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Everyday Whole Grain Pancakes with Strawberry Lemon Syrup

Everyday Whole Grain Pancakes with Strawberry Lemon Syrup

Hearty and healthy whole grain pancakes served with an easy to make strawberry lemon sauce – perfect for brunches or family breakfast.

Whole Grain Pancakes with Strawberry Lemon Syrup | @tspbasil

My love affair with pancakes started back when I first started cooking independently in the kitchen.

I must have been 10 years old or so when I first made pancakes from the Betty Crocker Cookbook (pub. 1970.) I ended up making that recipe so often, it became the most stained, worn-out page in the book.

Fast forward to my single apartment living days where I’d used Low-Fat Bisquick mix to make pancakes for dinner at least once a week.

And to this day, pancakes are pretty much what I’m ordering when I’m out to brunch or at a really good diner.

Pancakes you can feel good about - made with whole wheat flour and flaxseed and topped with naturally sweet fruit syrup via @tspbasil

These days, I’m still making pancakes every week only now for my family -my tricky eater husband does eat these and the 8 year old loves hers with maple syrup.

My go-to Whole Grain Pancakes recipe (w. Strawberry Lemon Sauce) via @tspbasil Click To Tweet

This recipe is the main reason I always have buttermilk in the house. (Side note: recently I’ve been making McKenzie @NourishRDs 15 Minute Ricotta Cheese – so good- and I’ve used the leftover whey in place of buttermilk which makes the pancakes taste bit like ricotta – yum!)

And in all honesty, these should be called Half Whole Grain Pancakes. I love many whole grains and try to eat a variety of them but like with my pasta, I can’t quite go 100% whole wheat with pancakes so I do a mix.

Here are the tweaks over the years to result in my everyday go-to-pancake batter:

  • Added in whole wheat pastry flour (which makes a lighter pancake compared to regular whole wheat flour)
  • Added in ground flaxseed for extra fiber
  • Cut back on some of the butter and salt
  • Used almond extract instead of vanilla (much MUCH less – it’s potent!)

I freeze any extra pancakes and pop them in the toaster for quick weekday breakfasts. But for lazy weekends, brunches or overnight guests, take the extra 20 minutes to make this strawberry lemon syrup – especially now since strawberries season is here.

The original syrup recipe (I got from a family cookbook) called for 1 cup of sugar (gah!!) I only used 2 tablespoons in this version and it was still plenty sweet.

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Hearty and healthy whole grain pancakes served with an easy to make strawberry lemon sauce – perfect for brunches or family breakfast. Recipe at

Everyday Whole Grain Pancakes with Strawberry Lemon Syrup

  • Yield: 8-10 pancakes. 1x


Hearty and healthy whole grain pancakes served with an easy to make strawberry lemon sauce – perfect for brunches or family breakfast.



For pancake batter:

  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the strawberry lemon syrup:

  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/41/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Juice and zest from one large lemon


  1. For the batter, in a large bowl, whisk together flours, flaxseed, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, butter and vanilla.
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just incorporated.
  4. Coat griddle or frying pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat.
  5. Pour about 1/2 cup of batter for each pancake. Let cook for a few minutes until bubbles form. Once a few bubbles pop, flip pancakes and cook for another few minutes before removing from griddle. Repeat with remaining batter.
  6. For strawberry lemon syrup, add 2 cups strawberries, 1/2 cup water and sugar to medium pot and just bring to a boil, whisking often. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes until syrup thickens, stirring frequently. (Note: if you want a thinner syrup, add another few tablespoons of water.)
  7. Remove from stove and mix in remaining strawberries, lemon juice and zest.

Recipe note: This is a thick pancake batter – if you want thinner pancakes, whisk in a little more buttermilk, milk or water.

Whole Grain Pancakes with Strawberry Lemon Syrup |

And here are some more pancake recipes previously featured on Teaspoon of Spice:

Triple Chocolate Whole Wheat Pancakes

Chocolate Whole Wheat Pancakes
Roasted Bananas Foster Pancakes

Bananas Foster Pancakes via @tspbasil
Cardamom Pear Pancakes

Cardamom Pear Pancakes via @tspbasil

So, are you a pancake lover like me or you can take them or leave them? What do you top them with? Yes or no to pancakes for dinner?

Hearty and healthy whole grain pancakes served with an easy to make strawberry lemon sauce – perfect for brunches or family breakfast. Recipe at


Friday 20th of May 2016

You can never have too many pancake recipes! Also dying to try out using whole wheat pastry flour instead - I hear Sunday is going to be rainy in Boston so could be the perfect time to try it out ;)

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Saturday 21st of May 2016

Yes - rainy days are the perfect days to make pancakes. You must try whole wheat pastry flour - it is one of my main pantry staples as it's not as "heavy" as regular whole wheat flour - I love it!

Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge)

Wednesday 3rd of June 2015

I seriously don't know the last time I made pancakes. I know, I know, such a failure. I think I always imagine them to be difficult and honestly, if I'm making breakfast I'm doing the savory thing- omlet, egg sandwich, potato anything. However- these look so good and that syrup is drawing me in big time! Now I have TWO recipes that I need to try- these pancakes AND homemade ricotta!


Tuesday 2nd of June 2015

These sounds great! I love the added flax seed - good idea! Trader Joe's sells frozen wild blueberries. They are tiny and a great addition to pancakes.

Jessica @ Nutritioulicious

Tuesday 2nd of June 2015

Next time I make pancakes, this is the recipe I'm using. YUM!

Arman @ thebigmansworld

Tuesday 2nd of June 2015

Thick pancakes > thin pancakes! I would totally use ricotta over buttermilk, I've tried cottage cheese in pancakes before and while the taste took time to get used to, the texture was amazing!

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