Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

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Made with Greek yogurt, oats, whole wheat flour, and not much else. Simple, wholesome, and satisfying.

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes - that actually taste good. Made with Greek yogurt, oats, whole wheat flour, and not much else. sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’ve never met a pancake that I didn’t like.

Correction. I’ve never met a fluffy buttermilk pancake that I didn’t like. I have, however, met several flimsy-dense-flavorless-whole-wheat pancakes in my life. And they’re quite a disappointment to say the least.

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes - that actually taste good. Made with Greek yogurt, oats, whole wheat flour, and not much else. sallysbakingaddiction.com

Healthy whole wheat pancakes are difficult to master because pancakes are meant to be light, soft, and fluffy. All things that whole wheat flour isn’t. However, finding the right balance of ingredients to make your pancakes whole-grain AND fluffy isn’t impossible. It just took me a few (um, several) tries.

 

Let’s just say I spent my entire Sunday morning pancake-ing and currently have a freezer full of whole wheat pancakes. Who wants to come over for breakfast? Pancakes are the only thing on the menu.

Anyway. This is a recipe you’re going to want to hold onto. It joins my basic vanilla cupcake, basic chocolate chip cookie, and homemade cinnamon rolls in my “go-to” recipe archive. These whole wheat pancakes are an easy starting point to let your mind go wild. Plain whole wheat pancakes topped with sliced almonds. Or whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes:

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes - that actually taste good. Made with Greek yogurt, oats, whole wheat flour, and not much else. sallysbakingaddiction.com

The chocolate chip version of this recipe is our favorite. (duh) Though I can never say no to a classic, maple-syrup drenched plain ole whole wheat pancake.

Making these pancakes is actually really simple. There’s no crazy ingredients you’ve never heard of. Nothing requiring you to spend $15 on a crazy sugar substitute you can’t pronounce. Just plain everyday ingredients like whole wheat flour, egg, quick oats, milk, and yogurt. The pancake batter is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla extract and is very lightly sweetened with brown sugar. Only 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar for the entire recipe. Not too shabby, right?

Don’t leave out the brown sugar; your pancakes will not be good.

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes - that actually taste good. Made with Greek yogurt, oats, whole wheat flour, and not much else. sallysbakingaddiction.com

Let’s just discuss how thick these guys are. You have the baking powder to thank. Not too much baking powder so that your pancakes taste like chemicals, but just enough to give them a little lift. Ok, a lot of lift. And I’m lovin’ it!

The addition of quick oats adds fiber to your pancakes, as well as gives them a hearty, satisfying texture. The oats bulk up the batter without adding any unnecessary sugar or fat. You know when you mix oats with water/milk, they bulk right up? The same goes with this pancake batter. I always add a touch of oats to my batters. Oh and don’t worry, these pancakes won’t taste oat-y.

Greek yogurt adds a slight protein punch to the batter. It also keeps things on the lower fat side. I love using Greek yogurt in my healthier recipes; it’s like a softness inducing miracle ingredient. Yogurt also brings so much moisture to the resulting pancake. Dry, tough pancakes have no place in my kitchen.

I’d rather eat broccoli for breakfast than a dry-tasting pancake.

How to make healthy whole wheat pancakes

I really need a pancake griddle. Also, do you like my shoes?

While these whole wheat oatmeal pancakes aren’t nearly as fluffy as my favorite buttermilk pancakes (you’ll find that recipe in my cookbook), they’re still incredibly soft. Just as pancakes should be. Tall stacks of soft, syrup-drenched pancakes. Heaven. 

Two very important notes: make sure your griddle is HOT before adding the pancake batter. Also, spray your pan or griddle between each pancake or batch of pancakes. Ok, let’s recap.

These whole wheat oatmeal pancakes are:

  • Soft
  • Thick
  • Healthy
  • Whole-grain
  • Moist
  • Really, really good

These whole wheat pancakes are not:

  • Made with weird ingredients
  • Boring
  • Flavorless
  • Diet-busting
  • Dry as cardboard
  • Hard as bricks

Just making sure we’re clear here.

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes - that actually taste good. Made with Greek yogurt, oats, whole wheat flour, and not much else. sallysbakingaddiction.com

I just had dinner, but I’m ready to face plant into that giant chocolate chip stack. ↑

*Any slight changes you make to this recipe will yield a different result; I suggest making the pancakes exactly as written or using the alternatives given. 

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Healthy Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

Made with Greek yogurt, oats, whole wheat flour, and not much else. Recipe may be doubled for a large family.

Yield: 7-8 pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (123g) whole wheat flour (or white whole-wheat) (measured correctly)
  • 1/2 cup (40g) quick oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg (or 2 egg whites)
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk*
  • 2 Tablespoons packed dark brown sugar (or light brown)
  • 1/4 cup (63g) Greek yogurt*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup add-ins like chocolate chips or fruit, optional

Directions:

  1. Toss the flour, oats, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. Whisk in the brown sugar and yogurt until no lumps remain. Whisk in the vanilla until combined.
  2. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Stir gently until just combined. Do not overmix the batter or your pancakes will be tough and very dense. Add any mix-ins you prefer, but again - do not overmix the batter.
  3. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat generously with cooking spray, oil, or butter.  Once hot, drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to form on the center or sides, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Coat griddle/skillet again with nonstick spray for each pancake or batch of pancakes.
  4. Keep pancakes warm in a preheated 200F degree oven until all pancakes are cooked. Serve immediately. Pancakes taste best right after they are made. Pancakes freeze well, up to 2 months.

