Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes (100% Whole Grain)

These Whole Wheat Pancakes are everything a good pancake should be and more! Made with 100% whole wheat flour, this whole wheat pancake recipe results in light, fluffy, tender, and delicious pancakes packed with whole grains.

Stack of Whole Wheat Pancakes drizzled with Maple Syrup.

Whole Wheat Pancakes have a reputation for being tough, flat, and flavorless.

But this recipe changes that! This recipe for whole wheat pancakes results in pancakes that are fluffy, tender and taste amazing. They are my go-to pancake recipe, as my family loves them and I love that they pack in a serving of whole grains to start the day.

Notes on Ingredients

Ingredients for whole wheat pancakes labled on counter.
  • Whole Wheat Pastry Flour: Whole wheat pastry flour is more finely ground than whole wheat flour and has a bit less gluten, which helps keep these pancakes tender and light. However, if you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, I recommend using white wheat flour, which is still 100% whole grain, or a combination of all-purpose and regular whole wheat flour. This recipe will work using all-purpose flour as well, you will just sacrifice the benefit of the pancakes being made with whole grains.
  • Buttermilk: The acidity in buttermilk is necessary to keep the pancakes fluffy, but you can easily prepare homemade buttermilk if you don’t happen to keep buttermilk on hand.
  • Fat: Use either melted and cooled unsalted butter or coconut oil for best results.
  • Butter: You can use either melted butter or melted coconut oil in the pancake batter.

homemade buttermilk

There is no need to purchase buttermilk to make these chocolate chip pancakes. Simply pour 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar into a glass measuring cup. Add in enough milk of any variety to equal 1-¼ cup of liquid. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes before using it.

Recipe Modifications

  • Dairy-Free Pancakes: For dairy-free whole wheat pancakes, simply use your favorite non-dairy milk to make homemade buttermilk and replace the melted butter with melted coconut oil or canola oil.
  • Egg-Free Pancakes: For egg-free pancakes, use my recipe for Eggless Pancakes, which have the perfect consistency even without the eggs.

Secrets to Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

These tips will help you create the most delicious, fluffiest Whole Wheat Pancakes ever! You will find the detailed instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Use whole wheat pastry flour for the lightest wheat pancakes. Whole wheat pastry flour is more finely ground than whole wheat flour and has a bit less gluten, which helps keep these pancakes tender and light.
  • Buttermilk is key to fluffy pancakes. The acidity of the buttermilk helps to break down strands of gluten, leading to more tender pancakes.
  • DO NOT OVERMIX the batter. It is okay to have a few lumps, if you overwork your batter you will have tough pancakes.
  • DO NOT press down on the spatula while cooking your pancakes. This will destroy the air bubbles and won’t give you a fluffy pancake.
Pancakes stacked on blue plate topped with maple syrup.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

These whole wheat pancakes reheat well from frozen and from the refrigerator, making this a great recipe to double to enjoy pancakes for multiple breakfasts.

  • Refrigerate: Lay the cooked pancakes out on a cooling rack in a single layer and allow them to cool completely. This will help prevent them from getting soggy. Once cooled, place the pancakes into an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat the pancakes by wrapping pancakes in a slightly damp paper towel for 30 seconds to 1 minute in the microwave.
  • Freeze: Once the pancakes have finished cooking, lay them out on a cooling rack in a single layer until completely cool. Place cooled pancakes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until frozen solid. By freezing the pancakes on a sheet pan first, they will not stick together when frozen. Remove pancakes from the cookie sheet, place them in a freezer-safe bag or container, and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat by wrapping pancakes in a slightly damp paper towel for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.

Whole Wheat Pancake FAQs

How do you keep pancakes warm for serving?

When you remove the pancakes from the skillet, place them on a baking sheet that has been fitted with a cooling rack and keep them in a 200-degree Fahrenheit oven and cover with foil. This ensures the pancakes stay warm, while not getting a soggy bottom and the foil will prevent the pancakes from drying out.

My pancakes browned too quickly, how can I prevent this?

Be sure to cook your pancakes on medium heat. If the heat is any higher, the exterior of your pancakes may brown quicker than the insides cook.

How do I know when to flip pancakes?

Pancakes are ready to flip when the edges are set and small bubbles form on the surface of the pancake batter. Whole Wheat pancake in griddle with small bubbles

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Stack of whole wheat pancakes on plute plate topped with syrup

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Made with 100% whole wheat flour, this whole wheat pancake recipe results in light, fluffy, tender, and delicious pancakes packed with whole grains.