Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes

Ditch the box and make perfect pancakes from scratch! This Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes recipe yields thick and fluffy pancakes in just 15-minutes. Douse with butter and pure maple syrup for a weekend breakfast treat!

buttermilk pancakes topped with blueberries

Nothing makes me feel more like a super mom than standing over the stove on a Saturday morning in my pj’s flipping pancakes for my kids.

Well, maybe the insane amount of diapers I have changed over the years also makes me feel like a super mom, but making perfect buttermilk pancakes from scratch is way more fulfilling.


I’m not usually much of a breakfast eater, but whenever I make these buttermilk pancakes for my family, I always help myself to a stack. My kids have declared these the best pancakes ever and I wholeheartedly agree. They are everything I’ve ever wanted from a pancake -they’re flavorful, soft, fluffy, and insanely delicious!

ingredients for buttermilk pancakes

Ingredients for Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes //

There is a good chance you already have a lot of what you’ll need on hand. If not, everything is easy to find in the store.

  • Flour: I use all-purpose flour because it helps achieve the perfect density.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar is fine. It sweetens the pancakes.
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda: A little bit of both of these leavening agents helps the pancakes rise.
  • Salt: enhances the delicious sweet and buttery flavors.
  • Buttermilk: helps activate the leavening agents, so the pancakes get big and fluffy. It also adds a pleasantly tangy flavor.
  • Melted Butter: adds moisture, flavor and helps achieve perfectly golden brown surfaces.
  • Vanilla: adds pleasantly sweet flavor.
  • Eggs: help bind the batter together to create a cohesive pancake.

How to Make // The Steps

ingredients for buttermilk pancakes in a mixing bowl

Step 1: Combine dry ingredients:

In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk well to combine.

Step 2: Combine wet ingredients:

In a separate mixing bowl, add buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla and eggs. Whisk well to combine.

Step 3: Combine wet and dry mixtures:

Add the wet mixture to the bowl with the dry mix and whisk everything until a loose batter forms (do not overmix -some lumps are okay).

Step 4: Cook pancakes:

Heat a non-stick skillet (or griddle) over medium-high heat. Once hot, pour the batter into the skillet (I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to portion out each pancake) and cook until they are firm and golden brown on each side.

Step 5: Add toppings and serve:

Top pancakes with butter and maple syrup and serve hot. Enjoy!

mixed ingredients for buttermilk pancakes in a mixing bowl

Tips & Tricks //

  • I’ve adapted this recipe to feed my family of 5, but you could very easily halve it if you need to.
  • Be sure not to overmix the batter. Just make sure everything is combined and then stop mixing.
  • The trick to flipping the pancakes at the perfect time is to flip when the bubbles in the batter rise to the surface and burst and the edges start to firm up.
  • Try your best only to flip the pancakes once while they’re cooking. You’ll most likely have to work through the batter in batches.

Why are Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes So Good?

  • Made-from-scratch pancakes taste so much better than a box mix, especially topped with spiced maple syrup.
  • What’s not to love about making a perfect batch of pillowy pancakes in less than 15-minutes with a handful of pantry ingredients?
  • Buttermilk is the secret to achieving a perfectly toasted surface with a tender, fluffy center on every pancake you flip!
buttermilk pancakes in a pan

Variations //

The beauty of making pancakes from scratch is that you can add just about anything to the batter and make them your own.

  • Chocolate Chip Pancakes: Gently fold in a handful or two of chocolate chips to the batter. For extreme chocolate lovers, go ahead and drench your stack in an indulgent chocolate sauce as well.
  • Blueberry Pancakes: Add a cup or so of frozen blueberries to the batter and top your stack with warm and gooey blueberry sauce.
  • You could also add dry ingredients like chopped nuts, shredded coconut and dried fruit. Some fresh berries and whipped cream would be divine as well. The options are endless!
  • Make buttermilk waffles. This batter is also the perfect consistency to adapt for homemade waffles.

How to Store and Reheat //

Storing: Leftovers s will last 2 to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Reheating: To reheat, plop your pancakes in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds or until warmed through. If your pancakes are frozen, you do not need to thaw them first.

