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Whole Wheat Vanilla Yogurt Pancakes

Our picky toddler is back to loving pancakes (and, more accurately, the maple syrup that goes along with them) – and so I am back to making them. Far be it from me to stick with basic pancakes – not that there’s not plenty to love about those. I just like to fiddle.

And so fiddling brings us to today’s recipe, Whole Wheat Vanilla Yogurt Pancakes. Let me first say: I LOVE THESE VANILLA PANCAKES! I know that’s not terribly profound or descriptive, but darn it, I do.

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I love that they’re made with all whole wheat flour, but you really can’t tell. Certainly, my toddler doesn’t know the difference. I love that they’re moist but not heavy – they’re puffy and boast those wonderful little bubble pockets that catch the maple syrup in all the right places. I love that you can really taste the vanilla.

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I love how, with this recipe, I discovered that drizzling yogurt over pancakes instead of slathering them in butter could result in pancake nirvana. I might need to do this forevermore.

I love that you can take any leftover pancakes and freeze them for future breakfasts. Or lunches. Or dinners. Or snacks.

Love. These. Pancakes. If you try them, I hope you do too.

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Whole Wheat Vanilla Yogurt Pancakes

With vanilla yogurt AND vanilla extract, these fluffy pancakes are all about the vanilla. A little breakfast bonus: they're also made with 100% whole wheat flour. Yay!

Yield: About 16 4-inch pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon vinegar plus enough milk to make one cup total)
  • 3/4 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt plus more for topping
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pure maple syrup or berries for topping, if desired.


  1. Add the buttermilk to a medium bowl. If making your own buttermilk, add the vinegar and the milk to the bowl, stir, and let sit for 10 minutes before proceeding.
  2. Stir in the yogurt, vanilla extract, eggs, and melted butter. Whisk until well-blended.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir just until blended.
  5. Heat a non-stick griddle or large frying pan over medium heat. Using a one-third cup measure or a trigger ice cream scoop (my weapon of choice), pour the batter onto the griddle or into the frying pan. They’re ready to flip when they start to look a little dry around the edges, and the pancakes start to form little bubbles, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until golden brown and the pancake is cooked through.
  6. Serve with additional vanilla yogurt and maple syrup drizzled over the top. A sprinkling of blackberries doesn't hurt, either.

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3 Responses to “Whole Wheat Vanilla Yogurt Pancakes”

  1. Rachel @ Bakerita posted on January 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Mmm vanilla pancakes! Yummy :) and because they’re whole wheat…I can eat the whole stack, right?! Pinned!

  2. Kira - Healthable Old Soul posted on January 11, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Vanilla Whole Wheat Pancakes are a nice treat to wake up to!

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