Maybe you're a pancakes-every-weekend person and want to up your game. Perhaps you've written off the American classic as too sweet or heavy. Either way, these ideas, which range from a mac 'n' cheese cake to one studded with healthy quinoa, will change the way you make breakfast.

Take this standard recipe for homemade pancakes—and then try one of the 10 different twists we've come up with.

Master Recipe

Serves 8


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk


    Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk the eggs into the milk in a liquid measuring cup and pour into the dry ingredients, stirring. Add mix-in of your choice (see options, next page).

    Preheat a griddle or nonstick pan over medium heat; coat with nonstick spray if necessary. Ladle spoonfuls of batter onto pan. When bubbles appear on the surface, flip each pancake and continue cooking for 30 seconds to a minute more, until the second side is browned.

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