Whether you’re craving them for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, or even just as a snack… there really never is a bad time for pancakes. But sometimes you need a little bit more than the classic buttermilk stack. Sometimes, you need pancakes packed with flavor, piled high with delicious toppings or secret ingredients. We get it. Pancakes shouldn’t be boring. After all, “cake” is in the name.

So next time you’re ready for a pancake party, or a lazy Sunday when breakfast lasts all day, pull out one of the following 8 pancake recipes and get ready for a forkful of flavor explosion.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

Everything else is pumpkin-flavored these days. Why not add it to your pancakes, too?! These delicious, fall-festive flapjacks are good all year ’round, but they’ll have you dreaming of flannel and falling leaves and pumpkin patches whether you eat them in October or July or January. (From AllRecipes.)

Banana and Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter

Banana pancakes are a classic. And we’re not just talking about the soothing Jack Johnson love song. This recipe, however, kicks banana pancakes up a notch with a sweet maple butter and a dusting of candied pecans. They really blur the line between pancake and cake cake. You won’t find us complaining about that, though. (From Food Network.)

Applesauce Pancakes

To make this applesauce infused short stack, you don’t put the applesauce on the pancakes or even to the side. For these, you put the applesauce right in the batter. It might sound a little funky, but it adds a sweet moisture that makes these pancakes just delectable. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and dig in. (From Betty Crocker.)

Caramelized Peach Pancakes

Unlike most fruit-filled pancakes, this recipe calls for peach slices placed right on top of the pancakes as they cook. A little bit of a different approach leads to a fantastic result, though, as the peaches caramelize and soften up for a nice sweet treat and a really cool looking pancake. They’re just perfect for the spring and summer. Maybe even add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you’re feeling wild. (From Food52.)

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Add a little Italian flair to the breakfast staple for these fluffy and mouthwatering pancakes. Creamy ricotta and fresh lemon combine for a super-soft, tremendously tender, melt-in-your-mouth pancake treat that will have you sitting by the griddle and waiting for seconds. (From Cooking Classy.)

Oreo Cookie Pancakes

Take America’s favorite cookie. Now turn it into a pancake. That’s essentially all these are, but with some healthy secret ingredients mixed in (shhh… don’t tell the kids). Not only are these pancakes packed with chocolate cookie goodness, they’re also full of fiber, protein, calcium, and probiotics. (From Chocolate Covered Katie.)

Funfetti Buttermilk Pancakes

Funfetti isn’t just for birthday parties anymore. Turn pancakes into funcakes(?) with this sprinkle-patterned batter. Topped with a smooth vanilla glaze and even more sprinkles, these may be the prettiest looking pancakes on the planet. They taste pretty delicious, too. (From sally’s baking addiction.)

S’mores Pancakes

No campfire needed for these s’mores pancakes. But you better bring your appetite! Decadent doesn’t even begin to describe these dessert pancakes, infused with graham cracker crumbs and melty, gooey chocolate chips. Oh, and don’t forget about the marshmallow fluff syrup. Yeah… marshmallow fluff syrup. (From Pastry Affair.)

So now that you’ve seen what the pancake world really has to offer, and now that your mouth is watering and your stomach is grumbling, which pancake will you try first?

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