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How to Make Pancakes Without Baking Powder

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stack of pancakes without baking powder

stack of pancakes without baking powder

Pancakes are a very popular breakfast food around the world. They're usually an on-the-go meal for busy people like me. As I checked my pantry today, I found out that I didn't have any pancake mix. Rather than going and getting some to satisfy my cravings, I decided to make my own version! So I started checking all my ingredients... and then I noticed I didn't have any baking powder. So I improvised and came up with this simple and affordable pancake recipe that doesn't use baking powder. I topped my pancakes with chocolate chips but you can also use chocolate syrup or other toppings. This is the simplest recipe on how to make pancakes without baking powder from scratch. Enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

10 min

25 min


Five ingredients for homemade pancakes

Five ingredients for homemade pancakes


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk, liquid
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • butter, optional
  • chocolate chips, optional
  • oil, for cooking


For Preparing:

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Prep Bowls (for the ingredients)
  • Wire Whisk
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoon

For Cooking:

  • Ladle
  • Turner
  • Pan

Step-by-Step Procedure: Pancakes Without Baking Powder


  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Stir using a whisk to incorporate everything.
  2. Start adding the wet ingredients.
  3. Stir everything until there are no small lumps.
  4. Heat up the pan. Grease it using a small amount of oil.
  5. Spoon the batter into the pan using the ladle.
  6. Cook the pancake at least 2 minutes per side or until bubbles start to come out.

Tips and Techniques

  • Separate egg yolk from egg white. Beat the egg white before adding it to the rest of the ingredients to make a fluffier pancake.
  • Top pancake with butter and chocolate to balance the saltiness and sweetness of this breakfast dish.
  • May use either salted or unsalted butter.
  • Drizzle some pancake syrup on top.
  • Add other condiments such as chocolate syrup or whipped cream if preferred.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Is it compulsory to separate the egg yolk from egg white when making pancakes without baking powder?

Answer: If you want to make your pancake fluffier, you need to beat the egg white until stiff peak before adding it to the yolk.

Question: Can I not add in milk when making pancakes without baking powder?

Answer: Yes. Just replace it with water.

Question: Can you not use baking powder for making pancakes?

Answer: Yes, you can by following this recipe. If you want a fluffier pancake even without baking powder, you may try adding whipped eggs into the pancake mixture.

Question: Does it mean i can use just the egg white without the egg yolk?

Answer: Yes, if you want to go healthy.

Question: Can you put butter and chocolate chips in the mixture for the pancakes?

Answer: You can put butter as it will give extra flavor into it. On the other hand, It is possible for you to add chocolate chips into the mixture. However, I won't recommend it because it will melt right away as soon as it touches the bottom of the pan.

Question: Do you have another subtitute for baking powder for pancakes?

Answer: One famous fluffy pancake recipe is from Japan. All you need to do is whisk the egg until stiff peak is achieved then add it into the mixture. Using self-rising flour may also help.

Question: Can I replace the baking powder with bicarbonate of soda when making pancakes?

Answer: Yes using the ratio of 3 baking powder to 1 baking soda. Example: If the recipe calls for 3 teaspoon of baking powder, you may replace it with 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

Question: Can you put butter and chocolate chips in the mixture?

Answer: Yes, you can add both into the mixture. In some recipes, butter is added into the pancake mixture as an oil alternative. With the chocolate chips, you can add it but expect that your pancake won't come out as good as chocolate chips cookies. Since you need to cook it for a while then flip it over, you can expect that the chocolate will be melted immediately.

Question: Should I add salt to this pancake mix recipe?

Answer: In this recipe yes but you can omit it if you want. In desserts or even when eating fruits, sprinkling small amount of salt will highlight the sweetness of the food.

Question: Do we add sugar when making pancakes without baking powder?

Answer: Yes to give a little sweetness into it. You may opt not to add as well especially if you're counting your sugar intake for a day.

Question: How many pancakes does it make?

