Whole Wheat Pancakes for Two

whole wheat pancakes for two

It’s Saturday tomorrow. And these pancakes are FLUFFY.

Remember when I showed you this picture? These are those, and those are these. One in the same.


Except that time I was feeling a little extra generous with myself and added 1,000 chocolate chips to the batter.

Chocolate chips or no chocolate chips, I just adore pancakes. They’re my go-to breakfast choice on Saturday mornings. Eggs and French toast and bacon and all that is good, because, I mean, let’s be real: I love all food. But those other breakfast foods just don’t hold up to the goodness of a big stack of fluffy pancakes soaking up a puddle of melted butter and maple syrup.

This recipe comes from a really sweet blogger named Jessica. Or Jess. I haven’t met her in person so I can’t say what you should call her for sure. She goes by Jess on her blog but maybe something like GENIUS would be more appropriate considering these pancakes were born from her famous fluffy whole wheat pancake recipe.

Jess, your pancakes rock.


I only made a few changes, including adding vanilla and tweaking the amount of buttermilk and flour. It didn’t really need it, I just have a compulsion to tweak things and a bad habit of going rogue with recipes. I’ve made these enough times to know that whether you follow her recipe exactly, or follow this version, you will end up with some deliciously light and fluffy pancakes on your breakfast plate.

I also rewrote the recipe to be for TWO PEOPLE because we are a family of two people and gosh darn it, I always have extra pancake batter left over. Or even worse, I find myself trying to do recipe math before eating food and drinking coffee on my day off. Not okay.

It just makes me ridiculously happy to have one small bowl of batter that gives me 6 luscious pancakes, and that’s it. Three for me, three for him. Done and done.

Now smell this.

whole wheat pancakes for two

That’s the smell of Jessica’s amazingly fluffy pancakes fluffing up in all their whole wheat brown sugar vanilla glory.

One more thing I wanted to tell you about Jess before I wrap up this pancake fest – she lives in Thailand. THAILAND! We’re practically neighbors. And she has a whole bunch (like, pages and pages and pages, and I should know because I’ve read them all) of posts on her and her husband’s travels around the world. India, Japan, China, Singapore, and of course her homeland (sorta), Thailand. Plus pages and pages of awesome recipes that are perfect for people who live in South East Asia. Like me! Today when I went to her site she had a mango recipe roundup. Hello, perfect.

Which reminds me. These pancakes are amazing.

whole wheat pancakes for two

Amazing and just enough for two.

Face plant this as soon as possible.

whole wheat pancakes for two

4.9 from 22 reviews
Whole Wheat Pancakes for Two
Serves: 2
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cups buttermilk (substitute ¾ cup milk + 2 tsp. white vinegar)
  • scant 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (substitute 1 tsp. baking soda + 2 tsp. cream of tartar)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Whisk the brown sugar into the egg. When the mixture is smooth, add the oil, vanilla, and buttermilk and whisk for 15 seconds.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to the bowl and stir until just combined. Add the water and do a test pour of your batter. It should run off smoothly and not have too many bubbles or a "puffy" look. If it looks too thick and puffy, thin it out a little by adding water, one tablespoon at a time, until you get the right consistency.
  3. Pour ⅓ cup batter into a nonstick skillet over medium low heat. When the edges look dry and the top has bubbles, use a spatula to flip the pancakes. Let them cook for another minute or two, until golden brown on both sides. Remove from heat and serving.
This makes about 5-6 pancakes. We like to put chocolate chips in ours - just sprinkle them onto the pancake right after you pour the batter into the pan. When you flip the pancakes, they'll get soft and melty - just how I like it. :)


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  1. I’m pretty sure that life doesn’t get better than a plate of chocolate chip pancakes. Making these asap.

  2. These look fabulous, and I love that they’re for two!!

  3. Hmmm…. looks like I’ll be making pancakes this weekend! :-)

  4. I wish S did pancakes. These look YUM-MY!

  5. I was going to make breakfast for dinner tonight.. now I know what to make.. Thanks

  6. These are lunch and I am totally adding chocolate chips!

  7. Pancakes = my FAVORITE food. (or maybe tacos… it’s a close call) These sound and amazing and look so so so fluffy! Can’t wait to give them a try

  8. These are so beautiful! Perfect for a Saturday morning. :)

  9. Oh pancakes on Friday…LOVE!

  10. Pancakes are always best on the weekends.. especially with chocolate chips :) They are beautiful.

  11. Your photos are amazing – These pancakes look so scrumptious, I’ll have to try them. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Did you forget the egg? I was looking at the recipe and think you accidentally put oil again instead of egg. Just to let you know :) Or am I missing something?

    • Ah yes! The first step is whisking the brown sugar and the egg. I had forgotten the vanilla in the instructions, too! Working too fast, I guess. :) Thank you for catching that – should be fixed now.

