Here are our favorite creative pancake recipes and ideas to inspire you to make epic breakfast pancakes. Grab a bowl and get mixing.
You don't need pancake mix like Aunt Jemima or Bisquick when you can make pancakes from scratch that are much better!
If you're looking for gluten free pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, flavored pancakes, vegan pancakes... it's all here for you!
From thick fluffy American pancakes to thin French crêpes, you'll find plenty of pancake ideas here to inspire you to up your homemade pancake game.
I've got you covered for exciting mix-ins for your pancake batter, plus exciting pancake topping ideas.
Now that you have so many great pancake ideas to choose from, try making a few and displaying them on a Pancake Board (breakfast charcuterie board).
Rows of pancakes, fruit and toppings on a tray. It's sure to be a hit at home, for a work breakfast meeting or when you have guests over.
What is the secret to making good pancakes?
There are pancakes and then there are super-tasty amazing breakfast pancakes! So, what are the tricks to making really good restaurant-style pancakes? Here are my top tips!
Mix the batter thoroughly, but don't beat it. Overmixing will make the pancakes tough. It can be slightly lumpy (slightly!) but you don't need to whip it too vigorously. And never use an electric mixer.
Keep an eye on the heat. If they're starting to cook too quickly (and might result in an uncooked middle), turn the heat down a smidge. Likewise, if they're taking too long, turn it up a little.
If you're adding food coloring (perhaps for Valentine's Day or St Patricks Day) add it to the wet ingredients and beat well before adding to the dry. If you add it at the end, you'll end up overmixing your batter.
Let the batter rest. This isn't strictly necessary but it does help the final result if you let it rest for 20 minutes or so.
Brush the pan lightly with oil instead of drizzling. This will help it so the pancakes don't stick and get more evenly browned. The oil won't pool under the batter resulting in darker spots. If using butter for frying, melt it first and brush over the pan.
Baking powder is what makes the pancakes light and fluffy. So check that yours is fresh and replace it if necessary.
Before adding the next batch of batter to the pan, wipe it (carefully, it's hot!) with some kitchen paper. This will stop the butter from over browning, or the next batch of pancakes being embedded with little burnt bits.
Think up some breakfast pancake ideas for a few toppings or batter add-ins to make them extra special.
Wondering when to flip your pancakes? Check out this video for how to flip pancakes.
How do I make pancakes from scratch?
It's seriously easy. To be honest, I almost never use a recipe, unless I'm making fancy pancakes.
I pretty much just put an egg in a bowl, whisk with a bit of milk and add self-raising flour until it's the right thick wallpaper-paste consistency. Too thin? More flour. Too thick? More milk. They always work.
Here's how to make 3-ingredient pancakes.
Whisk 1 egg with 1 cup of milk, then whisk in 1 cup of self-raising flour. Brush a pan with oil and heat, then fry ⅓ cup of pancake mix until golden, flip cook the other side.
Tip: If you only have all-purpose or plain flour, add in 2 teaspoons baking powder.
Can I make pancakes without eggs?
Absolutely. Although pancakes are usually made with egg, milk and flour, you can still make lovely fluffy pancakes that are eggless.
There are loads of great recipes for Vegan Pancakes, or check out my list of the 25 Best Vegan Pancake Recipes.
What should I put on my pancakes?
There are so many options and breakfast pancake ideas! Try these tasty pancaking topping ideas and instantly add extra flavor and taste to your stack.
- Maple syrup and butter - the classic Canadian way.
- Nutella or Chocolate Syrup. Nutella Dip is great too.
- Lemon juice and sugar - British style.
- Fresh fruit - serve alongside a Fruit Platter for plenty of choice.
- Add chocolate chips, sprinkles and marshmallows for a decadent breakfast.
- Serve them as a side dish to a full cooked breakfast - you know, like they do in Denny's.
- Jam - add your favorite jam for a fruity taste. Try Carrot Jam (easy to make with just 3 ingredients and tastes a lot like apricot!)
- Fruit compote is an easy way to make a fruit sauce. You usually only need 15 minutes and 3 ingredients. Try Raspberry Compote, Blueberry Compote or Plum Compote.
- Pan-fried caramelised bananas are awesome on pancakes.
- Try with a dollop of Stewed Plums or Stewed Pears.
- Spoon on some zesty Lemon Curd.
- Try some crumbled Marzipan or Almond Paste for almondy tasty marzipan pancakes.
- Make your own fruity pancake syrup! Try Peach Syrup, Raspberry Syrup, Mango Syrup or Strawberry Syrup.
Now that you know how to cook the perfect pancakes and have lots of tasty pancake topping ideas, let's explore some creative pancake recipes!
We've scoured the internet to find you the best creative pancake ideas and recipes.
There are thick and fluffy pancakes, thin crepes, flavored pancakes and recipes from around the globe.
So, dive in and start planning your next breakfast or brunch. Or brinner, because breakfast for dinner is awesome.
With this epic list, you'll never be short of great breakfast pancake ideas! This list brings together the best pancake recipes from across the internet to inspire you to make mornings extra special.
Make a Pancake Board (aka a Breakfast Pancake Charcuterie Platter) for an epic pancake feast. Click for all the best tips, tricks and ideas to make your pancake platter perfect.
