Old-Fashioned Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

Old-Fashioned Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes with Butter and Maple Syrup

Studies conducted on yours truly have shown that whole grains are beneficial to one’s health particularly during breakfast, the most important meal of the day.* One noteworthy perk is improved appetite control until the daily ritual colloquially referred to as “lunch,” usually partaken of between 1200 and 1300 hours. This effect is attributable to complex carbohydrates and its slow digestion, a bodily function whereby food is deconstructed into absorbable nutrients.

* citations needed

Please consult the following list for the advantages and disadvantages of carbohydrate-based breakfast options discussed thus far:

Donna Day: Old-Fashioned Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes
Hay Hay It’s Donna Day: Pancakes hosted by Suzana of Home Gourmets

recipe adapted from Laurel Robertson’s The New Laurel’s Kitchen

Old-Fashioned Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

makes approximately 12 to 18 pancakes

For the Dry Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (traditional or pastry)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt

For the Wet Ingredients:

2 large eggs
2 1/2 to 3 cups buttermilk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Make bigger batches of the dry ingredients – a.k.a. your own healthy instant pancake mix – and refrigerate in an airtight container until needed.
  • Use whole wheat pastry flour for more tender pancakes.
  • Replace up to 1/2 cup of the flour with wheat bran or germ for a better texture and nutritional profile.


Stir together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.

Whisk the eggs with the buttermilk briefly and add to the dry ingredients. Mix the batter just until barely incorporated. Stir in the vegetable oil. It’s okay for the pancake batter to be lumpy and dry in some spots.

Heat a non-stick griddle over medium heat, until sprinkled water dances across the surface. Ladle the batter in the middle of the griddle. Cook until bubbles start showing on the surface. Gently flip the pancakes and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until the pancake is set.

Serve immediately and top with fresh fruits, butter, or your favorite pancake syrup.

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37 Responses to “Old-Fashioned Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes”

  1. noobcook says:

    Your photography is stunning, I’ve never seen pancakes look better ;)

  2. Paula says:

    oooh, look at that syrup flowing over the edge! My hubby loves pancakes. I’ve not seen a recipe that called for brown sugar … I love the yumminess brown sugar brings to recipes. I would love to have someone say that in addition to whole grains, we should be incorporating more brown sugar into our diet!

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  3. Ning says:

    I just bought whole wheat bread and was wondering what to do with it. Now, I know the menu for breakfast tomorrow! :)

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  4. Caitlin says:

    I like your thoughts on this subject, but mostly because it totally justifies the pancakes I ate for dinner last night :)

    last blog post: Country-Style Whole Wheat Pitas

  5. Adam says:

    Great post on whole grains and their importance. I can’t stress enough how great whole grains and fiber are to a diet. Pro: Your pancakes are easy to make and delicious… Con: They might go to fast for you to enjoy yours :)

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  6. Megan says:

    I already had breakfast, but that picture made me want to have a second breakfast! YUM!!!

  7. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    That is the best ’stack’ I’ve ever seen!

  8. Vera says:

    Jude, very informative post! The pancakes look delicious! And sound very healthy!

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  9. rainbowbrown says:

    That’s a good looking stack of pancakes. It’s time to take the buttermilk out of the freezer…

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  10. Katerina says:

    These look great and I love that they are whole wheat, bookmarked!

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  11. grace says:

    i’ve never seen such thin pancakes, but i love ‘em–it just means i can eat more! :)

  12. linda says:

    Love the pictures, beautiful! And love the fact you used whole wheat…much better option!

  13. giz says:

    Okay, load me up. I don’t think I’ve ever had a whole wheat pancake but then I’ve never had a pancake I didn’t like.

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  14. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    What a perfect stack of pancakes! They look sooo good!

  15. cindy says:

    these pancakes look amazing. they are like the picture perfect diner pancake.

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  16. Aparna says:

    Your pancakes certainly look like the perfect breakfast. No wonder they’re all pros and no cons!
    Though I wouldn’t mind an eggless version too.:)

  17. Katie says:

    Mmmm I love pancakes. After five days of “whatever is around the house” for breakfast, the smell of pancakes on a weekend morning can always put a smile on my face.

  18. sweetbird says:

    Your pancakes make me jealous.

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  19. Tom Aarons says:

    No citations needed. Delicious pancakes will be taken as absolute proof! :)

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  20. clumbsycookie says:

    Funny post! I’ll take all of the carbs, one each day of the week, just to experiment! Lovely pancakes, i’m sure they ARE the perfect breakfast!

    last blog post: Hay hay they’re really tiny and vegan too!

  21. oggi says:

    Lovely, delicious, and healthy! I love whole wheat pancakes and buckwheat galettes for breakfast.

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  22. Miri says:

    Stunning photos! I wish i could reach out and take one, and bite right into it… :) So much YUM!

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  23. van says:

    What an attractive photo! I fall in love with your pancakes at first sight.

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  24. [eatingclub] vancouver || js says:

    What a stack of elegant pancakes! And whole wheat too? Double-love.

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  25. Natalie says:

    Wow these are making me so hungry, they look absoloutely delicious!!

    last blog post: Mocha Cupcakes

  26. Carolyn Jung says:

    Is there any better way to wake up on a Sunday morning? I sure can’t think of one. Fluffy, tender pancakes with real maple syrup. Why sleep in when that awaits you?

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  27. noobcook – Thanks. I have no idea where the pink came from.
    Paula – Was clicking like crazy to get the syrup shot.
    Ning – It’s a good excuse to get whole grains — the different is not that noticeable.
    Caitlin – Pancakes for dinner? Now why didn’t I think of that. Might as well do it for lunch, too.
    Adam – Must have whole grains or I get really cranky.
    Megan – If you skip lunch then…
    Tanna – The pink is burning my eyes though. MY eyes!
    Vera – And you can’t tell they’re whole grain. Not that it’s a bad thing.
    Tommi – I just realized how ridiculous the photo is. That’s a hell of a lot of pancakes on one platter.
    Katerina, Linda, Giz – Any excuse to put a dent in my whole grain stash, I go for it.
    Grace – yeah it could have used a bit less.
    MSS, Cindy – Thanks!
    Aparna – I wonder how I can make eggless pancakes. Hmmm
    Katie – I know what you mean by “whatever is around.” Blogging means I get to try new things:)
    Sweetbird – Is it the syrup?
    Tom – I’ll take it.
    Clumbsy – Even more perfect with, uh, milk?
    Oggi – Mm buckwheat galettes. Have no idea how to make it but it sounds good.
    Miri, Van, JS – Thanks!
    Natalie – They definitely are. Looking forward to waking up tomorrow already.
    Carolyn – When maple syrup hits a just-griddled pancake.. Oh yeah.

  28. Suzana says:

    Totally agree with you about breakfast! Thanks for submitting those to HHDD. And congrats for your lovely blog. :)

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  29. barbara says:

    Beautiful pancakes Jude.

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  32. Sue says:

    I’ll have to see if you are still posting here. I made the whole wheat pancakes today. I used 2 3/4 cup buttermilk. My first batch was too thick, so I added more buttermilk. The thick ones still tasted great, though. I am looking forward to leftover pancakes for my lunch tomorrow.

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    Love the receipe
    and the images look great
    Thanks and I love the blog.

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