Easy Fluffy Pancake Recipe without Buttermilk

There are very few things that taste as delicious as fluffy homemade pancakes in the morning. Today, I’m sharing an easy pancake recipe without buttermilk recipe for those mornings when you want pancakes, but you don’t have buttermilk. Don’t worry, this is an easy recipe that you will come back to time and time again.

a stack of hot pancakes with butter on top and syrup

Pancakes are a staple breakfast in our house. They are delicious and use simple ingredients, which is a plus in my book! When my kids wake up and smell the skillet heating up, they know that pancakes are on the menu for breakfast.

To create the fluffiest, perfect pancakes, cook your batter on an evenly heated large skillet with a batter full of bubbles. Cook the pancakes until they are golden brown and tall.

This is the best pancake recipe and you will never need another one. Be prepared for the fluffiest pancakes you’ve had.

pancake ingredients on a wooden table with a floral china bowl holding eggs

Ingredients for Pancakes without Buttermilk

  • Milk– You can use whatever milk you have on hand. I have even used almond milk before with good success. You milk have to add a couple of tablespoons of flour to thicken up the batter if you use a nut milk, but the pancakes will still be yummy.
  • Flour– I use an all-purpose flour for our pancakes.
  • Sugar– You may use cane sugar, maple sugar, honey, or maple syrup. I have used a variety of sweeteners and the results are still great.
  • Baking powder– This is used for the rise of the pancakes.
  • Salt– As with every good recipe, you must have a salt to balance and bring out the sweet.
  • Egg– Eggs create a fluffy texture and give structure to baked goods.
  • Oil- You may use an oil or butter to give this recipe some fat content, which helps to create a fluffy pancake.

How to make Pancakes without Buttermilk in 4 easy Steps

  1. Mix wet ingredients.
  2. Mix dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients.
  3. Allow batter to sit while griddle preheats.
  4. Cook each pancake on a buttered griddle until done. See flipping tips below.
a stack of pancakes without buttermilk in them with a huge bite on a fork, ready to be eaten

What does Buttermilk do in Pancakes?

Buttermilk is great at creating a fluffy pancake. You don’t have to use buttermilk, but pancakes tend to be fluffier if you do.

If you decide to make a buttermilk pancake, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the recipe to create the ultimate fluffy pancake. When the acid from the buttermilk and the baking soda interact, it creates tons of bubbles and rise to your pancakes.

Can I make my own buttermilk?

Making your own buttermilk, also known as sour milk, is extremely simple and it only requires that you want 15 minutes. Mix your regular milk with an acid, such as 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar, to create a simple buttermilk. Mix 1 tablespoon acid for every 1 cup of milk.

Allow this mixture to set for 15 minutes to activate the soured milk. You now have buttermilk!

hot pancakes with melting butter on top

What to put on pancakes instead of syrup

Maple syrup is the standard topping for pancakes, but you don’t have to stop there. There are so many toppings to put on pancakes to make them feel exciting and new!

  • Browned butter– This butter is, essentially, cooked in a pan until browned. This creates a rich, deep flavor profile that is amazing for pancakes.
  • Jelly/jam– Jellies and jams can be delicious on top of pancakes.
  • Peanut butter– If you put any nut butter on top of a hot pancake, it will melt down and be divine. Plus, it gives added protein.
  • Fresh Fruit– A sweet berry is always good atop pancakes- strawberries, raspberries, blueberries.
  • Whipped Cream– This is best when accompanies by above fruit.
  • Powdered Sugar– A quick shake of powdered sugar makes pancakes a bit sweeter.
  • Honey– If you’re looking for a healthy, local option, local honey is wonderful for pancakes.
step by step instructions for cooking pancakes with photos

How to cook pancakes

You can use any cooking pan to cook your delicious pancakes, but I recommend a cast iron skillet. I shared my love for cast iron in a blog post because nothing makes food taste better. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, use whatever you have on hand. My second choice would be an electric griddle.

When cooking your pancakes, use butter to create a nonstick surface. If you don’t have butter, use coconut oil or cooking spray. The butter creates a rich, crispy outside layer that is hard to replicate. If you don’t like crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, just use a cooking spray.

When should you flip pancakes?

Flipping the pancakes at the perfect time is part of the art of pancakes. If you flip too early, your griddle will be a mess. The batter will fly across the top of the pan. If you flip too late, you risk burning your pancakes.

If you follow these simple steps, you will flip your pancakes at the perfect time:

  1. Have your griddle set to medium heat
  2. Wait until you see your batter beginning to set up around the edges and bubble on the inside.
  3. Slide your spatula under the pancake and flip using your wrist.
  4. Allow the pancake to cook on the second side for a few minutes to ensure that it’s cooked through.
dry pancake ingredients added to the wet ingredients with eggs sitting on the table

Dry Pancake Mix

If you’re looking for a quick breakfast, try this dry pancake mix, which is lightyears better than a box mix.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix this together and store in a glass mason jar. Add 1 egg, 3/4 cups milk, and 2 tablespoons oil/butter to dry mixture.

