Healthy Wholemeal Pancake Recipe – Simple, Quick and the Kids Love Them

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It’s Pancake Day today and myself and my wee daughter are sharing our favourite healthy breakfast pancake recipe.

But first, lets turn back to the clocks to the 1970’s when I was the age my daughter is.

Each Pancake Day mum would make proper crepes, which we’d all try to toss in the air. Often unsuccesfully!

We’d eat them drenched in lemon juice and piled with sugar; all sweet and a bit slimy. Yum.

But my kids demand the version they know and love!

Iona makes pancakes

Healthy Wholemeal Pancakes

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Healthy Wholemeal Pancake Recipe
  • 150g (1 cup) wholemeal SR flour
  • 1 egg
  • 200ml milk of any type
  • Tiny pinch salt
  • Spoonful of sugar or dash of maple syrup if you fancy. A tbs of ground almonds sometimes finds its way in too, a spoonful of ricotta occasionally too.
  • PS I am often using 100g of wholemeal SR and 15g of coconut flour since I have some. Adds fibre and great flavour.
  1. Method
  2. Pour flour into a roomy bowl or jug. I often mean to sift it but never do. A spin around with the whisk is all I can manage in the morning!
  3. Crack egg on top and pour in almost all the milk but not quite.
  4. Wait 5-10 mins as the flour will soak up more milk than plain does and you may choose to add rest of milk, depending on how thick you like your pancakes.
  5. Heat up a good solid frying pan, add a little butter when hot and swirl around.
  6. Fry pancakes in the size that suits your family.
  7. Flip them when bubbles form and when they are golden brown.
  8. Do not start folding laundry or waking up teenagers whilst they cook - they will burn I promise you!

healthy wholemeal pancakes with plums and yoghurt

Giant and ever growing teenager’s portion. Pancakes with spiced, roasted plums and Greek yoghurt.

pancakes with plums

Mum’s portion – trying not to grow!

We will make proper crepes one day, but these will remain the family breakfast pancake staple.

So quick, simple and healthy for growing little and large kids.

I do love a pancake or hotcake with beaten egg whites etc etc but they do take a lot more effort.

This one-bowl wonder does the trick for us!



What’s your favourite thing to eat with pancakes??

Happy cooking with the kids



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Posted on: February 12, 2013


  • Reply February 12, 2013


    Yummo! Might lash out and make the girls pancakes for dessert!
    Happy Shrove Tuesday!
    Amanda x

  • Reply February 12, 2013


    Oh I love a good, simple pancake and this is the best way to make them! My fave topping is lemon juice and sugar but I also love them with lots of fresh strawberries and honey. Mmmmmmm!

    #teamIBOT was here!

    • Reply February 12, 2013


      Strawberries! Yes, very good… and cream whilst we’re at it, why not? That for sure is a winning combination.

  • Reply February 12, 2013


    We do crepes with lemon and sugar every sunday morning! I love them so much 🙂

  • Reply February 12, 2013


    Ahh lemon juice and icing sugar!!! That is how we had them – thanks for the reminder, they were awesome. We have honey and cream now but I’m so going back to when I was little – thanks for that 🙂

  • Reply February 12, 2013


    Oh they look yummy. My favourite pancakes are blueberry with lemon curd spread on top and just a dollop of extra thick cream or ice cream on the side. I’m not so good at making pancakes though, French desserts that require great technique I’m all over that but pancakes almost always come out slightly not right for me.

  • Reply February 12, 2013


    Whenever it was a rainy day at school my mum would make giant pancakes for afternoon tea. Often called fatso’s. They were awesome.

  • Reply February 12, 2013

    Desire Empire

    I’m with you on the French crepes actually but they look pretty good. Despite all your protestations you are a good mum to those lucky kids.

  • Reply February 12, 2013


    We had pancake day every Sunday when I was a kid. I make pancakes every second Sunday (or so) for my tribe, and we all eat waaaay too many!

  • Reply February 12, 2013


    Oh yum! I haven’t had pancakes for ages!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it, and we haven’t long had dinner! lol
    I might have to do a batch this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • Reply February 12, 2013


    Seana! You must’ve been reading my mind!! I was just about to search for a wholemeal pancake recipe! I’ve found yours and bookmarked it immediately! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! x

    • Reply February 12, 2013


      Oh wow, Grace, we must be thinking in sync! This is a good one, unlike the bread I attempted today which came out half baked, I had to slice it and put the slices back int he oven.

      Back to the drawing board!

  • Reply February 12, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    My mother always celebrated pancake Tuesday and we’d be given savoury crepes for dinner followed by dessert crepes. It was always such a special night. I should re-introduce the tradition to my family xx

  • Reply February 13, 2013


    Yum! They look amazing and so simple to make!

  • Reply February 14, 2013


    Nothing beats lemon juice and sugar. The sugar part is not healthy, but as I rarely ever have sugar, I’d class that as moderation 🙂
    Becc @ Take Charge Now

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