Easy Pancake Recipe Without Milk


Have you ever had delicious pancakes that became the perfect weekend breakfast? These fluffy homemade pancakes are ones that you’ll come back to over and over again.  Our easy pancake recipe without milk will remind you of traditional pancakes, but they’re extra fluffy pancakes, making them wonderful.

pancakes with butter
pancakes with butter

And a bonus, if your diet requires you to eat dairy-free pancakes, these don’t have milk. 

What’s the Best Way to Cook Pancakes?

There are a variety of ways that pancakes can be cooked. If you have a busy morning and you need to cook several pancakes, you might consider spraying a sheet pan with cooking spray and baking them in the oven. 

Other favorite ways to cook them include using an olive oil lined frying pan, cooking the pancakes over medium-high heat, then flipping them to cook the other side until the desired doneness is achieved.

pancake batter with bubbles
pancake batter with bubbles

For a quick breakfast, you might also like to cook your pancakes in a cast iron skillet. This happens to be our favorite way. Just use a bit of cooking oil in the bottom of the pan so the batter doesn’t stick. Then, heat it up and cook them to perfection.  

How to Achieve a Crispy Edge for Your Pancakes

If you’re a pancake connoisseur, you might prefer to have crispy edges on your pancakes. That’s my preference for any pancakes and I appreciate the challenge to achieve them whenever I whip up a batch. 

Do you know the key to turning regular pancakes into a crispy golden brown delight? Cooking oil and a hot griddle is the key and using both of these is a great way to achieve success.

cooking pancakes
cooking pancakes

You can use your favorite kind of cooking oil, whether that be coconut oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, or whatever the case might be. 

Before adding your batter to the pan, be sure to use an adequate amount of oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Then make sure that the temperature is nice and warm.

Once both of these two things have been achieved, you can add  a single layer of thin batter. This works well for any classic pancake recipe. 

How to Keep Pancakes Warm

Let’s assume you’re going to want to whip up a batch of this milk free pancake recipe so that the whole family can enjoy it, but you value eating together at the same time.

What’s the best way to keep your pancakes warm while the remainder of the batch is cooking?

stack of pancakes
stack of pancakes

​Rather than leaving the finished pancakes out at room temperature, we prefer to serve them piping hot.

A great option that we like to use is to turn the oven on low heat and place the finished pancakes on a baking sheet and cover them with foil so they don’t dry out for the best results.

This will give you great tasting pancakes and the ability to serve them hot. 

How to Store Leftover Pancakes

If you’re fortunate enough to have leftover pancakes, you can either store them in the refrigerator or the freezer, depending on the length of time you intend to store them. 

For pancakes that you intend to use in the next 2-3 days, you can transfer them to an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. 

For long-term storage of up to 2 months, transfer your cooked pancakes to zipped freezer bags and be sure to date and label the contents of the packaging.

stack of pancakes
stack of pancakes

Then it can be stored in the freezer until you’re ready to reheat and use the pancakes. For the best results, place a sheet of parchment paper between each pancake so they don’t all stick together.

Easy Recipe for Homemade Pancakes Without Milk

Below are our step-by-step instructions for making fluffy homemade pancakes that are dairy-free.

These are the perfect pancakes made with only pantry staples, and we’re pretty sure you’ll come back to this homemade pancake recipe, it’s that delicious. 


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tbsp white sugar

1 large egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup of water

3 tbsp melted butter

pouring syrup on pancakes
pouring syrup on pancakes


To make this easy pancake batter, we’ll mix the dry ingredients first, then add the wet ingredients. 

In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Whisk until fully incorporated. 

In a small bowl, which together egg, vanilla, water, and melted butter. Then transfer the wet ingredients and mix them with the dry ingredients. 

Finally, add the plain water and stir well. 

Grease a griddle with cooking oil and heat to medium heat. 

Pour a thin layer of pancake batter into the griddle and cook until bubbles begin to form. Using a spatula, flip the pancake over and cook until cooked through. 

Serve hot with a drizzle of maple syrup and enjoy!

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pancake dry ingredients
pancake dry ingredients
adding water to dry pancake ingredients
adding water to dry pancake ingredients
mixing pancake ingredients
mixing pancake ingredients
pancake batter with bubbles
pancake batter with bubbles

Are These Pancakes Vegan?

Our recipe for pancakes isn’t vegan because it includes the use of eggs. To make these into vegan pancakes, you’ll want to use a vegan friendly egg substitute and adjust the recipe accordingly. 

Other Substitutes

If you have food allergies, there are certain things that you’ll want to avoid. Some people need to avoid eggs and egg yolk. If this is the case for you, you’ll want to check out our egg substitute for baking article which gives a variety of ideas of alternatives that work well in baked goods, such as pancakes and making the best eggless pancakes.

If you require a gluten free diet, you’ll want to adjust the recipe ingredients to use your favorite all purpose gluten-free flour.

pancakes with syrup
pancakes with syrup

Our recipe doesn’t include milk, so if you require a dairy free diet, you’re all set. But there are several non-dairy milk alternatives that you might like to try at one time or another. 

Substitutes for Milk Pancakes

If you have a dairy allergy and you’re needing to consider a milk alternative to regular milk, some options include almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, and oat milk. These all make good milk substitutes. 

And perhaps instead of using them in your pancake recipe, since our recipe doesn’t call for that, instead you might like to sit down with a glass of milk while you enjoy your pancakes. 

What to Serve with Pancakes

There are several delicious foods that can be served with pancakes, but our all time favorite is fresh fruit. Whether that includes some berries like blueberries, raspberries, bananas, or a bowl of mixed fruit, you can’t go wrong serving fruit with your pancakes. 

​Looking to add protein? Perhaps you’ll want to consider a side of a little bit of bacon or sausage. 

​Other favorite toppings for pancakes might include chocolate chips, a sprinkle of brown sugar, a bit of whipped cream and sprinkles. 

​Top off your meal with a glass of orange juice to add some nutrition and vitamins to your diet. 

Can I use this recipe for french toast or as a waffle recipe?

We don’t recommend that you use this simple recipe for French toast, French toast generally consists of mainly egg ingredients. 

We’ll admit that the combination of these simple ingredients makes some of the best batter, and you can consider using it to make waffles.

The difference will be that you’ll want to cook the delicious recipe in a waffle iron to achieve the perfect waffles. 

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Sarah is known for her extra fancy yeast breads, melt in your mouth pies, and everything salads. She has won awards as a home cook, and is passionate about helping others feel smarter in the kitchen. Sarah is the cooking genius of the sister duo.

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