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Recipe: Whole Grain Pancakes

2010 November 8
by Sarah

Along with our normal Sunday night movie (see our reviews of last month’s movies here), it is also our tradition to eat breakfast food for dinner on Sundays. Jeff and I both love breakfast food and nothing beats homemade pancakes or waffles for a cheap, filling meal.

Growing up, we never had Bisquick. Mom made her own wheaty, grainy pancakes that were thinner and denser than traditional buttermilk pancakes. To this day, I don’t like typical pancakes (think IHOP) — they’re like white bread: no substance or flavor, just mush.

So when I had my own kitchen and wanted to make pancakes, I wasn’t sure what to do. (Why I didn’t just ask Mom for her recipe, I don’t know.) Eventually I looked through a ton of online recipes, drew on things Mom had taught me, and cobbled together the following recipe.

Sarah’s Healthy Whole Grain Pancakes
Serves: 3-4 people

Dry ingredients for pancake mix:

1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour*
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more, to taste)
1/2 tsp sugar

*Sometimes I substitute some soy flour for extra protein or oat flour for fun.

Wet ingredients:

2 eggs
1 cup applesauce
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cups milk

Mix wet and dry ingredients until just blended (lumps are okay) and let batter sit for 5-10 minutes. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto hot, oiled skillet or griddle. Flip pancakes when bubbles appear on top and bottom is a golden brown. Pancakes are done when edges are dry.


For just the two of us, I use half this recipe or about 1-1/4 cup of pre-made pancake mix. Of course, it’s always fun to add things to the batter like chocolate chips, blueberries, apples, bananas, etc.

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  1. Marsha Markas permalink
    November 8, 2010

    Wow, I think yours are healthier than mine!!! For some reason, I rarely fix pancakes any more. Too lazy???

  2. November 8, 2010

    My husband grew up with breakfast food on Sundays, too. Nice comforting stuff — especially waffles with melted butter and syrup in the “compartments”! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Hmmm…. maybe I’ll change my plans for dinner tonight!

  3. Alice permalink
    November 8, 2010

    Those sound really good–like the idea of having applesause in them. One pancake mix that I also enjoy is buckwheat cakes. My grandfather made buckwheat cakes every morning, and it brings back good memories!

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