Classic Pantry Pancakes

Homemade Pancakes are made with basic pantry ingredients. The best part of these Classic Pantry Pancakes are that they also make the best pancakes from scratch ready for toppings and mix-ins.

Classic Pantry Pancakes homemade with basic pantry ingredients. You don't need to run to the store or let the batter rest for these amazing fluffy, delicious pancakes, you'll be eating in 15 minutes.Homemade Pancakes are my answer to the last minute “I need more than cereal this morning but I am too lazy to make something fancy” feeling I had yesterday morning. I have more pancake recipes than any sane person should, but as I was looking through them they all required at least a hint of preparation. Buttermilk, sour cream, mascarpone, cornmeal, fresh fruit… the list went on. These pancakes are made from scratch and are easy to make.

Want to know what I had in the cupboard and fridge? Me too, but I was too lazy to check, so I used this recipe to make my favorite EASY homemade pancakes. They’re delicious, fluffy (sometimes crispy when I add more butter to the pan and cook on high…I get funny cravings like that) and they take almost no time at all to make. And as I was eating them yesterday I thought that they were a better Friday post for this week than the Triple Berry Belgian Waffles I was going to post. It only felt right that my last minute easy breakfast was going to make a last minute post substitution.

These Classic Pantry Pancakes are about as easy as pancakes can get, I put everything in one bowl, mix with a whisk and use my ¼ cup ice cream scoop to immediately scoop onto a griddle. And you will LOVE them. I have been making them for years, way before Pinterest, back when I used to email myself recipes so I didn’t lose them.

The best part of these Classic Pantry Pancakes are that they also make the best base pancakes for toppings and mix-ins:

  • Chocolate Chips – Sometimes I get fancy when I have the remnants of a few bags of chocolate chips and I do a mixture of different kinds <–This gets me some serious wife brownie points
  • Fruit – Chopped up and mixed in or on top we can’t go any further down the list without the obvious.
  • Apple Rings – Yes this is a fruit too, but for the little ones I dip apple rings in this batter and cook, then they get a serving of fruit with their fun donut looking pancake rings.
  • Lemon and Poppy Seeds: Yep, why not, add a bit of lemon juice, some lemon zest and a teaspoon of poppy seeds. Instant fancy.
  • Peanut Butter – Sometimes I add peanut butter chips to the batter and top with a warmed fruit sauce or jam. Best PB&J ever.
  • Nutella – Because, well, Nutella makes everything better. Smear between layers and go all out and top with Vanilla Ice Cream… who says you can’t have those days? Heck, add rainbow sprinkles to it while you’re at it.
  • Experiment with different syrups, fruit, icing, maple with cinnamon added. You don’t have to doll up the pancakes all the time, sometimes an awesome strawberry syrup on top is enough to make the meal.

Or if you are still looking for other pancake ideas? How about Cinnamon Roll Pancakes? Or Cornmeal Bacon Pancakes? or Gingerbread Pancakes with Cinnamon Syrup?

Easy Pancake Recipe made with basic pantry ingredients

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Homemade Pancakes

Homemade Pancakes are made with basic pantry ingredients. You don't need to run to the store or let the batter rest for these amazing fluffy, delicious pancakes, you'll be eating in 15 minutes.
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted


  • Add the dry ingredients and whisk together, then add the wet and combine fully (although I tend to just put everything in a bowl and whisk - these pancakes are really fuss free.)
  • Heat a pan or griddle on medium heat and coat with a small layer of butter.
  • Using a ¼ cup scoop, cook the pancakes on both sides until browned, about a minute on each side.
  • Enjoy with your favorite toppings or mix-ins.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 259mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Keyword: Classic Pantry Homemade Pancakes, pancakes

Obligatory syrup pour. 😉Homemade Pancakes with yummy syrup and butter

Classic Pantry Pancakes made with basic pantry ingredients. You don't need to run to the store or let the batter rest for these amazing fluffy, delicious pancakes, you'll be eating in 15 minutes.
Classic Pantry Pancakes made with basic pantry ingredients. You don't need to run to the store or let the batter rest for these amazing fluffy, delicious pancakes, you'll be eating in 15 minutes.
Classic Pantry Pancakes made with basic pantry ingredients. You don't need to run to the store or let the batter rest for these amazing fluffy, delicious pancakes, you'll be eating in 15 minutes.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Your recipes look easy and great! Can’t wait to start trying them all, if possible! Thanks forsharing!

