Delicious Coffee Pancakes Recipe to Kickstart Your Morning

Coffee lovers unite! Your breakfast game is about to reach a whole new level with this coffee pancake recipe. As a barista, I know how much people adore coffee, so why not incorporate it into your pancakes? This recipe comes straight from my friend Adrianna’s new cookbook, which features 72 recipes for pancakes of all types, sweet and savory.

Whether you’re a die-hard coffee enthusiast or just looking for a way to switch up your pancake flavor, these coffee pancakes are the answer. Each bite delivers a delicious coffee flavor that complements the soft and fluffy pancake texture. Trust me; once you try this recipe, you won’t want to go back to regular pancakes.

But what makes this recipe unique? Apart from its flavor, it’s incredibly easy to make with ingredients you may already have in your pantry. Just in case you don’t have instant coffee on hand, I’ll show you some substitutions and variations for whatever ingredients you do have available.

So grab your apron, put on some music (might I suggest coffeehouse jazz?), and let’s get started making these mouth-watering coffee pancakes.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Pancakes
Coffee Pancakes

If you’re a coffee lover like me, then this coffee pancake recipe is going to be your new favorite breakfast treat! These pancakes are not only fluffy and delicious but also have a rich coffee flavor that will satisfy your caffeine cravings.

The best part about this recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to make. Using simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, you can whip up a batch of these pancakes in no time. All you need is some instant coffee, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, milk, egg, and butter- that’s it!

But what really sets this recipe apart is the addition of instant coffee to the batter. This ingredient gives the pancakes a deep, rich coffee flavor that pairs perfectly with sweet toppings like powdered sugar, caramel sauce or chocolate syrup. Think about it: why have plain old pancakes when you can have mocha pancakes?

Not only are these pancakes delicious and easy to make, but they also offer some versatility. You can switch out the instant coffee for espresso or brewed coffee to give the pancakes an even stronger coffee flavor. Or add in some mix-ins like chocolate chips or chopped nuts for a crunchy texture.

These coffee pancakes would make an excellent addition to any brunch spread or breakfast in bed. Imagine serving up a stack of piping hot fluffy pancakes drizzled with caramel-coffee syrup- it doesn’t get better than this!

In conclusion, there’s no reason not to love this recipe. It’s quick and simple to make, has an intense coffee flavor and offers endless opportunities for customization. Don’t hesitate; try this recipe out today and start your day off on the right caffeine-fueled foot!

Ingredient List

 Wake up and smell the pancakes!
Wake up and smell the pancakes!

Ingredient List

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s go over what you need to make coffee pancakes. Chances are you have most of these ingredients already in your pantry. Take a quick inventory and make a list of what you need to buy for this delicious breakfast treat.

Pancakes Ingredients:

  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee

Substitutions and Variations:

If you’re out of any listed ingredients, here are some substitutions that you could use:

  • Use self-raising flour instead of all-purpose flour.
  • Replace butter with vegetable oil or coconut oil.
  • Swap caster sugar with brown sugar or honey.
  • Add a dash of cinnamon or vanilla extract to the batter for extra flavor.

Coffee Syrup Ingredients:

To serve with pancakes, you’ll also need ingredients to make tasty coffee syrup.

  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1½ tablespoons instant espresso
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

With these ingredients on hand, we’re ready to dive into making the batter and the coffee syrup.

The Recipe How-To

 Have your coffee and eat it too with these delicious pancakes.
Have your coffee and eat it too with these delicious pancakes.

Now, let’s dive into the coffee pancake recipe!


Here’s what you’ll need to gather:
– 1 cup of all-purpose flour
– 2 tablespoons of instant coffee
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1 large egg
– 1/4 cup caster sugar
– 1 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, instant coffee, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In another mixing bowl, crack in egg and add caster sugar. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Pour the melted butter and mix until incorporated.
  4. Gradually stir in the milk, mixing well between each addition.
  5. Dump the dry mix on top of the wet ingredients, then use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to stir until there are no streaks of flour remaining.
  6. Warm up a pan over medium-high heat while you let your pancake batter rest a bit.
  7. Using a measuring cup or ladle (about ¼ cup of batter per pancake) scoop out batter and pour onto the heated skillet.
  8. Wait until bubbles form in the center before flipping once to cook the other side.
  9. Serve coffee pancakes hot with generous amounts of syrup and chocolate sauce on top.

There you have it! A simple yet satisfying recipe for your breakfast or brunch at home. Enjoy your homemade pancakes with your favorite coffee or coffee creamer.

Substitutions and Variations

 Pancakes so good, you won't need a wakeup call.
Pancakes so good, you won’t need a wakeup call.

