Easy Pancakes for Two

This super simple recipe makes fluffy pancakes for two. The batter is easy to customize (hello chocolate chips!) and a breeze to throw together when your pancake craving strikes.

Small Batch Homemade Pancakes

When it comes to weekends, I’m team big breakfast.

Brunch even.

I’m talking lazy Sunday mornings with the softest stretchy pants, copious cups of coffee, and my entire family piled on the same couch, cat and all, watching baking competitions until someone get’s so hungry (usually me) that they shuffle into the kitchen to start breakfast.

Variety is the name of the game for me and I could never just make pancakes, all by their lonesome, and call it a meal. Oh no.

I want pancakes, eggs, fresh fruit, hash browns… the works!

Out of this delicious quest for breakfast food variety, my small batch pancake recipe was born.

Up until now most of the pancake recipes on this blog have been of the fancy-pants dessert pancakes variety.

I make the most epic Key Lime Pie Pancakes as well as a mean stack of Banana Split Pancakes. I even have some Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes for those looking to sneak some whole grains into their face. Delish!

Today’s recipe, however, is more of the classic old-fashioned variety.

I rarely have buttermilk on hand so I make a DIY version by adding two teaspoons of vinegar to my milk and letting it sit for 10 min while I prep the rest of the ingredients. It’s a fantastic way to add some extra fluff to the pancakes!

Easy Pancakes for Two

If you’re looking to jazz things up and channel your inner kiddo, I have it on very good authority that these pancakes are quite delicious with chocolate chips stirred in.

They’re great with blueberries too or any berry mix-in for that matter. Serve them up plain Jane or throw mix-ins around like confetti — anything goes!

Easy Pancakes for Two

This easy peasy recipe makes 8 fluffy 4-inch pancakes.

If you’ve fallen in love with this recipe and need a larger batch you can easily double the recipe to make 16 pancakes.

Small Batch Homemade Pancakes

Easy Pancakes for Two

This super simple recipe makes fluffy pancakes for two. The batter is easy to customize (hello chocolate chips!) and a breeze to throw together when your pancake craving strikes.
5 from 9 votes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Pancakes, Pancakes for Two, Small Batch Pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 pancakes
Author: Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (5 ounces)
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 TBSP avocado oil or vegetable oil plus extra for cooking
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract


  • First let's make a faux buttermilk. Add 2 teaspoons of vinegar (plain white or apple cider vinegar) to 3/4 cup milk and allow to sit while you measure out the remaining ingredients.
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  • In a second bowl, whisk together egg and 2 TBSP oil until well combined. Add milk mixture and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir gently with a whisk until just combined, careful not to overmix. Batter should be lumpy still. Allow to rest for 10 minutes to up the fluff factor of the batter.
  • Place approx ½ teaspoon of oil on a griddle or nonstick skillet. When oil begins to shimmer, use a ¼ cup measuring cup to ladle batter onto griddlle/skillet.
  • Adjust heat as necessary.
  • I've noticed that typically the first batch requires higher heat than following batches. Flip pancakes after bubbles rise to surface and bottoms brown, after 2 to 3 minutes. Cook remaining side approx 1-2 minuets until lightly golden.
  • Repeat for remaining pancakes and enjoy with fresh fruit and maple syrup.


Recipe yields approx. eight 4-inch pancakes. If you’d like to make just a few larger pancakes instead, go for it! Simply adjust cook times as needed.
I have an electric griddle I use for pancakes and love it dearly. If pancakes are part of your regular weekend routine and you want to be able to make several at once, they’re a fantastic purchase and total timesaver. 
Nutrition Facts below are estimated per pancake using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!


Calories: 119kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 197mg, Potassium: 161mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 73IU, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 1mg

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About The Author:

Jenn Laughlin

Jenn Laughlin created Peas and Crayons in 2009 after graduating with B.S. in Dietetics from Florida State University and working as a Nutrition Educator for WIC. The goal was simple: create and share delicious tested and perfected recipes with vegetables as the star!

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  1. 5 stars
    We have made this recipe countless times and it’s the BEST. We have tried so many and hands down this is one our whole family enjoys!

  2. 5 stars
    My grandson and I really enjoy this recipe for pancakes at least once (but usually more) when I go to babysit him. Thanks peas and crayons😉

  3. 5 stars
    These are so light and fluffy with amazing flavor. We topped ours with fresh berries and maple syrup and it was just perfect. Definitely going to be my new go-to pancake recipe!