Peanut Butter Pancakes are a light and fluffy pancake. They taste like peanut butter and are good topped with butter and syrup. If you love peanut butter, you might want to top them with even more peanut butter!
This recipe was found with the belongings of Rosa Parks after she passed away. It was written on an envelope in her handwriting. There is a short article published on the HuffPost site about this recipe which states that the recipe is publicly available at the Library of Congress. So cool!
My friend, Mary, told me that she made peanut butter pancakes for her daughter. It sounded good and Jeff loves peanut butter, so I thought I'd give it a try. Mary adds peanut butter to a box mix. Smart shortcut, eh? Mary is my inspiration for this post! Thanks, Mary!
The majority of my cooking these days is dairy-free, so I make pancakes from scratch. I thought I'd try to add some peanut butter to my Grandmother's Pancake recipe after hearing about Mary's Peanut Butter Pancakes. On second thought, I did some searching to see what peanut butter pancake recipes were posted. There are lots of them!
The Rosa Parks Peanut Butter Pancakes recipe is posted on several different sites. It is a light and fluffy pancake that tastes like peanut butter so I can understand why it is posted multiple times. 🙂
Because I want a dairy-free pancake, I substituted soy milk for the milk. For Jeff, we top the pancakes with vegan butter. I top mine with butter. If you are not concerned with being dairy-free, you can use milk in the recipe.
I use a whisk to blend the egg, soy milk and peanut butter. It may take a little effort, but the peanut butter will break down and incorporate with the egg and milk.
I use creamy peanut butter in these pancakes. The recipe did not specify creamy or crunchy, so use the peanut butter you prefer.
Don't over mix the pancake batter because your pancakes will be heavy and dense. Leave some small lumps in the batter. They will dissolve when you cook the pancakes.
When I make pancakes, I let the batter rest five or so minutes, while my griddle preheats, to give the batter a little time to thicken and rise a little.
For me, the batter for these pancakes is thick and fluffy. Because the batter is so thick, I did not see the bubbles that tell you to flip the pancakes. If your batter is thick like mine, keep in mind that you might not see the bubbles. If your batter is thick and you want to thin it, add a little more soy milk.
The original recipe states to cook the pancakes at 275F on a griddle in melted shortening or oil. I have an electric griddle that does not require any oil to cook the pancakes. My griddle will cook about six pancakes at one time, which makes pancake cooking much faster. I love my griddle!
If you do not have a griddle, you can use a skillet. If your cooking instrument of choice is not one of the non-stick varieties, then add some shortening or oil before cooking the pancakes.
I hope you enjoy Rosa Parks Peanut Butter Pancakes!
Peanut Butter Pancakes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 jumbo egg Original recipe did not specify egg size. I always used jumbo.
- 1 1/4 cups soy milk or milk
- 1/3 cup peanut butter, creamy Original recipe did not specify creamy. I prefer creamy in this recipe.
When cooking the pancakes
- 1 tablespoon melted shortening or oil Optional, use if your griddle or skillet is not a non-stick type.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg , milk and peanut butter until smooth.
- Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Do not over mix or the pancakes will be heavy and dense. It is ok to have small lumps in the batter.
- Let batter rest for about 5-minutes before cooking. The batter rises a little and gets fluffly when you let it rest.
- Pour 1/4 cup batter onto griddle heated to 275F. If you don't have a griddle, you can heat oil in a skillet and cook the pancakes in the skillet.
- Cook 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Normally, you flip a pancake when you see popped bubbles on the top. This batter is so light and fluffy, there are no bubbles when I make it.
- Flip the pancakes over and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until golden brown.
- Serve immediately.