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Pancakes Without Butter

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Everyone loves pancakes. American style, European style, it really does not matter. What makes pancakes so special is the ingredients that are being used.

Do you need butter to make pancakes? Definitely not!

In fact, when I was a kid, I used to forgo the butter completely and simply bathe my pancakes in a pool of sweet, sweet maple syrup. I used to drink the stuff as well…until my mom found out. True story.

These butterless pancakes are super fluffy and good, so you will not miss the butter at all.

Speaking from the health side and macros, these pancakes without butter are healthier and lighter than those with butter.

Another positive side of this recipe is that it requires simple ingredients and steps. With only 5 ingredients you will have something delicious for your breakfast.

Why Butter Isn’t Necessary for Pancakes

Butter does give some nice flavor, but it also helps to make pancakes tender. If you are worried that your pancakes will the tough, we assure you they will not be.

Butter is not the only thing that makes pancakes fluffy and tender. Eggs are also an important part and they will perfectly skip into the spot.

The key here is just to whisk milk and eggs so they are well combined. There is no need to add any other oil.

Butter Substitutes for Pancakes

If you think you may miss what butter normally provides, make these pancakes with buttermilk. The buttermilk will add more fat and make the pancakes smoother. 

The good side of these pancakes without butter is that they are made with only five ingredients and in just 2 minutes of batter preparation.

These are made with basic ingredients everyone has in a cupboard, and they turn out perfect each and every time. 

You can use this batter to make classic pancakes or make small coin pancakes. Did you see the hype that is going on over the internet? Cereal pancakes? Well, this batter is perfect for that. 

When making pancakes just follow these simple rules:

The secret of making the best pancake batter is in allowing it to rest. Give your batter 2 minutes to sit before any baking.

This will allow the baking powder to react with the rest of the ingredients and make your pancakes fluffy

Afterward, you have to ladle the batter into the non-stick skillet and cook for 1 minute per side. That is it!

The Best Pancake Toppings

You can serve your pancakes with maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup. Top them with berries, powdered sugar, or whipped cream. Whatever you choose it will work. Check out some ideas here.

You can also add some of the toppings into the batter. Add a handful of the desired berries or chopped chocolate into the batter directly.

Other things to consider are chopped nuts like macadamia or almonds. Just make sure you stir them thoroughly through the batter.

How to Make Pancakes Without Butter

Please enjoy these step-by-step instructions for making pancakes without butter! Do not forget to experiment with your toppings because they can make all the difference when it comes to the flavor!

Step 1: Gather your ingredients.

pancakes without butter, step 1

Step 2: Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.

pancakes without butter, step 2

Step 3: In a mixing bowl, whisk milk and egg.

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Step 4: Add vanilla. 

pancakes without butter, step 4

Step 5: Fold in the dry ingredients and stir to combine. 

pancakes without butter, step 5

Step 6: Cook the pancakes for 1 minute per side. 

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Step 7: Serve the pancakes warm topped with the desired topping. 

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Pancakes Without Butter

Pancakes Without Butter

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These pancakes without butter are light, fluffy, and delicious with powdered sugar and berries!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Berries, for serving, optional


Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. 

In a mixing bowl, whisk milk and egg.

Add vanilla. 

Fold in the dry ingredients and stir to combine. 

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

Grease the skillet with some cooking oil. Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into the skillet. 

Cook the pancakes for 1 minute per side. 

Serve the pancakes warm topped with the desired topping. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 pancake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

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