Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
401 Calories
15g Fat
59g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 401
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 268mg 21%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 549mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These whole wheat pancakes are healthy, hearty, and can even be made ahead of time. Imagine pancakes that incorporate the convenience of overnight oats with the excitement of a special weekend breakfast.

The recipe starts by whisking together milk, Greek yogurt, an egg, rolled oats, and honey. This combination is then covered and refrigerated overnight, but it can be kept in the refrigerator for several days if you want to get a head start on weekend brunch. The moisture of the milk and yogurt soften the oats you'll use in the batter.

When you are ready to fire up the griddle, customize the batter with flavorful, nutritious additions like dried fruit, nuts, seeds, fresh apple, wheat germ, and oat bran. A dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract add flavor, as well.

These stick-to-your-ribs pancakes are a great way to kick off the morning and will give you energy for the rest of the day. Top with a pat of butter or serve with a side of applesauce for a healthy twist.


  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 (6-ounce) container Greek yogurt

  • 1 large egg

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for griddle

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup dark raisins

  • 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

  • 1/4 cup wheat germ

  • 1/4 cup oat bran

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 medium apple, peeled, seeded, and shredded

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Whole Wheat Pancakes
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni 
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the milk, Greek yogurt, and egg. 

    Whole Wheat Pancakes
     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  3. Next, add the rolled oats and honey. Stir to blend. 

    Whole Wheat Pancakes
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  4. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (You can prepare the pancakes the next morning, or the batter will keep, covered and refrigerated, for several days.)

    Whole Wheat Pancakes
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni 
  5. When you are ready to prepare pancakes, remove the batter from the refrigerator and stir in the whole wheat flour, 2 tablespoons of the canola oil, baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix well to combine. 

    Whole Wheat Pancakes
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  6. Add the raisins, walnuts, sesame seeds, wheat germ, oat bran, cinnamon, and shredded apple until well combined. The batter will be thick.

    Whole Wheat Pancakes
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  7. Heat canola oil to generously cover griddle and heat over medium-high heat until very hot. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter onto the hot pan and cook the pancakes, turning once, until nicely browned and cooked through. Add more oil as needed between batches.  

    Whole Wheat Pancakes
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  8. Serve these whole wheat pancakes with a pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup, if desired. The pancakes are also delicious served with a side of applesauce.

  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Variation

  • If you prefer, use wheat bran instead of oat bran.