Sunday, January 11, 2009

Whole Grain Oatmeal Pancakes

These are the best pancakes I can remember having in years, and I made them from scratch! These are the kind of pancakes that you could eat every weekend. J and I used to make pancakes using the whole grain mixes from Arrowhead Mills but after making these pancakes from scratch, we'll never go back to mix. It's almost as easy to mix up this pancake batter from scratch than it is to go to the pantry and measure out some pre-made mix. The little extra work pays dividends in delicious pancakes that you can tell your family or friends you made completely from scratch!

One of the key ingredients in making these pancakes so great is the ground nutmeg.

One note about these pancakes, I used hemp milk instead regular milk, and you must absolutely make sure the dry ingredients are fresh. Old baking powder won't activate and you'll be left with lifeless, fluff-less pancakes. It's important that the nutmeg is fresh too, if you have a grinder for whole nutmeg that's even better, you'll get the best flavor from freshly ground nutmeg.

Whole Grain Oatmeal Pancakes

  • 1 Cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 Cup All Purpose flour
  • 1 Cup Whole-wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. Baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • Tbsp. Honey

  1. Preheat a large skillet over medium to heat.
  2. Whisk together the oats, flours, baking powder, nutmeg and salt.
  3. Using the same whisk in a second bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, eggs, vanilla and honey.
  4. Pour the wet into the dry mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Pour batter into skillet using about 1/3 cup of batter per pancake
  6. Once bubbles form on the outside of the pancake and do not fill in again - it is time to flip them over.
  7. Flip just once - plate them up.
  8. Enjoy!


  1. Yum, too bad i already ate breakfast otherwise i'd be making these bad boys! Zesty's great :)

  2. if i gave you my addy would you send me a vacupac stash of the batter!?!?! i go to ihop sometimes to get their grain 'cakes but these crush their 10x!!!

  3. Hi ttfn300, these pancakes are serious bad boys! Best pancakes I've ever made - I'll never use a pre-made mix again!

    Hi Bren! I think we can work out a deal considering I've got some serious goodness coming from you via the USPS!!

  4. Hey, okay! So I gotta say a couple things!!
    first, i found your blog at carrots n cake--the comment you left for that woman "linda"? I just had to hand it to you-you managed to make me laugh and i totally agree with you-her comment against tina asking for votes was totally out of line. i tried to call her out as well, but not as nearly as well as you.
    okay. second, i saw your blogger profile, and see that you love to experiment with food. lemme just tell u i am TOTALLY w/ you on that one. my father is a certified "foody" (he'd marry arthur avenue if it was a person) and has raised both my older sister and i to be complete food snobs.

    so, basically, KUDOS to you for being awesome.

    oh yeah and your pancakes look really yummy!

  5. Sigh. Why am I too lazy to make pancakes? :( I can imagine all the different variations you can make to this recipe. What's your favorite toppings?:)

  6. so these are the infamous whole grain oatmeal pancakes you were telling us about. they look as delicious as you described them. we're so glad that you posted the recipe. can't wait to try it out!

  7. Hi seeleelive, thank you so much for your kind words! I do love to experiment with food and am glad to share my experiences here. Thanks!

    Hi Gar, These pancakes are so easy to make and so good! I love real maple syrup, unsalted butter, and fresh raspberries and blueberries with my pancakes. I also really like to put sliced bananas or blueberries inside the pancakes.

    Hi lois and clark, these are indeed the infamous pancakes! I make them just about every weekend - the batter makes 4 servings so we usually have pancakes one day during the week too!

  8. I assume you are using ROLLED oats? You didn't specify.

  9. Hi Karen, yes, I use Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, which are indeed ROLLED oats.

  10. Looking forward to trying out your recipe!! Have you ever substituted the oil for applesauce? Was your whole wheat flour all purpose also?

    1. Hi Michelle, I've never tried substituting applesauce for oil, that sounds interesting. How does that change the consistency of the pancake? I'm up for trying it. The whole wheat flour I use is King Arthur's Organic 100% Whole Wheat Flour - the package doesnt say anything about being all purpose, cake, bread, self-rising, etc.