Pancakes are a very, very old dish. It’s a historically proven fact that humankind has been making dishes similar to pancakes, that is, frying batter in a pan over heat, since times too old to remember.
If we look at the majority of modern pancake recipes, they mostly include baking powder, an addition, introduced not so long ago. How did our ancestors made do without them and still had their pancakes rise? You can be sure it’s possible to cook easy pancakes without baking powder.
One thing is baking soda. It can give a much better rising kick than baking powder, but needs acid to be activated. You can either mix it in a tablespoon with a bit of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice or swap the regular milk for sour milk or buttermilk.
Pancakes with baking soda are healthier than pancakes with powder.
If you want to bake your pancakes without either baking powder or baking soda, and still make them fluffy, it’s possible as well. First, you will need all-purpose flour and a sour base. Make your batter and leave it to rest for a few hours. Flour will react with the microflora in the sour base and this will create a sufficient rise for the batter. Pancake recipe-no-baking-powder is keto-friendly.
I’ve tried various combos and come to the conclusion that gluten-free flours don’t rise all that well without the help of either baking soda or baking powder, even if you do use a sour base and give the batter enough time to ferment, but the pancakes are still pretty good to taste, especially if you don’t make your batter to thick and make them thin. Now you have fluffy pancake recipe without baking powder.
Other than that, just use the simple steps below to create excellent, easy-to-make pancakes.