15 Luscious Pancake Recipes For Decadent Mornings

Delicious pancakes are just a recipe away with this collection of fifteen pancake recipes that prove how decadent mornings can be. Whether you prefer the lemony zing of a Dutch baby or savoring the filling tenacity of high-protein pancakes, this collection is the ultimate list of pancakes that are appropriate for anything from your average Monday morning to a special occasion or holiday. You can add whatever toppings you like, and even leftovers will still taste great for breakfast the next day. These recipes use simple ingredients and do not include a box of pancake mix.

1. Dutch Baby

Dutch baby pancake with berries and icing sugar in a pan.
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A Dutch baby is about as delicious as a pancake can get. Enjoy a classic topping of either lemon curd or fresh lemon juice, along with some sugar and fresh fruit, for an epic start to your morning. You can even garnish this with some fresh mint to take the flavor to new heights. This is a breakfast for one or two people, but you can easily multiply the recipe to feed more people

2. Protein Pancakes

A stack of protein pancakes sitting on a piece of parchment paper with a pat of butter on top of the stack.
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If protein is the only thing that gets your morning off to a great start, these protein pancakes are a fantastic place to start. They are made with very few ingredients, and you can top them with any savory topping you like, such as avocado, tomatoes, hummus, and more. They are great warm off the skillet, or cold from the fridge. They are ever tasty plain, which makes them really easy to eat on the way to work. You don’t have to use a fork and knife to eat these protein-powered pancakes.

3. Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes

A stack of Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes on a white plate, topped with butter, syrup and pecans.
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Yes, summer is nearly here, so why would pumpkin oatmeal pancakes be on this list? Because they are delicious enough to be eaten year-round. No matter what time of year it is, these spiced pancakes are a delicious and amazing start to your morning. But if you really don’t like the idea of pumpkin-flavored anything this time of year, simply replace the spices with one and a half tablespoons of cinnamon for delicious cinnamon pancakes.

4. Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

The finished Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes served on a white plate with maple syrup over the top.
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Speaking of cinnamon, these cinnamon swirl pancakes are cooked on a sheet pan instead of a skillet. This cuts down on the overall fat content but still delivers fluffy pancakes that are super easy to cut and serve. Leftovers can be kept for a few days in the fridge. These are also spongy enough to use for dessert. Roast a marshmallow and squish it between two of these for an incredible evening treat.

5. Oat Pancakes

A stack of warm, oat pancakes on a white plate on a dark background. Butter and maple syrup top the pancakes.
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Welcome to the wonderful world of blender pancakes. These oat pancakes give you all that wonderful flavor and soft texture without the hefty dose of gluten that regular pancakes give you. If you have a gluten-free person in your life, these are pancakes you can both enjoy and start your mornings with. The prep takes about 5 minutes. You just need a blender and a skillet to make these.

6. Potato Pancakes

A stack of potato pancakes on a white plate.
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If you have leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge, these potato pancakes are the perfect way to use them up and enjoy them for breakfast. Top them with whatever you like, but a top recommendation is to melt some cheddar cheese over the top in the oven or microwave. No matter how you top them, these are great served with a side of bacon and a cup of coffee.

7. Sheet Pan Pancakes

A stack of square cut sheet pan pancakes with fresh strawberry slices on top.
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Sheet pan pancakes are the easiest pancakes you can make because there is no standing at the stove pouring batter and flipping pancakes until all the batter is used up. With this recipe, you whip up the batter, pour it into a sheet pan with edges, and pop it in a preheated oven. Once done, you can easily cut them with a knife or metal spatula and serve straight from the pan.

8. Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chip Pancakes

A stack of Raspberry And Dark Chocolate Chip Pancakes on a white plate.
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If it’s decadence you need, these raspberry dark chocolate chip pancakes are the way to get it. They use very simple and basic ingredients, but when you put them all together, you get a pancake breakfast that is on a whole other level. Serve these with fresh raspberries and your favorite syrup with a side of bacon and a cup of coffee. Breakfast will never be better.

9. Banana Pancakes

A stack of banana pancakes with slices of fresh bananas, walnuts and honey on top with cup of tea on a white wooden background. A healthy breakfast.
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Whether you are a fan of the popular song or not, banana pancakes are a delicious way to enjoy breakfast for brunch with a good dose of healthy fruit. These pancakes give you all that wonderful, real banana flavor without using fake banana flavoring. These are top-notch pancakes, and everyone will want a second helping.

10. Spelt Pancakes

A stack of pancakes with fresh strawberries and blueberries on a white plate.
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If you love playing around with different types of flour, these spelt pancakes are absolutely delicious and a great way to use this ancient grain. Spelt is what wheat used to be, and we’re totally here for it. The flavor is wonderful and there is no box mix required. Just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen will create a breakfast you are unlikely to forget.

11. Whole Wheat Pancakes

A stack of Pancakes with berries and sugar on a plate.
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Are you trying to eat more whole grains? These whole wheat pancakes are a great way to get more whole grains into your eating plan while still actually enjoying your food. For people who are used to always using white flour, these pancakes are a perfect transition food to help make the switch if that’s your goal. Otherwise, they are just divinely delicious pancakes the whole family will love.

12. Apple Ring Pancakes

Apple pancakes for a breakfast on white plate over light slate, stone or concrete background.
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If you love fruit for breakfast, try combining some apples and pancakes with these apple ring pancakes. Sliced apple rings coated in batter and fried to soft and tender perfection, then topped with butter, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup, are about as wonderful as pancakes can get.

13. Meyer Lemon Quinoa Pancakes

A stack of pancakes on a plate with a pt of butter on top.
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These Meyer lemon quinoa pancakes are a delicious alternative to regular pancakes and a wonderful way to eat more quinoa. They are soft, sweet, and absolutely scrumptious. Make a big batch to serve a crowd or to freeze for future breakfasts. Either way, even the kids will want more of these.

14 Sweet Potato Pancakes

A platter of sweet potato pancakes with fruit, nuts and ice cream scoops on top.
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Just a few simple ingredients, including cooked sweet potatoes mixed in a bowl, will give you these wonderfully warm and comforting sweet potato pancakes. Top them with anything sweet and delicious you like. Fresh fruit, chopped nuts, and even scoops of vanilla ice cream if you want these to be more of a dessert.

15. Pancake Nachos

Pancake nachos on a white plate.
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Yes, pancakes can be dessert, too. These pancake nachos are living proof. Topped with all things dessert-like, you can enjoy mini pancakes in much the same way you would regular nachos, only you might need a fork for this one. Add all your favorite toppings and settle in for a delicious, decadent dessert.

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Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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