50 Amazing Pancake Ideas for Breakfast

There is nothing like a delicious pancake first thing in the morning. Unless it is 50+ delicious pancakes! We have so many homemade pancakes that your entire family will love. There were so many great pancake recipes, we had a hard time picking which delicious pancakes were best. But we tried to wittle down to give you the best pancakes!

50 of the tastiest pancake recipes - shown are red velvet, funfetti and strawberry pancakes.
Get ready for some amazing pancake recipes!

Pancake Breakfast Ideas

Pancakes are a breakfast classic. Check out this list for you to try! From dry ingredients to wet ingredients, we have recipes for the perfect pancakes.

And since the best pancake recipe is subjective, we have delicious pancakes of all flavors. Most include simple ingredients, others will require more baking supplies like coconut milk, vanilla extract, sour cream, etc.

Don’t be intimidated though by even the more wild fluffy pancake recipe, they’re all good.

Our favorite pancakes recipes

1. Cake Batter Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Pancakes Recipe

Image shows a stack of red velvet pancakes with cream cheese and strawberries from Gimme Delicious
Red velvet pancakes are always one of my favorites.

These red velvet pancakes from Gimme Delicious are light, fluffy, and make the perfect breakfast for special occasions like St. Valentine’s Day in under 20 minutes

2. Sweet Strawberry Sprinkle Pancakes Recipe

Shown is a collage of strawberry funfetti pancakes. From My Loved Recipes
These pancakes are so full of flavor.

My Loved Recipes’ Strawberry sprinkle pancakes, “Confetti” (sprinkles), and strawberries make these adorable and delicious!

3. Fun Birthday Cake Pancakes Recipe

Shown is birthday cake-inspired pancakes with whiteam frosting. From Seeded At The Table.
A great birthday cake replacement.

Who says you can’t have Seeded at the Table’s Birthday cake pancakes for breakfast? Sprinkles make these cakes extra happy!

4. Easy Funfetti Pancake Recipe

Shown is birthday cake inspired pancakes on top of each other.
Wish someone a happy birthday with this special breakfast!

These Funfetti (pan)cakes from Baked by Rachel are made with a regular cake mix. They are easy to make but are sure to impress the kids!

Unconventional Pancake ideas

Let’s move on from traditional pancakes. Here’s a list of decadent pancake recipes you can make for your family!

Shown is a collage of different pancakes - covered in chocolate, with fruits, sprinkles, etc.
How about some fun pancake versions?

5. Yummy Peanut Butter Cup Pancake Recipe

Image shows chocolate pancakes from Minimalist Bakers
Soo delicious!

Peanut butter cup pancakes from Minimalist Baker are vegan and gluten-free. Combining those beloved flavors of peanut butter and chocolate in one amazing breakfast food!

6. Sweet Caramel Apple Pie Pancake Recipe

Image shows caramel apple pie pancakes from Let The Baking Begin
Who doesn’t love caramel apple pies?!

The caramel apple pie pancakes recipe from Let the Baking Begin Blog could be used with any of your favorite pancake recipes!

7. Cinnamon Apple Pie Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of pancakes with vanilla syrup from Averie Cooks
So simple yet so delicious.

Top with a stellar vanilla maple syrup, this Apple pie pancakes recipe from Averie Cooks, and you are bound to have an amazing morning.

8. Boston Cream Pie Pancake Recipe

Shown are boston creme pie pancakes on a plate. From Country Cleaver.
So creamy, so tasty.

Stack pancakes, homemade vanilla cream, and chocolate ganache. This is ridiculous amounts of yum in Boston cream pie pancakes from Country Cleaver!

9. Espresso Chip Pancake Recipe

Shown are a stack of espresso chocolate chip pancakes  on a plate. From Dessert For Two.
Who doesn’t love coffee pancakes?!

Let’s be honest. She had us at “espresso”. Anyone that can put coffee in a pancake is a winner in my book plus she combines it with chocolate. I don’t think these could possibly be tastier. Try Espresso chip pancakes from Dessert for Two!

10. Banana Oat Pancake Recipe

Image shows banana oat pancakes with maple syrup on top of it. From Cookie and Kate.
Healthy = tasty.

