Whole Wheat Pancakes Recipe

Updated  7÷04÷10: I reduced the baking powder from 2 teaspoons to 1  12  teaspoons which signif­i­cantly improved the sodium values with­out affect­ing the pancakes.  I also dropped to a 14 cup serv­ing size which still produces reason­able sized pancakes but allows 12 – 14 serv­ings per recipe.

I’ve started exper­i­ment­ing with cook­ing at home rather than buying in for some items. My main goals are to increase my fiber intake and decrease my sodium intake. If I can add some other nutri­tion as well, so much the better. So this morn­ing I decided to try whole wheat pancakes and for a first attempt it went quite well.

Whole Wheat Pancakes Ingre­di­ents

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 12 teaspoons baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 eggs (well beaten)
  • 2 cups of milk (2%)
  • 2 table­spoons of apple­sauce

The kosher salt is used because it has only half the sodium of regu­lar salt and the apple­sauce replaces oil in most recipes which reduces the fat and calo­rie content.

Whole Wheat Pancakes Direc­tions

Stir together the dry ingre­di­ents, then add the eggs, milk and apple sauce. Stir until the dry ingre­di­ents are thor­oughly moist­ened and the batter is rela­tively smooth. Then cook on a pre-heated grid­dle (or frying pan) on medium heat until the edges dry up and the top has bubbles. Flip and cook for a little longer to brown.

Makes 12 — 14 serv­ings using a 14 cup measure

Esti­mated Nutri­tion for Whole Wheat Pancakes

Using the 14 cup measure I esti­mate the nutri­tion values as follows:

  • Calo­ries: 101
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 14.5 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Protein: 5 grams
  • Sodium: 134 mg

The big gain here is the sodium content. Packet mixes have closer to 800mg of sodium per serv­ing. The 3g of fiber is better than regu­lar pancake mix and about equiv­a­lent to whole wheat pancake mix. It’s prob­a­bly saving 100 — 150 calo­ries too depend­ing on your brand of choice.

Esti­mated Cost

  • Whole Wheat: $0.50
  • Baking Powder: $0.09
  • Kosher Salt: $0.02
  • Eggs: $0.50
  • Milk: $0.56
  • Apple Sauce: $0.10
  • Recipe Cost: $1.77
  • Serv­ing Cost: $0.15

By my reck­on­ing that’s about a third the cost of packet mixes. Not bad.


2 out of 10 maybe? Beat­ing eggs is as compli­cated as it gets. It barely takes any longer than using a packet mix.


I ate one of the pancakes myself and was pleas­antly surprised for a first attempt. They were a little heav­ier than I was used to and of course had that stronger whole wheat taste, but with a bit of butter and marmalade very nice indeed.

Perhaps more impor­tantly I feed them to my two sons and the both loved them!

Recipe Tweaks

I may try decreas­ing the amount of apple sauce to see if that makes it lighter. I’m also wonder­ing if I could decrease the salt further to improve that sodium value. Even with the whole wheat this is still pretty light on fiber so the logi­cal thing would be to add some­thing else to the mix to boost that further. Sugges­tions?

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