Overnight CrockPot Slow Cooker Pancakes Recipe

Overnight Pancakes are an easy breakfast that you can whip together before you go to bed so you wake up to hot fresh pancakes that you can slice up and eat at your leisure.

how to make pancakes in the CrockPot Slow Cooker

Day 129.

Pretty much every single day since I began this project, my three-year-old has told me we should make gluten-free pancakes in the crockpot (yup, she labels everything gluten-free when asking for food).

And like any good mom, I've ignored her for five-and-a-half months.

But, good ol' Trader Joe's. They now have their own brand of gluten-free pancake mix. And what better way to test it out, than in the crockpot.


(PS, this idea works for ANY TYPE of pancake mix. Just follow the package directions)

The Ingredients.

the stuff you need to make pancakes.

The Directions.

For best results, use a round 4-quart slow cooker.

Follow the directions listed on the back of your pancake mix package. 

If you're all fancy-like, you could make them from scratch.

(from scratch Recipe:  1 1/2 cups flour, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons oil, 3 teaspoons baking powder, pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon white sugar, 1 to 1/2 cup of milk, pour slowly and whisk to desired consistency)

Spray the inside of your crock liberally with cooking spray, or rub butter all along the sides and bottom.

Pour your batter in, and put the lid on. 

Cook on high for 2 hours, then test with a knife. 

You'll know it's done when the top is golden-brown, pulls away from the sides, and the knife comes out clean.

Cut into wedges or slices, and remove with a spatula.

--knock on wood-- the pieces will come out perfectly.


Pull your slow cooker out of the cabinet. Whisk all the pancake ingredients together in a bowl.
Put the bowl in the fridge.
In the morning, scrape the contents of the boil into a greased slow cooker.
Cook on high for 2 hours, while you goof around.

OR, you can plug them in right before you go to bed, and set the timer on your crockpot so they will only cook for 2 hours, then they can stay on "warm" until you get up and your pancakes will be hot and ready when you are.

Your choice.


The Verdict.

This was a fun and easy week day breakfast. The kids were thrilled to have pancakes before school, and I was thrilled that they could cook before they were awake and while I was getting stuff done for work and around the house.

The pieces are thick, and reminiscent of scones. They need a lot of syrup, but weren't as dry and crumbly as they could have been.

I do think we'll make these again; they were fun, easy, and different.

Get your slow cooker set up before you go to bed and wake up to CrockPot pancakes!

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at May 08, 2008

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  1. Anonymous5/08/2008

    I really like how you involve your kids so much when you cook. Have you always done that?
    Is that why they eat so many different things?

    I think my kids subsist on air sometimes
    that and teddy grams.


  2. Hi! I noticed in your garlic dip recipe, you said you could nestle an oven safe dish inside the pottery bowl. Does the small dish need a lid as well? Or do i just use the crockpot lid? Sorry to sound dumb, but i am just discovering how great the corckpot is!!!

  3. martha, I wish I knew the answer. For every dish my kids do eat, there's something else that they don't. I do talk to them a lot about what we should have for dinner, other meals. They are fascinated by this whole crockpot adventure, which makes this particular year better than most.

    jess, you're so not dumb. Nope, I don't put a lid on the oven-safe dish that is inside the crock.

    don't use plastic. I got an email earlier last week fretting about melted platic in the crock..!


  4. I'm laughing at the memories your kids will have forever of the year of crockpot cooking and the things you have come up with. I think it's great!

  5. I don't think I could convince my little tweedles to try these. It's very interesting though. Thanks for another interesting idea!

  6. Hi, I'm new to your blog. Only discovered it about three days ago. But I'm already a fan! I haven't tried anything yet but I plan too. I love that your a Trader Joe's fan too!

    Thanks for sharing your crock pot adventure.

  7. Stephanie, I just found you to night. You are going to be my new BFF. Just so you know.


    Boys Before Books



  8. Anonymous5/08/2008

    I am amazed. I am fascinated.
    So, is it really easier or better to make the pancakes in the crockpot? I tried crockpot cooking and realized it was very slow and gave up. I think I gave up too son.

  9. oh you're good ;-).. can't wait to try it... thanks maybe hubby & little miss diva can make this for me on mother's day? have a great friday..

  10. I think we're having breakfast for supper tonight! Love this idea!

  11. Love your site! Love the recipes!
    Just found you a month or so ago....I was wondering why you are gluten free? We just found out my son has Celiacs so I love you mentioning gluten free products! Hope thats not too personal of a question. Thanks,

  12. renaedujour, they aren't better---they're easier (for me!) than standing over the stove or griddle and paying attention on a school day. They taste the same, but are much thicker. And anything with syrup is a winner. ;-)

    Joy, my youngest has celiac. It's just easier for our family to all eat the same way so we don't worry about cross-contamination. thanks so much for your kind words!


  13. I made these last night - loved it!! Definitely easier than standing over the griddle. And very yummy!

    I linked to you today

  14. what a great mother's day idea!!!

    i may have to print this one out and pass it on to the family...

  15. I am amazed that you are actually up and awake for a minimum of 2 hours prior to getting your kids off to school. This sounds like a great idea, but honestly I just can't get up that early!

    --Love your blog!

  16. hi cathy, I'm amazed I'm up that early, too!

    I work from home and get more done in those few hours before the kids join me than I do all. day. long. ;-)


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  18. Anonymous5/14/2008

    This looks yummy! We liked the sweet and sour soup. What makes it sour? The rice vinegar?

    Please post if you ever try this crockpot pancake recipe with Pamela's gf pancake mix. It looks like it would be great with some stewed fruit, like crockpot apples and cinnamon :)

  19. My kids label everything gluten free also! It's so funny!

    They also ask me (their MOM) if what I am giving them to eat is gluten free. Yeah, kid, your mom is going to give you a big old chunk of gluten because I LIKE cleaning up poo and seeing you curled up in a ball. Woo!

  20. I made this and it was very good. DD loves pancakes and since we aren't patient enough to wait 2 hrs. for breakfast, I made breakfast for dinner.

  21. Anonymous1/02/2009

    TJ's mix is very good! Your comment about your daughter "labeling everything GF" is so funny! My 2 yr old for the first time told me that Scittles were gluten free so she could have them (while we were in Menards!). Hilarious.

  22. Anonymous2/06/2009

    Weird question, but... Did you make the entire package of pancake mix, or did you measure out the number of servings you would need?

  23. Hi Native Rose, not a weird question, a good one! I know I used the whole package, and it was 18oz. I don't really remember how many servings that was--since I made it back in May, and I don't have a package in the house right now. I did use the proper ratio (milk, egg, etc) for making traditional pancakes, however.


  24. How funny that your daughter asks for everything to be gluten free. Mine does the same thing when she asks for food and if I hand her something she always asks me if it's gluten free even if it's an apple. I very much enjoy this blog.

  25. I'm going to try this with Pamela's. There has to be a way to get a little more moisture in them, no? We'll see.