Another amazing gluten-free option is Banana oat pancakes from Cookie and Kate. The oats make these pancakes filling and balance the banana flavor to give that perfect kick of taste!

11. Triple Chocolate Pancake Recipe

Image shows a plate with triple chocolate pancake with a glass of milk next to it. from taste made
For the chocolate lovers…

Triple chocolate pancakes from Tastemade are a combination of Chocolate syrup with mini chocolate chips and chocolate pancakes! Because you can really never get enough chocolate.

12. Whole Grain Gingerbread Pancake Recipe

Shown are Whole Grain Gingerbread Pancakes on a plate with a white cup next to it. From Your Modern Family.
It’s beginning to taste like Christmas…

Ginger and pumpkin flavors make these Whole grain gingerbread pancakes from Your Modern Family uniquely perfect for Fall (or any time of the year you are craving a bit of pumpkin!)

13. Easy German Pancake Recipe

Shown is a german-style pancake. From Beauty Through Imperfection
Pancakes come in different shapes and colors.

Just four ingredients and these are baked, not fried. All done at once in the oven for quick and easy German pancakes from Beauty through Imperfection.

 Unique Pancakes Recipes

Image shows a collage of pancakes - strawberry, blueberry, banana, and different syrups.
Some unique pancakes are coming your way!

Kids love something unique, so we made a list of unique pancakes you can try to make for them! Oh, by the way, they’re not just unique, they’re healthy too!

14. Lemon Poppy Seed Pancake Recipe

Shown is a stack of lemon poppyseed strawberry pancakes. From Le Creme de la Crumb.
Strawberry goes so well with everything.

These Lemon poppyseed pancakes from Le Creme de la Crumb are best served with strawberry topping and she shows you how to make both!

15. Speedy Pancake Making Recipe

Image shows a photo of the process of pancake making with a hand serving the batter. From Speedy pancake making.
Let’s learn how to make healthy pancakes!

Speedy Pancake Making used one “cup” to measure, mix and pour. The only thing better than pancakes on the plate is pancakes faster!

16. Chunky Monkey Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of chunky pancakes with banana on top. From One Sweet Appetite
Chunky pancakes are the absolute best.

Chocolate chips, bananas, and chocolate topping make Chunky Monkey pancakes from One Sweet Appetite. Does anything more need to be said?

17. Blueberry Pancake French Toast Bake Recipe

Image shows lots of small pancakes with blueberries on top of them. From Rachel Schultz.
If you love blueberries, this recipe is for you.

This isn’t your typical blueberry buttermilk pancakes! Unconventional but delicious Blueberry pancake french toast bake from Rachel Schultz. I love how this solves the usual problem of everyone eating at different times on pancake day, by stacking them up and baking them together with that amazing topping.

18. Tasty Paleo Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of mini paleo strawberry pancakes. From Down Shiftology
Were you looking for paleo recipes too?

Diet-friendly Paleo pancakes from Down Shiftology come with a fantastic recipe for three-berry topping! Did you know there is also paleo box of pancake mix you can get at the story now? They taste just like regular pancakes.

19. Classic Paleo Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of small paleo pancakes with banan on top and a fork next to them. From Down Shiftology.
Here’s another paleo recipe!

Classic paleo pancakes from Down Shiftology are made with almond milk and tapioca flour. Yay for diet-friendly favorites!

20. Bananas Foster Pancake Recipe

Image shows pancakes with banana on top. From Will Cook For Siles
Delicious banana pancakes!

These Bananas foster pancakes from Will Cook for Smiles are nice and fluffy. The bananas foster sauce makes them utterly delectable!

 Perfect Pancakes Recipes for the Family

pancake recipes you will love
Creamy, sweet, and delicious pancakes.

21. Carrot Cake Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of carrot pancakes from Rachel Schultz.
Who knew carrots would taste so nice in pancakes?

These Carrot cake pancakes from Rachel Schultz come with a wonderful cream cheese syrup and they are a fun way to sneak veggies into your child’s day. They won’t be expecting it from a beloved breakfast food!

