Healthy Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

stack of buttermilk pancakes on a white plate with syrup dripping down the front.

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These healthy whole wheat buttermilk pancakes are fluffy, delicious, and so easy to make with only 5 simple ingredients and one bowl. They will become your new favorite weekend breakfast!


  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (I like to use whole wheat pastry flour, such as Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp melted butter


  1. Heat griddle or a large nonstick skillet to 350°F (or medium-low heat).
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Whisk until just combined, adding more buttermilk if needed to reach a thinner consistency.
  4. Pour batter by 1/4 cup onto griddle and cook until bubbles appear on the surface.
  5. Flip pancakes and cook until done in the center and the bottom is golden, about 1-2 more minutes.
  6. Repeat with remaining batter.
  7. Serve pancakes with maple syrup or other any other toppings you prefer.


  • You can add 1 tbsp flaxseed to the batter for a little nutrition boost, or 1 tbsp sugar for a little sweetness. Add these with the dry ingredients, if using. For extra buttery richness, add 1 tbsp of melted butter with the wet ingredients.
  • If your skillet or griddle is not nonstick, grease it with a little bit of butter or coconut oil before pouring the batter.
  • Try not to over-mix the batter to avoid tough or flat pancakes. A few lumps are normal. I like to add all of the wet ingredients to the center of the bowl in a little 'well' and mix them together before mixing them with the dry ingredients. You can also mix the wet ingredients separately and then pour them into the dry, but I prefer one less dish to wash.
  • To check if your pancakes are done on the bottom before flipping, gently lift just one edge with a spatula.
  • If you want lighter, fluffier, less dense pancakes, swap out half of the buttermilk for club soda or plain seltzer water.
  • This recipe is a great base recipe for add-ins like blueberries or chocolate chips! Sprinkle them on the pancakes while cooking, before flipping.
  • Recipe may easily be doubled to make more pancakes.

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