Wholegrain Pancakes


6 (Makes 12 medium pancakes)

Prep Time:

Under 10 minutes

Cook Time:

5 minutes per batch



About this Recipe

Recipe from Baking Day with Anna Olson
Appetite by Random House, 2020

Yes, wholegrain pancakes can be fluffy, tender and tasty. Letting the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking your pancakes allows the whole wheat flour and oats to absorb the liquid, which keeps the batter light and delicate. I usually prefer regular rolled oats in baking because they hold their shape and texture, but quick-cooking oats work equally well here because they soak up the liquid quickly and still make a fluffy pancake.

NOTES: To make these pancakes egg-free and add extra fibre, stir 2 Tbsp (16 g) ground flaxseed into 3 Tbsp (45 mL) water and let the mixture sit for 2 minutes. Add it with the kefir, maple syrup and butter (or oil) instead of the egg.


  • ¾ cup (110 g) whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup (75 g) regular or quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1¼ cups (310 mL) kefir
  • 1 large egg (see note)
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) pure maple syrup, plus extra for serving
  • 2 Tbsp (30 g) butter, melted
  • Yoghurt & fruit, for serving

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Stir the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Add the kefir, egg, maple syrup and melted butter and whisk until combined (a few lumps are OK). Let the batter rest for 5 minutes.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 300°F/150°C. Heat a griddle or large non-stick skillet over medium heat and grease lightly with butter (or oil).

Step 3

Drop spoonfuls (roughly ¼ cup/60 mL) of batter onto the griddle and cook until the surface of the pancakes dulls and the bottom is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until the other side browns lightly, about 2 minutes. Transfer the pancakes to a serving platter or a plate and place them, uncovered, in the oven to keep warm. Cook the remaining batter.

Step 4

Serve the pancakes with warm maple syrup and a dollop of yoghurt with fresh fruit.