From the Griddle

Whole Wheat Pancakes

October 27, 2019

Let me change your mind about 100% whole wheat pancakes.

Because I know what you’re thinking: whole wheat pancakes are dense, dry, unappetizing little pucks.

But these whole wheat pancakes are crying out for you to give them a second chance! Yes, they are made with only whole wheat flour – not a blend of half whole wheat and half white – not even one little bit of white flour – AND they are still fluffy, spongy, tasty little morsels!

The secret? Whipping those egg whites! (Trust me, my secret weapon is usually whipped egg whites. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

A forkful of whole wheat pancakes with syrup.

This recipe for whole wheat pancakes also has a lovely zing of flavour courtesy to a little orange zest, which is optional but absolutely recommended.

Stack of whole wheat pancakes with syrup.

I tested this recipe on both my 10-year-old step-daughter and my 9-month old twins (I cut them up into little squares for my twinnies), and both gave it a thumbs up (okay, my twins gave it their big drooly, cheeser grins). Which means your kids will love these pancakes too – and you’ll love that they are heartier than regular white flour pancakes.

I love these pancakes. I really do. Fluffy, hearty, and whole grain. That should be my motto in life. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Won’t you give 100% whole wheat pancakes a second chance?

Stack of whole wheat pancakes with syrup.
4.67 from 3 votes
Whole Wheat Pancakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

100% whole wheat pancakes – hearty, healthy, and FLUFFY! Kid tested and approved.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: griddle, pancakes, whole grain, whole wheat
Servings: 3
Calories: 196 kcal
Author: Maresa | breakfast for dinner
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest (optional)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and orange zest and rub together with your fingers. Then add whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt, and whisk to combine.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk, melted butter, and vanilla until smooth.

  3. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Then gently fold in the beaten egg whites.

  5. Heat your griddle to medium heat and grease with a small amount of butter. Using a 1/3 cup measuring scoop, pour pancake batter onto the griddle. Cook until tiny bubbles appear on the surface, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown, about 2 minutes.

  6. Serve immediately, or keep warm on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper in a preheated 200F oven.

Recipe Notes

If not using orange zest (although I highly recommend it!), just add the sugar directly into the dry ingredients.ย 

Recipe yields approx 10-12 small/medium-size pancakes. One serving is calculated as 3 pancakes.

Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.9g8%
Saturated Fat 2.6g16%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 211mg9%
Potassium 206mg6%
Carbohydrates 30.4g10%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Sugar 6.5g7%
Protein 6.7g13%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

(Psst, I also have a whole bunch of other pancake recipes for you to try!)

  • Reply
    October 27, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    I love pancakes! These look so delicious and I love the idea of using whole wheat flour, which makes them a little healthier.

    • Reply
      November 3, 2019 at 8:38 pm

      Whole wheat flour definitely makes them a little healthier. Let me know if you try them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    November 6, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Can’t wait to try these yummy looking AND healthy pancakes! How adorable that your twins loved them too! Love your photos – they have me drooling like a baby!!!

    • Reply
      November 7, 2019 at 2:51 pm

      My twins absolutely loved them! They love eating pancakes and french toast for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    May 15, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Hi, I made these this morning. I found the first 3 pancakes were nice & fluffy but the rest were fairly flat. Not sure if the โ€œpowerโ€ of the egg whites dissipated while I was cooking the rest? Still tasty though Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      May 19, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Hi Toni – If egg whites sit unused for more than 10 mins, they will start to ‘deflate’ a little, so maybe that’s what you experienced. Is it possible to use a bigger pan next time so you can cook more pancakes at once?

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