Coffee Pancakes

by jenna on July 31, 2013

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You guys.

Get ready for utter ridiculousness also known as coffee pancakes. It’s no secret that I am a mega coffee fiend and I really have no idea why it’s never dawned on me before to combine my two great loves together. And by two great loves, I clearly mean coffee and pancakes. Together. As one. Amen.

This recipe comes straight out of my friend Adrianna’s new cookbook. In it, there are 72 recipes for pancakes of all types, both sweet and savory. I’m kind of obsessed with the fact that she loves pancakes so much that she wrote a book about them. If you’re a pancake lover like I’m a pancake lover, you NEED this book in your cookbook collection.

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It was hard to pick a recipe out of this book to share with you guys because they all looked so delicious! I can’t wait to try more. Totally worth an extra set of crunches, if you ask me.

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So, I’m now convinced that that the only scent better than coffee brewing is the scent of the coffee pancakes cooking. I mean, really. How could it not be? They are extra thick and fluffy and highly caffeinated, with a whopping two tablespoons of instant coffee in the batter! I used two Starbucks VIA packets for these and they turned out superb.

I can’t wait for you guys to try these for yourself! I froze extras for quick weekday mornings — just a quick pop in the oven or toaster oven and I’ll be set. Since getting married, my husband has developed a taste for coffee {I’m such a good influence} so I know he will love these, too!

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Coffee Pancakes

recipe from Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack

yields about 8 pancakes

Print this Recipe!


1 cup all purpose flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk, well shaken

1 large egg

2 tbsp instant coffee granules

1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled


In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a measuring cup (or small bowl), combine the buttermilk, egg, instant coffee granules and melted butter. Beat until well combined and coffee granules have dissolved.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined (batter will still be slightly lumpy – be sure to not overmix).

Heat up your skillet and spray with nonstick spray or oil. Using a 1/4th cup measure, scoop the batter onto the hot skillet. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side and flip. Serve warm with butter, maple syrup and more coffee.


30 minutes



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Sophie July 31, 2013 at 4:07 am

Oh my word, these sound insane. Definitely pinning these to make next weekend :)


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 31, 2013 at 4:31 am

These sound like heaven! NEED to try these!


Anne @ July 31, 2013 at 4:36 am

Wow! I confess, I am not the world’s biggest pancake fan, but you have me sold on these guys! They look like heaven on a plate.


Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 31, 2013 at 4:37 am

oh.em.geeeeeee!!!! I have no words except pass me a fork, please! 😉


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 31, 2013 at 4:55 am

Oh my gosh, 72 different pancake recipes?!?!? I think I need this book, even if it’s just to drool over the photos!!


Kelsey @aslolife July 31, 2013 at 4:56 am

I love the idea of making extras and freezing them–so need to do this before I go back to work!


DessertForTwo July 31, 2013 at 5:08 am

I’ve been so curious about her new book! I knew it would be full of gems like this. Thanks for sharing :)



shelly@ohshellsbells July 31, 2013 at 5:10 am

Yes. Just yes. I made cookies once with instant coffee and they were amazing. Pancakes feel like a natural segue.


Lauren @ The Highlands Life July 31, 2013 at 5:19 am

Yes! Genius. I would have never thought about combining these two things.


The Spatularettes July 31, 2013 at 5:25 am

Woah. This is totally my dream. I love dreaming up new and creative pancake recipes, but this one just shot straight to the top of my list!


Lisa July 31, 2013 at 5:27 am

Coffee+pancakes? AMAZING!


Amy @curlscoffee July 31, 2013 at 5:29 am

Oh I so hope this book is available in the UK! We are seriously lacking good pancake places :(

Amy x


Molly @ RDexposed July 31, 2013 at 5:33 am

And these with a cup of coffee on the side, right?
Also, I like how much you use the term “my husband.” :) Someone is a happy bride!


Sarah | The Sugar Hit July 31, 2013 at 5:36 am

Coffee and pancakes together at last!!! This is killer!


char eats greens July 31, 2013 at 5:36 am

For the newbie coffee addict in me, these sound superb!! And why have I not thought about freezing pancakes before?! I feel like I want to run to the kitchen RIGHT NOW, make 100 pancakes and freeze them…at least that way, I’ll get through a few days 😉 haha


Tieghan July 31, 2013 at 6:04 am

I want that book!! It looks amazing and I mean a book about pancakes? Yes, please!


deva July 31, 2013 at 6:05 am

Oh these sound like heaven! With some whipped cream or cashew cream? OMG.

My husband is not a coffee person, sadly. More for me, right?


Alexis @ Hummusapien July 31, 2013 at 6:11 am

I totally need this book! I’m a HUGE pancake fan, savory or sweet. I’ve never even tried coffee flavored pancakes, so I’m super stoked to try this one! Thanks for sharing!


erin @hooleywithaz July 31, 2013 at 6:17 am

this just got forwarded to my husband, also known as chief pancake maker around our house. holy cow.


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health July 31, 2013 at 6:41 am

I always read your blog in the morning before work and I would give anything to have that stack of pancakes in front of my face right now. Yum!


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) July 31, 2013 at 7:14 am

yummmmmmmmm! I think I’ll have to make these this weekend!


pippa@popovertopippas July 31, 2013 at 7:24 am

What a brilliant idea, can’t wait to try these!!!


Kristin July 31, 2013 at 7:36 am

these sound incredible!


