Alton Brown's Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

"I've tried many whole wheat pancake recipes. Some were good, some not so good but I never had one make me say, "Wow! A truly fluffy whole wheat pancake!" until this one. Posting it here so I don't lose it! We love to eat these for dinner with some turkey sausage. Very filling!"
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12 4-in pancakes




  • Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients. (I just melted the butter slightly before adding it in with the eggs and buttermilk.).
  • Add the wet stuff to the dry stuff and mix just until batter comes together. Do NOT mix smooth. Set aside batter to rest for 5 minutes.
  • * Heat an electric griddle to 350 degrees or place a nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat.
  • *Test the griddle by flicking water on it. If the water dances across the surface, you’re good to go.
  • * Rub down the griddle with a little butter or spray with nonstick spray.
  • Ladle 1 scoop of batter onto the griddle. (Batter will be thick! Just spread it out with the bottom of your ladle or the back of a spoon.) Cook until bubbles form in the batter and bottom is golden, approximately three minutes. Flip and cook until the second side is golden, another a minute or so. Adjust the heat as necessary as you go along. Serve while hot!

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  1. Like georgiapea I used KA white whole wheat, but added a quarter cup of quick oats and a little extra buttermilk. Next time I will use brown sugar and may soak oats with a little buttermilk before adding to batter. Also, I made a blueberry compote with 4 cups frozen blueberries, about 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, and about 2-3 teaspoons lemon juice. Next time will add blueberries to batter or on top of 'cakes after pouring batter into pan. Definitely will make again.
  2. A touch of vanilla would enhance this just abit! Lotus.
  3. Followed recipe exactly and they turned out like bricks that wouldn’t cook in the middle. I really think with all that buttermilk that the amount of baking soda needs to be increased to give them more lift. Interesting that this recipe is attributed to Alton Brown but I’ve searched food network and Alton’s blog, can’t find it anywhere.
  4. Yummmm I love everything from Alton Brown n this is definitely a new one. I didnt have buttermilk so i added 2 T apple cider vinegar to milk and used whole wheat pastry flour. Soooo delicious. Definitely in the Top Favorites!!!???
    • Review photo by Starla J.
  5. This morning I decided to surprize my wife and her girlfriend who's here in warm south Florida for a visit and escape from Michigan's winter. I always turn to Alton Bown for recipe ideas but I rarely follow them anymore but instead use the hword m as a starting place to begin my adventure. I was planning on waffles and liked the sound of this recipe, but I can't resist the need to tweak and experiment. I only used 2/3s cup whole wheat flower. To this I added 2/3s cup finely ground almonds, 2/3's cup ground pecans (some ground course and some ground fine into flour), and 2/3's cup sweetened coconut flakes. I also added 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and because I rarely have milk and never buttermilk around I mixed 1/2 cup half & half with 1-1/2 cups water. Otherwise I followed the recipe. Adjusting only slightly so it would make a more waffley batter. M wife and her guest raved about them and I must admit they turned out a really nice consistency and the nutty flavor was excellent. The coconut flavor is very subtle and would not be objectionable to those that feel they do not like coconut. I encourage all you readers to experiment with making flower from various nuts. They provide excellent flavor sand textures as well as protein and other nutrients that add to this already wonderful recipe which by the way I have actually followed on two occasions.


  1. See above
  2. I used whole wheat pastry flour and since I didn't have buttermilk I added 2 TB of vinegar to the milk.
  3. Loooove it! Thanks a lot for sharing. One of my favourite pancake recipes. Used apple sauce instead of butter and it was still yummy.


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