15 Vintage Pancake Recipes From Before Boxed Pancake Mix Was A Thing

Vintage pancake recipes are a delicious way to start your morning. Skip the box mix and use basic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen to make a tall stack of steaming pancakes topped with your favorite pancake toppings. Pancakes are a classic way to start the morning, and there are so many different ways you can make them when you get rid of the box mix. Here are fifteen different ways to start your morning off with a delicious stack of sweetness.

1. Oat Pancakes

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Blender pancakes leave you with minimal cleanup. This quick-prep pancake batter gets blended in a blender and poured straight into your pan. They are quick and easy, and these oat pancakes can even be made gluten-free with the use of gluten-free oats.

2. Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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These raspberry dark chocolate chip pancakes are a decadent breakfast that is perfect for a lazy weekend morning. Make these in your pajamas and eat these in the coziest setting you can find, because these pancakes are the full weekend experience.

3. Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes

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It doesn’t need to be autumn to enjoy autumn flavors. Enjoy a delicious morning treat any time of year with these pumpkin oatmeal pancakes. The oats provide a healthy boost of protein and fiber, while the pumpkin puree adds a hint of sweetness that goes with warm maple syrup, walnuts, nut butter, or cottage cheese.

4. Whole Wheat Pancakes

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At one point, all pancakes were made with whole-grain flour. They were known as hoe cakes, johnnycakes, or flapjacks. Typically, they were made with cornmeal or buckwheat flour. In keeping with that whole-grain tradition, these whole-wheat pancakes are very filling and really tasty.

5. Banana Pancakes

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Jack Johnson isn’t the only one who likes banana pancakes. This deliciousness is perfect for a lazy weekend morning. Top with more bananas or anything you prefer. You can even mix up some chopped walnuts or pecans into the batter for more of a banana bread flavor. Enjoy these with a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

6. Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes with Butter Pecans and Maple Syrup
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Love pumpkin spice flavors? You aren’t alone. These delicious pumpkin spice pancakes can be made vegan, gluten-free, or just enjoyed as is. But no matter how you make them, they are delicious every time and any time, no matter what time of year it is.

7. Spelt Pancakes

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If you’ve never tried spelt flour, you’re missing out. This ancient grain makes anything you use it in absolutely delicious, including these spelt pancakes. The flavor is nuttier than regular flour because it’s a whole grain. But it still gives you a fluffy pancake that is amazing with some fresh fruit and real maple syrup.

8. Dutch Baby

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A good Dutch baby is a beautiful thing. All that thin pancake covered in lemon and powdered sugar is a heady experience. But these days, you’ll be hungry a half hour after eating one because your body processes it so fast. So instead, try this whole wheat Dutch baby. You get the best of both worlds. All that amazing flavor, and you’ll be full for hours after.

9. Skillet Pancake

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This 2-ingredient skillet pancake is perfect for one. Top with your favorite pancake toppings and enjoy a pancake made just for you. This recipe has minimal ingredients and is fast and easy to make, even on a weekday morning. Wrap it up like a taco with your favorite toppings, and head out the door with breakfast on the go.

10. Sheet Pan Pancakes

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If you aren’t into making pancakes one at a time, these sheet pan pancakes make life a whole lot easier. You pour the batter into a sheet pan and bake it. Then, just cut and serve for as many people as you need. Plus, they won’t be high in fat from frying them in a skillet.

11. Healthy Protein Pancakes

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High-protein breakfasts are becoming all the rage. These high-protein pancakes can be enjoyed with sweet or savory toppings. They are perfect for topping with things like hummus, cheese, or fruit.

12. Cheet Pan Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

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A variation of the previous sheet pan pancakes, these cinnamon swirl sheet pan pancakes are perfect for cinnamon lovers. They go great with natural sweeteners like honey or real maple syrup and offer tons of delicious cinnamon flavor that pairs well with different fruit compotes or pancake syrups.

13. Healthy Apple Ring Pancakes

Apple pancakes for a breakfast on white plate over light slate, stone or concrete background.
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Apples are always a great breakfast choice in any form they take. Enjoy these apple ring pancakes with a bit of maple syrup or honey, or take the apple theme one step further and use apple sauce as your topping. A plateful of these pancakes is tough to turn down.

14. Gluten-Free Hotcakes

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These hotcakes are gluten-free because they don’t use flour. Made with nuts, eggs, and spices, they are a very filling option for a lazy weekend breakfast. They are wonderful topped with berry compote and some maple syrup. Pair that with a cup of coffee, and the morning will be off to a pretty darn good start.

15. Microwave Pancakes

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If you live solo, try these microwave pancakes. They are single-serving pancakes made in a mug, just like mug cake. These are great for anyone with a microwave in their dorm room, at work, or just at home for a breakfast they don’t have to share.

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This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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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