Friends, as your friendly neighborhood barista and pancake connoisseur, I know that many of you may want to experiment with this coffee pancake recipe or make some adjustments based on your tastes, dietary needs, or ingredient availability. Fear not! Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Flour: You can substitute the self-raising flour with all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour, but you’ll need to add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt for every cup of flour. If you’re gluten-free, try using a gluten-free flour blend but make sure to check if it already contains baking powder and salt.

– Sugar: For a less sweet pancake, you can reduce the caster sugar to just 1 tablespoon or skip it altogether. If you prefer a sweeter pancake, you can use brown sugar or honey instead of caster sugar.

– Coffee: You can use any type of instant coffee that you like or skip it entirely. If you want a stronger coffee flavor, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of brewed coffee or espresso to the pancake batter. Alternatively, try making mocha pancakes by adding 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and reducing the amount of flour.

– Milk: You can use any type of milk that you prefer such as almond milk or soy milk. For a richer and creamier pancake, substitute half of the milk with heavy cream or coffee creamer.

– Butter: For a dairy-free option, use coconut oil or vegetable oil instead. You could also try using flavored butter such as caramel or cinnamon butter to add more depth to the pancakes.

– Toppings: These pancakes are delicious on their own but they’re even better with some toppings. You can dust them with icing sugar, drizzle them with chocolate sauce or caramel coffee syrup, add whipped cream or ice cream, sprinkle chopped nuts or fresh berries, or even add a shot of whiskey if you’re feeling adventurous.

Remember, friends, cooking is all about exploring and finding what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and flavors to make this coffee pancake recipe your very own. Enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

 Give your traditional pancake recipe a coffee-infused twist.
Give your traditional pancake recipe a coffee-infused twist.

Now that you’ve made these delicious coffee pancakes, it’s time to serve them up and enjoy! These fluffy pancakes are best served warm, straight off the griddle. Drizzle them with a generous amount of maple syrup or coffee syrup for added sweetness.

They pair perfectly with a hot cup of coffee, of course! The instant coffee used in the batter gives a subtle coffee flavor that pairs well with a freshly brewed espresso or your favorite coffee creamer. For an extra caffeine boost, try pairing these pancakes with a mocha or caramel-flavored coffee.

You can also get creative with toppings and pairings. Dust some icing sugar on top of your pancakes and add a pat of unsalted butter for an indulgent treat. For a savory twist, try topping your stack with crispy bacon and a fried egg.

If you want to take your coffee pancake experience to the next level, whip up a quick homemade chocolate sauce or caramel coffee sauce to pour over your stack. You can even sprinkle some crushed coffee beans on top for added texture.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair these delicious coffee pancakes, they are sure to satisfy any breakfast craving. So go ahead and dig in!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Breakfast and caffeine in one tasty bite.
Breakfast and caffeine in one tasty bite.

One of the benefits of this Coffee Pancakes Recipe is its versatility. It can be made ahead, stored in the fridge, and reheated when necessary. If you’re someone who prefers to prepare a batch of pancakes for the week ahead, then this recipe might just become your go-to breakfast.

To make-ahead, cook the pancakes as you usually would and once cooled, stack them on top of each other with parchment or wax paper in between each pancake. Afterward, store them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days.

When ready to reheat, use your preferred method such as a toaster or oven to give them a quick heat-up. You’ll be surprised that these pancakes are just as good as freshly made ones.

Additionally, if you have any leftover pancake batter, don’t worry because it can still be used later on. Store the batter in an airtight container or wrap it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days. When ready to use, take it out from the fridge and allow it to come back to room temperature before cooking.

One thing to note when storing this Coffee Pancakes Recipe is that they tend to dry out in the fridge. To combat this problem, add a bit of moisture before storing by brushing some coffee creamer or brewed coffee over each pancake.

Storing these Coffee Pancakes Recipe might require some attention but the effort will pay off when you enjoy another batch of delicious pancakes throughout the week.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfect for caffeine addicts and brunch enthusiasts.
Perfect for caffeine addicts and brunch enthusiasts.

To achieve perfect results in making coffee pancakes, here are some tips that can be helpful:

– Sift the dry ingredients: Sifting the flour, baking powder, and baking soda will help to get rid of any lumps and make a smoother batter.

– Use instant coffee: Instant coffee dissolves easily into the batter and gives a rich, strong coffee flavor.

– Make sure the butter is melted: Melt the unsalted butter before adding to the batter to ensure even distribution of fat and moisture.

– Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing will make the pancakes tough and dry. Mix just until everything is combined.

– Cook on medium-low heat: Cooking on too high heat will burn the pancake’s outside while leaving an undercooked inside. A low to medium-low heat is ideal.

– Grease the pan lightly: A lightly greased pan will create even browning on both sides of the pancake.

