35 ways to take pancakes to the next level

Peanut butter cup pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes are great. Buttermilk pancakes dripping with butter and maple syrup are even better. But to really add pizzazz to your pancake and flare to your flapjacks, you need to get creative.

With that goal in mind, here are 35 ways to make one of your favourite foods even better.

Chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes

Pancakes as dessert

Cookies and pancakes? What could be better? Recipe: chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Peanut butter cup pancakes

Peanut butter cup pancakes 

 Believe it or not, these are vegan and gluten free, but that doesn’t mean they’re not as delicious as the name makes them sound. Recipe: minimalistbaker.com

Red velvet pancakes

Red velvet pancakes

Shhhhh—don’t tell anyone, but these are actually vegan! Recipe: chocolatecoveredkatie.com 

Ice cream sandwich pancakes

Ice cream sandwich pancakes

Ice cream for breakfast? Why the heck not. Recipe: chocolatecoveredkatie.com.

Hot apple pie pancakes

Apple pie pancakes

Because the only thing better than pancakes that taste like pie are pancakes that taste like pie with ice cream. Recipe: chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Strawberry shortcake pancakes

Strawberry shortcake pancakes

They have fruit, therefore, they are healthy. Recipe: chocolatecoveredkatie.com.

Chocolate Oreo pancakes

Chocolate Oreo Pancakes

Now, these are a bit ridiculous, however, you can make them sugar- and gluten-free if you make some clever substitutions. Recipe: chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Pineapple upside-down pancakes

Pineapple upside-down pancakes

The classic dessert reinterpreted as a pancake. Recipe: chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Cinnamon roll pancakes

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

No more treks to the mall for a Cinnabon! Stay in your jammies and enjoy. Recipe: recipegirl.com

Pumpkin pie pancakes

Pumpkin pie pancakes

Thanksgiving breakfast just got a whole lot tastier. Recipe: justataste.com

Birthday cake pancakes

Birthday cake pancakes

Breakfast is better when it’s covered in sprinkles. Recipe: bettycrocker.com

Lemon poppy seed pancakes

Lemon poppyseed pancakes

Why make a loaf when you can make a pancake? (These ones are egg-free, by the way.)

 Caramel latte pancakes

Caramel latte pancakes

Amp up your regular breakfast with a bonus shot of caffeine! Recipe: bettycrocker.com

S’mores pancakes

S'mores pancakes

Could there be a pancake more fitting for a cottage breakfast? Recipe: anafernandez.com

 Gingerbread pancakes

Gingerbread Pancakes

All the fun of the cookies, with none of the creepy one-eyed stares you get once you start nibbling the gingerbread man’s head. Recipe: thegalleygourmet.net

 Brownie with white chocolate pancakes

Brownie with white chocolate pancakes

Brownies, pancakes, and white chocolate—say no more. Recipe: lecremedelacrumb.com

Chocolate-chip pancakes

Chocolate chip pancakes

The classic breakfast to make everyone feel like a little kid again. Recipe: kitchentreaty.com

Cornbread pancakes

Cornbread pancakes

Add a little southern charm to your morning. Recipe: thepancakeprincess.com

Fluffy buttermilk pancakes

Fluffy buttermilk pancakes

Because sometimes, simple is best. Recipe: fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.com

Oatmeal pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes

Why eat a boring bowl of oatmeal when you can eat oatmeal pancakes? Recipe: chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Protein pancakes

Protein pancakes

For when your inner body builder gets hungry for something carby. Recipe: betterwithcake.com

Greek yogurt blueberry pancakes 


Greek yogurt ups the protein so you feel fuller, longer. Recipe: notyouraveragecollegefood.com

Paleo pumpkin pancakes

paleo pancakes

If you’re following a paleo or primal diet, these pancakes will fit right in. Recipe: runningtothekitchen.com

Chia seed pancakes 

Chia seed pancakes

Need an easier way to get your Omega 3s? Try these. Recipe: foundafeather.com

Apple bacon pancakes

apple bacon pancakes

There’s bacon right in the pancake. How convenient is that? Recipe: howsweateats.com

Sausage-stuffed pancakes (with cheese)


You don’t have to add the cheese, but go ahead—live a little. Recipe: sandraseasycooking.com

Cinnamon pancakes with candied bacon 

Cinnamon Pancakes

If you eat bacon like it’s candy already, you’re going to love this. Recipe: lemonsforlulu.com

Raspberry swirl pancakes

Raspberry Swirl Pancakes

 They look like cookies, but they taste like pancakes—delicious raspberry pancakes. Recipe: heathersfrenchpress.com

Coconut lime pancakes


Snow got you down? Whip up a batch of tropical pancakes (and no, it’s not wrong to eat them while downing a daiquiri). Recipe: mykitchenoflove.wordpress.com

Kimchi pancakes

Kimchi pancakes

Korean food is hot, as in stylish. Korean food is also hot, as in spicy. You’re a winner either way. Recipe: thekitchn.com

Mashed potato pancakes with goat cheese and chives

Mashed potato pancakes

Thanksgiving leftovers never looked so yummy. Recipe: domesticate-me.com

 Bacon and corn griddle pancakes 

Bacon and corn griddle pancakes

This could be a savoury meal, if it weren’t impossible to resist putting maple syrup on everything. Recipe: recipegirl.com

Curried squash and bacon pancakes

Paleo pancakes

These are paleo friendly, but really, who cares—they’re delicious either way. Recipe: mylittlejarofspices.com

Spinach pancakes

spinach pancakes

Apparently you can’t even taste the spinach, and the young ones may get a kick out of eating green pancakes. Recipe: ashleysgreenlife.com

Vanilla purple sweet potato pancakes

Vanilla purple pancakes

And if your kids like green pancakes, just imagine how much they’ll like purple ones! Recipe: strengthandsunshine.wordpress.com