Whole Wheat Pancakes

I have to admit that my children still like Bisquick better, but in an attempt to be slightly more healthy we make these instead. They are pretty good and I feel a little better about eating them!



  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar (Can substitute 1 Tbsp honey)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Optional: 1/4 c your favorite ingredient. Some ideas we like: white chocolate chips, blue berries, strawberries.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and cook on flat skillet until browned on both sides. Top with a pat of butter and Agave Nectar.

Makes about 14 small pancakes, see above photo.

I use Agave Nectar from Mudhava instead of syrup. Agave is a natural liquid sweetener made from the extract of the wild agave. It can be pricey, so I buy bulk and just refill the little container!

Note: You can make extras of this and freeze them in a Gallon Ziploc freezer bag. Just thaw before ready to eat, and re-heat in your toaster!


  1. Bisquick rules…but I will have to try these!I also wanted to invite you to participate in a service project that I am doing on my blog to help military widows through The Write It Out Project.I hope you will join in if you feel moved to do so…and please feel free to spread the word!

  2. Ooohhh, we made whole wheat pancakes here too. But, our recipe is a bit different. Perhaps I will get around to sharing it one day. we also use and love Agave Nectar. We can find it at our local Costco, but I should look into purchasing it in bulk!So funny you mentioned freezing them. I just got a deep freezer at a garage sale {I am SO LOVING IT!!!} and I was planning to make up a bunch of pancakes as well as bread to freeze for now and thaw for later! 🙂

  3. I ended up buying a prepackaged "somewhat wheat" pancake mix yesterday, because I could never find a whole wheat pancake recipe that sounded good! Thank you so much! I look forward to trying these!!! I'm also trying to eat more healthily these days, so this comes at the perfect time!

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  6. I tried to switch to whole grain for pancakes and waffles. Didn't go over to well, no one (including me) would eat them. Maybe it's time to try again.

  7. We do whole grain waffles, but the kids begged for Bisquick, so after a year of hiatus, we made some today. I think I prefer french toast now! 🙂

  8. Jamie Oliver has a recipe for one cup pancakes that I'm wanting to try…its the food revolution recipe of the week this week have some of the agave nectar and haven't known what to use it for so thanks for the idea. I will try it on pancakes. I am working so hard on making my kids eat healthier diets. Its not so easy though when their taste buds are already programmed!!

  9. I'm with you, I like the natural ones, but my kids prefer the mixes. We go back and forth on what we serve, but we DO have pancakes every Saturday morning – it's tradition. The Agave Nectar is delicious – we all love it too.Great post!

  10. Okay…not that you asked but here's our favorite recipe. Originally titled "Fluffy Pancakes"We use 1/2 ww flour and 1/2 white but can be changed to all ww of course1/2 cup ww flour1/2 cup white flour2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon sugar1/4 cup oil3/4 cup milk1 eggsplash of vanillaMix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients and add to dry. Stir. Cook. Makes 6-8 large fluffy pancakes.One tip that I have to save on dishes is… in a big enough measuring cup, such as a 2 cup pyrex, measure 1/4 cup oil, fill milk to make 1 cup, put in egg and beat slightly, add vanilla. I haven't used a mix for years and my kids love these. It's a good base to add things too…we try to do healthier things like blueberries but sometimes choc. chips or sprinkles.BTW…would love to read more about agave nectar if you have any tips. I have some but have only used in tea. Thanks!

  11. MG: Thanks for the recipe :o)I mostly use Agave for tea or as syrup. You can also use for whatever you might use Honey for, like we dip the crust of our pizza in it!You can use it in recipes to replace honey as well, I haven't tried in our bread yet though.

  12. We stopped using boxed pancake mix a couple of years ago to be healthier and to save money. We don't miss the old ones anymore! I've made chocolate chips pancakes, whole wheat banana crunch pancakes, blueberry pancakes and, my favorite, cinnamon pancakes. I've found some great recipes at Thanks for this recipe!!

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  14. We never used boxed, so my kids don't miss them. And I am SO blessed they didn't complain at all when I switched to fresh ground whole wheat. I have been putting whole wheat, spelt, rye and oatmeal in our pancakes. The kids adore them! I want to get some buckwheat to try soon. I do use soft white wheat, instead of hard wheat, which makes them a little lighter. I also mix the flours and buttermilk and let sit a while (15 or 20 minutes – as I get out the griddle, plates, butter, etc) then add the rest of the ingredients. Because whole wheat takes longer to absorb moisture than refined flours, this gives the flour more time to absorb and soften up. When I do this it makes my pancakes almost as fluffy as refined white ones!

    • Kori, your variations sound so good! I’ve been wanting to try some new recipes and grains. Would you mind sharing your recipes? I’d really appreciate it! Thanks, Becky

  15. I am so bad….for pancakes I actually used the boxed whole wheat kind. Confession.

  16. I have to eat gluten-free, and so do others in my extended family. We use Pamela's Baking and Pancake mix. It has almond meal in it for more protein and fiber. It is very tasty and we started just making it for everyone (even those without gluten sensitivity) because it tastes great. Just thought I would mention that in case anyone else has to eat gluten-free.

  17. I make a "somewhat healthy" pancake recipe for my boys 🙂 1/2 c. white flour1/2 c. whole wheat flour1/4 c. oat flour1 Tbsp. baking powder4 Tbsp. sugar (yes, it's alot, but we don't use syrup)pinch saltseveral generous dashes of cinnamon1 egg4 Tbsp. canola oil (or melted butter)1 1/2 tsp. vanillaabout 1 cup milk (I use enough to get a moist enough batter).Basically, I combine the ingredients – dry together first, combine wet together and then add to dry. Lastly, I add about 1/3 cup chocolate chips 🙂 They are very yummy! They are sweet enough that we don't use sugar.

  18. My friend turned me on to spelt pancakes, they are different, a bit more texture but I LOVE them and they are healthier. Look up the recipe on line.

  19. I noticed the lemon juice. I am wondering why lemon, unless it is to sour the milk? We use vanilla or almond extract. My kids have never had boxed pancakes till they had them at friends houses. They prefer homemade!! My kids are mostly grown now. They are 24 down to 10. Will be over the halfway mark of them being 18 in June!!! Oh yah I have 8 children.

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