These Fluffy American Pancakes are super easy to make and great for breakfast or brunch for the entire family! Use only a few simple ingredients and in less than 15 minutes you have a delicious meal served!

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The Easiest Pancake Recipe with a Healthy Twist

My 3-year-old son recently had some American Pancakes at a café in Chicago and he loved them! Since then, he has been asking me to make “Chicago Pancakes”, so I had to! But, obviously had to create a healthier version because this is what I love doing! They taste just as good, trust me! Served on our bamboo penguin plate.

American Pancake Bamboo Plate

Reasons to Love These American Pancakes

  • Fluffy and the kids love them!
  • Uses a few basic ingredients.
  • It is a healthier version of American pancakes using oat flour.

Ingredients

You only need a few easy ingredients to make these fluffy American pancakes:

  • All-purpose flour: Use plain flour in this recipe.
  • Oat flour: Added to increase nutritional value, but feel free to substitute with plain flour if you wish.
  • Baking powder: Leavening agent to make the pancakes rise.
  • Egg: Use a room temperature egg for the best results.
  • Milk: I used whole milk, but any milk of your choice will work.
  • Brown sugar: Added for sweetness and contributes to the texture. But feel free to omit.
  • Butter: I used melted salted butter in this recipe.
American Pancake Ingredients

Step by Step Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, oat flour, baking powder and brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients (melted butter, milk, and egg).
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet bowl and mix until combined. Be sure to not overmix!
  • Let the batter rest for 3-5 minutes. This will make your pancakes fluffier as the baking powder activates.
  • Heat a skillet or pancake pan over medium heat and add some butter or coconut oil.
  • Drop ¼ cup batter for regular size American pancakes (make sure the batter does not spread too much), or 1/8 cup for smaller pancakes. Cook until bubbles appear on top, and you can flip.
  • Flip and cook another minute and serve!

Tips to Make Perfect Pancakes Every Time

  • Use a good nonstick pan.
  • Cook on low-medium heat! Make sure that you do not rush the process, you want fluffy and golden pancakes!
  • Grease your pan with butter or coconut oil between batches.
  • Flip the pancakes with confidence when you see bubbles forming on top.
  • Do not overmix! Combine wet and dry stirring until just combined.

Storage Instructions

Once the pancakes have cooled, you can add them to a Ziploc bag or glass storage container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days and freeze for up to 3 months.

To reheat, let them defrost in the fridge overnight, or add to a toaster or microwave.

American Pancakes Top View

Serving Suggestions and Substitutions

Here are some of our favorite toppings:

  • Maple syrup: Drizzle a bit on top for a sweet touch!
  • Caramelized bananas: Cook some slices with butter, vanilla, and cinnamon for the perfect healthier combo!
  • Cream cheese and jam: You can make a pancake sandwich and add to lunchboxes, kids love them! Here is my sugar free blueberry chia jam recipe.

You can make the following substitutions:

  • Oat flour: You can replace it with the same amount of all-purpose flour.
American Pancake Sandwich

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the healthiest pancakes to eat?

Pancakes made with oats or at least a portion of it are healthier. If you’d like a lower added sugar pancake, banana pancakes may be good ones to try.

Why are American Pancakes so thick?

American pancakes are thicker and fluffier due to their higher leavening agent content, while crepes are thinner and more delicate.

Why are my pancakes not fluffy?

Your baking powder may be expired or open for a long time. Or you may have overworked the batter.

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Fluffy American Pancakes

These Fluffy American Pancakes are made with only a few simple ingredients, and it is an easy yummy breakfast for the entire family!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: american pancakes receita, american pfannkuchen rezept, como fazer panqueca americana, fluffy american pancakes recipe, fluffy pancake recipe, panqueca americana simples, receita de panqueca americana doce, traditional american pancakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 7
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Carol Pecora

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg large
  • 2 tbsp butter melted (or 1 1/2 tbsp room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, oat flour, baking powder and brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients (melted butter, milk, and egg).
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet bowl and mix until combined. Be sure to not overmix!
  • Let the batter rest for 3-5 minutes. This will make your pancakes fluffier as the baking powder activates.
  • Heat a skillet or pancake pan over medium heat and add some butter or coconut oil.
  • Drop ¼ cup batter for regular size American pancakes (make sure the batter does not spread too much) or 1/8 cup for smaller pancakes for kids. Cook until bubbles appear on top, and you can flip.
  • Flip and cook another minute and serve!

Notes

  • Use a good nonstick pan.
  • Cook on low-medium heat! Make sure that you do not rush the process, you want fluffy and golden pancakes!
  • Grease your pan with butter or coconut oil between batches.
  • Flip the pancakes with confidence when you see bubbles forming on top.
  • Do not overmix! Combine wet / dry and stir until just combined.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Fluffy American Pancakes
Amount per Serving
Calories
128
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
35
mg
12
%
Sodium
 
168
mg
7
%
Potassium
 
93
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
176
IU
4
%
Calcium
 
111
mg
11
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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