Skip the box mix—start your day off right by making pancakes from scratch! Before freezing, you can dress up your pancake batter however you want, but if you just want a classic pancake recipe, this is the one for you.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Get the recipe: Perfect Pancakes
For the most part, you can freeze and reheat just about any kind of pancakes. Just make sure you freeze the pancakes while plain, before adding any syrup, butter, or other toppings (those come after you reheat!). But feel free to freeze buttermilk, buckwheat, chocolate chip, blueberry, or other fruity pancakes—they should all freeze and reheat to be just as delicious as any pancake fresh off the griddle.
To freeze, make pancakes as directed by your recipe, and let cool completely once they are cooked through. Layer pancakes between sheets of waxed paper in a freezer container or bag. Seal and freeze for up to 2 months.
Get the recipe: Nutty Chocolate Chip Pancakes
When it's time to reheat your frozen pancakes, there are a few different methods you can choose from. There's no need to defrost the pancakes in your fridge overnight—they can go straight from the freezer to your preferred reheating method.
If you prepared make-ahead pancakes for a crowd, using your oven will be the quickest way to reheat a large batch of pancakes. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Place frozen pancakes on a baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until warm. Then plate them up and serve with your favorite toppings.
For a fast-paced, busy morning when you just need one or two pancakes to get you (or your family) out the door on time, try reheating your homemade pancakes in a toaster. Place one pancake in each toaster slot, and heat until warm. Be sure to keep a close eye on your pancakes while they're in the toaster—you don't want them to get overly crispy!
Finally, our third method for reheating leftover pancakes might be the easiest way to imitate the soft, fluffy pancakes you get by making them fresh. Begin by placing 2 pancakes on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on 100 percent power (or high power) for 1 to 1 ½ minutes or until warm, turning once. Add butter and syrup, and breakfast is served!
Get the recipe: Berry Pancakes
Now that you've learned how to reheat leftover pancakes, there's no reason not to pull out your griddle and make a double-batch! Try one of our favorite pancake recipes, pull out an old family favorite, or experiment by adding your favorite fruits, nuts, or chocolate pieces to a classic pancake batter. Even if your family doesn't finish them all, now you can save the extras for breakfast on a jam-packed morning.
That's right, you can make-ahead, freeze, and reheat more than just pancakes. Your morning oatmeal, breakfast burritos, waffles, coffee cake, and even biscuits and gravy can all be prepped ahead of time to get you out the door quicker when you've hit the snooze button one time too many. Go ahead, get those extra ten minutes of sleep—these make-ahead breakfasts are here to save the day!