Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes | ChopChop


These pancakes are light and fluffy, with a little added texture from the cornmeal. If you like them grainy, you can add even more cornmeal—or more whole-grain flour. If you have a hard time pouring the batter onto the skillet, try pouring it first into a clean, empty squeeze bottle, like the kind ketchup comes in; it’s really easy to squeeze out nice, even pancakes that way, and you can even spell your name on the pan or griddle.

From our new cookbook: ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family 

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Makes: 8 6-inch pancakes

Kitchen Gear: 

Large bowl
Measuring cup
Wooden spoon
Small bowl
Measuring spoons
Large skillet
Heatproof spatula


1 cup
all-purpose white or whole-wheat flour
3⁄4 cups
whole-wheat or Graham flour
1⁄4 cup
1 teaspoon
baking soda
2 teaspoons
baking powder
1⁄4 teaspoon
2 cups
1⁄2 cup
low-fat or whole milk
large eggs
3 tablespoons
vegetable oil or melted unsalted butter
maple syrup


1. Put the dry ingredients (flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt) in the large bowl and stir until the mixture is combined.

2. Put the wet ingredients (buttermilk, milk, eggs, and 2 tablespoons oil) in the small bowl and stir to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not keep mixing until it is smooth. If it seems too thick, add another 1/4 cup milk (thinner batter will make thinner pancakes; thicker batter will make thicker ones).

3. Put the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium. When it is hot, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil or butter.

4. Drop ladlefuls of batter into the skillet, and cook until there are many little bubbles on each pancake’s surface. Using the spatula, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Serve right away with real maple syrup.


Why is it important to mix the batter so briefly? Mixing the batter produces stretchy protein molecules, called gluten. We don’t want much of this to happen to the pancakes—it will make them tough instead of tender. 

Fancy That! Pancake batter can be laced with tons of different ingredients! Some of our favorites are blueberries, banana slices, chopped nuts, dried coconut, raspberries, and sliced strawberries. 

Pancake Mix: Turn this recipe into a giftable dry mix! Just double the dry ingredients and add 2 envelopes (6 tablespoons) of buttermilk powder (you can find it in the baking aisle of your supermarket). Put this mixture into a jar with a tag that reads: 


Directions: Put half of the pancake mix in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat 2 large eggs, and add 2 cups water, 3/4 cup milk, and 2 tablespoons oil or melted butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then make pancakes!