Making pancakes for breakfast is a surefire way to win the mother of the year award with your kids, well for that day anyway. This easy pancake recipe for kids is a winner in that it tastes great, makes gorgeous fluffy pancakes and only has four ingredients, which you will already have in your pantry.

Once you have started making these, you will always be making your pancakes from scratch. As the ingredients are minimal and the method simple, the kids can easily get involved with making their own pancakes. Have them tip the ingredients into the bowl and even do the whisking. The cooking itself isn’t suitable for younger kids but older kids can help with the flipping or even chopping fruit to serve with the pancakes.

Of course, if you don’t have the kids helping, you can whip these up in no time at all. These pancakes with self-raising flour have limited sugar, with just a little added with the maple syrup. If you are serving the pancakes with a more sugary topping/spread then you could perhaps omit the maple syrup if you are concerned about reducing the sugar content. You could also make these apple pikelets into pancakes if you want a sweet alternative with only natural sugars.

Easy pancake recipe for kids

Makes 4 pancakes


1 cup self-raising flour, sifted
1 cup milk
1 egg, lightly whisked
1 tsp maple syrup


Combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.

Set the mixture aside for 10 minutes. This will give you fluffy pancakes when you cook them. If you can leave them longer than 10 minutes that will be even better. (Tip: if you wake earlier than the kids, you can whip up the batter before you wake them and the mixture will be ready to go when they get up)

Heat a frying pan (or a crepe pan – they are also perfect for cooking pancakes) on medium-low. Grease the pan with some spray oil or butter.

Pour approximately 1/2 cup pancake mixture onto the pan. When the surface starts to bubble, flip over. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes or until cooked through.

Pancake serving suggestions

  • top with fresh chopped fruit (bananas, strawberries or blueberries)
  • spread with jam, Nutella or even peanut or other nut butter
  • with bacon and maple syrup on the side – seriously decadent and delicious
  • and for a dessert option you can’t go past a big scoop of ice cream dripping down the sides of your pancake
  • for a savoury option (maybe not so much for the kids depending on their taste) spread with cream cheese and top with smoked salmon and a sprinkling of dill
  • lemon butter or curd also makes for a tasty pancake spread or even the old lemon juice and a sprinkling of sugar
  • if you want to get a bit more creative with your pancake designs a pancake pen allows you to draw different shapes with your pancake batter or pancake moulds do the work for you like these Star Wars pancake moulds from Williams Sonoma.

How do you like to serve your pancakes?

fluffy pancakes from scratch

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Our pancakes were served on a bamboo plate from bobo&boo.

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