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3 Ingredient Pancakes

Updated on May 27, 2018
Pancakes and Cream.. Perfect!
Pancakes and Cream.. Perfect! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves two people (duplicate recipe to serve more)

Overview of Article Topic Avenues

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Base Ingredient Variations  
Cooking Variations  
Additional Variations  
Milk or Water
1 Cup Plain or Self Raising Flour
Fruit and Cream
Whole Egg
Fluffy pancakes cooked to perfection
Fluffy pancakes cooked to perfection | Source

You Are Highly Likely To Have These Ingredients

You may or may not have stumbled upon this recipe before, but I live by it. It is one of the quickest and easiest things to make. And on top of that, only uses three ingredients that you are bound to have more often than you do not. Slight variations of this recipe are discussed toward the end but first we will look at how to make the basic recipe. (If you have not guessed already). Followed by the difference between using milk or water as well as what to cook it in. Finally we will finish with some ideas to add variety and what those ideas contribute to the overall recipe in terms of taste, appearance, and texture.


  • 1 Cup Milk or Water
  • 1 Cup Plain or Self-Raising Flour
  • 1 Whole Egg


  1. Place all ingredients into one bowl and mix until mostly combined.
  2. Cook in non-stick pan for 3-5 min on each side or until golden.

Overly Simplistic

This recipe is almost too good to be true in regards to how simple it is to make. But seriously, you don't need to sift the flour, or whisk the egg. Just put all of the ingredients in a bowl, mix, cook and presto you have pancakes. It really is that simple, easy and quick. Still don't believe me, give it a go yourself.

Information Based on Plain Flour, Milk, and Egg

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2
Calories 713
Calories from Fat126
% Daily Value *
Fat 14 g22%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Unsaturated fat 7 g
Carbohydrates 108 g36%
Sugar 15 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 34 g68%
Cholesterol 385 mg128%
Sodium 234 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Base Ingredient Variations

Milk or Water

Water is always enough when you do not have milk available. The only real difference is a slightly creamier taste when using milk. It is however not essential. Yet another aspect of this recipe that you don't NEED to follow the recipe exactly.

Plain or Self-Raising Flour

This question is again a question of preference. Plain flour produces flatter, firmer pancakes whereas Self-Raising Flour produces risen thick, spongy pancakes.

Fluffy pancakes cooked to perfection
Fluffy pancakes cooked to perfection | Source
Crisp pancakes cooked to resemble a heart
Crisp pancakes cooked to resemble a heart | Source

Cooking Variations

Non-Stick, Oil, or Butter?


The benefits of using non-stick cookware is that you don't have the added oil or fat when cooking. If you are after the healthier alternative, non-stick is the way to go.


Don't have non-stick or have a favourite oil you use to cook? Oil is fine for cooking pancakes but try to minimise the amount you use. An excessive amount of oil is not healthy as you would know. But one of the benefits of oil is that a little is a lot.


Now butter is my favourite. It's not the healthiest option but if you have ever eaten the crunchy bits around the edges of your pancakes and wondered where they come from. They come from being cooked in butter or margarine and even know it is the most unhealthy of the three cooking options explored. It is my favourite.

Rich solid chocolate squares
Rich solid chocolate squares | Source
Pancakes topped with banana and chocolate chips.
Pancakes topped with banana and chocolate chips. | Source
Pancakes topped with chocolate sauce, cream and fruit
Pancakes topped with chocolate sauce, cream and fruit | Source

Extra Ingredient Variations

Small Extras That Make A Big Difference


In my opinion (not everone will agree), everything is better with chocolate. This simple recipe is easily enhanced with chocolate in numerous different ways. The following additions mixed in with the batter and cooked as per usual make for some interesting variations.

  • Chocolate chips
    (1/2 a cup will do).
  • Cocoa Powder
    (1 tablespoon or 2).
  • Milo (as much as you
    think you can handle).
  • Drinking Chocolate
    (yes you can add that too!).

It's easy to see, chocolate can make it better in so many ways. Mix and match some of the suggestions or try your own. Let me know if you come across a was to use chocolate that to me remains unknown.

Fruit and Cream

I needn't list examples for this one. Strawberries and cream should be the first thing that comes to mind. However, I hear banana and chocolate is also popular (not my favourite). You can use fruit in the batter and cook it into the pancakes or add it as topping afterward. Either way it is a healthy and refreshing way to add to and freshen up this simple recipe.


I know a few people who use spices in their pancakes and although I won't give away their secret recipes. I will suggest experimenting with nutmeg, cinnamon, and any other spices you feel would go well with pancakes.


This article described how to make one of the easiest pancake recipes in history. As well as exploring how slight variations to the recipe's base ingredients, cooking method or additional extras effects the overall finished product. Perfect pancakes.

What Do You Think!

5 stars from 1 rating of 3 Ingredient Pancakes

What do you think?

Which variations have you tried? Add additional information in the comments section below if you desire.

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Closing Comments

I hope this article was as enjoyable to read as it was to right. However, it has made me hungry, so I'm off to get creative myself. I hope this article has given you the motivation to get creative and explore your own personal variations. Or at the very least the know-how to satiated your hunger in less than 15 to 20 minutes.


After some recent experiments in my kitchen, most of which centering around reducing the time required to prepare and cook meals on a regular basis. As well as a wish to use the remainder of some leftover ingredients after distribution into storage containers, I realised it was possible to cook this pancake mix in the oven as a pancake "cake" by making the recipe as specified, then pouring into a cake pan and cooking on high heat for twenty to thirty minutes or until a skewer removes clean. This also stored in the fridge nicely and was fantastic cold with butter, or heated slightly.

One last thing

I would love to hear about and see your own creations in the world of pancake making. What is important to you when it comes to pancakes, is it the taste? texture? look? or even smell? When you think of the best pancakes you have ever had in your entire life, what to do imagine? Collaboratively and with the help of many pancake enthusiasts, it shouldn't be difficult to determine the characteristics that make unforgettable pancakes. If you can answer any of the above questions, have any ideas for variations you would like to see produced, or would just like to say hi, leave a message in the comments or communicate with me directly. Overall, have fun perfecting your pancakes.


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    • Ricki-Lee Keeley profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricki-Lee Keeley 

      24 months ago from Australia QLD

      Hi RTalloni, it feels like so long since I've played with pancake mix beyond my standard go-to recipe that I've forgotten all about the oven experiment! I will definitely have to give it a go again soon!

      I've used farmers market blueberries but I'm keen to try canned blueberry instead. I think it would add a softer texture.

      Never tried cinnamon bun, oh my the combinations are endless aren't they.

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      24 months ago

      A fun read on pancakes but the oven take is very appealing. Blueberry pancakes are a favorite around here but cinnamon bun pancakes rock.


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