22. Zucchini Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of zucchini pancakes with blueberry on top. From Pinch of yum
Don’t say no until you try!

I won’t tell your kids Zucchini pancakes from Pinch of Yum are healthy if you promise not to tell mine!

23. Cinnamon Power Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of whole grain pancakes with fruits on top. From pinch of yum
We love healthy pancakes too!

The cottage cheese adds another level of richness and flavor to Cinnamon’s whole great power pancakes from Pinch of Yum. Utterly amazing!

24. Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Peanut Butter Syrup Recipe

Image shows a stack of vanilla pancakes with chocolate chips.
What a great combination – chocolate chip and peanut butter.

I like how subtle the chocolate is in these Chocolate chip pancakes with peanut butter syrup so the peanut butter has a chance to shine as well! YUMMY!

25. Best Pancake Recipe Your Family Will Love

Image shows a plate with small pancakes and fruits. From Homemaking for god
Yummmm, so tasty.

Looking for a classic pancake recipe? This is the best pancake recipe, all you need is to top it with butter and syrup, yum!

Quick and Easy Pancakes for breakfast

Image shows a collage of different pancakes - with blueberry, strawberry, and cream.
Pancakes as easy as 1, 2, 3!

If you’re having a fast breakfast, here’s a list of quick and easy pancake recipes!

26. Easy Small Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of small pancakes with syrup on top. From Created By Diane.
Make your pancakes in any size.

These easy small pancakes via Created by Diane are tiny and delicious! I also love her idea for storing pancakes in a tortilla warmer. That way everyone can eat hot pancakes at the same time. Smart!!!

27. Lemon Ricotta Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of lemon pancakes with blueberry on top and decorated with oranges and more blueberries. From Two Peas and their pod.
Blueberry sauce is to die for!

These Lemon ricotta pancakes (with blueberry sauce) from Two Peas and Their Pod are light, refreshing, and have just the right touch of sweetness from the blueberries!

28. Strawberries and Cream Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of pancakes with strawberry on top. From House of Yumm
Here’s another strawberry pancake recipe for you!

The cream cheese glaze makes this Strawberries and cream recipe from House of Yumm of the best things to ever hit your tastebuds!

29. Cinnamon Roll Pancake Recipe

Image shows a cinnamon roll pancake on a plate from Recipe Girl
Perfect for those that love cinnamon rolls.

Swirly and delicious Cinnamon roll pancakes from Recipe Girl! *warning* your kids may start asking for these every day.

Party Pancake ideas

Image shows a compilation of pancake recipes for parties - red velvet, heart-shaped, green pancakes, and with fruits.
Sweet and yummy!

Add more fun to your party with these yummy party pancake recipes!

30. Yummy Pancake Mix Recipe

Image shows a stack of pancakes for parties. From Sugar dish me.
Pancakes that are perfect for parties!

This Pancake mix from Sugar Dish Me makes Homemade even easier.  Make the mix ahead of time and whip it up in the morning.

31. Red Velvet Pancake with Cream Cheese Recipe

Image shows a stack of red velvet pancakes with fruit decoration. From Cooking classy
Who here loves red velvet?

Your kids will love these Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese from Cooking Classy! The sauce is the killer.

32. Easy Heart-Shaped Pancake Recipe

Image shows a batch of heart-shaped pancakes with chocolate chips on top. From one creative mom
Such lovely pancakes!

One Creative Mommy shows a simple way to make I heart pancakes! These are perfect for everyday “I love yous” for your family members.

33. Lucky Pancake Recipe

Image shows Lucky charms green pancakes from Betty Crocker
Ideal for St. Patrick’s Day!

Green for luck and baked with your favorite marshmallow cereal, these Lucky pancakes from Betty Crocker make a great surprise for your little ones in the morning.

34. Cinnamon Pancakes with Peach Syrup Recipe

Image shows a batch of pancakes with peach on top of them. From a spicy perspective
So peachy!!

I love Cinnamon pancakes & peach syrup from A Spicy Perspective! Peach syrup would go amazing on almost any flavor of pancakes and I can see lots of wonderful topping ideas for cinnamon pancakes as well.

35. Easy DIY Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of pancakes from Recipe tin eats.
Classic recipes never fail.