  13. I absolutely love that last photo, it makes me want to take a giant bite of those pancakes!! Fluffy pancakes are the best, there really is no other way. It must be pancake friday, I posted about pancakes today too!

  14. Oh my! Such yummy goodness. Those look like something that’d send me to heaven on days I have a sweet tooth!

  15. Hey neighbor! Thank you for the shout-out. We may or may not have face-planted into a plate of these ourselves this morning. Although you now have me wishing there had be chocolate chips involved….

  16. Making these right now. They are delicious!
    Also, perfect even without adding chocolate chips. /nom

  17. I am always making too many pancakes when just cooking for my husband and I…cannot wait to give this recipe a try!

  18. I have to admit I’ve never liked whole wheat pancakes before. They’ve always tasted too *healthy*.

    But I’m willing to give it another try…in the name of science, of course.

  19. I love Jess and her blog! We’re blog buddies too. No surprise that your photos are stunning and I do want to face plant into my laptop screen!

  20. Isn’t Jess awesome? I love her site, and her pancakes! Good idea with the chocolate chips, you just took those to another level!

  21. I made these this morning and they were awesome! Thanks so much for the recipe. I halved the recipe because I was just cooking for myself and it worked perfectly. I sprinkled some peanut butter and homemade blueberry jam on top for PB&J pancakes. I sent a picture to my boyfriend, who’s out of town working, and he was super jealous ;). Thanks again for a great recipe! Definitely will be making again.

  22. These look great!

    I’m in Barcelona right now, and I have no oven. I LOVE finding recipes that I can do without one. I am super excited about reading more of your blog and that of Jessica. I will be moving to Hong Kong in the fall for a short stay and will greatly appreciate all the great recipes!

  23. These are happening in my kitchen this morning. Thank you!

  24. oh man these look SO good, I love adding in choco chips to pancakes!

  25. These are SO FLUFFY LOOKING!!! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for introducing me to Jess’s blog–it looks amazing!

  26. by looking it , it melted in the mouth . nice

  27. Guilty of using boxed pancake mix but with this recipe makes me want to try making pancakes from scratch.

  28. Victoria R. says:

    What a great and easy recipe! These were super delicious and had just the right texture. I substituted applesauce for the canola oil and it turned out great. Thank you so much!

  29. Jessica says:

    After making the red curry lentils last night I found this recipe and woke up early so I could make a batch. I used real maple syrup and have never enjoyed a pancake so much in my life and since 6 pancakes is too much for me and my 2 year old we have breakfast for tomorrow too. Yaaaay!

  30. I’m curious why you didn’t half the salt from the original recipe…

  31. Ruchita says:

    I just made these pancakes for breakfast for me and my husband. I finished them off in about 5 seconds. :-) They are delicious and easy to make. I love that the recipe is portioned for two people, but next time I might double the recipe because I wouldn’t mind having extra!

  32. These were great! I topped them with raspberries and banana. My hubby and I are stuffed and we still have leftover batter. I’d say this recipe could feed 3 easily. And if you’re still hungry after devouring these hearty pancakes, then eat a piece of fruit or scramble an egg! Anyway, saving the recipe before I forget! Thanks : -)

  33. I’ve made these three times and they are my new favorite. I put cut up strawberries and blueberries instead of chocolate chips. They are amazing. Thank you.

  34. Benjamin says:

    Found this recipe on a TUESDAY! Pancakes are great any day, not just weekends. Substituted milk with almond milk and added blue berries. To make the pancake thinner, we leveled the wet mixture with a spatula when it hit the pan. It made them cook evenly.
    Gots to go! Pancakes being severed up with honey! Om nom nom.

  35. Rebecca Miller says:

    Thank you for the delicious recipe. Just made it for dinner tonight for my kids (the love breakfast for dinner).

  36. These are really excellent, and as stated, the perfect size for two people. We had four small pancakes each. Thanks for the recipe!

  37. George Allen says:

    My daughter is on a strict diet; no sugar, lactose intolerant and can only eat whole wheat products. I substituted the brown sugar with Splenda and the milk with 2% lactose free milk. They turned out great; she loved them. I attempted to make whole wheat pancakes in the past and they were a flop. My daughter said they were not very good; however these won her approval and she asked for them the next morning.

  38. This is the best pancake recipe ever!!!!

  39. Delish. Made for my babies so I sub’d applesauce for oil and decreased sugar a bit (they really love the syrup). Added blueberries… Fantastically moist and fluffy, just how we dig ’em. They were gobbled up. Perfect amount for three hungry littles and one momma duck. Thanks!

  40. Just made these but subbed out the flour for oat flour and added shredded apples- these are toooo good!

  41. Made these for the first time last week and have had them about 4 more times! Amazing! I love them even more than regular pancakes which I didn’t think was possible! Thanks so much for sharing!

