Light and Fluffy Meringue Pancakes

Baker Bettie Breakfast, Pancakes & Waffles 26 Comments

Extremely light and airy pancake recipe without baking powder! The pancakes are made by folding a simple meringue into the batter. This recipe requires no-baking powder or baking soda and can be whipped together in minutes! 

Fluffy Meringue Pancakes: Pancake Recipe Without Baking Powder- Baker Bettie

I try to notice trends when looking at my stats for the blog. Trends of search terms that are bringing people here. It helps me gauge what is most popular and if I’m missing out on a topic that people are really interested in. I’ve been noticing lately that a common search term people are using to get here is “pancake recipe without baking powder.” That search is probably taking everyone to my 5 Ingredient Classic Pancake Recipe. And everyone is probably very disappointed when they get there only to find out that one of the 5 ingredients is in fact baking powder. Oh yeah, and there is also that part where I stress that it absolutely cannot be left out.

So I’ve been mulling this over for some time. Thinking about how I could make pancakes that still have lift without baking powder or baking soda. And it finally occurred to me that egg whites are often whipped and folded into waffle batter. I wanted to try this technique for pancakes too because I thought I was super genius in making this connection. Then upon research, I found out that this is already a thing. I’m not sure how I have never heard of this until now, but the problem with all of the recipes I found that used whipped egg whites is that they also call for baking powder.

I decided to create a very easy recipe that replaced the lift from baking powder by folding in a simple meringue. And it worked! This technique creates incredibly light and airy cakes that are not heavy or dense. The pancakes don’t sit like a rock in your stomach like regular pancakes can. The texture is definitely different than traditional cakes, but I think I like these better! And these can be put together just as quickly and as my 5 ingredient recipe. Try them and let me know what you think!

Fluffy Meringue Pancakes: Pancake Recipe Without Baking Powder- Baker Bettie One year ago: Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

Two years ago: Apple Cinnamon Jicama Porridge (grain free)

Light and Fluffy Meringue Pancakes (Pancakes Without Baking Powder)
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Serves: about 10 medium pancakes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, milk, vanilla, and egg yolks just until smooth. Do not over-mix.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites and sugar to stiff peaks. Gently fold the whites into the batter until there are no visible white streaks.
  3. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium high heat. Pour about 1/4 cup batter per cake onto the greased skillet and gently spread the batter out to a circle with the back of a spoon or measuring cup. Bubbles will still form on top even though there is no baking powder. Flip the cakes once, when the bubbles pop and the bottom is lightly browned. Cook until lightly browned on the other side.
  4. Keep warm in a 200F oven if not serving immediately.
Tools I used for this recipe…

Oster FPSTHM2578 6-Speed Retractable Cord Hand Mixer with Clean Start, Black (Kitchen)

List Price: $29.99 USD
New From: $24.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $16.05 USD In Stock

Farberware 20442 Aluminum Nonstick Square Meal Griddle, 11-Inch, Gray (Kitchen)

List Price: $15.59 USD
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Used from: Out of Stock

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Comments 26

  1. Ruby Fowles Fielding

    I LOVE these pancakes. My daughter's favorite food just happens to be pancakes, so I wasn't sure if she would like these because they don't have the same consistency. As it turns out, my five year old has a new favorite food. Thank you for all of your fabulous recipes. I visit your website on a daily basis!

  2. Ahila

    I was indeed searching for a ‘no baking powder’ pancake recipe when I landed at your other page and through there here. I am looking forward to trying out your recipe of using egg whites as a substitute for baking powder.

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  3. Alexander Drewes

    used this as a base for a free-flying recipe; wonderful. replaced the milk with strawberry yogurt milk and melted some cooking chocolate which i added afterwards to the mixture. great desert. thanks ! :)

  4. Sara Tolliver

    AMAZING!!! I am no longer using my traditional pancake recipe. This is my new favorite! So easy to make my 3yr old helped!!! :)

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  5. Mj Hain

    Hi! Great recipe will try it for breakfast tommorow!!! :) I love, love, love pancakes! Let me share to you how i make my pancakes without baking powder and milk…..yep thats right, no milk! You might be wondering why, well here in my place milk is only for babies, toddlers and those who can afford to add an extra $2 -$3 dollars on their weekly budget, lets just say life here is not as good as what you have there :)
    So here’s how I do it,I use same ingredients as you do, except I replace milk with water and no baking powder, believe it or not it just taste almost the same as with the milk. Now to make my pancakes fluffy, I beat the egg white until its frothy then mix it with the other ingredients. Oh and I once made pancakes using leftover egg yolks (4 egg yolks!) its so rich and creamy, its just yum! You have to try it! :)

  6. Hayden

    These pancakes are wonderful! and I love the idea of using meringue instead of baking powder. It was a little bit of extra work due to the meringue (i’ve never made it before) but that was also fun to learn how to make. Thanks again for the wonderful recipe that I will use often now :)


  7. Odelle Smith

    Fluffy, light, decadent pancakes, awesome, eaten far too many…Again!
    Do these freeze well, or will they loose their fluffy-airy consistency?
    These are my ‘to go to pancake recipe’ from now…
    Ate them with syrup & whipped cream, drizzled with chocolate…They make a great, easy dessert too.
    Thanks for my new recipe, easy as pie, or should that be pancakes!
    Served them with fluffy, cheesy scrambled eggs for a quick, easy lunch, they’re gorgeous…
    Thanks, Odelle Smith (U.K.)

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      Baker Bettie

      I created this recipe because a lot of people search for pancake recipes without leavening. Mostly due to just not having any on hand but also because of dietary reasons such as needing to be on a low sodium diet or because of digestion issues. Also, during Passover, a lot of people do not eat “leavened” foods. Baking soda and baking powder are considered leavenings.

      So no, it isn’t “bad” there is just a need for recipes without it!

  8. Angela

    I am so happy I came across this recipe! I’m trying it out this morning! I typically make my pancakes without baking soda or powder (I’m allergic to corn – and both of those may contain corn byproducts) and they are often dense and sit super heavy. I’m looking forward to these!!

  9. Young Broke Entrepreneur

    Wow!! GENIUS . I WAS CRAVING PANCAKES, however all I had in the pantry was flower ,salt,sugar ! The pancakes were fluffy and delicious.

  10. Daven Ritzema

    I am so glad I found this recipe. Best pancakes ever! My husband doesn’t even like pancakes but he loves these. I will never make them another way again. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Tatiana

    This recipe is awesome! It took me a little bit longer because I had to whisk the whites by hand, but I agree with Heng it was totally worth!
    Pancakes are one of my little brother’s favorite food, so when I wanna do something special for him and make him happy I go to the kitchen and get to work on those pancakes… I’ve tried so many recipes and at the end I was so disappointed because they were super dense and never look as good as I wanted, it was even frustrating! But from now on I will make pancakes to my lil bro more often! My sister love them, I love them and I’m pretty sure he will love them too! They were delicious, super floffy and perfect! They looked like those pictures on food magazines!
    Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe! Blessings!

  12. Lacey

    These were so dense and your recipe was confusing. First line said add egg whites then second line says whip them with sugar. Um comfusing. Will not use again.

  13. Lee Jeon Heee

    Nothing in her recipe is confusing. You’re the one who’s dumb. Egg white is an ingredient and sugar is another ingredient. Hence, she said to whip them together to create a meringue mixture. Maybe you overfolded the meringue into the pancake batter and that creat a bunc of dense pancake

  14. Tina Li

    I just found this recipe. First, I was doubtful, but after reading the comments, it seems like a great idea! I’m trying it tomorrow on a skillet. Will it really work to whisk egg whites by hand?

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