Make your own instant pancake mix with this Recipe Tin Eats’ DIY pancake mix to keep on hand (surprisingly easy!).

36. Banana Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of pancakes with bananas and chocolate chips on top. From Crazy for crust
Love chocolate chips with bananas!

I love that there are bananas inside the pancakes as well as on top. These Banana chocolate chip pancakes from Crazy for Crust look amazing!

Fruity types of Pancakes

And if the above recipes weren’t enough, Here’s more! Fruity pancakes for you!

37. Cinnamon Apple Pancake Recipe

Image shows a batch of cinnamon apple pancakes from Six Sister Stuff
Perfect for breakfast pancakes.

Made with applesauce and diced apples in the batter these Cinnamon apple pancakes from Six Sister Stuff give a subtle twist to a traditional breakfast.

38. Apple Crumble Pancake Recipe

Image shows a plate with an apple crumble pie pancake from the hopeless housewife
Yummy, tastes just like apple pie!

Made with fresh apples and homemade streusel these Apple crumble pancakes from The Hopeless Housewife make a fantastic breakfast!

39. Blueberry Oatmeal Yogurt Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of pancakes with blueberries around and on top of them. From Damn Delicious.
Let’s make blueberry pancakes!

I love the addition of yogurt to these tasty Blueberry oatmeal yogurt pancakes from Damn Delicious. It gives that extra kick of protein and calcium first thing in the morning.

40. Apple Cinnamon Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of pancakes with bits of apples on top. From La Creme de la crumb
Try this apple pancake recipe too.

The topping on these Apple cinnamon pancakes from Le Creme de la Crumb will make your taste buds thank you.

Sweet Pancake recipes

Pancakes aren’t just for breakfast. They can become sweet desserts too!

41. Pumpkin Pie Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of pumpkin pie pancakes from Just a taste.
Tastes just like fall!

Just let those three words sink in for a minute. Pumpkin Pie Pancakes! Head on over Just A Taste.

42. Mint Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe

Image shows green pancakes with chocolate chips on top. From Caramel Potatoes
Mint and chocolate go so well together.

For those mornings when you want ice cream for breakfast, try Mint chocolate chip pancakes from Caramel Potatoes.

Image shows two small pancakes on top of each other with chocolate chips and a glass of milk is next to it. From Minimlist Baker
So much flavor in a tiny pancake.

These tasty Chocolate oatmeal cookie pancakes from Minimalist Baker keep you feeling full until lunch! Chocolate and oatmeal are a perfect match!

44. Eggnog Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of eggnog pancakes. From Recipe Girl
Perfect for the holiday season.

These Eggnog pancakes from Recipe Girl are nice and fluffy, the way you would expect buttermilk cakes to be, but the eggnog gives a tasty (and unique) twist. An easy family favorite!

Image shows a stack of oreo cookie pancakes from Minimalist Baker
Everyone loves oreo pancakes!

Layers of chocolate pancakes with white creamy filling make these Minimalist Baker’s Chocolate cookie pancakes, a breakfast dessert. Which is basically perfect!

46. Grain-Free Applesauce Pancake Recipe

Image shows a grain-free apple sauce pancake with peanut butter and nuts. From Fit Foodie Finds.
Looking for a healthy recipe?

Grain-free applesauce pancakes from Fit Foodie Finds add some natural sweetness to these awesome gluten-free cakes. This is also a paleo-friendly recipe.

47. Pancake Churros Recipe

Image shows cinnamon-sugar pancakes with fruit and whipped cream on the inside from Jacolyn Murhy
Here’s a creative way to make pancakes.

With cinnamon-sugar topping on the outside and wonderful fruit and whipped cream on the inside, these Pancake churros from Jacolyn Murphy are just about perfect.

48. Brown Sugar Banana Bread Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of whole-grain pancakes with butter on top. From How Sweet Eats
Try this whole wheat recipe for healthier pancakes.

If you weren’t already convinced that How Sweet Eats’ Brown sugar banana bread pancakes were the best invention ever, she throws another curveball at you… Vanilla maple glaze. Is anyone else ready for breakfast right now?