Tips and Tricks for making the best Pancakes

  • When should you flip pancakes? Be patient and wait until the outside edges are beginning to set up and the inside is bubbly. Flip using your wrist.
  • How to freeze pancakes: Freeze them on a cookie sheet so they don’t stick together. After 15 minutes, place them in a ziplock until ready to use. Reheat in a microwave or toaster.
  • Don’t over stir. When you see your batter bubbling, do not stir the bubbles out. The bubbles give rise to the pancake batter.
  • Even heat. A great way to burn your pancakes on one side and have raw pancake batter on the other is to not have even heat. Make sure you allow your griddle to come to full heat before pouring, or scooping, your batter onto the griddle. This also allows for the pancakes rise time.
  • Use butter. Many recipes call for cooking spray to prevent sticking. That works great, but if you want extra crispy edges that taste like you’re eating pancakes at the local diner, toss a pat of butter on your griddle. The butter makes the outside absolutely delish.
buttery and hot pancakes about to be eaten

Variations and Substitutions

Banana Pancakes

To make banana pancakes, mash 1 ripe banana and add to batter after the wet and dry ingredients are combined.

Chocolate Pancakes

To make chocolate pancakes, add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the batter with the dry ingredients. If needed, add more milk to create the proper consistency. I prefer a batter that has to be scooped (a bit thicker) rather than a soupy batter, but either will work!

Substitutions

  • If you don’t have oil for your batter, use melted butter.
  • If you are wanting pancakes without using egg, substitute 1/4 cup of apple sauce for 1 egg.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can pancakes be frozen?

Yes! Freeze cooked pancakes individually on a baking sheet, first. Set them on a cookie sheet, slide them into the freezer and let them gently freeze. Then, put them into a ziplock until you’re ready to use them. To reheat them, microwave them for 15-30 seconds, or toast them in a toaster. The toaster will give you pancakes that are still crispy on the outside.

Can pancakes be made without egg?

Yes, although they won’t be as fluffy. If you are looking to omit eggs from your pancake recipe, substitute 1/4 cup applesauce in place of 1 egg.

What makes pancakes fluffy?

Combining an acid and baking powder is what gives rise to pancakes. For example, buttermilk pancakes are extra fluffy because the acid from the buttermilk combined with the baking powder increases the rise to the batter.

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pancake ingredients and a stack of 4 pancakes on a plate with syrup dripping down the pancakes.
fluffy pancakes without buttermilk

Pancake Recipe without Buttermilk

Liz Quick
This simple recipe is perfect for those mornings when your family wants pancakes, but you don't have buttermilk on hand. These pancakes turn out tall and fluffy every time.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 100 kcal

Equipment

  • griddle

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil or unsalted butter

Instructions
 

  • Combine wet ingredients in a mixing bowl- combine milk, egg, and oil/butter.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix the batter. Allow the batter to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray or butter. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

Notes

  • When should you flip pancakes? Be patient and wait until the outside edges are beginning to set up and the inside is bubbly. Flip using your wrist.
  • How to freeze pancakes: Freeze them on a cookie sheet so they don’t stick together. After 15 minutes, place them in a ziplock until ready to use. Reheat in a microwave or toaster.
  • Don’t over stir. When you see your batter bubbling, do not stir the bubbles out. The bubbles give rise to the pancake batter.
  • Even heat. A great way to burn your pancakes on one side and have raw pancake batter on the other is to not have even heat. Make sure you allow your griddle to come to full heat before pouring, or scooping, your batter onto the griddle. This also gives time for the pancakes rise.
  • Use butter. Many recipes call for cooking spray to prevent sticking. That works great, but if you want extra crispy edges that taste like you’re eating pancakes at the local diner, toss a pat of butter on your griddle. The butter makes the outside absolutely delish.
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11 Comments

  1. The recipe says to add baking soda and baking powder, but there is not baking soda in the ingredient list. Which is correct? Thanks!

    1. The recipe says baking powder. I’m wondering if the recipe card has a glitch, because it says baking powder only from what I can see, which is correct. 🙂

    1. I am afraid the batter is a bit too thick for a waffle iron. It might be too thick to fully cook in a waffle iron. If you try it and it works, let me know! 🙂

  2. Hi, I made these fluffy pancakes last weekend and they were delicious! They turned out just like your photo here, I stayed true to the recipe and they were perfect. These will become a firm family favourite of ours. Thank you for sharing
    Sarah

    1. This makes me SOOOOO happy! I am thrilled that you loved this recipe as much as we do. It’s a simple, tried-and-true recipe that we’ve used for years.

  3. These look amazing! They remind me of my Nana’s pancakes she used to make our family Saturday mornings!

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