I grew up having homemade pancakes and waffles, that is just what my Mom made for us and I loved them. I hated the box mixes, whenever we had them when we went camping, it just tasted like cardboard! So I have continued this tradition with my family. For years the pancakes we made were all white flour pancakes and fried in grease, so I had to clean up this recipe.
As we started our real food journey we first started out slow by doing half wheat and half white flour so we could ease the reluctant kids to this idea of whole wheat pancakes/waffles. This worked well and they adjusted to it and they didn’t make too much of a fuss when we added 100% whole wheat to it. These whole wheat pancakes and waffles taste so good and I feel like I am actually eating something healthy for breakfast. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.
Homemade Whole Wheat Pancakes and Waffles recipe
2 cups of milk
1/3 cup of oil (I never use this much; I only put in a couple of tablespoons.)
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons of brown sugar (or you can use honey instead just do 2 Tablespoons)
This batch makes approximately two dozen 4-5 inch pancakes or the same amount of waffles.
Whole Wheat Waffles
We use this same recipe for waffles, I don’t change anything and they turn out perfect every time. I use two Oster Dura Ceramic Flip Waffle Makers, they are the best thing I ever purchased, I love them. I use two so we don’t have to wait too long, and everyone wants hot waffles. The greatest thing about the waffle makers is, if your waffles do get cold you can put them back in the iron and warm them up again. I never even thought of doing that before, until I read it in the waffle iron directions. We just love the Belgian waffles much better than normal ones, they turn out so good.
This whole wheat pancakes and waffles recipe is easy to cut in half if there aren’t very many of you. A 1/2 batch makes about 12 pancakes. Or you can 1 – 1/2 it or even double it if you have a big group!! 1-1/2 makes about 36 to 40 pancakes and usually feeds our family of 6 with a few left over to put in the freezer for later.
We make whole wheat pancakes and waffles on the weekend because we have more time and no one is rushing out the door to go to school. It gives us a chance to actually sit down and have breakfast together as a family. We will often make an extra-large batch and freeze the left overs in a plastic bag.
Believe it or not these actually freeze really well, especially the waffles. I like to have extra in the freezer because it gives the teens another healthy fast option they can choose for breakfast during the week. It is so easy to pull some out and just pop in the toaster. My son hates cold cereal and so this is what he eats almost every day!!!
Toppings instead of syrup for your whole wheat pancakes and waffles
I am now working on getting rid of the brown sugar in this recipe. I have to do baby steps with my family. I have tried once to replace it with honey and it seemed fine, but I got eye rolls from all the teens. I am definitely going to try it more often to see if I can get them used to it without the sugar! I then will move on to getting rid of the gross sugar syrup. They just can’t seem to go without it. Ugh……It is homemade syrup, but I want to replace it with real maple syrup or just plain honey. I haven’t had success convincing anyone yet. I know I will eventually. It will just take some time.
I refuse to put syrup on mine! I usually top my whole wheat pancakes with sugar free applesauce, cinnamon, and ground flax or I pull out the frozen strawberries/raspberries from our garden and put those on top. I also have used bananas on top. I top the whole wheat waffles with frozen peaches(defrosted in microwave) or strawberries or if I have them huckleberries. This tastes so much better than jam (which I have stopped making) or syrup. I can’t believe I haven’t been putting these toppings on sooner. I always would feel sick after having my normal peanut butter and syrup pancakes or waffles…it was just too much sugar. I haven’t missed the syrup at all and I feel better putting something healthy on top of my whole wheat pancakes and waffles. I hope you enjoy these as much as my family!
Like this recipe?? You should check out this video by my friend Blake. He shows you another sugar FREE recipe, made with farm fresh eggs!!
If you try this recipe would you please come back and leave us a comment on what you think?