MichSmith July 31, 2013 at 7:41 am

Yummm! These look amazing–and that’s saying something since I am not the world’s biggest pancake lover! Also, I love your mug!!


Dana July 31, 2013 at 7:56 am

Fantastic idea! These are beautiful! Love is totally brewing at the sight of these. :)


allie@sweetpotatobites July 31, 2013 at 8:00 am

ooh i’ve never had coffee in pancakes before! definitely giving this a try!


Caroline L. July 31, 2013 at 8:09 am

Stop, these are unreal. I don’t believe you. Ridiculous.
And “my husband” – adorable! Hope you guys are loving every second of married life :)


Kristin July 31, 2013 at 8:13 am

Perfection!!!! Would never have thought of using coffee in pancakes!


Candace @ The Wheatless Kitchen July 31, 2013 at 8:15 am

Oh my word. This has to be one of the best combinations ever created! There is a real chance that I will be having coffee pancakes for dinner tonight 😉


Morgan July 31, 2013 at 8:16 am

Yum! Not usually a pancake girl, might be sold on these. Last time I made your chocolate chip cookies, I used lindt sea salt chocolate pieces in addition to the regular morsels….and a tbsp. of espresso :)


Marissa@ohhhsolovely July 31, 2013 at 8:18 am

i bet these are quite delicious! we’ve been experimenting a bit with pancakes recently – think i’ve finally found a good gluten free recipe for us!


Sarah K July 31, 2013 at 8:46 am

Yum! These sound amazing! I can’t wait to make them


Averie @ Averie Cooks July 31, 2013 at 8:54 am

I have a copy of her book on the way and I cannot wait to try all of Adrianna’s wonderful recipes! You did these coffee pancakes proud! Mmmm, I want! Pinned!


Wendy @ All Kinds of Miles July 31, 2013 at 9:28 am

A book solely devoted to pancakes?! That sounds wonderful! Also love that these will put a little pep in your step :)


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

Love this! I’m sure I could have this for breakfast every morning!


joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 31, 2013 at 12:19 pm

LOVE. Pancakes are my very favorite food. I always eat them right before a long run as good luck, and my mama used to make them for me as an after-school snack (not kidding) bc I adored them so much.


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan July 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm

As SOON as I find a replacement coffee pot (blah, glass on the floor!) I am so making these!!


Kim July 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Mmm! Interesting! I’m not a big caffeine person, but I’d be willing to try these with decaf!


Leah July 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Yum; what a great idea! I’m curious how they would taste with some dark chocolate chips thrown in…


Sarah @ Yogi in Action July 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Mmm- I like the idea of coffee anything, so I definitely want to try this one out :) Thanks for the delicious idea!


Jess July 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm

This sounds COMPLETELY amazing! Yummy!


Amy @ July 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I saw this and almost spit my iced coffee all over the screen. I must try this…I MUST buy this book. Thanks for this post!


M.C. @ThousandStoryKitchen July 31, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Gosh- yum! Never would have thought of this, but now I’m totally excited to try it. Coffee? Pancakes? Together?! Nice one.


Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book July 31, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Sounds delicious! So glad Starbucks came out with Via because instant coffee before Via was so bitter.


Lucie August 1, 2013 at 4:34 am

These look like THE perfect summer breakfast!


Shashi @ August 1, 2013 at 5:12 am

Oh Gawsh! love the sound of these pancakes!


Kameron Curay August 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

I never heard about coffee pancakes before but now I’m interested to try it! Like you, I am also addicted to both coffee and pancakes. This is an incredible recipe that I can’t wait to experiment on. Thanks for sharing! These will surely land on tomorrow’s breakfast table.


Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite August 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I am literally drooling right now. 2 of my favorite things combined!? omg I need to make these ASAP!


Emily @ Life on Food August 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

You are right. Why did I not think about adding these two together. The perfect marriage. Cannot wait to try this weekend.


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm

These look incredible!! I have never tried Starbucks VIA, do the granules dissolve well without being grainy?


jenna August 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Yes, they totally do!


Julia August 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm

These sound great, thanks for sharing.
Also, I love the coffee cup in the pics with the blue dots! Did you make it or buy it, and if you bought it can you share from where?


Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen August 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

These look great! The perfect breakfast for a coffee lover like myself :)


Danielle August 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Wow, that is just beautiful. I can’t wait to try that recipe.


Aimee @ ShugarySweets August 2, 2013 at 3:49 am

I am in love with those pancakes! I need that book in my life :) Coffee in pancakes? Genius.


elle | nutritionella August 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I now want breakfast for dinner. Not quite sure how I feel about instant coffee, haha – but I’ll try making them with fresh espresso!


megan August 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I have never had coffee pancakes before but I thought I should share one of my savvy college tricks with my coffee maker. I first brew my coffee and then add instant oatmeal for on the go purposes and cook it over the brewer. I just stir it together right in the little coffee pot and pour it in a disposable bowl before heading off to class. Works like a charm for the cold 8am classes I have.


Stephanie B. August 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

The pancake batter was very runny for me, but they cooked up into a texture that was just fine, although not super fluffy. The coffee taste wasn’t really pronounced, so I was disappointed, but it did add a depth of flavor to a regular pancake. :)


Andi @ The Weary Chef December 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Holy smokes, coffee pancakes are a brilliant idea! Your photos are to die for too. What a great recipe :)


Nicole, RD January 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Made these tonight — so, so good!!! :)


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