Happy national pancake day! To celebrate the popular breakfast treat, several stores will be treating their customers to a free serving of pancakes. But if you’re not fortunate enough to pass by an iHOP today, the good news is, you can always make your own at home. Even better, there are tons of fun and creative recipes you can use to take your homemade pancakes to the next level!
Click through the gallery to see the most unique ways you can upgrade your pancakes.
Incorporate some bacon into your pancakes.
Bacon is one of the only reasons why we get excited about mornings, so why not mix them with pancakes? All you have to do is pour your batter over strips of cooked bacon in the pan and you're good to go! Get the full tutorial here.
Cinnamon Roll Pancake
Turn your pancakes into sweet cinnamon rolls.
It's the perfect recipe to try if you're obsessed with Cinnabon! After pouring your pancake batter into the pan, swirl some cinnamon sugar on top and add your cream cheese glaze to finish. You can see how the cinnamon mixture and glaze is made here.
Hot Chocolate Pancakes
Put a spin on your favorite beverage with these hot chocolate pancakes.
This is every chocolate lover's dream come true, and all it takes is a few extra scoops of your favorite hot coco mix in the batter. See how it's made here.
Rainbow Sprinkle Pancake
Add some rainbow sprinkles to make funfetti pancakes.
It's the easiest way to turn your breakfast into a festive celebration! All you'll need is about three tablespoons of rainbow sprinkles to add to your batter. See the recipe here.
Smores Chocolate Chip Pancake
Use your pancakes as an opportunity to satisfy you s'mores cravings.
You just might be tempted to start a little campfire in your backyard with this tasty treat! Along with your basic ingredients, you'll need marshmallows, chocolate chips, and graham crackers for toppings. See how it's made here.
Cake Batter Red Velvet Pancake
Turn them into red velvet batter pancakes.
It'll feel like you're eating actual red velvet cake, and the cream cheese syrup adds the perfect touch! The trick is to use red velvet cake mix with your flour as you make your batter. And as for the cream cheese syrup, you only need cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. See the recipe here.
German Oven Pancake
Try the German oven pancake.
It takes less than five minutes to make and the oven does all the work! You just pour your batter into a buttered pan and bake until the edges turn golden brown. See how to make the delicious recipe here.
Mac And Cheese Pancake
Incorporate some Kraft mac and cheese for an unexpected twist.
We know, we know — mac and cheese pancakes sounds like a crazy idea. But if you want to go for something more savory, make your Kraft mac and cheese sauce (as instructed on the box), add some flour and eggs, then lightly fry them in a skillet! See the full recipe here.
Create a Nutella filling.
Who wouldn't love a pancake sandwich with a Nutella filling? All you need to do is create flat disks of Nutella on a baking sheet and keep them in the freezer until they're solid. Then, as you cook one pancake, put the frozen Nutella on top and pour more batter over the disk until it's covered.
You can get the full recipe here!
Ombre Pancakes Marshmallow Frosting
Add some food coloring to make your pancakes pop.
You can go for different colors for a rainbow effect, or try ombre pancakes like this! Depending on your color preference, all you have to do is add a drop or two of your favorite food coloring and mix them into your batter. See the recipe for it here.
Halloween Candy Dessert Pancake
Get festive with candy dessert pancakes.
If you're craving candy in the morning, then this is your perfect excuse to have some! After making your pancakes, drizzle some melted chocolate on top and add a few bits of Nerds, or any other candy of your choosing! See how to make these pancakes here.
To get your healthy dose of fruit, try banana pancakes.
They'll make you feel a little less guilty about eating so many! All you have to do is mash an overripe banana and add it to your batter. See the recipe here.
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