– Add toppings after cooking: Adding toppings like icing sugar, chocolate sauce or whipped cream should be after cooking not before.

– Serve hot: Coffee pancakes are best served hot from the griddle. To keep them warm, place cooked pancakes in a preheated oven until ready to serve.

By following these tips, you are guaranteed a delicious batch of coffee pancakes that will satisfy your palate.


Now that we’ve covered all of the necessary details for making coffee pancakes, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions. Here are some of the most common queries I receive about this recipe, along with some helpful tips and solutions to ensure your coffee pancakes turn out perfectly every time.

What is the secret to good pancakes?

As a skilled barista, it’s crucial to use high-quality ingredients for the perfect cup of coffee. Fresh ingredients are essential to achieving a pleasing taste. When making your coffee, opt for freshly roasted beans, high-quality milk, and pure water. Make sure to use baking soda that is not more than six months old as it can affect the flavor.

When crafting your coffee, avoid overstirring the batter. Stir just enough to combine the ingredients without over-mixing them. This will help to avoid flattening the foam and producing a bitter taste in your coffee.

Not having buttermilk does not have to be a problem. You can substitute it with lemon juice or vinegar and still achieve the perfect coffee. When you’re ready to cook your coffee, ensure the surface is hot. It ensures your coffee cooks evenly and reduces the likelihood of scorching the bottom.

Knowing when to flip your coffee is crucial. Pay close attention to the edges; if they start to dry, it’s time to flip it over. Use a spatula to flip it quickly and smoothly, so it does not break apart.

Finally, serve your coffee warm. It’s best to serve it immediately off the skillet when it’s hot and fresh. By following these instructions, you can make a perfect cup of coffee.

What secret ingredient did chefs use in Victorian times to make pancakes light and fluffy?

I recommend sending a separate bowl of sifted sugar and a slice of lemon to the customer’s table along with the pancakes. For fluffier pancakes, it’s best to beat the yolks and whites of the eggs vigorously. Remember to add the whites to the batter just before frying.

Why are restaurant pancakes so fluffy?

When it comes to making pancakes that are tall and fluffy, one ingredient stands out above the rest: buttermilk. The acid in buttermilk interacts with the leavening agents in the batter to produce air bubbles, resulting in the restaurant-style pancakes that everyone loves. Switching to buttermilk is an easy change with a big impact.

What is the secret to puffy pancakes?

For fluffy and well-structured pancakes, it’s best to use room temperature ingredients. Although cold milk and eggs can be used, opting for room temperature ingredients will guarantee a much better outcome. Using chilled ingredients can cause the butter to clump up into fat globules, which can affect the overall texture of your pancakes. To achieve room temperature, take the milk and eggs out of the fridge 20 minutes before you start making your batter. Just make sure the butter isn’t too hot when you melt it, as this can cause the eggs to scramble.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Coffee Pancakes recipe is a must-try for coffee lovers and pancake enthusiasts everywhere. This delectable concoction is a perfect blend of sweetness and boldness, with just the right amount of kick. With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, it’s a recipe that even novice cooks can master.

Whether you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth or simply trying to shake up your breakfast routine, this recipe offers a versatile canvas for endless variations and substitutions. You can mix and match different toppings and flavors to suit your taste buds, from chocolate sauce to caramel coffee syrup.

So why not add a little extra flavor to your breakfast repertoire with our Coffee Pancakes recipe? We guarantee it will perk up your morning routine and leave you craving for more. Give it a try and share your experience with friends and family. Bon appétit!

Coffee Pancakes

Coffee Pancakes Recipe

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10 pancakes
Calories 115.2 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1 1/3 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 200 g Greek yogurt, plus extra
  • Greek yogurt, to serve
  • 200 ml milk
  • 40 g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra
  • unsalted butter, to brush
  • icing sugar, to dust


  • Mix the instant coffee with 2 tablespoons of boiling water and set aside to cool.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Add the sugar and a pinch of salt.
  • In separate bowl, use a wooden spoon to beat the egg, yoghurt, milk, butter and coffee until combined. Add to dry ingredients and stir gently to combine.
  • Heat a non-stick frypan over medium heat and brush with some of the extra melted butter. Working in batches, add 1 tablespoon of batter to the pan for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, then turn and cook for a further 1 minute or until golden. Cover and keep warm while you repeat with remaining batter, brushing the pan with extra butter as needed.
  • Serve the pancakes in stacks with breakfast fruits and extra yoghurt.
  • Dust with icing sugar.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 598gCalories: 115.2kcalCarbohydrates: 15.1gProtein: 3.1gFat: 4.6gSaturated Fat: 2.7gCholesterol: 32.5mgSodium: 328.2mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1.3g
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