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Easy Vanilla Pancake Recipe

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Easy Vanilla Pancake Recipe

My kids love pancakes, but what do you do if you run out of pancake mix? You come up with an easy vanilla pancake recipe that tastes even better than the boxed stuff.

One morning after discovering we were out of pancake mix, I threw this recipe together. I had to do something. Five hungry children had already been promised a pancake breakfast and they weren’t taking “no” for an answer.

I had never made homemade pancakes before, so I did what every desperate mom does…I Googled it. There were so many recipes that looked really good that I couldn’t decide which would taste better. I liked some of the different ingredients from each recipe and thought they would play well together. So, I made up my own recipe with aspects from each of the recipes I found online. Thankfully, I had everything I needed in my kitchen, no trip to the store needed.

The pancakes were made, devoured, and for a few minutes I was my kids’ hero. It didn’t last long, but I’ll take what I can get.



Plate of easy vanilla pancakes

Easy Vanilla Pancake Recipe



  • 2 cups of self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps. of baking powder
  • 2 1/2 Tbsps. sugar
  • 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups of milk you may need a little more, batter tends to thicken slightly while sitting
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsps. of vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsps. real melted butter
  • stick butter if cooking in a skillet
  • optional - pecans chocolate chips, berries, etc.


Mixing the Ingredients

  • First, mix the flour, sugar, and baking powder together. You definitely don't want any lumps of baking powder in your batter.
  • Next, you're going to add in the milk, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter.
  • Blend together just until ingredients are mixed well together, there will be some lumps, so don't overmix trying to eliminate them all.
  • Fold in your optional goodies if you'd like.

Time to Cook

  • You may cook these delicious vanilla pancakes with vanilla goodness in a skillet or on a griddle. (If cooking in a skillet, you'll need more butter.)
  • I cook our pancakes on my large griddle. I wipe the griddle down with oil before heating on a medium-high setting.
  • Once the griddle is on, I wait until it's good and hot before putting down any batter. A good way to test this is to sprinkle drops of water on its surface. If the water dances, the griddle is ready.
  • I use a ladle to dip up my batter. It holds approximately 1/4 - 1/2 cup of batter. I pour the batter onto the hot surface, swirl the batter wider with the back of the ladle, and wait.
  • Your vanilla pancake is ready to flip when the surface of the batter is full of air bubbles.
  • Cook for about four or five minutes longer, or when the pancake is golden brown on both sides.


This recipe makes 12-14 pancakes. Top with your favorite syrup or fruit.

Not the pancake type? What about this delicious Father’s Day French Toast Casserole?

This True Belgian Waffles Recipe uses the same ingredients as my pancakes but mixes it differently. It looks amazing! It may be time for a waffle maker…

I hope you enjoy!

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