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5 from 2 votes
three whole grain pancakes with fresh strawberries and blueberries on a small white plate
Whole Grain Pancakes Base Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

These Whole Grain Pancakes are easy & delicious. Made with white whole wheat flour, they don't look whole grain, but provide all the benefits! 

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Yield: 8 -10 pancakes
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Optional Add-Ins
  • ½ cup fruit or vegetable puree (banana, sweet potato, pumpkin)
  • ½ teaspoon - 1 teaspoon spice (cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice)
Optional Toppings
  • cup fresh or thawed frozen berries
  • cup chopped fresh fruit
  • cup chocolate chips
  • cup chopped or sliced toasted nuts
  1. Heat a griddle or large non-stick pan over medium-low heat. In a large bowl, gently whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. If you choose to add some spice, whisk it into this mixture.

  2. In a separate medium bowl, whisk buttermilk, butter, egg, and vanilla. If you choose to add a fruit or vegetable puree, whisk it into this mixture. If it looks too thick, add a little more buttermilk (buttermilk thickness can vary).

  3. Add the buttermilk mixture to flour mixture. Whisk until just combined. Do not over mix.

  4. Lightly grease griddle or pan with non-stick spray or a little butter. Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto griddle to create pancakes. Immediately, sprinkle any desired toppings on pancakes, and gently press toppings down as needed. Cook until tiny bubbles appear on the surface and the edges start to firm up. 

  5. Flip and cook for about 2 additional minutes. You might need to lower the heat as you cook additional batches. Hold in the oven on a warming setting or about 170° F until ready to eat. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If the batter looks a little too thick, add more buttermilk. If too thin, add a spoonful of flour. But remember not to overstir!


Toppings can also be mixed into the batter; just be careful with frozen blueberries!