By Rosie Hatch

Published on February 25, 2017

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A pancake breakfast is always an exciting addition to your morning routine, but who knew there were so many variations just waiting to be discovered? From healthy to indulgent, simple to extravagant, there’s a unique version waiting for you. Mark your calendars March 7 for National Pancake Day, and get inspired with these epic pancake recipes.

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Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce, Strawberries, and Bananas

Chocolate pancakes exist, and they are glorious. Using fresh fruit, rich velvety chocolate drizzle, and fluffy hotcakes, you have your next extravagant breakfast-in-bed recipe ready to go.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

When life gives you lemons, use them in your pancakes! The tart citrus mixed with sweet maple syrup makes this recipe a winner. Pair it with your favorite morning beverage, and you have a refreshing way to start your day.

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The Fluffiest Vegan Pancakes (with Fig!)

Have you ever made pancakes that turned out flat and disappointing? Well, that just won’t happen with this version. Not only are they thick and bouncy, they are also eggless and refined-sugar free. Top this creation with rustic, fresh figs, and impress vegan and non-vegans alike!

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Brown Sugar Pancakes

These may look like your usual flapjacks, but the flavor is what sets this recipe apart. The dark brown sugar adds a rich sweetness to the batter so you don’t need anything fancy on top. Add a pat of butter and real maple syrup, and you’re good to go.

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Vegan Green Tea Pancakes

Using green tea matcha powder, you can achieve these colorful pancakes, perfect for a unique breakfast idea or St. Patty’s Day! Bonus: They are also vegan and gluten-free!

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Sweet Potato Oatmeal Pancakes with Mascarpone Cream

For a healthier alternative that doesn’t sacrifice flavor, you can opt for these hearty sweet potato pancakes. Sweet potatoes contain vitamin B6, which helps support energy—and who doesn’t need energy in the morning? Top these with sweet mascarpone and fresh fruit, and indulge guilt-free.

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Espresso Chip Pancakes

Get ready to rock your pancake-world. Both the espresso glaze and the fluffy pancakes themselves contain espresso powder so you can get an extra caffeine fix in to the morning. Top with chocolate chips for an extra touch of sweetness.

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Peaches ‘n Cream Cheesecake Pancakes

Let’s be honest: The best part about making pancakes is the toppings. Using fresh cut peaches and sweetened cream cheese for the filling and garnish, you can make a three-tier delight just for you.

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Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

Here’s a country-style recipe that uses freshly grated apples stirred into the pancake batter for refreshing hints of flavor in every bite. Pair this with home-style potatoes and bacon, and you will have a breakfast feast.

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Orange Rosemary Pancakes with Lavender Honey Whipped Cream

Who knew a pancakes could look and taste so elegant? The subtle flavor of floral notes and rosemary give this recipe that sophisticated upgrade that feels straight out of a chic café brunch menu.

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Churro Pancakes

The same cinnamon and sugar combo you love, but now sandwiched in a short stack. Drizzle the top with homemade spicy chocolate sauce (recipe included), and this dish will wow brunch guests.

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Carrot Cake Pancakes and Cream Cheese Syrup

This dessert in disguise is what breakfast dreams are made of. Pair your favorite cream cheese and carrot cake duo together for a unique spin on classic flavors. If there are carrots in it, it must be healthy, right?

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Bananas Foster Pancakes

Trust us, the decadent banana topping is worth the extra effort in this recipe. With flavors like cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter, you just can’t go wrong. Top it with toasted pecans, and you have a picture-perfect pancake stack that will have your guests drooling.