It’s National Pancake Day, not to be confused with IHOP’s National Pancake Day in March or Pancake Month, which happens all 28 days of February. This particular Pancake Day came about not from corporate sponsorship, but from a few regular folks with an excellent idea. According to the National Day Calendar, Marianne Ways and Colleen AF Venable had grown weary of September 19's "Talk Like a Pirate Day" and thought naming a Lumberjack Day exactly one week later would be both a refreshing counterpoint and the perfect excuse to eat as many pancakes as the notoriously hungry, strapping, tree-chopping fellows. Lumberjack Day was thusly dubbed on September 26, 2005, and in 2013, the day was renamed National Pancake Day, to put the focus where the focus belongs.
Whether or not you choose to don a beard and flannel on this hallowed day, you should probably eat some pancakes. For inspiration and encouragement, here are nine of our favorite pancake recipes. If you're looking for pancakes to impress a crowd, pancakes you can grudgingly pass off as healthy, the most lavish pancakes you will ever make, or a simple, classic buttermilk, we've got you covered. Smother every stack with copious amounts of maple syrup to truly embrace the lumberjack spirit.
You likely already have everything you need to make these three-ingredient, 10-minute pancakes. Take one overripe banana, an egg, two tablespoons of flour, then combine, cook, and enjoy.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes
Peanut butter and jelly anything is enough to delight your inner child, but these pancakes, made with powdered peanut butter, will send you on an especially intense nostalgia trip.
Bacon Bourbon Chocolate Pancakes
If excess is your thing, look no further than these pancakes from Santa Monica's Ox & Son. Chunks of bacon and chocolate are mixed into pancake batter for an ideal combination of salty and sweet.
Olive Oil Pancakes
The addition of olive oil makes for pancakes that are melt-in-your-mouth moist on the inside with gorgeously crisped edges.
Apple Pie Pancakes
American breakfast sometimes tips a bit toward dessert. These pancakes, served with a sweet apple chutney, embrace that with gusto.
Quinoa Almond Pancakes
These quinoa-flour pancakes manage to be gluten-free, refined sugar-free, hearty, and delicious. And that's one heck of a workout.
The Original "Pam-Cakes"
Named for the Southern Living Test Kitchen's Pam Lolly, these are the gold standard for classic, fluffy, buttermilk pancakes.
Clinton Street Baking Company has made a name for itself the world over (they have outposts in Tokyo, Singapore, and Dubai) on the back of these brilliant blueberry pancakes.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Whatever your feelings on pumpkin spice lattes, you have to admit that pumpkin and pancakes are a perfect match. Embrace the season.