18 Pancake Recipes for Your Best Breakfasts Ever

So many amazing pancake recipes to choose from.

<p>Simply Recipes / Shilpa Uskokovic</p>

Simply Recipes / Shilpa Uskokovic

Pancakes! Who doesn't love pancakes?

There are so many pancake options out there. You know about the classic diner-style pancakes you loved as a kid (and probably still do) and the ever-popular buttermilk pancakes. But have you ever met a carrot cake or a zucchini walnut pancake? Or one big pancake made in a sheet pan?

These 18 pancake recipes will inspire you to branch out from your everyday pancake recipes. Or not maybe stick to a classic—this round-up includes those too. There's no shame in loving a classic.

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Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Sally Vargas
Sally Vargas

Naturally gluten-free, make these pancakes with old-fashioned rolled oats ground in the food processor.

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Buttermilk Pancakes

Sally Vargas
Sally Vargas

These fluffy buttermilk pancakes have crispy edges and a slightly sweet, buttery flavor. The key to making sure they don't end up rubbery is to not overmix the batter. Stir the batter until all ingredients are incorporated and not a second more.

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Sally Vargas
Sally Vargas

The combination of lemon and ricotta creates bright, rich, pancakes. Beating the egg whites first and then folding them into the batter creates fluffiness.

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Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Fresh blueberries are meant to be paired with pancakes. The sweet burst of warm blueberries in each bite never disappoints. To keep the blueberries from turning the batter blue, don't mix them in the batter until it's been poured into the skillet.

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Funfetti Pancakes

<p>Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek</p>

Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

These are the perfect birthday morning pancakes, but really, you can enjoy them any time. Inspired by confetti cake, they're a special way to start any special day.

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Buckwheat Pancakes

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

This recipe calls for half buckwheat flour and half all-purpose flour, but you can make it with all naturally gluten-free buckwheat flour if you prefer. Either way, you'll end up with delicious, fluffy pancakes with a rich, warm, earthy flavor.

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Banana Pancakes

<p>Simply Recipes / Hannah ZImmerman</p>

Simply Recipes / Hannah ZImmerman

Add mashed overripe bananas right into the pancake batter—making the end product a little sweet from the sugar in the fruit. Buttermilk, cinnamon, and vanilla add even more flavor.

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Sheet Pan Buttermilk Pancakes

<p>Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm</p>

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

This one giant buttermilk pancake baked on a sheet pan feeds a crowd. The recipe calls for adding raspberries and blueberries, but you can add other fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts.

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Sourdough Pancakes

<p>Simply Recipes / Hannah Dela Cruz</p>

Simply Recipes / Hannah Dela Cruz

These pancakes are the best way to use up excess sourdough starter. It adds a unique and nuanced flavor to these pancakes that otherwise look like regular ol' pancakes. They key to making these pancakes light and fluffy is to whip the egg whites.

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Cornmeal Pancakes

<p>Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm</p>

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

These pancakes are so simple to throw together because they start with a box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. If you want to take a moment to brown the butter, you'll add a bit of richness, but these pancakes are delicious either way.

Get Recipe: The Secret Ingredient to the Best Cornmeal Pancakes Ever

Zucchini Walnut Pancakes

<p>Simply Recipes / Shilpa Uskokovic</p>

Simply Recipes / Shilpa Uskokovic

If you love zucchini bread, you'll love these pancakes. Made with shredded zucchini, olive oil, buttermilk, whole grains, and walnuts, they're a toasty, tangy breakfast treat with enough nutrition to keep you full all morning.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Pancakes

<p>Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm</p>

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

Peanut butter and chocolate are a classic flavor combination, and it makes perfect sense that together they jazz up pancakes.

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Japanese Soufflé Pancakes

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

Call these the "holy grail of fluffy pancakes." They're a mix between an airy soufflé and a traditional pancake, and the combination creates a cloud-like, airy texture. Serve topped with syrup, jam, or lemon curd.

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Carrot Cake Pancakes

Jessica Gavin
Jessica Gavin

Full of carrot cake-inspired ingredients—grated carrots, chopped raisins, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves—these pancakes are almost like eating cake for breakfast.

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Homemade Pancake Mix

Alison Bickle
Alison Bickle

For easy pancakes whenever the mood strikes, this homemade pancake mix delivers perfect pancakes from wholesome ingredients in minutes.

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes With Raspberry Sauce

Cindy Rahe
Cindy Rahe

The pancakes are a basic buttermilk recipe with mini chocolate chips mixed in. Drizzle or smother the pancakes with an easy sauce made from frozen raspberries.

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Gingerbread Pancakes with Caramelized Pears

Sarah Fritsche
Sarah Fritsche

These are super special pancakes, perfect during the holidays but you can make them whenever you want. The pear compote completes the special vibe.

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Dutch Baby

<p>Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer</p>

Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer

Also known as a German pancake, you bake a Dutch baby in the oven in a sizzling hot skillet rather than cooking on the stovetop. The sides of the pancake climb up the pan and make a crust while the center remains tender and eggy. Top with powdered sugar and a sprinkle of lemon.

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