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Easy to Make One Egg Fluffy Pancakes for One

This fluffy small-batch pancakes recipe is tailored for single servings, ensuring no leftovers and offering endless customization options. It’s the perfect recipe for when you crave something quick, easy, and utterly satisfying – just for you.

Stack of pancakes decorated with strawberry jam in a pink plate.

These fluffy pancakes for one are Ideal for these solo lunch breaks or a relaxed dinner when you’re alone at home.

I bet you’re familiar with the struggle of cooking too much and dealing with leftovers. Well, this recipe delivers exactly that – a single serving of 4-5 fluffy, golden pancakes without the hassle of leftovers.

This recipe isn’t just about ease; it’s about enjoying the little things in life. Whether you’re a fan of classic American style pancakes or looking for a quick solo pancake fix, these personal pancakes hit the spot.

Using common ingredients like egg, all-purpose flour, buttermilk, and baking powder, it’s a breeze to whip up.

They’re customizable too, so you can top them with your favorite flavors.

Dive into this easy single pancake recipe and treat yourself to a delightful, fluffy stack made just for you.

🌟 Recipe Tips

  • Ingredient Temperature Matters: For the fluffiest pancakes, ensure your buttermilk and egg are at room temperature before mixing. This small step makes a big difference in achieving a smooth batter and even cooking.
  • Avoid Overmixing: When combining your wet and dry ingredients, mix just until they’re combined. Overmixing can lead to tough, chewy pancakes. A few lumps in the batter are perfectly fine and will cook out.
  • Consistent Heat is Key: Preheat your pan or griddle to a medium-low heat and maintain it throughout cooking. Pancakes cook best on a consistently heated surface, giving them that golden-brown exterior without burning.
  • The Flip Technique: Wait for bubbles to form on the surface and the edges to look set before flipping. This indicates that your pancake is ready to be turned over. A gentle, confident flip ensures your pancakes keep their shape.
  • Customize Your Stack: Individual Pancake doesn’t mean plain. Feel free to add your favorite toppings like fruits, nuts, or a drizzle of syrup. Personalizing your pancakes makes the meal more enjoyable.
  • Portion Control: Since it’s a single-serving recipe, use a measuring scoop for each pancake to ensure uniform size and even cooking. This also helps in managing the quantities, making sure you end up with 4-5 perfectly cooked pancakes.
  • Freshness Factor: Fresh baking powder is a must for the rise and fluffiness of your pancakes. If your baking powder has been sitting in the pantry for a while, it’s time for a fresh box.
  • Rest the Batter: Let your batter sit for a few minutes after mixing. This allows the gluten to relax and the baking powder to start working, resulting in lighter, fluffier pancakes.

🥘 Ingredients & Substitutes

Buttermilk, an egg, flour, sugar and baking powder on a wooden surface.
  • An egg is crucial for binding the ingredients together and adding moisture, creating that classic pancake texture. If you’re out of eggs or prefer a vegan option, a flax egg (1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal mixed with 2.5 tablespoons of water) or a mashed banana can work wonders. Both provide the binding effect while adding their unique touch to the flavor.
  • All-Purpose Flour forms the base of your pancakes, giving them structure and substance. If you’re aiming for a gluten-free version, almond flour or oat flour are excellent substitutes. They not only cater to dietary needs but also bring a nutty flavor and heartier texture to your pancakes.
  • Buttermilk adds a tangy flavor and reacts with the baking powder for fluffy pancakes. No buttermilk in the fridge? Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar with enough milk to make one cup, let it sit for five minutes, and you have a homemade buttermilk alternative. This hack mimics the original’s acidity, contributing to the light and airy texture.
  • Baking Powder is the leavening agent that makes your pancakes rise and become fluffy. If your pantry is missing baking powder, a combination of cream of tartar and baking soda can fill its shoes. The ratio is a 2:1 mix of cream of tartar to baking soda, perfectly replicating the leavening effect needed for those airy, light pancakes.

👩‍🍳 Directions

Take a bowl and put in it the buttermilk, oil, and egg. Mix well until the composition becomes uniform.

Buttermilk with a raw egg in a transparent bowl on a white marble surface.

Then add the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

Sugar, all purpose flour over a mix of a beaten egg with buttermilk.

Mix until all the ingredients are incorporated. Then, reach the consistency shown in the picture.

In my case, I needed an additional 2 tablespoons of flour, but the amount of flour may differ for each person, as the egg can be of different sizes and the flour quality varies.

