Whole Wheat Pancakes (that actually taste good)

These Whole Wheat Pancakes are made with 100% whole wheat flour and they taste absolutely delicious! A lot of people have commented about how surprised they are by the flavor and fluffy texture. They’re a healthier option to enjoy for breakfast or brunch.

I’m all for eating whole wheat versions of things if it makes sense.

These Whole Wheat Pancakes are made with 100% whole wheat flour and they taste absolutely delicious! They're a healthier option to enjoy for breakfast or brunch.

Adding some whole wheat flour to a loaf of homemade sandwich bread? Sure, that adds flavor and makes it a bit healthier.

But whole wheat sugar cookies? I had one once and it didn’t make sense to me. It just tasted bad and wasn’t worth eating.

Whole Wheat Pancakes on the other hand?

I’m in love with them. Or at least, I’m in love with these!

100% Whole Wheat Pancakes

The tricky part about making substitutions with whole wheat flour is it doesn’t have the same gluten-developing capabilities as white flour.

…but we don’t need to develop gluten with pancakes!

And in fact, we don’t want to.

So these can be 100% whole wheat pancakes and still have the same fluffy texture that we want, but with more nutrients and a delicious whole wheat flavor. I’d like to think that they’re the healthiest version of pancakes that still actually taste good.

Alright, let’s make these Whole Wheat Pancakes! It’s so easy.

Whisk together your dry ingredients, whisk together your wet ingredients, and combine the two.

Whole Wheat Pancakes Recipe

And like most pancake recipes, make sure to leave lots of lumps.

If you stir those lumps out, your pancakes will come out tough and chewy instead of fluffy and light.

The BEST Whole Wheat Pancakes

Cook small scoops of the pancake batter on a hot griddle, and cook for a few minutes until bubbles start to form on the top:

Healthy Breakfast Whole Wheat Pancakes

I love using this griddle for pancakes so I can cook tons of pancakes at a time, and I use this cookie scoop to portion the pancake batter so every pancake is the same size.

Now it’s time to flip!

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

Cook for another couple minutes on the other side, and serve with real maple syrup and butter.

And the next time you’re in the mood for some really indulgent pancakes on the other hand…try these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes or Carrot Cake Pancakes. Best to treat them as dessert though, heh!

Whole Wheat Pancake Mix

These pancakes are VERY freezer compatible! I have a post on freezing and reheating pancakes, which you can find after the recipe below.


The Best 100% Whole Wheat Pancakes

These Whole Wheat Pancakes are made with 100% whole wheat flour and they taste absolutely delicious! They’re a healthier option to enjoy for breakfast or brunch.

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  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vinegar* (white wine or apple cider)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • butter for greasing the griddle


  1. Combine the milk and vinegar and let the mixture curdle while you mix together the other ingredients.
  2. In a big bowl, whisk to combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, melted butter, and the curdled milk, until it looks fairly homogenous and smooth. Whisk this wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir the two together until just barely mixed. You want any visible loose flour to be stirred in, but there should still be plenty of lumps. If you stir out the lumps, the pancakes will likely be tough.
  4. Preheat a nonstick griddle to 375 degrees F and grease the surface with butter. Add small scoops of pancake batter and use the cookie scooper to gently smooth the scoop into a flatter circle. Cook for a few minutes, until you start to see little bubbles forming on the surface. Flip the pancakes with a turner and cook for a few minutes on the other side, until you peek underneath and see that the bottom is golden brown. Serve with butter and real maple syrup. Enjoy!


Recipe Notes

*You can substitute lemon juice for the vinegar, or you can sub buttermilk for the milk + vinegar if that’s what you have.

Nutrition Information Serves Serves 2-3     adjust servings
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 431kcal Calories from fat 171
% Daily Value
Total Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 538mg22%
Carbohydrate 55g18%
Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Sugars 11g
Protein 15g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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