Best Tasting 100% Whole Wheat Pancakes (with a secret ingredient!)

100% whole wheat pancakes

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I've been making this 100% whole wheat pancakes recipe for more than 10 years, and it continues to be my go-to recipe! They are soft, light, fluffy, and simply delicious! It is an adaptation of an old recipe called "blender pancakes," but since I always have ground whole wheat flour on hand, I came up with this easy version which is great for anyone who doesn't have a potent enough blender to grind up whole wheat kernels.

The key ingredient for these pancakes to be so delicious is BUTTERMILK! Yes, fresh buttermilk from the dairy aisle at the grocery store. The thickness and tartness of buttermilk are what makes these pancakes extra special. No substitutions, please!

Caution about store-bought whole wheat flour:

I've never tried making this 100% whole wheat pancakes recipe with store-bought whole wheat flour--you'll have to tell me how they turn out if you decide to go that route. But, for those of you who don't own a wheat grinder and would like to invest in a good quality one, here is the one that I use--the Nutrimill Wheat Grinder. I absolutely love it!

So, are you ready for the delicious taste and smell of the best 100% whole wheat pancakes? Enjoy!

Best Tasting 100% Whole Wheat Pancakes (with a secret ingredient!)

20 pancakes

Best Tasting 100% Whole Wheat Pancakes (with a secret ingredient!)


  • 3 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour
  • 3 1/2 cups fresh buttermilk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive or canola oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Beat the eggs and add the buttermilk and oil. Mix well.
  2. Mix flour with dry ingredients and add slowly to wet mixture.
  3. Let batter sit a few minutes and check for consistency. It should be thick. If it isn't, add more flour, one tablespoon at a time. If too thick, add a bit of more buttermilk.
  4. Heat up skillet to medium high, spray with PAM nonstick spray, and pour pancakes using a 1/3 measuring cup.
  5. Cook pancakes for about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Don't squish, poke, or flatten pancakes while cooking. It's very tempting, I know, but be strong! If you do, the fluffiness will be gone!
  6. Use you favorite toppings (like whipped cream and pure maple syrup) and enjoy!

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