How to Make Pancakes Without Eggs—Without Sacrificing Fluffiness

Whether you have an egg allergy, don't eat eggs, or simply ran out, follow these tips to make irresistible egg-free pancakes from scratch.

A stack of pancakes, butter, and maple syrup is one of the sweetest ways to start your day. But if you open the fridge and don't have any eggs, there's no need to run to the store or settle for a less satisfying breakfast option. Yes, pancakes without eggs can definitely still happen—probably with items already in your pantry. We're not just talking vegan pancake recipes or boxed mixes, either. Here we have some Test Kitchen tips for egg substitutes to use in our favorite pancake recipes, including buttermilk pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, and more. So whether you're short on eggs, are having company over with an allergy, or follow a vegan diet, here's how to make pancakes without eggs that will still be super moist, fluffy, and delicious.

Marty Baldwin

How to Make Pancakes Without Eggs

Most classic pancake recipes like our easy recipe (pictured above) require at least one egg in the batter. When you want to make homemade pancakes without eggs, here are some of your best bets.


If you've never heard of it, aquafaba is the liquid from canned chickpeas that magically whips up just like egg whites. According to our Test Kitchen, aquafaba is one of the best universal substitutes for eggs in pancakes. To use it, simply drain the liquid and substitute 3 tablespoons of aquafaba per 1 whole egg.

Chia Seeds or Ground Flaxseed

These powerful seeds thicken beautifully when mixed with water. Combine 1 tablespoon of chia seeds or ground flaxseed ($3, Walmart) with 3 tablespoons of water per egg. Allow the egg replacement to thicken for 5 to 10 minutes before adding to your pancake recipe.


A lot of pancake mixes ($5, Target) that call for just water without eggs are made with starches such as corn starch or potato starch. These help bind and thicken pancakes without eggs. Use 1 tablespoon of starch (i.e. corn, tapioca, potato) mixed with 3 tablespoons of water per egg. You can also try a premade egg replacer ($5, Target) that's made with a combo of starches and follow the package instructions.

While our Test Kitchen hasn't tested each recipe with each egg substitute, you can definitely give them a try in one of our favorite pancake recipes. Looking for a pancake recipe without eggs or milk? Try our plant-based banana pancakes.

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