Cheap Meals

Fluffy Homemade Pancakes

4 servings


45 minutes

total time


1 cup all-purpose flour ($0.07)

1 ½ tsp baking powder ($0.03)

1/2 tsp salt ($0.03)

¾ cup +2 Tbsp warm milk* ($0.02)

2 Tbsp melted butter ($0.20)

1 large egg ($0.21)

2 Tbsp sugar ($0.02)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract ($0.14)

4 tsp cooking oil ($0.05)


Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir just until combined. The mixture should be thick, but still pourable, and a little bit lumpy. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.

Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium. Once hot add enough cooking oil to coat the surface (I use about ½ tsp per pancake). Add the pancake batter to the hot griddle, ¼ cup at a time. Use the back of the measuring cup to spread the batter into a 4.5-inch diameter circle.

Cook the pancakes until bubbles form over the surface and begin to pop, the edges of the pancakes look dry, and the bottom is golden brown (about 60 seconds). Flip the pancakes and cook on the second side until golden brown (about 30 seconds).

Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet between batches or as needed, until all of the pancakes have been cooked. Keep the pancakes warm on a plate under a towel or in a warm oven until all of the pancakes have been cooked. Serve warm with your favorite toppings!


Serving Size

2 pancakes


279 kcal

Total Fat

13 g

Saturated Fat


Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat





536 mg

Total Carbohydrate

33 g

Dietary Fiber

1 g

Total Sugars



7 g

4 servings


45 minutes

total time
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