49. German Chocolate Pancake Recipe

Image shows a stack of german chocolate pancakes from My Recipes.
If you love German chocolate, this is for you.

Chocolate cakes and amazing German coconut topping! These German chocolate pancakes from My Recipes would make a yummy dessert or breakfast!

Healthier pancake Breakfast ideas

Healthier pancake options for you to check out and try!

50. Mashed Potato Pancake Recipe

Image shows a batch of mashed potato pancakes on two plates. From Just a taste
Pancakes can be savory too!

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the sweets, here is one made using leftover Mashed potato pancakes from Just a Taste. Great lunch or snack idea!

51. Homemade Pancake Recipe

Image shows a batch of pancakes with syrup being poured on them. From Buzzfeed
This is the best buttermilk pancake recipe we’ve tried.

Yes, the instant mixes make life easier on a busy day, but sometimes you just need to make amazing Pancakes from scratch using your own ingredients. This recipe will teach you how to do just that. YUM!

52. Easy Quinoa Pancake Recipe

Image shows a batch of quinoa pancakes with blueberry on top. From Bender Babes
Looking for a healthy option? Here it is!

Made with red quinoa these Quinoa pancakes from Bender Babes filling and delicious! Try blueberry topping to make these the perfect treat first thing in the morning!

53. Yummy Pigs-in-a-Basket Pancake

Image shows a set of pigs in blanket in sticks from Mrs Schwartz Kitchen
Here’s a fun breakfast idea!

Sausage on a stick dipped in pancake batter and fried make Pigs in a blanket (on a stick) recipe from Mrs. Schwartz Kitchen. This is an easy favorite for the kiddos!

toppings for pancakes for breakfast

Growing up we had pancakes or waffles every single Sunday morning for breakfast and that often when with an unofficial pancake topping bar stocked with several kids of syrups: maple, Mrs. Butterworth’s and my favorite Smucker’s Blueberry syrup. We also had homemade applesauce and cherry fruit compote or light cherry pie filling. It was always served with butter and peanut butter. Peanut butter and syrup is a classic favorite!

What goes with pancake breakfast?

If you need more than just pancakes for breakfast, then I suggest adding some protein side dishes like scrambled eggs made with cheddar cheese, bacon and/or sausage.

pancake recipes faq

What is the secret to good pancakes?

Pancakes need to be fluffy, but flat and cooked all the way through. In most pancake recipes, it is recommended to not over-mix the batter leaving it slightly lumpy limiting the amount of gluten that is developed which can cause chewy pancakes…ewww.

What are the basic ingredients for pancakes made from scratch?

Check out our homemade pancake mix recipe that let’s you make a dry ingredient pancake mix ahead of time for fresh homemade pancakes with the ease of a boxed mix. The ingredients for pancakes made from scratch are: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, milk or buttermilk and oil.

Are pancakes better with milk or water?

Milk or buttermilk is preferred giving pancakes that homemade taste.

What’s the difference between hotcakes and pancakes?

Hotcakes and pancakes are the same thing…just different names. Pancakes are also known as griddle cakes and flapjacks.

What is a thick pancake called?

We recently were at a fancy hotel breakfast in Las Vegas and ordered pancakes and found them to be over an inch tall! They were delicious, but not the traditional pancakes we are used to. These pancakes are cooked in a round mold and called Japanese pancakes or souffle pancakes. The fluffy tall thickness is thanks to whipped egg whites in the batter.

Can pancakes be a healthy breakfast?

Just like everything in life, you can make pancakes a more healthy addition to breakfast or a less healthy one! If you are seeking healthy, choose a pancake recipe that includes more protein, whole grains and less sugar. Choose toppings like homemade applesauce, peanut butter or fruit.

What can you eat pancakes with besides syrup?

Nut butters and fruit our some of my favorite toppings. You can serve fresh fruit with pancakes like strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. Fresh strawberries cut up and sugared and allowed to weep can create a lovely fresh strawberry “syrup” that will taste a lot like strawberry shortcake. Blueberries and cherries can be made into compote easily in a few minute on the stove. And fresh applesauce is always a hit at a pancake topping bar.

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