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How to Make Pancakes Without Baking Powder

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These pancakes were prepared without baking powder.

These pancakes were prepared 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

1 serving

Five ingredients for homemade pancakes

Five ingredients for homemade pancakes


For the pancakes:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • oil, for cooking

For the optional toppings:

  • butter
  • chocolate chips


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.
  7. Top with optional butter and chocolate chips. Enjoy!

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 pancakes with butter (salted or unsalted) and chocolate to balance the saltiness and sweetness of this breakfast dish.
  • Additional topping ideas: maple syrup, chocolate syrup, jam, whipped cream, chopped fresh fruit.

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

Answer: Yes, anything you like.

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

Answer: Yes, if you want to go healthy.

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.

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