Woman with a whip showing the consistency of homemade fluffy pancakes.

Once the dough is ready, set it aside to rest for a while. If you have half an hour, that’s perfect, but if you’re short on time, you can start cooking immediately.

Take a frying pan and lightly grease it with oil to ensure the pancakes won’t stick during cooking. Then start cooking the pancakes one by one, covered, on low heat until they are set on the outside.

Frying pan with pancakes dough on the stove.

Then flip them over and cook until they are browned on the other side, this time without the lid. Repeat this process until you finish all the batter.

Fried homemade pancake in a frying pan on the stove.

From the amount of batter I made, I got 4 large and fluffy pancakes. Stack the pancakes on top of each other and serve with your favorite topping.

A stack of homemade pancakes with butter for a person.

I chose to serve them with butter and strawberry jam.

Top view of a stack of pancakes decorated with strawberry jam in a pink plate.

🍴 How to Double the Recipe:

Doubling this recipe of fluffy pancakes is straightforward and perfect when you’re cooking for two or planning a larger personal treat.

Simply double each ingredient: use two eggs instead of one, double the amount of all-purpose flour, buttermilk, and baking powder. This will yield 8-10 pancakes.

Keep in mind to mix the batter just until combined to avoid overmixing, and adjust the cooking time slightly if needed, as the larger batch may cool down the pan between batches.

Doubling the recipe is a great way to enjoy these fluffy, American-style pancakes with a friend or have a little extra for yourself!

🍽️ Servings

Berry Delight Pancake Topping

  • Components: Top your fluffy pancakes with a mix of fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey for extra sweetness.
  • Presentation: Arrange the berries on top of the pancake stack in a colorful display. Place a spoonful of Greek yogurt on top and drizzle with honey. A sprig of mint can add a refreshing touch.
  • Occasion: Perfect for a summery morning breakfast or a light, fresh brunch option. The berries add a healthy, vibrant twist to your single-serving pancakes.

Chocolate Banana Indulgence

  • Components: Slice a ripe banana and scatter over your pancakes, followed by a generous sprinkle of mini chocolate chips. For an extra indulgence, add a light drizzle of caramel sauce.
  • Presentation: Layer the banana slices between each pancake and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top. Finish with a zigzag of caramel sauce for a visually appealing and decadent treat.
  • Occasion: Ideal for a weekend treat or when you’re craving something sweet. This serving suggestion turns your pancakes into a delightful dessert or a special breakfast.

Savory Spin

  • Components: Accompany your pancakes with scrambled eggs and a side of sautéed spinach. For a bit of crunch, add some cooked, crumbled bacon or vegetarian bacon bits.
  • Presentation: Serve the scrambled eggs and spinach alongside your pancake stack. Sprinkle the bacon bits over the top for a savory finish.
  • Occasion: Suitable for a hearty breakfast or a cozy dinner. This combination adds a savory dimension to your pancakes, making them suitable for any meal of the day.

Nutty Maple Bliss

  • Components: Toast a handful of chopped walnuts or pecans and sprinkle them over your pancakes. Finish with a generous pour of pure maple syrup.
  • Presentation: Create a layer of toasted nuts on each pancake as you stack them, then pour maple syrup over the top, ensuring it cascades down the sides.
  • Occasion: Perfect for a crisp autumn morning or whenever you desire a warm, comforting breakfast. The combination of nuts and maple syrup brings a classic, cozy feel to your meal.

🍽️ Variations

Whole Wheat Healthy Twist

  • Variation: Substitute all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a healthier option. Whole wheat flour adds fiber and a nuttier flavor to your pancakes.
  • Tip: You may need to add a bit more buttermilk, as whole wheat flour absorbs more liquid.

Vegan Pancake Version

  • Variation: For a vegan-friendly recipe, replace the egg with a flax egg (1 tablespoon flaxseed meal mixed with 2.5 tablespoons water) and use a plant-based milk mixed with a teaspoon of vinegar in place of buttermilk.
  • Tip: Add a bit of applesauce for extra moisture and sweetness.

Protein-Packed Pancakes

  • Variation: Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to the batter. This is great for a post-workout meal or to keep you fuller longer.
  • Tip: Adjust the amount of buttermilk to get the right consistency, as protein powder can thicken the batter.

