Sour Cream Pancakes from The Pioneer Woman

sour cream pancake recipe

The Pioneer Woman Cooks is finally out and it’s flying off the shelves like hotcakes! Lucky for us, we were able to secure a free copy of the cookbook from our amazing swag bag at the Blog Her Conference we spoke at. Her new cookbook is a fabulous stroll through her amazing life of working, living and raising kids on the ranch. It’s full of fabulous pictures of cows, horses, her kids, her recipes, her life and more cows. And more gorgeous horses.

The success of Ree Drummond’s cookbook isn’t a surprise because she’s proven to the publishing industry that you don’t have to be a professional chef to write a successful cookbook. Ree’s infectious humor, honesty, sincerity and love on her blog is proof enough that being kind and generous is life’s true virtues. The rest of the rewards just follow.

sour cream pancakes recipe

Ree has never claimed to be an expert in any field, in fact, she’s made fun of herself and her colorful faults on many occasions. When Ree spoke at BlogHer, everyone in that packed room knew that she was a real person, a caring Mother, a devoted wife and a blogger just like the rest of us. She’s a gentle soul, so normal, so real and so inspiring to many people that the lines to visit her at her cookbook signings have been as long as 4 hours!

The amazing thing about Ree is that she’s so generous with information and her dedication to building a supportive community is evident in everything she shares. Just look at her Photography posts and you’ll know how many people she’s helped in understanding photography and photoshop tutorials. Ree has proven that generosity, family and friends is all this “accidental country girl” needs to make her and all of us happy on her blog.

pancake recipe

Speaking of her book “flying off the shelves like hotcakes”, we love hotcakes! Ree has an amazing and simple recipe for sour cream pancakes. It’s a tried and true sour cream pancake family recipe from her husband’s grandmother, Edna Mae. This sour cream pancake recipe makes such easy,  perfect, light sour cream pancakes! These sour cream pancakes can be eaten any time of day. We made an addition to the recipe by adding our favorite bananas!

You must make these sour cream pancakes. They are so light, fluffy and only require 7 tablespoons of flour!

In fact, Ree’s new cookbook has many great breakfast recipes. Her wonderful breakfast recipes are great for lunch and dinner and we’re fans of eating backwards and having our breakfast for dinner. Thanks to Ree, we now can enjoy some typical morning meals in the evening!

Sour Cream Pancakes Recipe with Bananas

Yield: Serves 2-4

Total Time: 10 Minutes


  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 7 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Butter
  • Pancake syrup


  1. Warm up your griddle, iron skillet or frying pan. They need to be hot but not smokin' hot.
  2. Place sour cream in a medium bowl. Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, & salt) in a sifter  and sift over sour cream (or mix dry ingredients together in another bowl then add to sour cream). Very gently, stir ingredients till they are mixed together, but not completely combined. It's best to have the batter with a little bit of lumpy texture.
  3. In separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, then add vanilla and stir mixture well.
  4. Pour egg mixture into sour cream/flour mixture. Stir gently until all ingredients are mixed well.
  5. Melt about a tablespoon of butter onto skillet/pan/griddle. Pour about 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto the pan. Arrange a few slices of banana on top of the batter.
  6. Cook each side of the pancake for about 1 to 2 minutes or until the pancakes turn brown.
  7. Remove from heat, stack high and pour lots of syrup over them!
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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. JAMIE

    Can this work with almond flour or coconut flour?

  2. David M

    I tried making these with yogurt once instead of sour cream and they were very wet and hard to cook through without burning (the taste was outstanding though).

    There must be something special about the sour cream that makes it work with so little flour!

  3. nizza

    I have made your recipe several times now and every time they have come out just delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.

  4. Dee D

    Great great pictures! I want them now or at least tomorrow or when I’d be able to find a good French substitution for sour cream! Help!
    And thank you for sharing so many Vietnamese recipes! It really helps me trying to recreate my mums cooking now that I left home. I never bothered to watch her cooked and today I regret it. So thanks again!!

  5. Susan H

    Just found your recipe and I am super excited – with only 7 T of flour, I should be able to convert this recipe to a gluten free version without losing the great taste you tout. Here is hoping. New to your blog and have spent the last hour just thumbing through it while I rested my old tired feet.

  6. Nicole

    Happened upon this recipe after noticing we were out of milk; made them and my bf said, “I think these are the best pancakes I’ve ever had. You should make them like this all the time.” So there you have it. Kudos and thanks for the recipe!

  7. Fern

    Great, great post. Wonderful introduction to The Pioneer Woman, whom I have heard of but never really thought of checking out until now. Love your photos! Wondering, how do these taste with so little flour?

  8. mal cakes

    made these today for brunch.
    could not believe how amazing they were.
    loveeed the bananas.

  9. Tammi

    You are right about Ree. I got to meet her Saturday while she signed my cookbook. I did wait 3 hours, but it was worth it. While waiting, I noticed how she smiled and took time for everyone. The pancakes are melt-in-your-mouth delicious! I like eating in reverse, too.

