Making Pancakes Without Baking Powder

Baking powder is an essential ingredient in many pancake recipes because it creates the lift you need for light and fluffy pancakes. However, baking powder isn’t the only type of leavening you can use in your pancakes. If you’re out of baking powder, you can easily swap it out to create a pancake recipe without baking powder using ingredients you already have on hand.


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp. white sugar
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 egg whites


  • Whisk the egg yolks in a large bowl to break them up, then add in the sugar and butter and whisk until smooth. Then, whisk in the milk and the lemon juice or vinegar. Set this mixture aside.
  • In another bowl, sift the flour and salt together with the baking soda. Once this mixture is combined, slowly whisk it into the wet ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, use an electric hand mixer to whip the egg whites into stiff peaks. Then, fold them into the batter.
  • Give your batter time to set while you heat up a small skillet over medium-low heat. When it’s warm, melt butter on the pan; when it bubbles, you can pour on the pancake batter. Flip your pancakes when bubbles begin forming over the surface, and then let the other side cook for one minute.
  • Top your pancakes with your favorite toppings and serve.