Breakfast for dinner is one of our favorite meals on a weeknight. Not only is it quick and inexpensive; it can be healthy too! Today, I’m going to introduce you to my family’s go-to simple homemade whole grain pancake recipe. I created this recipe to accommodate my family’s love of oats. There aren’t very many pancake recipes out there with rolled oats in them and I have no idea why! Oats serve a great thickener for the batter. My family also has an abundance of unsweetened applesauce on hand from canning season. Just two tablespoons of applesauce in place oil or butter is all you’ll need. Add a dash of cinnamon, brown sugar, one egg and any kind of milk. In five minutes, you’ll have a flavorful and fluffy whole grain pancake – very simple and very homemade! And guess what? You only have to dirty one more dish than with the boxed mixes!
Are you ready to make some simple and homemade pancakes for dinner tonight?
Come on in to my kitchen!
There are only a handful of ingredients and most of them you will have in your cupboard or fridge: whole wheat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, one egg, milk and unsweetened applesauce. If you want to make this gluten free, substitute the whole wheat with gluten free flour. If you are going for dairy free, substitute any original non-dairy milk.
Get out a big mixing bowl and combine 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 heaping teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir it up!
In a liquid measuring cup, add 1 1/8 cups of milk. I know it’s a strange measurement, but we are going for perfection here!
To the milk, whisk in 1 egg, 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce. If you are feeling real fancy, you can also add 1 Tablespoon of molasses.
Now add your liquid to the mixture of dry ingredients and stir until combined!
This is what your batter will look like. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes while you heat up your griddle. During the wait, the oats will soak up some of that liquid and thickin it up exactly how we want it.
The key to perfect, golden pancakes is a hot griddle on one side of the pancake and a warm griddle on the other. What do I mean? When you pour the batter on, you want a griddle that is already medium-hot. When you see bubbles formed over most of the batter (shown here), flip the pancake over and turn your heat down to low for an additional one minute. Remove the pancake, turn your heat back up and repeat.
Also, your 1/4 cup measuring cup will pour 8, 4-5 inch pancakes with this batter. We are not going for pancakes the size of our heads like you’ll see in diners. Moderation, people! 😉
There you go! Delicious, hot, fluffy, golden, whole grain …need I go on? ….pancakes!
Thought I would drizzle them with some real maple syrup and take a bite to show you an inside view. Wish you taste your computer screen!
- 1¼ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ heaping teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⅛ cup milk
- 1 egg
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- In a large bowl, stir together 1¼ cups whole wheat flour, ¼ cup rolled oats, 2 tsp. baking powder, ¼ heaping tsp. of salt and ¼ tsp. of cinnamon.
- In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together 1⅛ cups of milk, 1 egg, 2 T. of brown sugar and 2 T. of unsweetened applesauce.
- Add your liquid to the mixture of dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- Allow the batter to sit for 5 minutes while you heat up your griddle using medium-high heat.
- Using a ¼ measuring cup, pour the batter on your hot griddle. When you see bubbles formed over most of the batter, flip the pancake over and turn the heat down to low for an additional one minute. Remove the pancake, turn your heat back up and repeat.
Meredith is a pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mom living in NW Ohio. She loves to adapt recipes to her family’s eclectic tastes and is learning to provide nourishment for any bellies who walk through the door at a moment’s notice. If not in the kitchen, you’ll find Meredith in front of her sewing machine or spending quality time with her home and church families. Life goes by so fast!