Whole Wheat Pancakes
These Whole Wheat Pancakes are easy to make using simple ingredients and incredibly light and fluffy. Perfect for a light and healthy breakfast!
*Recipe and photos updated January 2019*
It’s the start of a new year, which means new recipes and more content coming your way! One of my goals for this year is to start adding more process pictures and information to recipes so that you can have 100% success in the kitchen.
But today, I wanted to kick off the year with a lighter recipe for you. I originally posted the recipe for these whole wheat pancakes back in 2015, but I wanted to rework the recipe to make it even better.
These pancakes are made with whole wheat flour and naturally sweetened with honey but they’re still incredibly soft and light. You can make a big batch of these pancakes to enjoy throughout the week or even cut the recipe in half to make less.
These fluffy whole wheat flour pancakes require minimal ingredients and are subtly sweet. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- Whole Wheat Flour: I used white whole wheat flour for these pancakes, but regular whole wheat flour works fine too. I really love Gold Medal white whole wheat flour, it’s much lighter than other brands that I’ve tried.
- Baking Powder, Baking Soda, & Salt: The baking powder and baking soda help the pancakes rise and keep them light and fluffy. The baking soda is what also adds that beautiful brown color to the pancakes!
- Buttermilk: I used low-fat buttermilk for these pancakes. If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, then you can make a homemade buttermilk substitute.
- Honey: I love to use honey in these pancakes, but you can feel free to substitute the honey with pure maple syrup, brown sugar, or granulated sugar.
- Oil: Canola, vegetable, or melted coconut oil all work great! If you don’t want to use oil or don’t have any on hand, then melted butter is another great substitute.
- Eggs & Vanilla: You’ll also be using a couple of large eggs and pure vanilla extract.
How to Make Whole Wheat Pancakes
To make these pancakes, you’ll start by whisking together your whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then, whisk together the buttermilk, honey, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Once you’ve whisked up the dry and wet ingredients, you’ll mix them together until just combined. I really love this whisk, it helps to scrape down the sides of the bowl as you’re whisking and makes the process much easier.
You may still see a few lumps in your pancake batter, this is okay. Overmixing the pancake batter can lead to a chewier pancake and no one wants that.
Then, you’ll scoop the pancake batter and drop it on a skillet or griddle over medium heat. I like to use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter because it’s easy and it makes the perfect size pancakes. I also prefer to use my griddle to make the process SO much easier. This griddle is similar to the one that I use all of the time.
You’ll know the pancakes are ready to flip once the edges start to look set and there are bubbles on top. A really large flat spatula helps when it comes to flipping the pancakes too.
Once they’re all cooked, you can serve them with anything that you like or let them cool and then refrigerate or freeze the pancakes until you’re ready to eat them.
Pancake Toppings to Try
You can top these pancakes with anything that you like. I prefer to add some fresh fruit and drizzle some pure maple syrup on top. If you want to get more creative, here are some fun pancake toppings to try out:
- Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce
- Easy Dulce de Leche
- Homemade Blueberry Sauce
- Fresh Strawberry Sauce
- Homemade Whipped Cream
What’s the difference between white whole wheat flour and whole wheat flour?
Both flours are 100% whole wheat, but they’re made from different varieties of wheat. White whole wheat flour is made with hard white wheat so it’s lighter in color and has a milder taste. Either type of flour will work fine for these whole wheat flour pancakes.
What does it mean to mix together until just combined?
You want to stop mixing as soon as the dry ingredients are mixed with the wet ingredients. You may see a few lumps in your pancake batter, this is normal!
How to Store Pancakes
Store leftover whole wheat buttermilk pancakes in the refrigerator or at room temperature in an airtight container/bag for up to four days. Reheat in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds if desired.
Can I Freeze Pancakes?
Yes! To freeze these whole grain pancakes, lay them out on a baking tray and freeze. Once hardened, remove from the tray and stack in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. To reheat, microwave for 20 to 30 seconds or toast in the toaster.
- I’ve tested this recipe with white whole wheat flour and regular whole wheat flour, both work great! I really like Gold Medal white whole wheat flour for these pancakes.
- If you don’t have any buttermilk, you can make your own with some lemon juice or vinegar and regular milk. I’ve included a note in the recipe for how to make your own buttermilk.
- Make sure to mix the dry and wet ingredients together until just combined. Over mixing the batter can lead to denser, chewier pancakes. You may still see a few lumps of batter in the bowl, this is okay!
- You can store leftover pancakes in the refrigerator or at room temperature in an airtight container/bag for up to four days. Reheat in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds if desired.
- If you’re looking for a regular buttermilk pancake recipe this is my favorite one.
More Easy Breakfast Recipes to Try!
- Gingerbread Pancakes
- Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- The Best Coffee Cake
- Classic French Toast
- Banana Muffins
Whole Wheat Pancakes
- 2 cups (240 grams) white whole wheat flour or whole wheat flour (spooned & leveled)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 and 3/4 cup (420 ml) buttermilk (I used low-fat)
- 1/4 cup (85 grams) honey
- 3 tablespoons (45 ml) oil (canola, vegetable, or melted coconut oil)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium heat and spray well with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the white whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, honey, oil, eggs, and vanilla until fully combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, making sure not to over mix the batter.
- Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter from the bowl and drop onto the skillet or griddle. Once the top starts to bubble and the edges look set, flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Serve with pure maple syrup, fresh fruit, or your topping of choice.
I definitely need something healthier to get me back on track from the weekend! These pancakes look perfect, Danielle! Love that they’re made with whole wheat flour. Sounds delicious!
Thanks, Gayle! They definitely are delicious 🙂
I just love how big, soft and fluffy these beauties look even though they’re whole wheat! Breakfast perfection. 😀
Your pancakes are so big and fluffy! Gorgeous! I love whole wheat and I bet these are yummy!
I ate too much chocolate, too, and I also made some healthier pancakes this weekend! I prefer whole wheat for the nutty flavor, and these look so fluffy and delicious! Pinned. 🙂
Sounds like our weekends were about the same, Marcie! Thanks for the pin too 🙂
We went wine tasting all weekend, so my Valentine Day was filled with LOTS of wine. Whoopsie : ) These pancakes are so pretty! I love that they’re made with whole wheat flour.
Oh wine tasting sounds fun to me! Thanks, Natalie! 🙂
I love that these pancakes are made with whole wheat flour and topped with fresh fruit! And although I know I will love them with mini-chocolate chips – I’m going to wait about a week before bringing chocolate back into my life…I think. 😉
Oh I know what mean, Annie. I should probably wait a little while to introduce chocolate back into my life after this past weekend too haha 😉
We visited family over the weekend but it was nice and relaxed 🙂 Your pancakes look so fluffy and gorgeous! I love that you used whole wheat flour, they sound perfect!
Oh that sounds fun, Kelly! Thank you so much!
Pancakes are a favorite here — we even had them for lunch today! Love this whole wheat version!
Same here, Ashley! We had these for dinner the other night 🙂
I don’t have nearly enough pancakes in my life! I always think about how much I love them, but for some reason I never make them myself! These look amazing and now I’m wanting to make breakfast for dinner 🙂
Thanks, Isadora! Breakfast for dinner is the best, we have it at least once a week!
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate…that was the theme of our Valentine’s Day, too! Haha These pancakes look picture perfect – these are exactly what I need after the weekend!
Sounds just like mine, Alyssa! Thank you!
Yeah, I do need a break from all the sweets I had last week! I love whole wheat pancakes and these look fantastic! Pinned 🙂
My Valentine’s totally involved way too much chocolate. So worth it, but so much chocolate. These pancakes look like the perfect way to get my eating back on schedule! And with the strawberries? Breakfast of champions right here!
Definitely worth it for me too, Michelle! Thank you!
I haven’t had pancakes in way too long, but this post is making me majorly crave them, especially piled with all that fruit! Pinned 🙂
Love these! I’d put peanut butter all over them. They look so fluffy!
Pancakes are my very favorite thing to have for breakfast. Yours look simply amazing and I love that they are healthy!
These pancakes look amazing! Love that they are whole wheat!
delicious! these look wonderful 😉 healthy and delish!
Love this healthier recipe! Great for a pancake day when you’re still trying to eat clean 🙂
Valentine’s Day is pretty boring at my house, sadly no cheesecake. These look wonderful, and they are the perfect way to start the day. I love the healthy ingredients!
It usually is a little boring around our house too, nothing wrong with that though! Thanks, Sherri 🙂
And I had too much of cinnamon rolls on Valentine’s Day 🙂 The pancakes look great, actually I prefer whole wheat pancakes over the regular ones, I can’t really tell a difference!
Cinnamon rolls sound like a good way to celebrate to me! I love using whole wheat flour too, you really can’t tell the difference at all.
These pancakes look SO perfect! I love using whole wheat flour in my pancakes… such a great healthy way to start the day!
These look so great Danielle! Love that they’re whole wheat!
You’ve got me craving a stack of pancakes now…drenched in melting butter, berries and syrup of course!
Very good and light!
I just made a blueberry compote from some gorgeous farmers market blueberries and was looking for a good pancake to pour it over. Thanks for this.
Kids really loved the Pancakes!They asked if I could make it everyday for breaky??Thank you rily appreciate for sharing yr recipes.
These pancakes are awesome! We stopped eating sugar and white flour, so I was thrilled to find this recipe. It’s been really hard to cut out some of our favorite foods so I was very happy to know that we can still eat delicious pancakes.
So glad you liked the pancakes, Mali!
Hello! I tried the banana bread recipe and I loved it! I made it for my family and everyone agrees that it is fantastic! Congratulations, Danielle! I’l try to make all of your delicious recipes 🙂
Can’t thank you enough for this recipe! I stopped making pancakes when I stopped eating sugar and white flour. I was thrilled to find that these pancakes are just as fluffy and delicious as their unhealthy peers. I make this at least once a week!
So happy to hear that!
Our family LOVES these pancakes! They are easy to make and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!