DIY Pancake Bar

Create a do-it-yourself pancake bar with fresh fruit, different jams, syrups, and fun toppings so everyone can have customized pancakes with little effort on your end.

I love hosting some kind of build-your-own bar. Remember this margarita bar I hosted? I’ve also done a grilled cheese bar and a avocado toast bar. I find it easy to set out ingredients and let everyone have at it. It makes my job as a host super easy!

Here’s how simple you can make it. Use a boxed pancake mix and set the ingredients out on the table for everyone to build their own short stack. Make sure the butter and the syrup are at room temp. I also bring out jams if people prefer those to syrup. Cut up fruit and other toppings.

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I made a cute pancake bar for Madeline’s first sleepover. It was perfect for little girls. They had the ability to customize their own pancakes. I also imagine this would go well for any occasion including Mother’s Day this upcoming weekend (hint, hint).

I set out cut strawberries, cut banana, blueberries, raspberry jam, lemon curd, softened butter, and maple syrup. Then let everyone go to town.

Make it more fun by adding sprinkles, candies, chocolate syrup, or anything else you might have on hand.

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DIY Pancake Bar

Make breakfast fun and easy by setting up a pancake bar for everyone in your family
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Author: Christine Raitt


  • 8 oz strawberries cut
  • 8 oz blueberries
  • 1 banana cut
  • butter room temperature
  • jarred or homemade lemon curd
  • raspberry jam
  • maple syrup
  • 1 box pancake mix


  • Let butter come to room temperature while making pancakes. 
  • Prepare the pancakes according to the box instructions.
  • Cut fruits and place in little bowls. Set out some jams, syrup, and butter.
  • Set out all ingredients on the table and let everyone customize their short stack.

DIY Pancake Bar - Create an easy breakfast by setting up a station where everyone can top their pancakes to their liking

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