15 Brilliant Pancake Hacks You Need to Know About

When it comes right down to it, pancakes aren’t that difficult to make. Whether you’re using a boxed mix or making your own from scratch, pancakes are the ultimate comfort food items that taste great for any meal of the day. Pancakes for breakfast? Yes. Pancakes for lunch? Absolutely. Pancakes for dinner? Well, that’s just called “brinner.” (A combination of breakfast + dinner).

You’ve probably whipped up dozens or even hundreds of pancake batches over the course of your lifetime. But just because you’re an experienced pancake prepper, it doesn’t mean you know all the tricks to creating the perfect flapjack.

Ahead, check out all the pancake making hacks you need to know about.

1. Enjoy pancakes on busy mornings

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Who has time to cook endless batches of pancakes on busy weekday mornings? Most people are in a rush to get out the door, which doesn’t leave much room for a nutritious breakfast. But it’s time to put down the Pop-Tart! Just because you don’t have time to make pancakes on a hectic Monday morning, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them all week long.

Rather than making pancakes fresh every time, try preparing a large batch on the weekend and freezing the leftovers to enjoy all week long. To reheat, simply pop them in the toaster and be on your way.

Next: This is the secret to fluffy pancakes.

2. Make your pancakes even fluffier

Blueberry Pancakes

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Light and fluffy pancakes make mornings (and evenings) so much happier. Want to know the secret to achieving the fluffiest, cloud-like pancakes every time? It’s simple. Just add seltzer water to the mix for effortlessly fluffy pancakes.

Another option is to whip your egg whites before adding them in.  Also, remember to never overmix the batter, otherwise your pancakes will fall flat.

Next: Prep your pancakes super quick.

3. Speed up pancake prep

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Making pancakes can be complicated when you don’t have a mix. Plus, if you’re missing any ingredients, you won’t be able to do enjoy pancakes at all.

Stop the madness and achieve perfect pancakes every time with an all-in-one pancake mix like Krusteaz brand. Your prep time will be so much faster because all you need to add is water – even the toppings are already mixed in.

Next: Have an easier time making pancakes.

4. Make cleanup a breeze

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The last thing anyone wants to do after cooking up a big batch of pancakes is to spend hours washing the dishes. That’s why this hack is particularly brilliant – it keeps things clean and still allows you to make uniform sized pancakes.

The next time you have an empty ketchup bottle, clean it out thoroughly and then use it to dole out pancake batter. Squeeze out portioned pancakes onto the hot griddle and then discard the bottle when you’re finished.

Next: This pancake addition makes life so sweet.

5. Turn pancakes into a decadent treat

Nutella pancakes

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You’ll never think of pancakes the same way again after you try them like this. Making decadent pancakes is so easy!

To accomplish this hack, spread about half the usual amount of batter required for one pancake onto the griddle. Spoon a generous amount of Nutella into the middle and then cover with the rest of the batter for an amazing stuffed pancake that dreams are made of. Get the full tutorial here.

Next: This pancake variation is perfect for parties.

6. Serve pancakes as an appetizer

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Your next brunch will be so much better with the addition of pancake dippers. Make them by turning traditionally circular pancakes into long, cylindrical shapes instead. Serve them on a platter next to mini-sized serving cups of maple syrup for dipping.

Next: Bet you never thought of putting this in your pancakes.

7. Add some protein crunch

Bacon pancakes

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Sure, you’ve heard of traditional pancake toppings like chocolate chips or fruit like fresh blueberries or strawberries. But if you want to add an extra dose of protein and crunch to your breakfast treat, add some crumbled bacon into the batter before cooking. Yum!

Next: Kids and adults will love these pancakes.

8. Make pancakes fun for kids

Dinosaur pancakes

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You’ve probably seen creatively shaped pancakes all over the internet. Most of these elaborate options require some skill and practice – but not if you’re using the secret weapon.

Make shaped pancakes for kids (or kids at heart) by employing the use of cookie cutters! Simply pour the batter into the cookie cutter shape and turn boring old pancakes into works of art.

Next: These pancakes are like nothing you’ve ever tried before.

9. Whip up Japanese-style pancakes

Japanese pancakes

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Ever try Japanese style pancakes? They’re unique, delicious, and prepared in a rice cooker. They look nothing like regular pancakes, but don’t be surprised when they become your new favorite breakfast treat.

To make pancakes like this, simply add all the regular ingredients into your rice cooker and hit start. Your gigantic pancake will be ready in about 45 minutes – and you don’t even have to watch for bubbles or flip it.

Next: This one simple trick changes everything.

10. Evenly distribute toppings

chocolate chip pancakes

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There’s nothing worse than biting into a chocolate chip pancake only to find that it only has two measly chocolate chips. There’s an easy way to avoid this uneven topping distribution, however – all you need to do it mix the batter and wait to add toppings until you pour the pancakes onto the skillet. Then you can easily control exactly how many chocolate chips each one gets.

Next: Pancakes don’t have to have gluten.

11. Prepare gluten-free pancakes

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Everyone should be able to enjoy pancakes, even if they happen to avoid gluten in their diet. Luckily, there are tons of gluten-free pancake recipes available, like this popular pick from What the Fork. You can also find gluten-free pancake mix in the baking aisle or specialty section of your local grocery store.

Next: Forget flipping pancakes – this prep method is easier.

12. Bake your pancakes

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Pancakes are just part of a balanced breakfast and sometimes they aren’t the main course. If you’d rather enjoy the miniature sized version of pancakes, try baking them in mini muffin tins for bite-sized treats you can enjoy anywhere and anytime.

Find the recipe at The Pioneer Woman blog.

Next: Healthy pancakes? Yes, it’s possible.

13. Make pancakes healthier

Pancakes with strawberry

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If you want to make your pancakes a little healthier, adding protein powder is an easy and delicious way to do it. You won’t even be able to taste it, but you’ll be starting your morning off with a good extra dose of energy. Add fresh berries for a great antioxidant boost.

Next: These pancakes are cute and fun for parties.

14. Serve pancakes in a fun way

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Looking for a unique way to eat your pancakes? Then you might be interested in pancake lollipops. They’re easy to make and look so cute as part of a breakfast buffet.

To make these, just add a lollipop stick to the wet batter while it’s cooking on the griddle. Serve with a side of syrup for dipping, of course.

Next: This method for making pancakes reduces waste.

15. Save those mushy bananas from the trash

Banana pancakes

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The next time you have a bunch of bananas turning brown, don’t toss them. Mush them up and add to your pancake batter instead! It gives your pancakes a light, sweet flavor and negates the need for adding white sugar.

You can also make gluten-free, paleo-friendly pancakes with just bananas and eggs.