Sign up for our new free MyPlate for Everyone Workbook

  • We will never share or sell your information. You can unsubscribe at any time.

100 calories

Recipe for Whole Grains Month: Pancakes

Whole grain pancakes can still be fluffy and delicious. They're more filling than traditional pancakes and they have way more nutrients! So why not use them as a way to help your clients learn to appreciate whole grain foods?

  • myplate

    Resources to help support and promote MyPlate (the food icon from the USDA) and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

  • food and health

    Teach your clients about the connection between what they eat and how they feel. This category is full of educational resources for weight control, nutrition basics, and disease prevention.

  • cooking

    These cooking resources are perfect for activities, cooking demonstrations, or take-home resources for you and your clients.

  • prevention

    Help your clients reduce their risk of heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and more! Eating healthfully helps avoid heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, certain cancers, obesity, and other chronic illnesses that result from a Westernized diet and lifestyle.

  • kids

    Make learning fun with these great materials for kids. Choose from games, activities, handouts, kid-friendly recipes, etc. Here are a few techniques to help kids get engaged in the kitchen including recipes that are kid-friendly and ideas for meal preparation.

articles, best quick meals, breakfast, cooking, Cooking demos, Cooking Lessons, Cooking shopping, food and Cooking, food and health, Food Cooking, food projects, grains, Handout Articles, kid recipes, kids, makeovers, Meal and menu planning, nutrition, nutrition education resources, Practitioner Ideas and News, Presentation Ideas, Whole grains »

Recipe for Whole Grains Month: Pancakes

It's Whole Grains Month! How are you celebrating?

I've heard lots of stories about clients resisting a transition from refined grains to whole grains. After all, the flavor, texture, and cooking times are all quite different. I battled some of that very resistance when I taught school foodservice staff how to cook tasty meals with whole grains, and in that process, I learned a few ways to make whole grains more appealing.

One of the answers is quite simple: pancakes.

Whole grain pancakes can still be fluffy and delicious. They're more filling than traditional pancakes and they have way more nutrients! So why not use them as a way to help your clients learn to appreciate whole grain foods?

Here's one of my favorite recipes for whole grain pancakes. It's perfect for cooking demonstrations or presentations, and the pancakes would also be great treats to serve at breakfast meetings. After all, how better to show how tasty cooking healthfully can be?

Whole Grain PancakesWhole Grain Pancake Recipe

Serves: 4 | Serving Size: 3 pancakes


  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 cups soy milk


  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the soy milk and stir until the batter is smooth.
  2. Lightly spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking oil and heat it over medium-high heat. Spoon the batter into the skillet to form 3-inch pancakes.
  3. When the pancakes bubble, it’s time to turn them over. Cook the other side, then remove them from the pan. Repeat with remaining batter.
  4. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information:

  • Serves 4. Each serving contains 224 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 2 mg cholesterol, 42 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 5 g dietary fiber, 5 g sugar, and 10 g protein.
  • Each serving also has 0% DV vitamin A, 0% DV vitamin C, 24% DV calcium, and 11% DV iron.

Chef’s Tips:

  1. You can vary the amount of milk according to how thick or thin you like your pancakes.
  2. Consider serving these pancakes with a little bit of maple syrup and a bunch of fresh fruit. Berries are an especially great option — their flavor compliments the whole grains very well.
  3. If you warm up frozen berries, they will release some juices. The berries and their juices make a tasty, no-fuss fruit sauce that would be perfect for topping these pancakes.

This fantastic recipe can do double duty as part of your All-American Breakfast Month celebration too!

Here's a PDF copy of the handout -- how will you use it?

Whole Grain Pancakes

Oh, and before I wrap up today's post, I want to offer a peek at the exclusive member resources for Whole Grains Month. Have you seen the post Whole Grain Facts? It's loaded with great research and fun trivia! Here's a little look at the new handout that comes with it...

Whole Grain Handout for Members

And here are even more resources to make your life easier! Which of these gems from the Nutrition Education Store will you feature in your Whole Grains Month celebrations?

Whole Grain Bulletin Board Kit

Whole Grain PowerPoint

Whole Grain Banner

Whole Grain Facts Premium Content

Celebrate Whole Grains Month with some whole grain facts!

September Checklist

Psssssst! Wanna see something neat? Here’s a brand-new animated graphic that presents MyPlate’s messages for fall. It’s perfect for your next email blast or presentation intro!

September Resource Rundown Premium Content

Looking for some free resources to promote September’s monthly themes? Your search is over! Here is a comprehensive list of links to promote the food and health subjects of September. There are fantastic recipes, great photos, PDF handouts, and more…

Reader Request: Kefir

What is kefir? What are its health benefits? Get the facts about this tasty dairy drink in today’s post…

Cooking with Kefir Premium Content

I recently bought a few different types of kefir and brought them into my kitchen. Was it possible to find tasty ways to serve this healthful dairy drink?

Get Ready for Fruits & Veggies More Matters Month!

September is Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month! To help you look your very best, right now, I want to offer you a sneak peek at the fantastic handout that accompanies the bestselling Real Food Grows poster. It might be just the thing you need to prepare for next month’s theme. Take a look… |