  10. kamran

    You both seriously have to tell me where you get your photo props. Wherever I go they’re either way too expensive, or I just can’t find any props… These pancakes look great! Ree’s recipes can never let anyone down.

  11. Barbara

    I can’t wait to get her book.
    Now these pancakes look divine! Your photos are beautiful. I am so impressed when someone takes such gorgeous foodie photos.

  12. Chelsey

    The 7 Tbs of flour reminds me of the time I doubted you could make 48 meringues with 2 egg whites….Never doubt the recipe! I ended up baking a bazillion meringues!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Chelsey- Whoa! 48 meringues? That’s awesome!

  13. Stephanie - Wasabimon

    Um, super duper yum. Need to try and make these gluten free…

  14. Chez Us

    OUTSTANDING photos – WOW, you really captured the true life of these hotcakes! I love bananas with pancakes, too, almost sweet enough to forgo the syrup.

  15. The Teacher Cooks

    Must make these. But what really has me sold on your blog are the photos! They are great.

  16. Beka

    I love pancakes… and i love the words you use to describe this woman! Will definately go check her blog!!

  17. Amy

    I guess I’m not the first to notice…. but… your photos are amazing. Thanks to you, I must have pancakes today!

  18. Laura Flowers

    I love your pictures. It’s the texture that makes me swoon. I want to reach out and touch them.


  19. Divina

    I love bananas on pancakes. These are spectacular. I haven’t tried using sour cream yet. These are perfect for lazy Sundays.

  20. Jaden

    Hotcakes! Nathan wants one! with lots of syrup pleeeeze!

  21. Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

    These pancakes look fab! I like how they are crisp on the exterior, and that the bananas are beautifully caramelized.

  22. Allie

    We were in Phoenix for the book signing. We were there until MIDNIGHT! We had a blast, a little slap happy… but so worth it!

  23. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    You know Jaden and PW have a cookbook out……so….whadda you two waiting for huh??? lol. I had PW’s & Jadens cookbooks orderded the minute they were available on Amazon. I’ve bookmarked so many recipes I may have to take the rest of the year off to make them all!! I have this one bookmarked too, and the bananas…yum!

    I’m giving away a copy of PW’s cookbook on my blog, so if anyone wants a chance to win one…stop on by.

    Oh almost forgot – photos – gorgeous!!

  24. Shana

    My 10 year old daughter made these all by herself for Sunday breakfast this weekend and they were a huge hit!!!

  25. alice

    I love you both and I love Ree. Great post!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Alice- awww, thanks. Right back atcha!

  26. Hélène

    I wish I could meet her in person. She sounds like a down to earth girl that every one would love as a neighbor, besides you two :) Delicious looking crêpes.

  27. karen

    pancakes. good. *drool* …uh good. nanas. syrup. *drool*

  28. Lisa

    These are GREAT, but try out the migas…OMG.
    We’ve decided that we must have migas at least once a week.

  29. Susan

    Only 7 tbsps of flour? I can’t even imagine it! Wow! Thanks for sharing these!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Susan- Yes, we couldn’t believe it either. We made it TWICE to double check and each time, the pancakes came out perfectly fluffy! This recipe is a total winner!

  30. Pineapple Princess

    Oh, Wow! Your photos are fab!
    Those pancakes look amazing! I sure hope to meet P-Dub one day! :)

  31. mbw1024

    7 tbsp. flour? really? that’s all?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      That’s it. It isn’t a large batch of batter but the flour does have a smaller ratio to the other ingredients than most recipes. They cook up super light, fluffy and with a perfect slight moistness.

  32. Reesha

    Yummy! Ree’s recipes are fantastic and easy.

  33. Mrs. Accountability

    Those are gorgeous pancakes, they look soooo delicious! Hey, in Phoenix, I was in line at 5:30pm and got my cookbook signed at 10:58pm, and Ree still had about 100 books to sign that were left by their owners on a table, and another 50 to 100 people sitting waiting to get their book signed.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Mrs. Accountability – WOW! Lucky we were able to hear her speak at Blogher. Hope you got your book signed!

  34. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

    I haven’t made these from the book either – they look delicious!

  35. Scorpio Woman

    I love pancakes and the ones with sour cream or buttermilk are the best. Thanks for the recipe. Now I’m off to look at the recipe and photos on her blog :)

  36. The Purple Foodie

    Oh no, I love bananas and I add chocolate chips to them to make for a nice dessert-breakfast more than a breakfast-breakfast. Hhee. On another not, I love you blog. Especially envy that awesome garden of your!

  37. Clare

    I saw “sour cream” and “pancakes” and my eyes popped out of my head. What a great idea. It works so well with poundcake and other cakes, why not the pan kind? :) Will have to try these out on some of my very lucky friends….

  38. matt

    I freaking LOVE the photos. DAMNIT!!!!!!!!!

  39. Deanna B

    These look fantastic except I’ll have to leave out the bananas (a subtraction I’m sure Ree would agree with). I bet chocolate chips would be a good substitute though…

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Deanna B- Yeah, we know alot of folks don’t like banana’s. We love em! the chocolate chips sounds good too.

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