Multigrain Pancakes


You know what’s weird?

My husband loves whole grain breakfast foods, but doesn’t really like whole grain bread.

Me? I would probably trend the other way, given how much I love flaky pastries and cinnamon buns.

But this month, as I was perusing Amy’s Cooking Adventures for the Secret Recipe Club swap, I was captured by a recipe for multigrain pancakes. Honestly, one of the things that drew me in (aside from the undeniable delicious and nutritious benefits of eating a variety of grains) was that this recipe is sugar free! That’s right, in place of sugar, these pancakes use honey. Honey is the perfect complement to the nuttiness of wheat and other whole grains.

These pancakes are delicious and hearty! I was full after one. (But, um, I still ate two.) You should make them right away! Take them for a swim in a moat of hot maple syrup! Your taste buds will thank you.

The only real change I made to this recipe was to swap out the white, all-purpose flour in Amy’s recipe for whole grain spelt. Spelt is actually an ancient species of wheat, and it’s totally making a comeback. In fact, some people who have wheat intolerance (not to be confused with people who actually suffer from genetic Celiac disease) can eat baked goods made with spelt! I had purchased a bag of spelt flour on a whim at the beginning of the year and had just been itching to find a good way to start using it! Plus I liked the idea of including as many different grains as possible in these pancakes.

IMG_6560But let me just say this: if you look in your pantry and don’t find it stocked with 18 different types of flour and four different types of seeds, don’t fret! You can still make multigrain pancakes. In fact, I’d wager you can find oats and probably cornmeal in your cupboards, and that’s a pretty good start!

This recipe makes about eight monster fluffy pancakes. My friend Sarah would call them “soakers” because they soak up syrup like delicious sponges. I ate mine with maple whipped cream (just a few teaspoons of 100% maple syrup whipped into real cream is delicious and won’t send you spinning into a sugar coma!), and I absolutely had to go back for seconds.

IMG_6562Whisk together all the dry ingredients. There are so many grains in here, it’s like a college mixer. Whole wheat flour, spelt, cornmeal, rolled oats—and then flax seeds! Seriously, don’t snub flax seeds just because they are a “health” food. They are nutrition bombs, yes, but I promise that they add up to a delicious pancake. But please do grind them up (or buy flax meal). Flax seeds are basically indigestible unless they are ground.

IMG_656In a separate bowl, melt the butter and whisk in the egg, buttermilk, and honey. I used homemade buttermilk—1 cup low-fat milk plus 1 tbsp. white vinegar, sitting on the counter for 10 minutes to curdle—which is slightly thinner than store-bought, and even so I increased the buttermilk a bit to make the batter looser. Personally, I prefer my pancake batter to be a bit runny, and I like my pancakes a bit less fluffy (gasp! blasphemy!). This is partly a practical issue, as I want to have an easier time getting the pancakes cooked and want to end up with more pancakes.

IMG_6569Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. You see a whisk here, but I actually recommend using a spoon for easier mixing and less likelihood of overdoing it.

IMG_6574Spoon the batter onto a hot, lightly buttered griddle (I love the extra oomph that browning butter adds to a pancake). If your pancake batter is on the thicker side (which is related to the amount of liquid you decide to use), just use a spoon and spread the batter into a a large disk.

IMG_6577Cook the pancakes about 3 minutes on the first side (depending on the temperature of your griddle), or until bubbles start to appear and the bottom of the pancake is browned and lacy looking. Flip and repeat.

I got eight pancakes out of this recipe, and they were huge, about 6″ in diameter and at least ¼″ thick! The pancakes were dense and light at the same time (I know that doesn’t sound like it makes sense, so you’ll just have to trust me). I was incredibly stuffed after eating two of them. As in, can’t eat lunch and still full an hour before dinner, but man was it ever a good kind of full!

Multigrain Pancakes

lightly adapted from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
makes 6–8 large pancakes/serves 4

½ cup (white) whole wheat flour
¼ cup spelt flour
¼ cup cornmeal
2 tbsp. rolled oats
2 tbsp. ground flaxseed (brown or gold)
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. raw honey
1½ cups buttermilk
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, plus 2 tbsp.

Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, honey, buttermilk, and 2 tbsp. melted butter.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
Heat a griddle to medium-hot. Toss the remaining 2 tbsp. butter onto the griddle and let it sizzle. Spoon batter onto the griddle and spread it out into a wide circle with the back of the spoon.
Cook each pancake for about 3 minutes on each side, until evenly browned.
Serve immediately with butter and maple syrup.


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19 comments to “Multigrain Pancakes”

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  1. Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy - February 10, 2014 Reply

    They look and sound like a great way to start the day, I’m a fan of both multigrain breakfasts and breads, its the carb-oholic in me 🙂

  2. Rebekah - February 10, 2014 Reply

    They look beautiful! And so hearty. I like adding some millet and barley flour to baked goods too….they both add an incredible lightness and texture. 🙂

  3. hstehman - February 10, 2014 Reply

    I’ve made oatmeal pancakes before but I’m going to try out this variety and see how my kids like them. Great SRC choice!

  4. Close To Home (@StayCloseToHome) - February 10, 2014 Reply

    ADD a little syrup and the kids won’t know what you are really feeding them. Great SRC choice

  5. Amy CookingAdventures - February 10, 2014 Reply

    So glad you enjoyed the pancakes! That is my go to pancake recipe! I’ve never used spelt, but next time I make these, I think I’ll have to try it!

  6. annemarienichols - February 10, 2014 Reply

    You have an electric griddle just like the one my mom used to use, lol!

  7. Sarah - February 10, 2014 Reply

    That photo with the pouring syrup is genius!

    • Melissa @ Smells Like Brownies - February 10, 2014 Reply

      Haha, thanks! It took a few tries (and a few batches of pancakes) to get a shot that wasn’t sideways and didn’t feature an ocean of syrup. Ah, art is delicious and sticky sacrifice…

  8. Shelley C - February 10, 2014 Reply

    We love just about any kind of pancakes, and these look like they’d be no exception! I bet they had great texture, too, with all those different grains. Great choice!

  9. Jennifer Sikora - February 11, 2014 Reply

    I make oatmeal pancakes. These look great. I am going to have to try these!

  10. colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess - February 11, 2014 Reply

    I love pancakes and these look like a lovely nutty version.

  11. CJ Huang - February 11, 2014 Reply

    Sounds like you’d have a lot of texture and flavor with all those grains! 🙂

  12. Julie - February 11, 2014 Reply

    Healthier pancakes are the best. I need to give this one a try!!

  13. culinarycam - February 11, 2014 Reply

    That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

  14. SeatleDee - February 12, 2014 Reply

    Still grinning at the mental image of a fluffy pancake swimming in a moat of syrup! LOL

  15. JEN - February 14, 2014 Reply

    I love that plate and the pancakes look delicious!

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