7 Yummy Ways to Jazz Up Bisquick Pancakes

Nothing makes me feel quite as at home as a stack of pancakes drenched in melted butter and maple syrup. Pancakes for breakfast bring me right back to Sunday mornings as a kid, trying (unsuccessfully) to make the pancakes into my favorite animals and seeing how many chocolate chips I could fit in each. As an adult, I still appreciate a stack of pancakes right off the griddle, but I've mostly given up on making animals out of them. For a delectable breakfast of pancakes to bring you back to the good old days, there are many ways dress up your Bisquick pancakes.

Original Bisquick Pancakes are the classic pancake mix, easy to use and dependably delicious. The back of the box gives instructions for a serving size of 14 classic pancakes, which include adding 1 cup milk and 2 large eggs to 2 cups Bisquick mix. It also shows how to make "the ultimate pancakes," which involve baking soda, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and sugar. To switch it up further, you can use Bisquick pancake mix for waffles instead.

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However, if you're looking to make an even yummier breakfast from your Bisquick pancakes mix, here are 7 tips for Bisquick pancakes with a twist!

1. Add Extracts

We know that the back of the baking mix already says to add a teaspoon vanilla extract to the Bisquick recipe for the ultimate pancakes, but why not take it a step further? There are many extracts to use that aren't vanilla. Use almond extract for some nutty flavor, or coconut extract for a yummy touch of coconut. Lemon extract adds citrus, and butter extract makes your pancakes taste even more buttery. Here's a guide to some common extracts to try.

2. Spice It Up

Along the same vein as different extracts, spices are another avenue for flavor in your Bisquick pancakes. Cinnamon, all spice, pumpkin pie spice, ginger and nutmeg are all yummy options to make fall-themed pancakes. Just think about your favorite spice flavors and try some out! It's best to start small, with just a teaspoon. If your pancakes are as delicious as you'd hoped, maybe add some more in your next batch.

3. Go Crazy With The Toppings

Rather than simply making pancakes for breakfast, invite some friends over for brunch and make a whole pancake bar. Prepare bowls of nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter and Nutella. Counteract the carbs by adding fruit options like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas and pomegranate seeds. You can even get creative with toppings like sprinkles, different syrups, yogurts and bacon.

4. Use Club Soda or Apple Cider Instead of Milk

Milk is one of the key ingredients in your Bisquick pancakes, so changing it up is a great way to add the flavors and textures you prefer in your pancakes. One easy change is using buttermilk instead, giving your pancakes that tasty buttermilk flavor. You can also substitute the milk for apple cider for fluffy, light pancakes with a touch of apple. For super fluffy pancakes, use club soda in place of part or all of the milk.

5. Add Citrus Flavor

Citrus flavor adds a pop to any dish, and pancakes are no exception! Add the juice or zest of the citrus fruit you think sounds good- I would go for lemon or orange. This will add a burst of flavor and go deliciously with chocolate or any fruity toppings you choose to add. Cook your citrus pancakes on a hot griddle at medium high-heat for a total time of about 20 minutes.

6. Make Maple Pancakes

Maple syrup is the number one topping for pancakes, adding that delicious sweet touch to make breakfast into a dessert. Since you know how tasty maple syrup is as a topping, it only follows that it would be delicious in the pancake batter as well! For maple pancakes, add a small splash of maple syrup to the batter. This trick is easy and adds nothing to your prep time.

7. Make Berry Pancakes

With similar logic to the maple pancakes, berry-flavored in pancake batter is a great way to add extra berry flavor. Just make the pancake mix as normal, and add in a dollop or two of your favorite berry-flavored yogurt. This will make the pancakes fluffy and rich, with the flavors of pancakes and berry yogurt delectably combined.

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