Fluffy Peanut Butter Pancakes

Peanut Butter Pancakes

The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Servings: 16 servings

Just when you thought perfect, fluffy buttermilk pancakes couldn’t get any better, guess again. Adding some peanut butter to the mix, literally, is a game changer that’ll leave you longing for weekend brunch.

The batter is easy to make with pantry staples—flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, peanut butter, an egg, and butter. The only specialty ingredient you might need to add to the grocery list is buttermilk. In a pinch, you can even make a quick buttermilk substitute at home.

Creamy vs. crunchy is a big debate when it comes to making PB&J sandwiches, but when it comes to these peanut butter pancakes there’s no contest: creamy all the way! The smooth texture ensures light, fluffy pancake batter.

A swirl of maple syrup is enough to enjoy these fluffy peanut butter pancakes hot off the griddle. You can also up the wow factor, and whisk some peanut butter into the syrup for a creamy peanut butter twist to drizzle over.

To really take these fluffy peanut butter pancakes over the top, add whipped cream, some mini chocolate chips and honey-roasted peanuts. It sounds crazy and decadent, and the perfect celebratory birthday breakfast (it is cake after all, right?)


  • For the Pancakes:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • For the Peanut Butter Syrup:
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Whipped cream
  • Mini-chocolate chips
  • Honey-roasted peanuts

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Pancake Ingredients
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    Syrup Ingredients
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    Topping Ingredients
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  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

    Dry Ingredients
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  3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine buttermilk, egg, peanut butter, and melted butter. 

    Wet Ingredients
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  4. Pour buttermilk mixture over flour mixture, and stir until just mixed. It’s okay if there are a few lumps (over mixing will cause your pancakes to be flat and dense).

    Mix Wet and Dry Ingredients
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  5. Heat a medium skillet over medium. Coat pan with a pat of batter, and drop1/4 cupfuls of batter onto hot skillet or griddle. Cook, turning once, until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

    Cook Pancakes
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  6. While pancakes are cooking, make the syrup. Combine the crunchy peanut butter and maple syrup and vanilla in a bowl. Stir until smooth.

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  7. Serve pancakes topped with peanut butter syrup, and chocolate chips and whipped cream, if desired.

    Peanut Butter Pancakes With Toppings
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  • The key to cooking pancakes once your batter’s ready is a hot pan, patience, and butter for greasing the griddle or skillet. Start the heat at medium, and wait until the pan is hot before adding any batter. The skillet is ready when water sprinkled on it immediately forms tiny bubbles that “dance” across the pan and evaporate.
  • If pancakes begin to brown too quickly before they’re ready to flip, reduce the heat to medium-low, or even low depending on the power of your stovetop.
  • Patience is a crucial virtue to making a crisp, golden pancake. Pancakes should be flipped only once, and timing is key. When air bubbles form on top and the edges start to look dry, the pancakes are ready to be flipped.