Kefir Pancakes

Did you know that you can easily make kefir pancakes just by replacing the milk used in recipes with kefir? Although kefir itself is slightly sour, the sour taste does not show up in the pancakes at all. Making pancakes with kefir is a good way to use up the extras, but bear in mind that cooking kefir kills the beneficial yeasts and bacteria in it (although the kefir itself still contains valuable nutrients).

kefir pancakes

Already know how to make regular pancakes?

this batter is a little too thickIf you’re not completely new to making pancakes, you’ll probably be able to tell when your batter is too liquid or too thick.  In that case, you probably don’t need a brand new recipe for making the kefir version.

Simply replace milk with kefir in a 1:1 ratio, adding more kefir or flour as necessary to bring the batter to the correct consistency. There isn’t much of a difference between making regular pancakes and this.

However, if you need a recipe, here’s one:

Kefir pancakes recipe

Adapted from good old fashioned pancakes, serves 8


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups kefir
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Sift flour and mix with baking powder, salt, and sugar
  2. Pour in the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth
  3. Heat a frying pan over medium high heat
  4. Pour a small amount of batter onto pan. How much to use depends on how large you want your pancakes. (I poured too much the first time I made this and the pancakes were really difficult to flip)
  5. Flip the pancake over when the bottom side is golden brown
  6. Brown the other side and serve