Fluffy pancakes are one of my all-time favorite Sunday morning breakfast treats.

Fluffy, flavorful, and delicious. Everyone loves them from kids to adults and all the teenagers and tweeners in-between.

Here’s a quick and easy recipe to make super light and fluffy pancakes from scratch with a few simple ingredients you probably already have at home right now.

Never buy a box of premix again. Please. In the past, we called on boxed mixes. Not anymore.

Fluffy Pancakes From Scratch.

How do I make thick fluffy pancakes from scratch?

This pancake recipe is quick, easy, and uses no buttermilk at all but it does require regular milk though.

Sift flour twice after measuring. Doing that creates more air pockets.

Sifting flour is a beautiful thing. It’s like making snowfall… And then turning it into a cake.

This is my basic pancake recipebut you use it as a base for other recipes and what you love.

For example, you can sprinkle a handful of berries, nuts, or chocolate chips into the batter.

If you decide o add berries making sure that they aren’t too wet, and then toss them in a little bit of flour before adding them into the rest of the batter.

Adding them to the batter can destroy the fluffiness, so you can add them to each pancake as it cooks.

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What makes pancakes more fluffy?

Separate and beat egg whites. It is a bit of work, but will make your pancakes more fluffy!

Add the egg yolks to the wet ingredients and once it’s combined with the dry ingredients let it rest without the egg whites.

Beat the egg whites separately until they’re white and have peaks on top (you should be able to turn the bowl upside down without spilling any of it).

Then add that to the batter/dough lifting the latter delicately and wrapping it around the egg whites using a spatula until you’ve mixed.

But don’t fully combine. Start by adding a dollop of the whipped egg whites to the batter.

You can leave little bits of egg whites showing, it might seem too thick pouring them onto the pan but that’s what makes the fluffiest pancakes!

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What is the secret to light fluffy pancakes?

The number one secret to getting fluffy, thick pancakes every time is to separate the egg yolks from the egg whites, as I have mentioned before.

The secret number two is that the batter should be slightly lumpy and should pour easily but should not be runny.

If it’s too thick add milk a tablespoon or two at a time.

– If it’s too runny or you’ve accidentally added too much liquid, you can add a bit of flour to get the right consistency.

The secret number three is to let the batter rise! Just allow the batter to sit for 15 minutes after making it.

The secret number four: Cook over medium heat (make sure that you are using a non-stick pan). It takes longer but the results are better.

Wait to flip until bubbles form in the center of the pancake and flip them ONLY ONCE. If you flip them again it’ll flatten.

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Why don’t my pancakes come out fluffy?

There are several factors that can lead to your pancakes being flat.

Overmixing your pancake batter will deflate a lot of the air bubbles in your batter, making it difficult for your pancakes to rise into the light and fluffy pancakes you want.

Mix dry and wet ingredients separately at first then combine just before cooking.

Over-mixing the batter is a common mistake — it makes them heavy and flat, not fluffy. I combine the two mixes with a fork or whisk.

Getting too heavy-handed with that whisk will result in flat, rubbery pancakes. Stop mixing when your batter has small lumps.

You want to stir super gently, just enough to barely combine the wet and dry ingredients.

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Does baking powder or baking soda make pancakes fluffy?

Baking powder makes them light and fluffy. But always use fresh baking powder.

If it’s been in your cupboard OPENED for over 6 months to a year, it won’t be as effective in your recipes.

There are lots of things you can do to make these your own. If you’d like, come back and share what worked for you. We’d love to read about it.

If you love this, be sure to check out my other recipes! Feel free to share it with your friends too.

Best Fluffy Pancakes From Scratch

Recipe by JohannaCourse: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs, whites and yolks separated

  • 2 cups milk, or as needed

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, or vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • blueberry or chocolate chip, optional

  • maple syrup or honey, for serving


  • In a large bowl, sift the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and whisk to combine.
  • In a medium bowl add the milk, melted butter, vanilla and whisk to combine.
  • Add the egg yolks to the wet ingredients and once it’s combined mix with the dry ingredients. DON’T over mix. Let it rest for 15-30 minutes at room temperature without the egg whites. This allows the wet ingredients to soak into the flour for better texture.
  • In a separate bowl beat egg whites and until they form stiff peaks. Right before cooking, fold in the egg white peaks into the batter.
  • Heat a large skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat coat with cooking spray or lightly brush skillet with melted butter.
  • Using ¼ cup measurements to scoop and drop the batter into the skillet so that you get evenly-sized pancakes. Spread batter evenly with a spoon in a circular shape.
  • Cook until the until bubbles start to appear on the surface. If adding any toppings like chocolate chips or blueberries, sprinkle over the pancake. Flip the pancake over and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Repeat until all the batter is used up. You can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out the pan.
  • Serve with maple syrup or honey and extra butter, if you like. Serve while still hot and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

10 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories171
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 5.6g 9%
    • Saturated Fat 3.1g 16%
  • Cholesterol 46mg 16%
  • Sodium 178mg 8%
  • Potassium 270mg 8%
  • Total Carbohydrate 24.9g 9%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
    • Sugars 4.8g
  • Protein 5.3g 11%

  • Calcium 154%
  • Iron 1%
  • Vitamin D 6%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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