What’s for Breakfast? Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pancakes

I woke up on Sunday and wanted to have something different for breakfast. I know Mal loves pancakes, so I got on the Internet and looked up some different recipes for whole wheat pancakes.

Typically when I use whole wheat flour, the end product isn’t exactly light and fluffy like it is when I use white flour. That being said, I am both skeptical and optimistic when I look at whole wheat recipes. I found this recipe in a 2009 post on a blog called skinnytaste.com. If I wasn’t skeptical before, I definitely was after reading the name of the blog. We love eating healthy but when it comes to something like pancakes we have the same mindset: go big or go home.

This recipe caught my eye because it included cinnamon, a spice that has a host of health benefits – it contains antioxidants and some studies have showed that it can also lower blood sugar – and tastes pretty good too.

Like I said this recipe came courtesy of skinnytaste.com. Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Cooking spray (I used Pam baking spray)

Here’s how you make them:

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl


Combine eggs, milk and vanilla in another bowl and add to dry mixture and stir just until mixed


  • Spray skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat
  • Add about 1/2 cup of batter to skillet and once you see bubbles on the outer side of the pancake, it’s time to flip it
  • Cook for about another minute or so and then remove the pancake from the skillet
  • Repeat until all the batter is done
  • Enjoy!

Here’s how they ended up:

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These were as light and fluffy as anything I’ve ever made with white flour. By far the best whole wheat pancake recipe I’ve ever used. Top them with some powdered sugar and cinnamon and a tablespoon of maple syrup and you’ve got yourself a delicious and astonishingly healthy breakfast.

Do you have a go-to pancake recipe? Have you ever tried gluten-free pancakes? Let me know in the comment section below!


About Tommy Openchowski
Planning worksite health promotion programs and using my Masters in Health Promotion Management, Certificate in Nutrition Education, and CHES Certification as my knowledge base. I've run four marathons and am constantly trying to find road races - of any distance - to keep myself moving. I love trying new foods and new recipes and figuring out why the foods I eat are good for me and ideal fuel for my running. My goal is to use this blog to share my love for living a healthy life to my readers.

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