Cheater Peanut Butter Pancakes


These peanut butter pancakes have a fresh PB&J vibe and are a unique, higher-protein way to use up opened or homemade pancake mix. Plus, I think they’re an easy yet special treat to reward yourself and loved ones with over the weekend.

Cheater Peanut Butter Pancakes Recipe - PB and J inspired stack using pancake mix, PB powder, and fresh grapes!This recipe with photo for Peanut Butter Pancakes with Grapes was shared with us by

Picking Dairy-Free Pancake Mix

The original recipe for these peanut butter pancakes calls for a “complete” pancake mix. These types of mixes have “just add water” instructions, but are almost always dairy-full. Fortunately, you can use your favorite “incomplete” dairy-free pancake mix in this recipe. It just may require you to add oil, eggs, and/or another ingredient in the preparation. Follow the directions on the package and you should be just fine!

A few dairy-free pancake mixes that I recommend include:

Cheater Peanut Butter Pancakes Recipe - PB and J inspired stack using pancake mix, PB powder, and fresh grapes!

Special Diet Notes: Cheater Peanut Butter Pancakes

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy and optionally egg-free, gluten-free, tree nut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian, depending on the pancake mix that you use. See my notes above for pancake mix suggestions.

Cheater Peanut Butter Pancakes
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You can use your favorite homemade recipe for the pancakes, but why not allow yourself a little "cheat" with a favorite pancake mix.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 cups dairy-free pancake mix (see post above) + preparation ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons peanut butter powder
  • 3 cups halved green or red California grapes
  • ¼ cup chopped unsalted (or salted!) peanuts
  • Warm maple syrup, for serving
  1. Prepare the pancake mix according to package instructions. Gently stir in the peanut butter powder.
  2. Let the batter sit while you preheat a griddle or large skillet and brush it lightly with oil.
  3. Cook the pancakes, ¼ cup of batter at a time, until lightly browned on both sides. (I usually flip after bubbles come to the surface, burst, and remain open).
  4. Divide the pancakes between four plates, and sprinkle each stack with ¾ cup of the grape halves and 1 tablespoon of the peanuts.
  5. Serve with a small pitcher of warm maple syrup, for drizzling.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Breakfast Tarts (vegan, nut-free & soy-free)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Breakfast Tarts - Better than Pop Tarts! Recipe is vegan and dairy-free.

PB & J Ice Cream Sandwiches (vegan, gluten-free & optionally allergy-friendly)

PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches - perfectly peanut butter cookies, dairy-free strarwberry ice cream and magical peanut butter coating (naturally vegan, gluten-free, soy-free)

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. Hi Alisa, this sounds like a lovely recipe. I was just reading about how peanut butter is great for people who train. Might be giving this a try later today, I’ll let you know how I get on! Rich

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