American Pancakes Recipe

Enjoy a classic breakfast meal that never gets old and only gets better: American Pancakes!

It’s always important to start everyone’s day with a good meal in the morning. Cooking a delicious and hearty meal is one of the best ways of helping someone have a fantastic day ahead.

It’s surely going to give you fluffy, light, and soft pancakes to instantly put a smile on everyone’s faces. Every bite is oozing with awesome flavor and texture that you won’t get enough of.

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Instead of using pancake mix from the grocery store, you can make the batter from scratch. Once you master how to make batter, you can cook perfect American Pancakes every time!

How to Make American Pancakes

Just like any other pancake recipe, American Pancakes are easy, quick, and best for beginners. Even on a busy day, you can still make a hearty meal that can feed the entire family.

Let’s make perfect American Pancakes for a happy and fun morning!


These are all you need to cook this American Pancakes recipe:

Self-rising flour

My secret to American Pancakes starts with good quality self-rising flour.

Compared to other kinds of flour, self-rising flour will give the pancakes a fluffy and light texture. The outside will be a great layer of crust yet soft texture. It’s already a mix of plain flour and baking powder – perfect for this recipe.

Since it has a leavening agent, it can make the dish extra puffy for the best texture. It’s a good alternative to plain flour, especially when you’re baking bread, cakes, and more.

I always have this in stock because I use it for Puff Puff and Vanilla Cake for weekend meals.

Baking powder

A little bit of baking powder goes a long way. The baking powder in the self-rising flour is not enough, so add a bit more for a higher rise in your pancakes. It can be an additional leavening agent to give the dish a smooth and light texture.

You can also use baking powder for Coconut Cake, Nigerian Buns, and No-Oven Bread.


Whenever you make pancakes, you will need eggs to form them properly. The eggs will support the shape of the pancake, no matter what shape you want to cook. Even the egg yolk gives the dish a golden brown touch.

Make a no-egg pancake recipe by using the best egg substitutes for your recipe.


To activate the self-rising flour and baking powder, add in the milk. It will also add a creamy and rich flavor and texture to the pancakes. Using milk can also make the pancake sponge softer and yummier.

I suggest using plant-based milk for better options.


Make every bite of the pancake tasty with two simple seasonings: sugar and vanilla extract. The sugar will make the pancake sweeter, softer, and puffier. Meanwhile, vanilla extract gives it a buttery and rich flavor and aroma.


Just mix all of these together and cook to perfection for the most incredible American Pancakes at home!


How simple can this American Pancakes recipe be?

  1. Mix the self-rising flour, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, whisk two eggs with the milk and vanilla extract.  
  3. Then, grease the pan with oil.
  4. Scoop out the batter with a ladle.
  5. Cook the pancakes in batches over medium fire until fluffy and golden brown.
  6. Flip them to the other side using a turner.
  7. Once ready, your pancakes are ready to serve!
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Just imagine biting into that soft and fluffy pancake, isn’t it so satisfying? You can even top it off with your favorite garnish for the best breakfast meal ever!


How to Make Better Pancakes

  • You can add melted butter to make it fluffier or to contribute a buttery flavor.
  • Mix the batter until you get the right texture.
  • Wipe the pan clean after each batch for clean pancakes.

By following these tips, you can make quality pancakes in no time!

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

To make self-rising flour, just mix 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1½ teaspoons of baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon salt! By adding self-rising flour, the batter will be richer and thicker, and the pancakes will be fluffier. 

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How to Avoid Dry Pancakes

  • Use the right amount of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and eggs. 
  • Don’t use too much flour or baking powder.
  • Add just enough eggs to the batter.

American Pancakes Variations

There are so many ways to make American Pancakes!

If you love vegan recipes, then use organic sugar, egg substitutes, apple cider vinegar, and non-dairy milk as substitutes. Meanwhile, for gluten-free pancakes, use gluten-free options for flour, baking powder, and even milk! 

On the other hand, you can cook pancakes for babies using only bananas, eggs, and flour. Alternatively, you can make them in chocolate or banana oat flavor. Now, even your baby can have some pancakes.

In case you don’t have self-rising flour, you can use all-purpose flour instead. Aside from sugar, you can also use other sweeteners like melted butter, honey, or maple syrup.

To replace milk, use water or other kinds of non-dairy milk instead. I suggest using almond milk for a creamy and nutty quality. You can also replace vanilla extract with honey or maple syrup.

How do you want to make your pancakes?

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How to Serve American Pancakes

Whether they’re for breakfast or snacks, pancakes make fantastic dishes!

The best thing about this recipe is that you can eat them however you like. You can have it with whipped cream, butter, maple syrup, or chocolate syrup or any other garnish that you like.

Here are some of the best recipes to serve with pancakes:

You can spread different fillings, such as peanut butter, cashew butter, or strawberry jam. For kids and adults with a sweet tooth, serve the pancakes with some ice cream!

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Eat the pancakes within two hours.

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In the fridge: Wrap each pancake in foil to keep them moist in the fridge. This can last up to five days. 

To freeze: You can freeze pancakes to last up to two months. You can also freeze the batter in freezer bags.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between pancakes and American pancakes?

For classic pancakes, all you need are flour, eggs, and some milk. On the other hand, American Pancakes need leavening agents like baking powder and self-rising flour. Hence, the difference between the two is the use of leavening agents.

What are American pancakes made from?

It depends on the recipe. My version of American Pancakes has self-rising flour, baking powder, milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract. These will give the pancakes the best texture and flavor.

What is the difference between French and American pancakes?

While American Pancakes are fluffy and light, French Pancakes are thin and flat. The former may remind you of a cake but French pancakes look more like crepes.

What can you eat American pancakes with?

You can serve so many side dishes with American Pancakes. You can drizzle them with honey, maple syrup, caramel sauce, or even chocolate syrup. They also taste amazing with fruits on the side for a healthy meal.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31
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American Pancakes

5 from 1 vote
To truly make breakfast enjoyable for everyone, here’s a recipe for the Best and Fluffiest Pancakes ever!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10
Course Breakfast, Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine American
Calories 113kcal


Wet ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 150 ml milk (⅓ + ¼ cup = 150ml)
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • cooking oil

Dry ingredients


  • Mix the self-rising flour, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk two eggs with the milk and vanilla extract.  
  • Then, grease the pan with oil.
  • Scoop out the batter with a ladle.
  • Cook the pancakes in batches over medium fire until fluffy and golden brown.
  • Flip them to the other side using a turner.
  • Once both sides are cooked, remove them from the heat and serve!



  • Remember not to overmix your batter for an airy and soft pancake.
  • It’s best to mix your dry and wet ingredients separately for the best results.
  • Keep the pancakes in the fridge or freezer for storage. 


Serving: 1 (of 10)Calories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 73IUCalcium: 50mgIron: 0.3mg
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