No-Fail Pancakes

Pancakes are the ultimate family-friendly breakfast. They’re quick to make, everyone loves them, and you can make so many different variations, no-one will ever get sick of them!

So having a good pancake recipe up your sleeve is invaluable. This is mine.

These quantities make about 8 medium-sized pancakes, so double-batch if you need to. I usually make a double batch, cook enough for breakfast, and then cook the rest as smaller pikelets to freeze for lunchboxes. You’ll always find some version of these in my freezer stash.


1 cup spelt flour (white or wholemeal)

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup milk (dairy or plant-based)

1 egg


  1. Whisk the ingredients together in a mixing bowl or jug.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat. Grease with a little butter (or coconut oil for dairy free).
  3. Drop ¼ cup measures of the mix into the pan (or use tablespoon for lunchbox pikelets) and cook on one side until bubbles form.
  4. Flip and cook on the other side for another minute or so until golden.

Cook as is, or twist it by adding up to a cup of any of the following:

  • Grated apple
  • Mashed banana
  • Mashed sweet potato or pumpkin
  • Frozen berries

Some other tasty additions:

  • Choc chips
  • Spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg (especially good with pumpkin or sweet potato)

Serve with your favourite toppings:

  • Butter
  • Jam
  • Nut butter
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Fresh or stewed fruit
  • Yoghurt or ricotta
  • Sprinkled with chopped nuts, chia seeds or LSA mix
This was a quadruple batch of plain pancakes, which made for some very happy kids post-sleepover!



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