Make-Ahead and Freezer Options //

Freezing: Homemade buttermilk pancakes freeze exceptionally well. This is a great recipe to double and freeze half for later.

  • To freeze, cook the pancakes as directed and let them cool completely.
  • Then, place a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in a single layer and place it in the freezer until they each freeze solid. You can then transfer the individually frozen pancakes to a freezer-safe bag and keep them in the freezer for up to 2 months.
stack of buttermilk pancakes on a plate

FAQ //

What does buttermilk do in pancakes?

Buttermilk helps achieve perfectly tender and toasted pancakes. The acidity from the buttermilk activates the baking soda/powder encouraging the pancakes to rise.

What can I use instead of buttermilk for pancakes?

To make buttermilk pancakes without buttermilk, you can use “acidified milk.” Add a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a measuring cup and then fill the rest with regular milk until it measures 1 cup. Stir the mixture together and let it sit for at least 5 minutes.

Why are my buttermilk pancakes flat?

If your pancakes did not lift as much as expected, the batter might have been too heavy. A good rule of thumb for a pancake batter is not to over mix (it’s okay if it’s lumpy) and to make sure it drips (rather than pours) off of your spoon.

How long can buttermilk pancakes sit out?

Since these pancakes contain dairy and eggs, they should not be left out at room temperature any longer than 2 hours.

More Pancake Recipes //

Lemon Ricotta Thyme Pancakes

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

Lemon Raspberry Pancakes

Puffed Pancakes

buttermilk pancakes topped with blueberries

Buttermilk Pancakes

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Ditch the box and make perfect pancakes from scratch! This Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes recipe yields thick and fluffy pancakes in just 15-minutes. Douse with butter and pure maple syrup for a weekend breakfast treat!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In another whisk together the wet ingredients.
  2. Whisk together until the batter comes together.
  3. Pour batter onto a medium to medium-high skillet. I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour it out.
  4. Cook the pancakes in a buttered (I use cooking spray) pan until they are golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes
  5. Top them with butter and maple syrup, or you could get fancy and make a blueberry sauce like I did. Some fresh berries and whipped cream would be divine on these as well.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 817mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 11g

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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Aqui na Cozinha - Patty Martins

    How delightful . Wonderful.
    Kisses
    Patty Martins

  2. Memoria

    Beautiful pancakes! YUM!

  3. JRandAJsMom

    Made these for my boys this morning and they were a hit!!! And easy enough for them to help too which made them even better! Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      glad that they were a hit!

  4. Kristen

    Made these this morning and they were awesome. I had to make a few alterations because I have been gaining weight from all my baking and I need to get my blood sugars lower. I did half the recipe and there still had tons of pancake which is awesome. I used wheat flour instead and splenda sugar blend plus I added some mini chocolate chips (about 1/4 cup). These pancakes rock and I love how fluffy they were! I am glad I came across this website! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks Kristen! I love these pancakes too.

  5. Colleen

    I made these pancakes with the blueberry sauce this morning for my husband and he declared them the best pancakes he has ever eaten. Buttermilk is going to have to become a staple in our fridge. The blueberry sauce was fabulous too. I think we’ll be making some greek yogurt pops later with the leftover sauce. Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes!

    1. bakedbree

      Wow! Buttermilk is easy to make if you do not have any on hand. Pour a cup of milk into a cup and add a Tablespoon or so of lemon juice or vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes. Viola! Buttermilk.

  6. asta

    hi
    Love your blog 🙂
    i would love to use this recipe for a brunch on súnday, but i come from denmark and we dont have a stick of butter, do you maybe know how many grams it is ?
    thanks in advance 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      I am not sure how many grams, but it is 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup. Is that 200 grams?

  7. asta

    ups!
    – one question more, is ik okay to use only baking powder? 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      no, it is not, they might not rise.

      1. Asta

        thanks for your help! 😀
        everbody loved the pancakes so much ( NO LEFTOVERS!)
        -perfect recipe for buttermilk pancakes

        thank you

        1. bakedbree

          you are welcome!

      2. kim

        love your website

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