Answer: 6 pieces, as big as cup saucer.

Question: How much butter are you supposed to use for these pancakes?

Answer: You can use butter in two ways. 1st as an alternative to oil when cooking the pancakes. At least 1 tbsp butter for this process. 2nd when you serve it. Pancakes are usually served with butter and syrup on top in restaurants. In this case, you can use as much amount of butter that you want.

Question: If I don't separate egg yolk and egg white, will the pancake come out nicely?

Answer: Yes, still fluffy but not that fluffier if you will beat the egg white/s.

Question: Can I put peanut butter instead of blueberries on pancakes?

Answer: Yes, anything you like.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 29, 2020:

Hi Emily,

Thank you! I hope you check out more of our recipes! Have a wonderful day!

Emily Adams on July 29, 2020:

This Recipe is PERFERT thanks to you I had a great start off the day

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 04, 2020:

Hello Alyssa,

You may or you may not. For those weight watchers, they prefer to put egg whites only. I personally add both egg white and egg yolk whenever I'm making my pancake. In this case, just make sure to whisk the egg white until stiff peak and carefully add/fold beaten egg yolk into the said mixture.

ALYSSA ROBERTSON on July 04, 2020:

When separating egg whites do i still put the yoke into the wet ingredients and mix it in ?

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 01, 2020:

Hello Kissa,

I'm glad you like our recipe. Yes, you may add more sugar o choose a sweet toppings to compliment the taste of it. I actually served this with chocolate chips toppings.

Kissa Paula Bautista on July 01, 2020:

I actually made this a couple of times and it is great. I suggest to add another tbsp of sugar if you have a sweet tooth like me :)

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on April 14, 2020:

Yes. 3 teaspoon is equal to 1 tablespoon.

sanya on April 14, 2020:

is a teaspoon smaller than a table spoon?

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on April 02, 2020:

Thank you! If you want it to make fluffier without baking powder, you can add whisked egg.

love on April 01, 2020:

Like the way you can not use baking powder .thanks so much .

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on February 27, 2020:

Hi Hayley,

Thank you! I hope you check out my other recipes here.

Hayley on February 27, 2020:

This is really helpful

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 11, 2018:


You will enjoy this one for sure! Thanks for dropping by.

Centfie from Kenya on July 11, 2018:

Easy and useful recipe of pancake without baking powder which I intend to put to use.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 11, 2018:

Hi dredcuan, I will welcomed it. Send it tome at my email.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 10, 2018:


You're welcome! If you love eating corn kernels, I do have a new recipe for that as well. Cheers!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 10, 2018:

Hi Draedcuan, many thanks for the feedback.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 10, 2018:


If you will serve this for kids, they will surely enjoy it! You may also use choxolate syrup instead of the chocolate chips. Though I prefer the latter because some choco bits remained even I sprinkled it on top of my hot pancake.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 10, 2018:

Hello Dred Cuan, this is a very simple recipe. What is new for me to use is the chocolate. I don't like baking powder in pancakes. But I will just add the chocolates. Because bp can cause stone formation in the body. Many thanks, and I hope the new nice taste will make my family" ask for more."

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 08, 2018:


You can also try other variation like wheat flour to make it healthier version. Then rather than chocolate chips, choose any kind of fruits. It will surely be delicious as well.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 08, 2018:

Good to know so next time I don't have baking powder, I can just follow this recipe. There was a time when I really liked pancakes for breakfast but now as I get older, I try to avoid eating too much.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 08, 2018:

Yes, it tasted really good! Let me know how you liked the result. Cheers!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 08, 2018:

sounds good....the next breakfast at church I will make these for sure. Thanks for sharing....now I am hungry

Angels are on the way ps

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 07, 2018:


It is so delicious! I like the combination of salt and chocolate chips on top of it.

Leah from New York on July 07, 2018:

This looks like a nice, easy way to make some fluffy pancakes without using a premade batter. Thanks!

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