pancakes Recipe

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Blueberry Pancakes

A time-honored pancake filler, blueberries not only add natural sweetness, but pack in antioxidants as well.

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Coconut Pancakes with Orange-Mango Compote Recipe

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Coconut Pancakes with Orange-Mango Compote

The orange-mango compote is a delicious topping for pancakes, French toast, or oatmeal. It keeps well in the refrigerator for several days.

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Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe

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Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal adds texture to a hearty, satisfying pancake. For even more flavor, top with your favorite fruit.

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Peanut Butter Pancakes Recipe

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Peanut Butter Pancakes

In this breakfast version of the PB&J, conventional chunky peanut butter works best. Serve with any kind of jam or fruit syrup.

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Hearty Pancakes Recipe

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Hearty Pancakes

This recipe combines whole wheat flour and farina with applesauce and raisins for a delightfully sweet and filling pancake.

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Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe

Buttermilk Pancakes

You can't beat the original. We've lightened the buttermilk pancake so you can enjoy this favorite, guilt free. Make a big batch to freeze, then reheat and enjoy throughout the week. To freeze any leftovers, place wax paper between pancakes, and wrap them tightly in foil.

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Sweet Potato and Pecan Flapjacks Recipe

Sweet Potato and Pecan Flapjacks

Cornmeal adds crunch, and mashed sweet potatoes lend creaminess to this weekend favorite. Yellow- or white-fleshed sweet potatoes have a dry and crumbly texture when baked and are not moist enough to make tender pancakes, so use the orange variety. For convenience, roast a sweet potato the night before. Serve with maple syrup, butter, and fresh fruit, if desired.

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German Apple Pancake Recipe

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German Apple Pancake

The dramatic presentation of this German pancake—it puffs up gloriously—as well as the recipe's rich, custardlike texture make it a morning delight. Use any type of firm, tart apple such as Granny Smith, pippin, Northern Spy, or Sierra Beauty.

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Oven-Puffed Pancake Recipe

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Oven-Puffed Pancake

The decadence of this cake makes for a lovely presentation, perfect for entertaining guests at brunch.

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