Kefir Pancakes

Kefir Pancakes (Оладушки)

This traditional Russian breakfast food is a great alternative to regular pancakes.

These are the pancakes I grew up with, and they are one of my favorite comfort foods. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also a great way to use kefir and all its health benefits. I grew up drinking kefir so I usually have some in the house, but even if you don’t, these are worth a special trip to the store to pick some up. Now, you can serve them with maple syrup like you would regular pancakes, but maple syrup isn’t a Russian thing so they are traditionally served with sour cream sweetened with sugar. Just dollop some on or dip them.


  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup kefir
  • Maple syrup or sour cream and sugar for serving


  1. Add flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda to a bowl and mix.
  2. In a different bowl, beat 2 eggs. Add canola oil, and mix. Add kefir, and mix well.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well. The batter will be thick.
  4. Use two spoons to portion batter into an oiled or non-stick skillet (depending on whether you want them to be fried or not).
  5. Cook like regular pancakes (flip once you see some bubbles appearing in the batter).

Serve with maple syrup, or more traditionally with sour cream and sugar.

Kefir Pancakes

See how this recipe is made by watching the video below:

Приятного аппетита! (Priyatnova appetita! Russian for ‘Bon Appetit!’)

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