Whole Wheat Pancakes.

Whole wheat pancakes that are delicious and simple to make!

I haven’t completely tested this theory, but I’m pretty sure I’m always in the mood for pancakes. Jay and I are big Parks and Rec fans, and this line from the first episode is one of my favorite Andy moments and one we quote to each other at least once a week:

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“Hey baby, if you go into the kitchen could you make me some pancakes real quick?”

Also: I just spent way too much of my life trying to figure out how to get a clip of that onto the blog. Jay to the rescue. And now you can follow betondinner on Instagram! Maybe I’ll be better about updating it than my poor neglected Twitter account?

So – pancakes! We’ve been trying to limit our white flour use, so I wanted a good whole grain pancake recipe (since limiting pancake consumption is obviously a bad idea). I’ve gone lots of different directions – grinding oats in the blender to make oat flour, buying whole wheat pastry flour, separating eggs and whipping the whites for fluffiness. Pancakes should be simple, though – I wanted ingredients I always have on hand and to avoid a bunch of extra dirty dishes. What I’ve landed on is just a very basic pancake recipe, and I use white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose. (I love this article from King Arthur about subbing in whole wheat flour in your favorite recipes!)

Here we go: whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl.

dry ingredients for whole wheat pancakes

Combine melted butter or oil with buttermilk and an egg.

wet ingredients for whole wheat pancakes

Gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry, and cook your pancakes!

making whole wheat pancakesBlueberries are optional, but I love ’em! If you use frozen berries, they need to be a little thawed or there will be a pocket of undercooked batter around the berry. But I might actually kinda love that.

My mom would always give us teeny tiny “pancakes” from batter drips, and I adore them to this day. My three-year-old loves the idea of eating six more pancakes! Aren’t they cute?

teeny tiny baby whole wheat pancakes

These whole wheat pancakes are easy to throw together and great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – so make some pancakes real quick this weekend!

Whole wheat pancakes that are delicious and simple to make!

Whole wheat pancakes that are delicious and simple to make!

Whole Wheat Pancakes.

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  • Yield: 6-8 pancakes


For 6-8 pancakes:

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (or less – sometimes I use half this amount, or skip it altogether)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, plus a few extra tablespoons if needed (or use regular milk to make a buttermilk substitute)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter (or vegetable oil, or melted coconut oil)

For 12-16 pancakes:

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 0-2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 2-1/4 cups buttermilk (or a sub, see link above)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (or oil)


  1. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the buttermilk, egg, and butter in a measuring cup. Add liquid to dry ingredients and stir very gently with a spoon or rubber spatula – the batter will be slightly lumpy! It should be a thick but pourable consistency – I usually need to add a splash more buttermilk or some regular milk to thin it a bit.
  2. Preheat and lightly oil a pan or griddle over medium heat. I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to portion out the batter, but you can make them any size. If using blueberries or chocolate chips, sprinkle them on as soon as the batter goes into the pan. Cook for a minute or two per side – the pancakes are ready to flip when the edges start to look a tiny bit dry and cooked and the bubbles are slower to fill back in (or when they’re as brown as you want them on the first side).
  3. Serve with butter and maple syrup!


If I’m making these for our family, I make a double batch because I can eat A Lot of pancakes…and my three-year-old likes leftovers! I don’t personally like to freeze a large batch of pancakes because I don’t love them reheated and I don’t mind making them fresh when I want them.

Recipe adapted from momfilter

Whole wheat pancakes that are delicious and simple to make!


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  1. Parks and Rec for life! Watching that show always makes me want waffles. So much so that I asked for a waffle maker for my birthday. Haha.

    1. Ha! That’s awesome, Lindsay. I’m soo sad it’s the last season!

  2. I just bought some whole wheat flour. I will be trying this out very soon, maybe tomorrow morning.

    1. That’s great, Cynthia! Hope you like them! I use that white whole wheat flour in a ton of stuff these days, so I’ll try to post another recipe soon!

  3. I tried these and we all like them. I will definitely be making them again. Thanks.

  4. Have you tried fresh ground whole wheat flour?

    1. Hi Pam! I haven’t – I think it would work great, though! Maybe hold back some of the liquid at first/have some extra on hand in case you need to thin the batter out? I’m not experienced with grinding my own wheat so not sure if it would possibly absorb more or less liquid! ????

      1. Bet, there is a store in GA that teaches how to bake with fresh ground flour. Their web site is very informative. They have regular classes that they video tape and post to their website that you can watch for free. They have everything one needs from the wheat to the mixers and everything in between. They also have a lot of articles that talk about the benefits of using fresh ground flour.
        I have been using fresh ground flour for a while and I love not only the flavor but the convenience of having fresh flour on hand. Check them out at http://www.breadbeckers.com,
        Pam 🙂

        1. Thanks so much for the info! I follow a couple of bloggers who grind wheat for flour and I’ve always been intrigued. I’m going to enjoy checking this out! :o)

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