Baking Soda Pancakes

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I have been making my pancakes with more baking powder than baking soda for years.  A few months ago, my family wanted pancakes and I realized I only had a small amount of baking powder.  I decided to use mostly baking soda and just the small amount of baking powder I had, to help activate the soda.  I loved the results.  Don’t you just love when things like this turn out?   They reminded me more of a buttermilk pancake, with a nice texture and fluffiness.  They are really delicious, and I just had to share them 🙂  These pancakes are a great alternative to buttermilk pancakes.  I don’t know about you all, but I don’t usually have buttermilk on hand.  The baking soda really makes a delicious milk-based pancake.

Homemade Pancakes

Homemade Pancakes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. oil (I use olive oil)
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, and baking soda together. Add the salt and sugar, and mix well with a whisk.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the milk, vanilla, egg, and oil together with a whisk.
  • Add the flour to the wet ingredients and mix together until just combined. Do not over mix.
  • Let the mix sit, while a griddle or pan is pre-heating. Oil pan or griddle if required. Give the mix a quick stir, and ladle the batter on the griddle. Flip once the top begins to bubble and the bottom is cooked. Remove from heat once the bottom is cooked.
  • Top with a good maple syrup and enjoy!
  • Notes

    #1 Make the flour mixture ahead, so that these can be made any day of the week.

    # 2 Make the pancakes and freeze them. Defrost and warm through for a quick and homemade breakfast.

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    25 Responses to“Baking Soda Pancakes”

    1. 01/07/2016 at 10:55 am #

      This looks amazing,yum yum ….

        01/07/2016 at 10:56 am #

        Thanks Swapna 🙂

    2. 01/07/2016 at 11:15 am #

      they look so yummy

    3. 01/07/2016 at 1:51 pm #

      They looks amazing and – yes – so fluffy! Yum!

        01/07/2016 at 2:33 pm #

        Thanks Francesca! Happy New Year!

    4. 01/08/2016 at 5:57 am #

      Looks delicious! So wonderful when a new recipe comes together. Yeah, I never have buttermilk on hand. I just always make it with vinegar or lemon juice.

        01/08/2016 at 2:51 pm #

        Thanks Gretchen! I know, it’s awesome 🙂 I need to try that when I’m in a pinch. Happy New Year!

    5. 01/08/2016 at 9:58 am #

      These pancakes look incredibly fluffy, I’m amazed! I agree, I never have buttermilk on hand so it’s always nice to have an alternative. Great tip on making the flour mixture ahead- it’s so much better than buying the box mix at the store.

        01/08/2016 at 2:57 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Heather! I was amazed too and happy that my family wouldn’t be disappointed that morning 😉 I love making my flour mixtures ahead. It definitely makes things easier when I get requests on a weekday from my little ones. I hope you are having a great start to the new year!

    6. 01/08/2016 at 10:53 am #

      Interesting! My go-to pancake recipe calls for more powder than soda….I wonder how it would turn out if I flipped them? Maybe I’ll give it a try this weekend.

        01/08/2016 at 3:01 pm #

        Thanks Cynthia! I think you will be pleasantly surprised. My regular recipe calls for 1 tsp powder and 1/2 tsp soda. Let me know how it turns out for you. I really like it.

        • 01/08/2016 at 3:13 pm #

          I think mine is similar–the soda is half of the powder. I’ll try to remember to switch them this weekend as a test 🙂

          01/08/2016 at 3:55 pm #

          I hope you like it as much as we do 🙂

    7. 01/08/2016 at 3:36 pm #

      They look like the most perfectly soft pancakes ever!!

        01/08/2016 at 3:56 pm #

        Thank you so much 🙂

    8. Sandhya
      01/08/2016 at 4:16 pm #

      Antonia, these pancakes look so fluffy and yum! It is so much fun when we discover newer better ways with our recipes, right?

        01/08/2016 at 4:18 pm #

        Thanks Sandhya! It really is! Happy New Year 🙂

    9. 01/08/2016 at 5:15 pm #

      These look wonderful! Can’t wait to try 🙂

        01/08/2016 at 9:54 pm #

        Thanks Sarah! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

    10. 01/09/2016 at 8:44 am #

      These look so soft and delicious, Nice to have a perfect pancake recipe. Thanks for the tips as well 🙂
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

        01/09/2016 at 9:40 am #

        Thank you Lynne! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend as well. Happy Saturday 🙂

    11. kushigalu
      01/12/2016 at 8:55 pm #

      That looks so delicious and YUM! Beautiful click 🙂

        01/13/2016 at 9:03 am #

        Thank you for the kind words Kushi! Happy New Year 🙂

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