Recipe Notes:

*Recipe tested with both skim and vanilla almond milks. Soy milk, 1%, 2%, buttermilk, or rice milk are OK.

*Recipe tested with plain 0% Greek yogurt. Regular yogurt, any milk fat and your choice of flavor, is OK.

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Breakfast Cookies

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Q: What do you like on your pancakes?

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes - that actually taste good. Made with Greek yogurt, oats, whole wheat flour, and not much else. sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

 

 

459 Comments

  1. Oh yummm! I have 8 kiddos (6 boys and 2 girls) and I am always looking for simple, healthy, and yummy food to serve up! I am looking forward to giving them a try!

  2. I love the fact you can easily half this recipe. And i definitely agree the addition of oats just helps soak up the liquid and make the pancakes the perfecy texture!! I need to make these asap!

    1. Yep! It’s a great recipe for just two people. Can easily be halved, doubled, tripled, etc. Let me know if you try them Lauren!

  3. Whole wheat flour, oats AND Greek yogurt?? Sally, it’s like you’re speaking right to me! Especially the version with the chocolate chips. 😉 These look the absolute perfect, healthy weekend breakfast!

  4. They look great (and thank you for not making pumpkin pancakes – as much as I love those, a great, timeless, seasonless recipe is really awesome!) and I know how hard whole wheat flour is in anything you want to rise and stay light. When I made 100% whole wheat dinner rolls, let’s just say that I had more than a few rolls. Like you’re only serving pancakes for breakfast, I’m only serving dinner rolls for dinner 🙂

    And I need a pancake griddle too. Or just better flipping skills. It’s always a hope-and-a-prayer when I flip those babies over…wondering if I will mutilate. Lol

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    1. Thanks for pinning Averie! I’ve never tried pumpkin pancakes before. I’ve made enough pumpkin muffins, cinnamon rolls, and coffee cakes that I’m pumpkin-breakfasted-out at the moment!

    1. I don’t care what anyone says, dark chocolate is totally healthy in my opinion. And perfectly acceptable with breakfast!

  5. I really think we have the same brain I made pretty much these pancakes on Sunday! These would be so good with melted peanut butter on top! I find a way to add peanut butter to anything haha! 🙂

  6. I am a big fan of the recap here…it’s great to be clear about how amazing these are because they really look delicious!! I love eating my pancakes with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit piled on top of them but it looks like these are already loaded with yogurt. Can’t wait to try!!

  7. When I eat pancakes, they’re whole grain, so these sound great to me. Bonus points for the oatmeal and Greek yogurt. These look delicious Sally, and I’d be glad to take some off your hands…or out of your freezer.

  8. Gorgeous, Sally! I love how you caught the syrup dripping down the sides…these look like restaurant menu photographs (but better!) ;). I’m more of a waffle person than pancakes, because pancakes usually seem so textureless and floppy, but these look so hearty and wonderful! I love oats in anything, and whole-wheat flour is actually so great, regardless of its healthful properties! 🙂 Thanks for all your experimentation for us!

    1. restaurant quality photos? You’re too kind, Caley. As always. Thank you! And I’m a waffle girl too. We’re registering for a spiffy waffle maker for our wedding. Can’t wait!

  9. love the way you write Sally, not only do you make me wanna lick my screen, you also make me laugh. Love your shoes, my theorie is there’s never enough colour when it comes to running shoes, that ‘s the only pair you can really go crazy cause, well, you’re running.
    Those pancakes have to be tasted. soon.

    1. Mo, thank you. 🙂 I’m so happy you love my colorful running shoes. That’s my mindset as well. Running shoes are meant to be bright, bold, and blinding!

      And thank you for the kind compliment on my writing. Hope you try these!

  10. I love pancakes with a dollop of yogurt, frozen wild blueberries , a sprinkling of wheat germ and a splash of homemade maple syrup. Sometimes I’ll do sliced bananas and peanut butter with wheat germ, or some blackberry jelly. These pancakes sound amazing!

    1. Sarah, your stack of pancakes sounds so good! Especially with the frozen blueberries and homemade maple syrup. Oh and of course, the PB and banana version too. Now I’m hungry!

  11. Woohoo! Sally, these look so fluffy and gorgeous. I will def have to try these out–love the stack of chocolate chip! And I can’t wait to see how fluffy your buttermilk pancakes are!!

  12. I can’t wait to try these! I always have such trouble following pancake recipes. For some reason they never turn out right when I try following a recipe but when I just go in without a recipe and start throwing things together until it looks right they turn out fine. But I’m excited to try your recipe since I’ve never had trouble with any of your recipes so far 🙂

  13. Well, I know now what I’m making this weekend! These look delish! 🙂 I love that I have all of the ingredients already and don’t need to make a special trip to the store. Thanks again for your amazing recipes!

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