Pancake Tacos

Pancake Tacos

Do you remember when the school year started and I was all “look at me I’m a breakfast hot shot”–making it the night before so mornings weren’t rushed? Do you also remember how Ceri professed to being the lunch ninja, making dinners and lunches for the next day in one massive chop. Well, it’s a malarkey now. I’m at the 100th day of school slump and I’d bet Ceri is now wrapping cold pizza in tin foil. (To those who wrap cold pizza in tinfoil, we definitely do not judge. I’m just pointing out how I’ve fallen off my blogging girl game.) It may just be me. Ceri could very well still be holding down the lunch fort, but I really let my breakfast making slide.


Photo by Maya Visnyei

And then I turned it all around with the Pancake Taco. Born out of desperation to not waste the weekends leftovers, the pancake taco is the new hit of our household. Scarlett literally thought it was a joke when I served it to her one morning. “Is this really my breakfast? Can I eat this now?” she asked cautiously. She basically thought it was a treat. And it kind of is, especially if you pile it high with any deliciousness you can think of.

If you make pancakes on the weekend then doubling the recipe for leftovers. This will give you plenty of stock for the week. I’ve included my Spiced Pancake recipe because they really are the gold standard of cakers. I’m not bragging or anything (ok, I am a bit) but during our last shoot our photographer Maya, with a mouth-full of pancake, yelled across the studio, “You really are the pancake batter Queen.” But the spicy flavour of these flapjacks really are a great complement to most any filling. I just pop the leftover pancakes in a toaster oven while I prep the filling. For assembly, place a small piece of parchment (or napkin) in the palm of your hand and gently cup the warm pancake so it takes on a taco shape.  Then freestyle your filling, choose from our selection of ideas below or create one based on what your family loves or, let’s be honest, what you actually have left in the refrigerator. Have fun creating new variations, and don’t worry if overzealous hands crack the base of the pancake. It all still tastes awesome going down.

Spiced Pancakes

2 cups spelt flour (you know the SPC drill….use what you’ve got)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh, grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
butter for pan


In a large bowl, whisk flour, bak­ing pow­der, soda, cin­na­mon, nut­meg and salt.

In a medium size bowl, whisk milk, but­ter­milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Com­bine wet ingre­di­ents into flour mix­ture and stir until just com­bined. (Don’t over mix the bat­ter, in other words you can leave some lumps, since over­work­ing it will cause the gluten in the flour to be released caus­ing chewy pan­cakes.) Let your bat­ter rest in the refrig­er­a­tor for a few minutes.

Mean­while, place a large skillet over medium heat and allow it to get nice and warm.

Remove bat­ter from the refrig­er­a­tor. Add a tablespoon of butter to skillet and allow it to melt and then, work­ing in batches, ladle bat­ter into skil­let and cook pan­cakes until bub­bles appear on sur­face. Flip and cook another minute or two. Remove from skil­let and keep warm in the oven. Repeat until you’ve used the batter.

Taco Filling Ideas (but the options are endless, really)

Nutella, sliced banana (Shown above left)
Sliced banana, sliced strawberries, a few dollops of Greek-style yogurt, sprinkle of cinnamon (shown above right)
Sliced strawberries, blueberries, Greek-style yogurt, drizzle of honey
All-natural peanut butter, sliced bananas, a drizzle of honey, sprinkle of shaved almonds
All-natural peanut butter, blueberries, a drizzle of honey
Sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, a few dollops of Greek-style yogurt

All-natural almond butter, sliced apples, drizzle of maple syrup, sprinkle of cinnamon


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  1. sylvia
    January 30, 12:52 Reply
    this is a great idea and would work equally well with weekend waffles!
    • Laura Keogh
      January 31, 10:59 Reply
      Waffles?! You bet, baby. Thanks for dropping us a line, Sylvia. xo
  2. Jan
    January 30, 18:56 Reply
    Are you kidding me? I just can't imagine where in the ripping world you can possibly come up with any more quick, yummy and cool ideas to feed my kids.....and let's face it me and my husband too.....and then here you go again whipping this puppy up!! I love SPC! These are so simple and I know I have stuff to cram in these. And not only healthy but much fun AND quick because no matter what time I drag my kids out of bed we still seem to be rushing around on a school day! Thanks SO much!! I am all over these this weekend...making extra for the week. Yippee, I can't wait!
    • Laura Keogh
      January 31, 10:58 Reply
      Oh my gosh, your awesome note made me laugh. At first when I read "Are you kidding?" I was worried we had disappointed or upset a reader and then you went on with "whipping this puppy up!" and I was on the floor. Thank you for loving us as much as we loved hearing from you! Let us know how the cakes go this weekend, and, of course, thanks for reading SPC. It's readers like yourself that make this all so worth it. Best, Laura
  3. Jan
    February 02, 13:52 Reply
    I thought I might scare you at first with my "are you kidding" comment, but this is really what I said out loud. I made these this morning and they are fantastic Laura!! Nice and fluffy and full of really are the cake Queen. My son ate them with Nutella and maple syrup (when I wasn't looking). I had to give him the what not about excessive sugar and then he smiled and announced he was going to see if he could bounce off the walls....ah 13 yr olds. Good thing the cakes are made with healthy ingredients. The leftovers are ready for breakfast tacos for the week! Yippee!
    • Laura Keogh
      February 06, 13:16 Reply
      Thank you so much for saying I'm the cake queen! I thought only people who knew me were saying it because they thought they had too! :) Oh my goodness, Nutella and maple syrup! I can't blame him as that sounds so decadent and delicious. I'm so thrilled you gave them a try. I hope they made your weekday mornings easier! Stay in touch. We love hearing from you. Best, Laura
  4. Eline
    May 27, 04:29 Reply
    I made them this morning and they were delicious! I used the banana, strawberry and greek yoghurt filling. Also added a little honey, because i like sweetness so much! Thank you for the recipe, will definitely make them more often.

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