Busy mornings just got a whole lot better, thanks to these easy air fryer pancakes!
These soft and fluffy flapjacks melt in your mouth. In only 20 minutes, you can whip up a hot batch for the family.
They’re so simple, you can make every day feel like a Sunday morning.
Get ready to be impressed by these incredible homemade pancakes!
Fluffy Air Fryer Pancakes
If you haven’t made pancakes in the air fryer yet, it’s time to start! They require minimal effort and just a handful of ingredients.
There’s no need to babysit them, either. Just mix, pour, and air fry.
As the hot air circulates, it creates super fluffy pancakes. You get a stack of picture-perfect flapjacks made from scratch.
Plus, they’re freezer-friendly. You can have hot pancakes any day of the week!
Pancakes are best when they’re made with love from scratch! Skip the boxed mix and gather these ingredients:
- Flour – I use all-purpose flour for the flavor and fluffy consistency. You can also use gluten-free flour, but the results will vary.
- Sugar – A couple of spoonfuls of granulated sugar make them perfectly sweet.
- Baking Powder – The secret to achieving super fluffy pancakes.
- Salt – A pinch to enhance the flavor.
- Milk – For melding the ingredients along with adding flavor. You can also use buttermilk for extra tasty pancakes.
- Egg – An egg helps bind the ingredients and give the pancakes structure.
- Butter – Melted butter mixes better. You can also swap it with oil.
- Vanilla Extract (optional) – It’s optional, but I love adding a splash of vanilla extract to my pancakes. The flavor enhances the batter, making it even more delicious.
How to Make Air Fryer Pancakes
Why hover over a hot stove? Thanks to the air fryer, you only have to flip the pancakes. It takes care of the rest for you.
Here are the general steps:
1. Prep the air fryer. Preheat to 375°Fahrenheit.
2. Mix the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
3. Mix the wet ingredients. Whisk together the egg, milk, butter, and optional vanilla in a separate bowl.
4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Whisk until just combined.
5. Air fry. Spray an air fryer-safe pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into each pan. Cook it for 5-10 minutes, flipping it halfway through.
6. Serve. Enjoy with your toppings of choice!
Tips and Tricks
This air fryer pancake recipe is very beginner-friendly. Still, I have a few tips and tricks so you get the fluffiest pancakes ever!
- Make ‘em thick. For thicker pancakes, use 1/3 cup of batter per pancake.
- Give them a quick peek. Some air fryer models may cook these pancakes faster than others. Check the pancakes around the 5-minute mark.
- Don’t get ahead of yourself. Mixing the batter too much will yield denser pancakes. So mix just until combined for fluffy pancakes.
- Do a butter swap. All out of butter? You can use canola oil or olive oil instead.
- Go au naturel. Instead of granulated sugar, you can sweeten these pancakes with honey or maple syrup.
Looking to go beyond the dab of butter and maple syrup? I have some yummy topping ideas to try!
Try sauces, fresh berries, whipped cream, jam, take your pick. Here are my favorite toppings for pancakes:
- Homemade Blueberry Sauce
- Blackberry Jam
- Pumpkin Butter
- Apple Butter
- Homemade Whipped Cream
- Chocolate Glaze
- Strawberry Glaze
Can You Freeze Air Fryer Pancakes?
Yes! Not only can you freeze air fryer pancakes, but you should. They’re a fantastic make-ahead meal for a quick breakfast, snack, or even dinner.
Just let them cool completely, then place them in a freezer-friendly bag or container. Layer the pancakes with wax or parchment paper if you’re stacking them.
Frozen pancakes will last for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to eat, just reheat them in the air fryer. Oh, and don’t forget your favorite toppings!
Can You Air Fry Pancakes With Parchment Paper?
Absolutely not! It may have gone viral on TikTok, but don’t trust the video.
Air frying with parchment paper is messy. Plus, the pancakes can stick to it, and they’re much harder to shape.
So skip the parchment paper and stick with an air fryer safe pan.
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