Stack up some little pancakes with fruit and put them on sticks! Pancake skewers are an easy way to make breakfast pancakes extra fun.
These tasty almond milk pancakes are dairy free and so light, fluffy and tasty. They're full of dairy free chocolate chips and topped with simple maple caramelised bananas.
Move over blueberry pancakes, Blackberry Pancakes are full of the zingy seasonal berries. They're light, fluffy and delicious. Plus they're so easy!
Get your veggies in the morning. These Zucchini Pancakes have chocolate chips and a maple yogurt topping. So easy and delicious. Like Zucchini Bread in pancake form.
These Vegan Pancakes are so light and fluffy that nobody would guess that they're eggless and dairy-free. They're the fluffiest vegan pancakes ever! no banana and just easy pantry staples.
The great taste of gingerbread makes these fluffy vegan pancakes super special. Perfect at Christmas or any time of year that you want that warming gingerbread flavor.
Show some love by making these naturally pink Buckwheat Beet Pancakes with Blueberries in heart shapes!
These thick and fluffy chia pancakes are full of zesty orange! They're thick, light and so tasty from the nutritious chia seeds.
Chocolate Crepe Cake
If you can have breakfast for dinner (brinner!), why not have breakfast for dessert, or heck, dessert for breakfast! Try this gorgeous Chocolate Crepe cake.
Chocolate Tiramisu Pancakes
Chocolate Tiramisu Pancakes are the ultimate treat. They're made with chocolate, coffee and mascarpone cream combine with classic Italian cookies. It makes a simple, yet stylish dessert, or decadent luxurious breakfast.
Ciaffagnoni with Chamomile Lemon Jelly and Pecorino
These pretty, zesty crepes are an Italian take on the classic crepe. They are reminiscent of Florence, with a topping of Chamomile Lemon Jelly and pecorino cheese.
Sourdough Pumpkin Pancake Cereal
Make your pancakes mini and serve them like cereal - a take on the viral TikTok craze. They are tiny, full of fall flavors and made of pumpkin puree and sourdough discard. Perfect for a fun breakfast!
Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes Recipe
In this fun and tasty pancake recipe, the classic breakfast with a twist has all the flavors of Pineapple Upside Down Cake!
Lace Heart Pancakes
These lace heart pancakes are so pretty and tasty! They're an extra special way to serve up breakfast pancakes.
Apam Balik - Malaysian Pancakes
Apam Balik are a traditional Malaysian pancake. They're filled with roasted crushed peanuts and butter. The eggless pancakes are made with flour, yeast and flax meal.
Fluffy Cannoli Stuffed Pancakes
Try these IHOP copycat Cannoli Stuffed Pancakes. Fluffy buttermilk pancakes are stuffed with sweet mascarpone and ricotta cheese filling and topped with chocolate chips. A tasty twist on breakfast pancakes.
Chocolate Chip Apple Cider Pancakes
These gluten-free pancakes are full of fall spiced apples, chocolate chips and tasty maple syrup. Then they're crowned with stewed apples. The perfect fall pancakes.
Meyer Lemon Quinoa Pancakes
Meyer lemon quinoa pancakes are a thick, fluffy, lemony and sweet gluten-free pancake. They're packed with an extra protein boost from the quinoa and taste delicious.
Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes
Lemon poppyseed pancakes are fluffy, gluten free and these ones are also vegan! They’re fancy enough for weekends, but simple enough for a busy weekday morning.
Chocolate Crepes with Amarula and Berries
Chocolate Crêpes are perfect for an indulgent brunch. Perfect with boozy Amarula and zingy berries. Decadent and delicious.
Scotch Pancakes (Drop Scones)
Classic fluffy and light Scotch Pancakes recipe (aka drop scones). They're a perfect sweet treat for breakfast or afternoon tea. Make the batter for this easy recipe in just 5 minutes and enjoy hot, buttery scotch pancakes.
Sheet Pan Pancakes
Sheet Pan Pancakes are a tasty way to batch cook breakfast. No more standing at the stove flipping, plus the whole family can enjoy them together.
Baghrir Moroccan Semolina Pancake
Baghrir is a well-known Moroccan thin pancake / crepe. It is also called '1000 holes Pancake' because it's is so soft and spongy with many bubble holes. Served with a tasty orange sauce.
These traditional Swedish Pancakes (pannkakor) are an unleavened thin, delicate and crispy pancake. They're perfect topped with a little lingonberry jam for the ultimate scandi breakfast idea.
Chickpea Pancakes with Fennel & Olives
You only need 25 minutes for these chickpea pancakes stuffed with a savory fennel and olive filling.
2 Minute Pancake In A Mug
If you can make cake in a mug, why not a pancake! You only need 2 minutes for this super easy microwave breakfast pancake.
Caramelized Apple German Pancakes
Caramelized apples make these German Pancakes a tasty, fruity take on the traditional Dutch Baby pancake recipe.
Aebleskivers - Danish Pancakes
Danish Pancakes (Aebelskivers) are cute little round fluffy pancakes! Try them with chocolate, jam, fruit...
Dutch Baby Pancakes
Heat up a cast iron skillet and whip up Dutch Baby Pancakes! They puff up around the edges and you can fill them with chocolate spread, berries and powdered sugar.
Oh my this is pancake heaven! So many choices to chose from!