Blueberry Lemon Zest

  • Variation: Fold in a handful of fresh blueberries and some lemon zest into the batter for a fruity, zesty twist.
  • Tip: Adding the lemon zest enhances the flavor and complements the blueberries.

Chocolate Chip Delight

  • Variation: Stir in a handful of mini chocolate chips into the batter for a sweet, chocolatey version.
  • Tip: Using mini chips ensures an even distribution of chocolate in each bite.

Spiced Pancakes

  • Variation: Add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg to the batter for a warm, spiced flavor.
  • Tip: These spices are perfect for a cozy, autumnal breakfast experience.

❄️ Storage

Refrigerating Your Pancakes

  • Duration: Pancakes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Method: Place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to maintain freshness and prevent them from absorbing other odors in the fridge.
  • Consideration: Make sure the pancakes have cooled to room temperature before refrigerating to avoid condensation which can make them soggy.

Freezing for Longer Storage

  • Duration: For longer storage, pancakes freeze well for up to 2 months.
  • Method: Place a sheet of parchment paper between each pancake to prevent them from sticking together. Then, put them in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • Consideration: Ensure all air is removed from the bag to prevent freezer burn.

Thawing and Reheating

  • Thawing: To thaw, leave the pancakes in the refrigerator overnight or on the countertop for a few hours.
  • Reheating: Reheat pancakes in a toaster or oven at 350°F until warm, which typically takes a few minutes. You can also microwave them, but be cautious as they can become rubbery if overheated. For the toaster, a light setting works best to avoid over-browning.

🤔 FAQs

How Do I Store Leftover Batter?

If you find yourself with leftover batter, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Keep it in an airtight container to prevent it from absorbing any fridge odors. When you’re ready to use it again, give it a gentle stir as the ingredients may have settled.

Can I Add Fruits or Nuts to the Batter?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize your pancake stack. Adding fruits like blueberries or bananas, or even nuts like chopped almonds or walnuts, can enhance the flavor and texture. Just gently fold them into the batter before cooking.

What Should I Do with Leftover Ingredients Like Buttermilk?

Leftover buttermilk can be stored in the refrigerator and used in various recipes like salad dressings, marinated meats, or even in baking other goods like scones or biscuits. It’s versatile and adds a great flavor to many dishes.

📔 Recipe Card:

stack of pancakes decorated with strawberry jam in a pink plate.

Easy to Make One Egg Fluffy Pancakes for One

Discover the joy of solo pancake making with our simple, fluffy recipe. Ideal for quick, delicious, and waste-free meals.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 366 kcal



  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Buttermilk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour If needed to adjust the consistency.


  • Prepare Batter: In a bowl, mix the buttermilk with oil, and an egg until smooth.
    ½ cup Buttermilk, 1 Egg
  • Add Dry Ingredients: Stir in flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
    ½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon Baking Powder, ⅛ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Adjust Consistency: Add extra flour if needed to reach a thick, uniform batter.
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Rest the Dough: Let it rest for 30 minutes, or start immediately if in a hurry.
  • Cook Pancakes: Lightly oil a frying pan. Cook pancakes on low heat, covered, until set. Flip and brown the other side without the lid.
  • Serve: Stack pancakes and top with butter, jam, or your favorite topping.


  • Adjust Flour: The amount of flour may vary. Base it on the batter’s consistency.
  • Adjust the Sweetness: If you prefer a sweeter pancake, feel free to add a tablespoon or two of sugar or your preferred sweetener to the batter. This can also be adjusted based on the toppings you plan to use.
  • Milk Temperature: Using slightly warmed buttermilk or milk for the batter helps in mixing the ingredients more uniformly and results in a smoother batter.
  • Batter Consistency: The batter should be thick but pourable. If it’s too thick, add a little more buttermilk or milk to reach the desired consistency.
  • Pan Preheating: Ensure your pan or griddle is properly preheated before pouring the batter. A well-preheated pan ensures even cooking and that classic golden-brown finish.
  • Serving Size: This recipe makes about 4-5 medium-sized pancakes. If you prefer smaller or larger pancakes, adjust the amount of batter you pour for each one accordingly.
  • Test for Doneness: Insert a toothpick into the center of a pancake; if it comes out clean, the pancake is ready. This is a useful check if you’re unsure about the cooking time.


Calories: 366kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 16gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 177mgSodium: 539mgPotassium: 290mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 436IUCalcium: 290mgIron: 4mg
Keyword breakfast
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