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As a kid, pancakes for breakfast were one of the best things about weekend mornings. As an adult, not much has changed. While I love bowls of oatmeal and plates of eggs on toast during the week, I often crave something a little more special on weekends. And since I have a little bit of extra time most Saturdays and Sundays, it makes sense to consult some of my go-to easy pancake recipes and whip up a big batch of pancakes a few times a month.
Pancakes really have a lot going for them. For one thing, they’re pretty much a blank, carb-y slate for whatever mix-ins or toppings you’re in the mood for. Banana oatmeal pancakes might be on the menu one morning, and peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes the next. But flavor isn’t the only thing they’re bringing to the table; pancakes are also relatively quick and easy to make—the batter comes together in less than five minutes, and each cake only takes a few minutes to cook. Lastly (and this is my favorite thing about them), you can totally store pancake batter in the fridge for a few days, making on-demand pancakes possible in a cinch, no dirty mixing bowl required.
The Best Pumpkin Pancakes
I don’t care whether it’s fall or not, indulging in delicious, easy-to-make pumpkin pancakes is always a good move.
3-Ingredient Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel Sauce
If gluten and grains aren’t for you, these paleo pancakes are a must-make this season—or any season, really.
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Heat up some apple cider to go along with these sweet spiced pancakes.
Hot Chocolate Pancakes
If it’s too early for hot chocolate, you can swap in this hot chocolate pancake stack.
Cinnamon Pear Pancakes
These slightly sweet pancakes are energizing and totally delicious, whether you’re planning to spend your day hiking a mountain or chilling on the couch.
Buttermilk Pecan Pancakes
These extra fluffy pancakes have pecans and maple syrup, the two best parts of pumpkin pie. (Pumpkin spice season is year-round, if you ask me.)
You know what I love more than coffee with breakfast? Coffee in breakfast. These easy mocha pancakes are basically a dream come true.
Cranberry Pancakes and Brown Butter Cranberry Maple Syrup
Nutty brown butter and tart cranberries balance this easy-but-satisfying pancake recipe, which you’ll want to keep making long after winter ends.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes
PB&J isn’t just for sandwiches. These easy, peanutty pancakes are slathered with a fruity topping, and the whole thing will make you nostalgic for packed school lunch.
The Best Protein Pancakes
If you’re looking for pancakes that’ll really help you power through the morning, this is the best protein pancake recipe around.
Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes
If you’ve never tried making pancakes with ricotta cheese, give these a try over the weekend. The creamy ricotta adds richness and fluffiness at the same time, plus a hint of flavor that sets these cakes apart.
Easy Lemon Pancakes
A little sweet and a little sour, these zesty, easy lemon pancakes will wake you right up.
Oatmeal Walnut Banana Caramel Pancakes
Want a hearty stack of pancakes that tastes like dessert but packs plenty of good-for-you ingredients? This oatmeal walnut banana caramel pancakes recipe is filled with fiber and healthy fats, and will please both kids and adults.
Maybe you think it’s a little early for Christmas-y flavors. Obviously, I don’t. (Take a bite of these decadent gingerbread pancakes, and you won’t either.)
Want to have your cake and eat your cookie too? These easy snickerdoodle pancakes will help you do just that.
A version of this story was originally published in October 2018.