Best Pancake Recipes
Start the day off right with Cooking Light's best pancake recipes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make a double batch on the weekends, and freeze one batch for grab-and-go breakfasts during the week. To reheat, microwave at HIGH 1 minute, or pop in the toaster until hot. If you have to cook the pancakes in batches, wrap the cooked pancakes in a moist paper towel to prevent them from drying out while you finish the second batch.