These whole wheat pancakes are light, fluffy and delicious! Jump to the Whole Wheat Pancakes Recipe or watch our quick video showing you how we make them.
Not too long ago, we shared our essential pancakes recipe. It’s simple and makes extra light and fluffy pancakes. Since it uses all-purpose flour, we became curious to see what would happen if we replaced some or all of that flour with whole wheat flour. After a few tries, we realized it works beautifully.
– This Recipe is Sponsored by Gold Medal Flour –
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How to Make Light and Fluffy Pancakes with Whole Wheat Flour
If you’re looking for whole wheat pancakes with 100% whole wheat flour, this one will do it for you.
With all whole wheat, the pancakes are quite fluffy and taste great. We absolutely love the nutty flavor of the flour.
You can also use half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour. If you’re not used to using whole wheat flour in your kitchen, we suggest you use 50% whole wheat and 50% all-purpose flour.
In fact, even though we’re used to whole wheat ourselves, we prefer using two flours instead of only using whole wheat. The pancakes are a little lighter, fluffy and taste great. Either way, they turn out beautifully. Just look at how fluffy they are!
We love topping whole wheat pancakes with some warm syrup and sliced bananas, but we’re sure you already have a plan for the topping. Enjoy!
Disclosure: This recipe has been shared in partnership with Gold Medal Flour. We’re pretty excited about it because it’s been our flour of choice for quite some time (my Mom’s, too). This recipe is part of an ongoing relationship with Gold Medal. Last month, we shared our Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes with Butter Pecan Topping.
Recipe updated, originally posted November 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne
Easy, Delicious Whole Wheat Pancakes Recipe
Whole wheat flour makes pancakes taste nutty and delicious. This recipe is quite flexible. We love using a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour. The pancakes are lovely, light and fluffy. For 100% whole wheat pancakes, simply use all (1 1/2 cups) whole wheat flour and no all-purpose flour. We have noticed that whole wheat flour absorbs liquid a little more than all-purpose flour. Because of this, you might find that you need to add a little extra milk to the pancake batter before cooking the pancakes.
You Will Need
3/4 cup (100 grams) whole wheat flour
3/4 cup (100 grams) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups (295 to 350 ml) reduced fat milk, dairy or non-dairy
1 large egg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for skillet or substitute coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Make Batter
- Cook Pancakes
Whisk flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and the salt in a medium bowl, set aside. Warm the milk until lukewarm, not hot (you should be able to keep your finger submerged for 10 seconds). Whisk milk, butter, egg and the vanilla together until blended.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour milk mixture into the well and stir with a fork until mixed and only small clumps of flour remain. Do not over mix batter. Note: The batter will be quite thick. If it is unreasonably thick, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more milk to thin it out a little.
Heat a large skillet (or use griddle) over medium heat. The pan is ready if when you splatter a little water onto the pan surface, the water dances around the pan and eventually evaporates.
Lightly brush skillet with melted butter. Spoon a 1/4-cup of the batter onto the skillet and gently spread into a 4-inch circle. (If the batter is thick, you may need to use the back of a spoon to spread the batter into a circle).
When edges look dry and bubbles start to appear and pop on the top surfaces of the pancakes, turn over, about 2 minutes. Once flipped, cook 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked in the middle. Serve warm with syrup, bananas or other toppings.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- We use kosher salt. If you don’t have it on hand, keep this in mind: 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt = about 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt.
- Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.