    1. I haven’t tested it but if you decide to try, you’ll need to adjust the baking powder amount. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to know what worked for you. Good luck!

  2. Thank you for creating a recipe from pantry ingredients! Just what I needed tonight for a craving. Was wondering if you’ve tried it with less baking powder. The bp taste was strong for me. I might try again with less next time.

    1. Oh no! You could add a bit more flour next time. Test the batter by allowing it to drip off of the spoon to check it’s thickness. Also, I know you said your baking powder was not expired but check its freshness by splashing a little warm water on a spoonful of it. It should bubble or fizz gently, just to be sure. Hope this helps!

  3. Can you make a large batch of these and store in 1 container? If so how much would you use with the wet ingredients? Like if i made a whole ice cream bucket of the pancake mix. How many cups would I mix with the dry ingredients?

  4. Thanks for a great recipe to make homemade pancakes. My son wants to buy those frozen ones so he can make them himself but with this recipe I am going to make a batch and try freezing them myself! SO much healthier than the ones in a box!

    1. Aww thanks Lauren! Yeah the syrup was screaming to me as I was taking pictures. I didn’t even reheat them I just dove in!

  5. I’m kinda dying for pancakes now. We make ours GF, but we can share a few of the same tips for great pancakes!

  6. These look delicious. I have had so many pancakes this last week as it was only thing in house for breakfast and well I can’t eat Eggs so I will have to try this recipe next time I make some!

  7. Pancakes are a favorite in our house. I will have to try them with a few of these. My kids love Nutella on them instead of syrup.

      1. I don’t love Nutella.

        I love chocolate. I love hazelnut. But…I bought Nutella once. The first time I had it, it made me sooo sick, I couldn’t eat for almost 2 weeks. I don’t know if it had salmonella or something in it, but I never went to the doctor to find out. The experience permanently turned me off of the stuff. I will say, the baked potato I had when I first started eating again was out of this world…

        This recipe is very similar to the one I use for pancakes. I do like to use buttermilk, though… but if I don’t have any around, I just sour the milk with a half teaspoon or so of lemon juice. I will give this recipe a try sometime.

        I also am a sucker for cooking my pancakes in a bit of bacon grease.

  8. There’s nothing better than a good pancake recipe, and I love that cascade of syrup! I definitely want to try some of your variations too.

  9. I like the obligatory syrup pour 😉 These pancakes look exactly the way I love pancakes to be: light, fluffy, and buttery! We usually add chocolate chips for the kids, too. They would love these!

    1. Thanks, Marlynn! I think one of those unwritten laws of the universe is that you can’t take a series of photos of pancakes without a syrup pour shot!

  10. My husband is the pancake master in our house. He’s just got it all down. But I can only imagine the smiles if he made them from scratch. Got to share this.

  11. We love pancakes and do a lot of breakfast for dinner. Pancakes with chocolate chips are my son’s all time favorite food!

  12. I don’t normally got the pancake route, but I do love how quick this is to whip up in a pinch. I just might make these the next time I am running late on a weekend morning!

  13. We make pancakes about once or twice a week. I don’t like the ones from the store so we always homemaker I love doing all sorts of different varieties with them.

  14. Homemade pancakes are SO much better than store bought! Looks like quite the tasty recipe! I’ll have to try it for our Saturday breakfast!

  15. Thank you for the recipe, it is very close to my pancake recipe. I also add in a tsp. vanilla extract with about a 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon. 🙂