Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

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

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.

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 - 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. Though I can never say no to a classic, maple-syrup drenched 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?

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 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.

How to make healthy whole wheat pancakes

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

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Healthy Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 7-8 pancakes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Made with Greek yogurt, oats, whole wheat flour, and not much else. Simple, wholesome, and satisfying! Recipe may be doubled.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup (123g) whole wheat flour or white whole-wheat flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 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 light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (63g) Greek yogurt*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: 1/2 cup add-ins like chocolate chips or fruit

Instructions

  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 200°F (93°C) oven until all pancakes are cooked. Serve immediately. Pancakes taste best right after they are made.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Pancakes freeze well, up to 2 months.
  2. Milk: Recipe tested with both skim and vanilla almond milks. Soy milk, 1%, 2%, buttermilk, or rice milk are OK.
  3. Yogurt: Recipe tested with plain 0% Greek yogurt. Regular yogurt, any milk fat and your choice of flavor, is OK.

Keywords: whole wheat oatmeal pancakes, whole wheat pancakes

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

282 Comments

  1. These were fabulous. Always looking for healthy foods that taste great. I dropped the ww flour to 3/4 cup and added 1 T ground flax and 2T wheat germ for an added nutritious punch! From one Sally to another – Well Done!!

  2. This looks like a great alternative to everyday pancakes, I bet they fill up up also I might have a go at this recipe, thanks!

  3. Just got done eating these! They are delicious with that little hit of cinnamon. I am so full after only eating two!

  4. Theresa Collins says:

    Tried them – liked them, even my 5 year old who wont eat anything. I will make sure to add fresh blueberries next time for that pop! Also, I will omit the brown sugar – I dont think they need it with maple syrup on top! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Thank you very much for your recipe. I didn’t have a very fun day today and your pancakes cheered me up. I ate them with blueberries 🙂 Thanks again!

  6. These are the best pancakes I have ever had and I am never making any other kind again! I used whole grain flower and mashed up banana and added chopped pecans. I only had Greek Covonut yogurt so used this and it just made it even better! Used coconut oil and had maple syrup on one and fig and pear preserve on the other. My 3 1/2 year old started sinkng the Muppets “Manama” song while doing the happy food dance when he started eating them. In the words of my husband “Babe, you have just taken pancakes to a WHOLE other level”. Our son says “Mom these are DELICIOUS!” Thank you for these!!’

  7. Okay… So on a serious note, these pancakes lived up to my every expectation! I am constantly trying out pancake recipes that are both delicious AND healthy, and this recipe hit the nail on the head! I ended up substituting two tablespoons of honey for the brown sugar and they came out great! I’m not a syrup fan but I love to top mine off with a dollop of yogurt and blueberries, thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  8. These look amazing. I really want to try the today but I don’t have any yogurt. What can I substitute for the yogurt?

  9. I’ve just made these pancakes and they were amazing. I used honey instead of sugar and skimmed milk. It was so nice to have a hearty and healthy lunch! I also cooked your recipe for pretzel chicken bites with the kids last night and they were delicious. Thank you!

  10. Sally, thank you for such a wonderful recipe. I just made these for breakfast for my family and they loved the pancakes. At first was a bit apprehensive as wheat flour pancakes tend to be dense. These were ever so soft and crispy on the outside. I added pomegranate and chia seeds. Served it with a choice of honey or Nutella.

  11. Brilliant. Making them for my 11 month old. Yummmmm

  12. I just made these an hour ago. Hands down best pancakes I’ve ever gotten from my own kitchen! I’m definitely bookmarking this recipe. Thank you!!

  13. Hi! I was wondering if I could take out the brown sugar? Or maybe substitute it w/something else? Btw, I made these the other day and they were amazing!! Thank you Sally!

    1. Sharifa, like I mention I do not recommend leaving it out. You could try honey, maple syrup, or agave instead but I have never tasted them that way.

  14. Made these tonight, we had no sugar so i used honey. They were AMAZING! My kids loved them!

  15. Really good! Perfect way to satisfy a pancake craving, but on a healthy basis.
    My changes:. Because all I had on hand was rolled oats, (and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out with those) I used one and a half packages of instant oatmeal. And because there would be sugar from the oatmeal, I omitted the brown sugar. And they turned out great!
    I think this opens up a lot of doors to more creativity within the pancake too. That is, flavor wise. I used Maple Brown Sugar, but I bet a lot of other flavors would be great too (next time I’m thinking Apple & Cinnamon:) I also added blueberries. Yum! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Glad I browsed the comments since I don’t have quick oats, either… Great idea!!!

  16. I am not one to complain about a recipe, but these pancakes were… TOTALLY KIDDING. Nothing to complain about here. These were the most delicious pancakes I have made in a long while (that’s saying a lot considering I make pancakes at least once a week!). My husband requested it be added to my recipe book which holds a distinct honor in our household. Thanks for another AWESOME recipe!

    1. Thanks for reporting back Aleesha!

  17. Christopher Moller says:

    I really like this pancake recipe, but I have one question. How many calories is 1/4 of the pancake batter as is, with out any additions?
    Thank you for reading this messsage.

  18. These were just marvelous!! I usually have a terrible time with pancakes, but these were thick, hearty and oh-so-fluffy. I added blueberries and strawberries, and used egg replacer instead of eggs, and I may never go out for pancakes again!

  19. I have made these twice this week. My husband said they are the best pancakes he’s ever had. They are so delicious with home made jam and honey. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  20. I’ve made these three times and LOVE THEM! So hard to believe they’re whole wheat. My favourite add-ins are chocolate chips and orange zest. They also freeze really well. Thanks Sally!!

  21. Hey,

    Just made these and they are so so good! Been waiting to make them for ages. They were surprisingly very filling. Will definitely be making them again (tomorrow!)

    Thanks

  22. Hi Sally! Can this recipe be used for waffles as well?

    1. Absolutely!

  23. My God! Just used this recipe with blueberries and bananas! My boyfriend are them all!!! Thanks so much

  24. Love this recipe. I stored the batter and made a pancake the next day. I think they were even better the next day, they were much fluffier, I’m assuming because the Oats had more time to soak! 

  25. Just made these for my toddler and I for breakfast. We very much enjoyed them. I added fresh bluberries, and might try the chocolate chips next time. 

  26. I did without realizing it, and they turned out great!

  27. Made these this morning and my super picky kids gobbled them right up. Unbelievable! Thanks so much!

  28. I love these pancakes, have made them about 5 times now and they are delicious with out fail! They keep me full for much longer than regular pancakes. I added some protein powder to mine this morning and they were just as good. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  29. Hi Sally, I love this pancake recipe! 
    One question, my family doesn’t have brown sugar but we have coconut sugar. Would that still work?

    1. I’m sure it would, but I’ve never tried it. Let me know how you like it.

  30. I recently made the chocolate chip version of these pancakes over on my blog and they were delicious! So far every recipe I’ve tried of yours has been fabulous – thanks for sharing!! 

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