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This quick and easy Fluffy Pancakes Recipe yields tender, begging to be stacked sky-high pancakes. Best of all, it reminds me of the precious moments with the man who introduced me to them, my dad.

Best Fluffy Pancakes in a stack with maple syrup

Why You’ll Love This Easy Fluffy Pancakes Recipe

  • A Weekend Tradition. For my sisters, dad, and me, weekend breakfast was a sacred ritual. While we got “fancy” with our pancakes every now and then (see Banana Oatmeal Pancakes), classic fluffy pancakes were the ones my dad made most. I lost my dad very suddenly when he was just 45 years old; cooking pancakes keeps me feeling connected to him.
  • Everyday Ingredients. My dad’s easy fluffy pancake recipe was directly out of an old, beat-up copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (the pancake page was very crusty). We always had the ingredients around—flour, milk, eggs, baking powder and soda, a touch of canola oil, and sugar. No buttermilk needed!
  • It’s All About the Texture. Instead of fancied up Peach Pancakes and Oatmeal Pancakes, this is a pancake recipe that keeps it simple; it’s not about all the add-ins, but about that fabulously fluffy texture. Despite their thickness, my dad’s pancakes remained pillowy soft and melted on my tongue like the daintiest of flapjacks (if you are a fan of tender pancakes, be sure to check out Coconut Flour Pancakes).
  • Quick and Easy. Pancakes take more time than pouring a box of cereal into a bowl, but they’re also far easier than many other hot breakfast options. This recipe is perfect for lazy weekends in cozy slippers.
A stack of fluffy pancakes with butter and maple syrup

5 Star Review

“They came out perfectly fluffy. I’ve never made pancakes from scratch before and these were super simple. I am definitely using this as my go-to recipe for pancakes from now on.”

— Deborah —

How to Make This Fluffy Pancakes Recipe

The Ingredients

  • Flour. All-purpose flour helps make sure these pancakes are light and fluffy.
  • Sugar. For a sweet, tender, and moist pancake.
  • Baking Powder + Baking Soda. What causes a pancake to be fluffy and rise? These two ingredients are key. They work together to keep the batter light and airy, creating fluffier pancakes.
  • Milk. Milk helps make pancakes fluffier than water. Since milk is thicker than water, it creates a thicker batter. Further, if you use whole milk or low fat milk, the fat content helps yield tender, fluffy results. Looking for a non-dairy option? I recommend almond milk, oat milk or cashew milk for a natural flavor. A can of light coconut milk can also be used.
  • Egg. Gives this fluffy pancakes recipe structure. The yolk is also responsible for added richness and color. (Run out of eggs? You can still make good pancakes without eggs. See these Vegan Pancakes.)
  • Canola Oil. Helps keep the pancakes moist.
  • Vanilla. The secret to a truly delicious pancake (in my opinion). A touch of vanilla makes them taste especially warm and cozy.

The Directions

A flour mixture in a bowl for pancake batter
  1. Combine. Stir the dry ingredients together.
Liquid ingredients being whisked
  1. Whisk. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Pancake Batter being stirred in a bowl
  1. Finish the Batter. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture.
Four pancakes on a griddle
  1. Cook. Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto a pre-heated non-stick pan or griddle. When the batter forms bubbles and the edges are dry, it is time to flip. Repeat until batter is gone. ENJOY!
Easy fluffy pancakes in a stack with syrup and bites taken

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate pancakes in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days. 
  • To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave. 
  • To Freeze. Place pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen pancakes to an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in the toaster or as directed above. 

Meal Prep Tip

Multiply this fluffy pancakes recipe as needed to ensure you’ll have extras. Freeze the pancakes as directed above. Reheat pancakes throughout the week with your desired toppings for easy, quick breakfasts.

A stack of fluffy pancakes with syrup being drizzled over the top

What to Serve with Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • DO NOT OVERMIX. Stop mixing the batter as soon as it is moistened. In this fluffy pancake recipe, the lumps are your friend.
  • Let Your Batter Rest. Letting your pancake batter rest for 10 minutes will allow the batter to come together, resulting in fluffier pancakes.
  • Start with a Test. As with my Strawberry Crepes, treat your first pancake as a test. Take note of how it turns out, then adjust the heat and cook time accordingly.
  • Bring the Heat. Make sure your skillet/griddle is hot BEFORE you add the batter. The heat will kickstart the rising process.
  • Adjust the Heat as Needed. With thick pancakes like these, it is a balance between keeping the griddle hot enough to turn the outsides golden, without burning them before the insides cook through. Don’t be afraid to adjust as you go.
Perfect fluffy pancakes with a bite cut out

Fluffy Pancakes Recipe

4.80 from 24 votes
This easy fluffy pancakes recipe comes together in 15 minutes, with ingredients you already have on hand. You don't even need buttermilk!

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Servings: 8 (4-inch) pancakes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Butter or pure maple syrup, or other toppings, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 200 degrees F. Have a large baking sheet or pan on hand. Heat a large, non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large measuring cup or another medium mixing bowl, combine the milk, egg, canola oil, and vanilla.
  • Add egg mixture all at once to the dry mixture. Stir with a fork just till moistened (batter should be lumpy).
  • Once the skillet is properly heated (do not add the batter when the skillet is cold), lightly grease the skillet with butter or cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto the skillet. Cook about 2 minutes on each side, until the pancakes are golden brown. When the batter forms a bubbly surface and the edges are dry, it is time to flip. Turn to the second side and cook until golden. Remove to a baking pan and place in the preheated oven to keep warm until ready to serve. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve immediately with butter, pure maple syrup, or any other topping you fancy.

Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate pancakes in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days. 
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave. 
  • TO FREEZE: Place pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen pancakes to an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in the toaster or as directed above. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 8)Calories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgPotassium: 170mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 88IUCalcium: 86mgIron: 1mg

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Memories of My Dad

It took me years to start talking about my dad comfortably with new people I met. Now, I find peace (and sadness, but happiness too) sharing about him. Here are some of the things I remember. Thanks for reading. ♥

  • He was a wonderful man, a loving father, and fiercely dedicated to family game night.
  • He tried to hold my hand in public until the age it became embarrassing, and I wouldn’t let him.
  • He taught me to ride a bike and to drive.
  • We used to run together; I thought we were the same pace but now I realize he slowed down for me.
  • His favorite dessert was German chocolate cake (you can find my fave recipe for it in my cookbook).
  • He ended every conversation with, “I love you.”
  • He made the world’s fluffiest pancakes every Saturday morning.

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  1. can I use almond milk instead of regular milk? I go to Weight Watchers, and try to stay within my points. Right now I am at goal weight and want to maintain.

    1. Hi Marie! I haven’t tried this recipe with almond milk, but I think it should work fine. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  2. Thank you for the heartfelt story that preempted the recipe, it made me want to try the recipe even more. Just so you know, they came out perfectly fluffy. I’ve never made pancakes from scratch before and these were super simple. My husband isn’t really a pancake fan but he loved them and said they came out great! I am definitely using this as my go-to recipe for pancakes from now on, except I might have to double it from time to time. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Thank you for sharing this kind comment and review, Deborah! It truly makes my day to hear that these were a hit for you!

  3. These are always fantastic. I always try to make recipes as written, at least on the first pass. But I don’t keep regular milk around, so I’ve always made these with almond milk and they turn out perfect every time. :) Thanks for another hit, Erin!5 stars

  4. This morning my 2.5 year old exclaimed, “Mommy, let’s make blueberry pancakes!” Truth be told she has never liked any kind of pancakes in the past. But she loves cooking and baking with me so I said, “Ok!” I’ve never made scratch pancakes and I don’t keep pancake mix in the pantry unless I’m planning on making them. Naturally, like every time I need a recipe, I went right to you (Well Plated should be an app on my phone). I’ve always seen this recipe pop up in my searches and decided to finally try it today. SO EASY. And delicious! And to quote my daughter: “Nummy nummy!” Another awesome post. Thanks so much! And a beautiful tribute to your dad. He’s definitely smiling down on you and so proud! 💕5 stars

    1. I’m SO happy that you enjoyed the pancakes, Jess! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  5. Just tried these this morning, and they ARE fluffy and delicious! The vanilla adds a little extra too! And Happy Birthday to your wonderful, loving father. You honor him always by sharing your dad-inspired recipes.5 stars

  6. Made these with my littles today and they were perfect in every way. Thanks for sharing this recipe and about your dad too <35 stars

  7. Thank you for sharing about your dad. He sounds like he was a great one! I’m glad that you are feeling more comfortable talking about him with people. I feel as if it keeps our loved ones alive in some ways.

  8. Dear Erin,

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Your memories of him are so touching. I’m sure he is with you everytime you cook.

    All the best,
    Ann

  9. It’s wonderful that you have these happy memories of your father…you’re very lucky. My dad was so very quiet that I’m not sure anybody ever knew him all that well. However, I credit him with my huge love of gardening and music. He was always just very calm and that was a comfort. Can’t wait to have pancakes next Sunday morning!

  10. I make this batter several times a week! Very fluffy and easy to whip up. I just add a little cinnamon and sub olive oil but otherwise follow the recipe exactly. Thank you, Erin. Now your family tradition is ours. 🥰5 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear you had problems with the recipe, Asia. It has worked well for myself (and others) and I wished it would of been a hit for you too.

  11. Loved this recipe! I personally have to use gluten free flour for the time being and I swapped all purpose for bob’s red mill 1-1 baking flour and it turned out great and didn’t even taste obviously gluten free. I’m really glad that I came across this recipe that I can easily modify to for my current diet and look forward to making it regularly when I can as well. I actually put leftover ones in the toaster the next day and they were still super tasty that way too!5 stars

  12. So i made this recipe as a last resort to make fluffy homemade pancakes. I am blown away speechless! OMG! They rise into fluffy pillows so crispy on the edges. Just phenomenal! This is it a keeper forever. Thank you! Question though: do you think i can use this recipe for a mini waffle maker?5 stars

    1. Hi Nabila! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review! I haven’t tried it but would love to know how it turns out if you experiment with it!

  13. Holy Flapjacks! These pancakes are ahhhmazing. I followed your recipe using buttermilk (holiday splurge) and thoroughly read all comments and suggestions (particularly letting batter rest). Perfection. Thank you, Erin, for sharing your dad’s recipe and your sweet memories. I’ll never buy pancake mix again and will always enjoy these while recalling sweet memories of my mom and dad. Happy New Year!5 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear you had problems with the recipe, Janet. It has worked well for myself (and others) and I wished it would of been a hit for you too. I’d probably check to make sure you are using fresh baking powder and baking soda since those are the ingredients in the pancakes that help them rise.

  14. This is the perfect pancake recipe! Perfect amount of everything! I followed the recipe exactly. They were fluffy and light and tasty. I doubled the recipe because my husband prefers larger pancakes. I got 10 nice size pancakes. Extras are for tmros breakfast or to freeze. This is going to be in heavy rotation for sure!5 stars

  15. Made these this morning and they were absolutely PERFECT!! Me and my 4 year old daughter have been making pancakes at least once a week and this is by far the best (and easiest) recipe. We topped it with strawberry and whipped cream. So good! Thank you so much!5 stars

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