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No-Pan Pancakes

Hello moms! I know that many of you have really hectic schedules everyday – from getting your kids ready for school, to household chores, to daily errands, to the stress from your careers, to getting balanced and nutritious meals on the table for your family. Well what if I said to you that you can play up breakfast from a rushed bowl of cereal to a plate of the fluffiest, mess-free, moist, and fun “pan”-cake.

I recently saw a post on Buzzfeed about making pancakes in a rice cooker and decided to try it out for myself. As a college student, I depend on a rice cooker for fast and easy one-pot meals in which I can throw a few ingredients into the bowl, set a timer, and leave it alone to do it’s magic. I’ve made a variety of delicious and health-conscious meals from simple steamed rice to flavorful pastas to delicious stews, but it had never occurred to me to “bake” with a rice cooker. I was a bit skeptical at first, but I can assure you that the results are fantastic.

The best aspect of making pancakes in a rice cooker is that it cooks itself – no more standing over a hot pan waiting to flip your batter and hoping that it’s not under cooked or burnt. With this method, all you need to do is mix it in the bowl, set your cooker timer, and out comes an amazing breakfast with the most beautiful golden-brown color that is difficult to achieve with a pan.

Here are a few different variations other than simply pancake mix and water:


  • 1 1/2 cup pancake mix
  • 3/4 cup milk (you may use whole milk for richer texture)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg


  • 1 1/2 cup pancake mix
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (if blueberries are not in season, frozen berries are just as delicious)


  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt (to bring out the chocolate flavor, optional)

Try these pancakes out –
I guarantee you and your family will thoroughly enjoy the fluffy, golden, no-mess goodness! 

Breakfasts may never be the same again.


  • For light and fluffy pancakes, sift the flour so that your batter is smoother rather than lumpy.
  • Make sure you the batter does not fill more than half the pot of the rice cooker – if there is too much batter, it may rise and stick to the lid. 
  • Be creative and add whatever your family likes – whether it be berries, chocolate chips, or nuts. 

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Tammy Cheng

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