Enjoy Pancakes Anytime!

I mentioned earlier that we are getting great practice at quick fix dinners around here. And one that I can usually pull off in a pinch are pancakes. I’ve been testing a few different pancake recipes lately. I’m wondering how many mornings in a row my kids will willingly eat chocolate chip pancakes as I work to get the recipe “just perfect.”

Next week is Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday as it is also called. The church I grew up in always hosted a pancakes supper on Shrove Tuesday, but I had no idea why pancakes were associated with that day until a few years ago when I was researching Easter traditions for a magazine article.

Come to find out, in the middle ages, eggs and butter were foods to abstain from eating during Lent. So, on Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, you’d use up your stores of rich fats. A good food to do that with are pancakes. Just picture those buttery, rich hot cakes.

Amen to that!

Not only are pancakes “tradition” at least once a year, but they are also very kid-friendly. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone — young or old — who didn’t love pancakes.

Pancakes make a perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Here is a delicious round up of pancakes ideas, recipes, toppings, and more. Get flipping and enjoy a short stack with someone you love.

Serving Suggestions

Keys to a Successful Pancake Breakfast or Dinner

Host a PJ Pancake Breakfast Bash

Basic Pancake Recipes

Basic Bulk Batch Pancakes

Easy Buttermilk Pancakes

Swedish Pancakes

Buckwheat, Cornmeal, and Whole Wheat Pancakes

Healthy Pancakes

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

Multi-Grain Pancakes with Blueberries

5-Grain Pancakes with Flax

Fruity and Fancy Pancakes

Pancakes with Apples and Whipped Maple Butter

Sour Cream Blueberry Pancakes

Baked Apple Gingerbread Pancakes

Cocoa Banana Pancakes

Gingerbread Pancakes

Lazy Sourdough Apple Pancakes

Gluten-Free Pancakes

Gluten-Free Overnight Pancakes

GF Pancakes

Buckwheat Pancakes

Topping It Off

5 Simple Homemade Pancake Syrups

Apple Cider Syrup

Strawberry Topping

Got a great pancake tradition or recipe?

We’d love to hear it! Share it in the comments.

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  1. We love pancakes for dinner in our family! What we like to mix in:
    *pumpkin puree
    *sweet potato puree
    *ricotta cheese & blueberries
    *cream of wheat
    *mashed bananas & Stonyfield Farms
    banilla yogurt
    *Brown Cow maple yogurt

  2. It’s not just in the middle ages that people abstained from eggs and dairy. Since the time of Christ, the Orthodox Christian Church always have and still abstains from eggs, dairy and meat during Lent and other fasting periods throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more this is a great article:

  3. I need to make pancakes now. I don’t know that I can wait for Tuesday. 😉

  4. I love pancakes!

    In my opinion, one of the best things about pancakes is that it’s really no harder to make a double batch than a single batch, and it’s a yummy breakfast food that freezes amazingly well. So, every time I make pancakes, I make a double batch, and I end up with frozen pancakes that last us a while… MMMMMM!

  5. Our favorite recipe came from Family Fun Magazine a few years ago.
    3 eggs
    1/2 C sugar (I cut this to 1/4 C)
    1/2 C canola oil
    1 1/2 C flour (can use whole wheat)
    1 T baking powder
    1/4 t salt
    1C milk
    1/2 C choc. chips
    Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips in a batter bowl. Drop on to a hot griddle and sprinkle with chips, let bubbles pop, flip and serve.

    I double this and freeze the extras in zip lock bags. Warm for a minute in the microwave from frozen.

  6. Thanks for a great round-up and for including my pancakes & syrups. My son is on spring break this week and we just may end up cooking our way through the whole list!

  7. How did you know that I’ve been CRAVING pancakes like crazy for the past few months during this pregnancy of mine?! haha thanks for all of the recipes. Mmmmm I want some right now!

  8. Those pancakes are just perfect! Thanks for these recipes. I’ve been looking for a new whole wheat recipe. I make big batches and freeze the extras. Then we pop them in the toaster to warm for breakfasts on school days. I like to have control over the ingredients and the store-bought frozen ones have too much going on.

  9. I live in Ontario, and have found that regardless of when we it was just my husband and I or when the kids started coming along, menu planning has always been an important part of our lives. It totally shaved my grocery bill, and also helped to eliminate a lot of impulse buying.
    In these tough times we rely on things like purchasing a portion of a cow, and our local farmers market. In the fall I can a lot of fruits to help get through winter months. I have been following the newest trend of the 100 mile challenge~where you only consume foods within that space. What an eye opening experience to realize what a bounty surrounds us. It helps to realize how much food is costing when it gets shipped in from around the world.

  10. So funny! I just posted my favorite pancake recipe from scratch yesterday.

    There is never a wrong time of day to have pancakes!! Thanks for the great collection of recipes 🙂

  11. Georgette says:

    I LOVE pancakes & all things breakfast food. Pancakes were the only thing I could really cook when I first got married! We eat them all times of day & I just found this great new recipe!! Use malted mik powder instead of sugar. Tastes like IHOP only better!

    Love your site! Thanks for all the great tips & stuff!
    God Bless!! Georgette

  12. Ever try making them with snow? Just sub snow for the eggs. Details here –

  13. Made your pancakes yesterday – they were great! Halved the recipe and put the extra in the freezer. Always look forward to reading your emails. Thank you!

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