Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes


Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

I can smell my neighbor’s bacon.

That’s not a euphemism.  If it were, you’d have permission to kick me in the shin and be officially grossed out.

I can literally smell my neighbor’s bacon.  His kitchen window meets my bedroom window, and I actually feel lucky that I don’t have to pay extra rent for a daily bacon alarm clock.

Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

A good while ago, I found myself standing in a kitchen full of fancy chefs talking about the glory of a proper peanut butter and bacon partnership.  I was suspicious.  I had to test the partnership with crumbly and crisp Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies.  If you like bacon… if you like crisp cookies, you will consider these cookies a grand success.  I thought they were so bonkers that I also included the recipe in my cookbook.

I figured that if wonky flavor combinations could be cookied, they could just as easily be pancaked.  Also… sliced bananas and maple syrup make everything breakfast.  Let’s just cross this line.  I’ll call my neighbor, he’ll bring the bacon.

Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

We’ve made pancakes here before.  We aren’t being completely revolutionary.

In this incarnation, we’re also mixing all-natural peanut butter and crisp-cooked bacon to the buttermilk batter.

Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

It’s hard to chop crisp bacon when all you want to do is sneak every little chopped piece into your mouth.  I speak from experience.  May a few extra slices of snacking.  This comes from experience.

Letting the pancake batter rest for a few minutes while the griddle heats is ideal.  The batter thickens a bit, creating mega fluffy pancakes.

Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

These pancakes have a surprising and incredibly delightful savory quality.  The salty bacon pairs with the nutty butter and creates some deliciously (almost mouth-confusing) savory notes.  Douse the pancakes in pure maple syrup and we’ve achieved the coveted sweet and salty combination.  It’s dreamy delicious!  I found myself eating these pancakes fresh from the skillet while standing over the sink.  No table, chair, or fork required.  The unique combination speaks for itself:  crazy good.

It’s the weekend!  Let’s go.  Let’s go!

Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

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1 large egg

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 slices crisp bacon, cooled and cut into small pieces

butter or oil for cooking pancakes

* I cooked my bacon on a foil lined baking sheet in the oven.  You could also pan fry the bacon and reserve some of the bacon grease for frying the pancakes.  Whaaaat!?  Yea.

In a medium bowl beat together eggs, butter, peanut butter, buttermilk, and vanilla.  Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well until mostly smooth. Fold in bacon pieces and let batter set for a few minutes.

Heat a nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Add a teaspoon of oil or butter to the pan, or spray with cooking spray.

Pour 2 Tablespoons of batter onto the griddle. Cook on the first side until bubbles that form start to pop. You can also gently lift up the pancake to make sure the bottom is not overcooking, if it is the pan may be too hot and you will need to adjust the heat. Flip the pancake over with a spatula and cook until golden brown. Repeat until all the batter is gone. Let cooked pancakes rest on a heat proof plate in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.

Serve with sliced bananas and pure maple syrup.  


116 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

  1. OMG! I’m making these tomorrow morning. I grew up using peanut butter with my pancakes. My stepmom would always do it and we thought it was weird at first but now it’s just what happens. The addition of bacon seems like a dream. I mean who doesn’t love bacon.
    Thanks for this amazing recipe!
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

  2. My family is going to flip for these! :) No, seriously we will LOVE them! They sound delightful! Can’t wait for the new book!

  3. oh joy, you made me drool on my pj’s. would it be too over the top to caramelize the bananas in butter and brown sugar, then skip the syrup? i think i’ll have to try it out, just to be sure. you know, for research and stuff.

  4. I know all about the Bacon Alarm Clock, but from my housemate, it is pure torture! I would have never paired peanut butter and bacon, but I can imagine they would just be perfect together, mmm.
    Sorry, I’m just salivating at the thought of bacon :)
    Definitely going to try this one morning :)


  5. This is like bacon and eggs in pancake form. It can only be no less than amazing. I think they might have a beef jerky kinda flavour wouldn’t it? At least Chinese meat jerky has a sweet sort of glaze with the salty meat. Always a good combo.

  6. I’ll trade you neighbors any day! I bet your neighbor(s) can’t get enough of the smell from your kitchen either. I’d be following the smell to your doorstep all the time if I were your neighbor hehe.

  7. I need a bacon alarm clock and then maybe I’d be up on time every day. :) Peanut butter and bacon sounds like a genius conbination.

  8. You make the best looking pancakes! And I don’t even eat bacon! But I sure do eat peanut butter. And PB + buttermilk does make fabulous pancakes!

    And your photos are so pretty. Love the styling, the plates, the perfectly browned stacks. Gorgeous, Joy! Pinned!

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