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Sure, there are store-bought mixes, but the ingredients for these buttermilk pancakes are so basic that everything needed for a from-scratch batch is already on hand, except the buttermilk. Making pancakes from scratch is even cheaper than buying premixed dry ingredients, and still easy to do.
Recipe: Fine Cooking
An old-time favorite, loaded blueberry pancakes are hard to resist. Using frozen blueberries works well, as long as they are thawed before being added to the batter. This recipe uses beaten egg whites to add extra fluffiness.
Recipe: The Spruce
These are the things dreams are made of. This recipe requires a little technique and the extra step of making pre-frozen Nutella disks, which get added once batter is in the pan and topped by more batter for a full casing. Genius.
Recipe: RecipeTin Eats
While any type of chocolate is welcome in pancakes, this recipe is more refined by using mini chocolate chips. The mini chips help distribute chocolate evenly into all of the bites without overwhelming the actual pancake.
Recipe: This Gal Cooks
Mixing peanut butter into the wet ingredients of the batter works the smooth and rich flavor into every single bite. Peanut butter also adds extra protein and fat, balancing otherwise carb-heavy pancakes and making this a winner for those after a boost of inexpensive nutrition and flavor.
Recipe: Genius Kitchen
This basically turns cupcakes into pancakes so they seem like fair game for breakfast. The subtle flavors and bright color of the pancakes are a fun twist, but the icing on top made of cream cheese, milk, butter, and sugar is what takes these to the next level.
Recipe: Cooking Classy
This recipe infuses the batter and a glaze with the zest and juice of lemons for authentic flavor throughout. Using Meyer lemons when they are in season or substituting orange would be fun twists on these citrus-inflected treats.
Recipe: Yellow Bliss Road
SWEET & SPICY
For those who appreciate a balance of sweet and spice in sugary breakfast foods, this recipe is loaded with traditional flavors. Generous additions of ginger, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg are added to the batter, along with molasses, to create a robust and pleasantly piquant flavor.
Recipe: Genius Kitchen
Pancakes don't have to be sweet, even if that's what we are used to. Adding herbs and omitting sugar is just one way to create a light and tasty dish from traditional pancake batter. Dress them up anyway you like -- for example, with ricotta and chili oil, as in this recipe.
Recipe: Food Network
If you love the seasonal flavor of eggnog, it's easy to create these specialty pancakes for chilly mornings: Replace the milk with eggnog and add some extra nutmeg to the batter.
Recipe: Recipe Girl
This easy recipe delivers all the flavors and textures of a cinnamon roll in pancake form. To make properly it does require assembling three parts: the cinnamon filling, pancake batter, and cream cheese icing. But it's a lot easier than baking cinnamon rolls!
Recipe: The Recipe Critic
Using funfetti cake mix is a quick way to work in cake flavor and those fun, brightly colored sprinkles. A towering stack of these could stand in for a traditional birthday cake.
Adding ricotta to pancake batter creates a more luxurious texture to the final product, adding moisture and fluffiness. It's also an easy way to extend the recipe and get more pancakes per batch.
Recipe: The Kitchn
Pancakes shouldn't be off the table for those avoiding gluten. This recipe offers step-by-step instructions to master a basic recipe that can be varied in infinite ways. It's easy to get a light and fluffy texture using a combination of rice flours, cornstarch, and xanthan gum.
Recipe: Gluten-Free Baking
There's a full four doses of coconut throughout the recipe. Using coconut milk, coconut sugar, toasted coconut, and coconut oil create a seriously rich flavor that satisfies a deep coconut craving.
Recipe: The Minimalist Baker
Working chocolate and coffee into pancakes combines the best parts of brunch into one bite. The expected instant coffee and chocolate chips are complemented by cocoa powder and brewed coffee for intense flavor. There's nothing subtle about the flavors in this dish.
Recipe: Spoon University
This recipe infuses light and fluffy pancakes with some instant coffee for a subtle flavor. A caramel sauce is then poured generously over the top, balancing the bitterness of the coffee with a buttery sweetness.
Recipe: Betty Crocker
Pancakes are spread with a cream cheese and strawberry mixture and topped with a strawberry sauce for an array of textures and flavors.
Recipe: Taste of Home
Using frozen cherries, vanilla extract, and a vanilla bean, regular pancakes are turned into a flavor explosion. This recipe suggests adding the extras into the batter, as well as layering extra cherry compote between pancakes.
Recipe: How Sweet Eats
Aside from being fun, because green pancakes are a novelty, these ice cream-flavored pancakes are super easy to whip up. A small amount of mint and vanilla extracts are enough to flavor the entire batter, and the chocolate chips can be added at your discretion. Serving with vanilla ice cream should be mandatory.
If you can't decide between a tropical drink and warm fluffy pancakes, this recipe is your new best friend. What gives these pancakes their flavor is a combination of coconut flour, coconut sugar, and chopped pineapple throughout the batter. The topping is a simple yet decadent combination of coconut milk and maple syrup.
Recipe: Destination Delish
It's no secret that peaches pair well with bourbon, and these pancakes make the best of that. The batter gets hit with bourbon and peaches, while more peaches get soaked in bourbon to be used as a topping. Since the bourbon is heated in both cases, this is safe for all ages to enjoy.
Recipe: Broma Bakery
A quick way to get buttery nut flavor throughout pancakes is to use butter pecan cake mix along with regular batter. Add a few nuts, a pat of butter, and a sweetener on top and it's a simple yet decadent treat.
Recipe: Simple Bakings
Cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg combine in the batter to create a deeply warming spice that is at once subtle and pungent. The pistachios add crunch and a new twist for pancakes, a departure from the usual walnuts or pecans.
Recipe: Joyful Belly
Adding cornmeal along with regular flour adds a dimension to the flavor and texture to pancakes. These hearty and versatile versions can be topped with everything from a sweet berry syrup to crumbled bacon.
Recipe: The Pioneer Woman
White chocolate has a more subtle and creamier flavor than regular chocolate, which can make for a velvety texture and smooth flavor in pancakes. White chocolate chips are added to the batter in this recipe, melting gently to create sweet surprises as you eat.
Recipe: Supergolden Bakes
Bananas and pancakes is a classic combination, but bananas Foster pancakes take it to another level of sophistication and indulgence. Adding cinnamon and/or bananas directly into the batter in addition to a bananas Foster topping is optional, but why wouldn't you?
Recipe: Bluegrass Bites
These are serious pancakes, loaded with coffee, coffee extract, mascarpone cheese, and dark chocolate. Since there are so many added ingredients, it's important to slow down and be methodical when working the batter, allowing it to rest before cooking, and handling it just enough to avoid overmixing.
Recipe: Cooking For Keeps
Most people enjoy a savory breakfast meat alongside their sweet pancakes, so why not skip a step and combine them into one perfect food? This recipe envelops bites of sausage in fluffy pancake batter and fries them.
Recipe: The Hungry Housewife
Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and molasses are the hallmarks of gingerbread. Skip the labor-intensive process for the cookies and infuse pancake batter with the spices for a seasonal flavor at breakfast.
Recipe: Real Simple
MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE
These paleo-friendly pancakes are loaded with bold chocolate flavor and a hint of subtle heat from a pinch of cayenne. The almond flour and cinnamon add to the richness of these Mexican-inspired pancakes.
Recipe: The Healthy Maven
Greek yogurt has a lot of culinary uses aside from being a delicious snack or smoothie addition. Here it is used to add body and texture to pancakes without adding extra oil. Using a flavored yogurt, such as vanilla, will infuse batter with even more flavor.
Recipe: Natasha's Kitchen