Fluffy Kefir Pancakes

Fluffy Kefir Pancakes

The most delicious, fluffy pancakes you will ever eat, made with kefir!


10-12 pancakes


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups kefir*
1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Fresh fruit, butter, or syrup, for serving


1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

2. In a separate bowl, combine kefir, milk, vanilla extract, and eggs. Add to dry mixture and mix just until moistened. Batter will be lumpy!

3. Pre-heat griddle or skillet over medium heat (or just below). Lightly grease griddle or skillet, and spoon batter on.

4. When many bubbles have risen to the top of the pancake (about 3-4 minutes), flip over and continue cooking until done (about 1-2 minutes).

5. Serve immediately, or keep pancakes warm on a plate in the oven until all have been cooked. Serve with butter, fresh fruit, or syrup. Enjoy!

Fluff Kefir Pancakes

Fluffy Kefir Pancakes, served with homemade apple topping
Fluffy Kefir Pancakes, served with
homemade apple topping
Additional Notes: 

*You can use kefir that has cultured for 12 hours or longer; if your kefir has only cultured for 12 hours (and is still quite thin), reduce the additional milk to 1/8 cup.

How to make kefir: Video tutorial

Read more about kefir here!

Read about making homemade kefir here! 

Preparation Time: 

15 minutes

Cooking Time: 

5-6 minutes per batch of pancakes

Tammy's Review: 

I created this pancake recipe using kefir instead of plain milk or buttermilk. It makes very fluffy, light pancakes, with a great flavor and texture! I use kefir that has cultured for at least 24 hours or longer.

My family loved these pancakes! You can't taste the kefir, really. These pancakes were the best I'd ever eaten! Even Joshua, who usually isn't the biggest fan of pancakes, really enjoyed these. My rating: 10/10.


We had these for breakfast this morning and they were yummy! Thank you


These ARE definitely the yummiest, lightest & fluffiest we have ever eaten. I have made many pancakes for many years and these are the best. Thanks for a GREAT one Tammy!


I just made these for breakfast and thought they were the best
pancakes I have ever had. And my dad who is not a huge fan of pancakes liked them too.


I have tried many pancake recipes, but none of them compare with this! My family absolutly loves them!


I tweeked this recipe for my picky eaters:
Sweeter, Not So Fluffy Pancakes

Same recipe except I use 1 egg instead of 2, I substitute a 1/2 cup of kombucha tea instead of the 1/2 cup milk, and add to your recipe 1/4 cup sugar.

After the second try it is my kids favorite pancakes. These are also crispier. They are also great for reheating in the microwave.

Thanks for the great recipes! I can't wait to try the poppy seed muffins!!


We ate these this morning and loved them. VERY good. I just started making my own kefir this week. When using kefir in the recipe, I am curious about what the heat from cooking does to all the good stuff in the kefir....any ideas?


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