  42. Love your blog! I’ve made these pancakes at least 5 times. My family loves them because they are delicious and I love them because they are so easy to make. It’s my 19 mo old son’s favorite breakfast. He just eats it plain with fresh strawberries or bananas and is a happy camper. Butter and pure maple syrup will have to come later. :-) thanks for the fantastic recipe!

  43. Hi. I have some questions I hope you can help me with. Before that.. Awesome pancakes..
    1. I made a mistake by adding 3 tsp of vinegar instead of 2 tsp to the milk. Does this change anything?
    2. Also, you used 3/4 cups of buttermilk but added 2 tbs of water. How would it be different if 2 tbs of buttermilk is added instead?
    3. I eyeballed my baking powder and did not add the 2 tbs of water. My batter was so light and fluffy like chunky whipped cream. It was barely in liquid form. Should I have added more water or milk or do u think it was the baking soda?
    4. You don’t have baking soda in your recipe. Is there any difference when it’s added or not?

    Thank you much.

    • Ai, you are testing my scientific baking knowledge! eek! :) The only thing I would be able to comment on is that the water does help the batter loosen up a bit. It’s not as thick as the buttermilk, so it just helps keep the liquid consistency from becoming so thick, like you said. It’s still a really thick, fluffy batter that has an almost whipped consistency, but it should be runny enough to pour onto a pancake griddle which is the reason for the water. And you might even need more than 2 T depending on how thick you want the pancakes to be. Sorry I don’t have more science expertise here!

  44. I actually tweaked the recipe a bit further before I made these since my hubby is quite picky and they were really amazing! switched the water for orange juice, buttermilk for whole milk, oil for melted butter and brown sugar for splenda brown sugar blend, and the texture and rise+fluffiness were STILL fantastic, as if there were no substitutions at all! I’ve tried many other wholewheat recipes that promised fluffy and soft pancakes, but they’ve ALWAYS turned out somewhat rubbery and flat. Additionally, the portions are perfect, lovely medium-large pancakes, two for me and four for him haha, it’s extremely convenient to finally have a recipe in proportions fit for two 😀 thank you so much for sharing this

  45. I made these, they were fabulous! I used coconut oil instead of canola…. turned out perfect!

  46. Family of two here as well, I came upon your recipe when I googled pancakes for two. These were great – can’t believe how light and fluffy they were for a whole wheat pancake.

  47. This pancakes look great, I will try them this weekend!

  48. Rachel F. says:

    Made these today. They were okay but I’d recommend the following changes if you want a fabulous pancake:

    1) instead of 1/2 tsp of salt it should be 1/4 tsp. I love salt but these were too salty.

    2) Cook at medium heat instead of medium low.

  49. Do you know how well/long this batter would last in the fridge? I would like to make the batter on Sunday and just be able to make a pancake or two in the morning throughout the week. Or is it just better to make them and warm them up? Thanks!

    • I have kept the batter on hand for 1-2 days in the fridge! But also depends on your tolerance for leftovers, I think. :)

      • This is totally a good idea for fresh pancakes during the week! We did have leftovers once, and we quickly toasted them in the morning. They were equally delicious, and that crunchy toasted-ness was awesome. It was also faster to toast ’em.

  50. Chelsea Gottshall says:

    Made these two days in a row. So easy to make and DELICIOUS. Extremely fluffy. I used milk instead of buttermilk and used coconut oil instead of canola (just cause I had those), and added some cinnamon. Turned out fantastic. Thank you!

    Love your blog too. Great recipes and very helpful tips for fellow bloggers.

  51. These pancakes are so light and fluffy!! Love it!!
    Subsituted 1 tbsp of honey for sugar and olive oil for canola oil. Also mixed up some dried fruits. The pancakes were perfect!!
    Thank you!!

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  53. I’ve been making this recipe (with honey instead of brown sugar) non-stop for the last year, so I thought it was about time I said thank you!!

    It is the perfect recipe for two! I don’t even like pancakes that much and I love these. Normally I’m overwhelmed by the prospect of standing over the stove to make a bazillion pancakes, but this recipe means we can occasionally have pancakes on a weekday. I even use flax eggs when we’re out of eggs and they’re still great. A super reliable recipe…and I know exactly what you mean by “puffy.”

  54. Is it really a whole tablespoon of baking powder?

  55. just had to tell you!! It is currently just under a week before Christmas so I have excessive amounts of eggnog in my house, but didn’t have all the stuff to make your eggnog french toast, so I substituted eggnog for buttermilk…..and well….lets just say we will be having these for Christmas breakfast! Thank you for the smaller recipe, I never know what to do with leftover batter and pancakes :p

  56. Love these pancakes! I am addicted to your blog. Every recipe has been perfect. Thank you!

  57. Have made these twice now and they have become our ‘go-to’ American Pancake… love that they are wholewheat and they are super fluffy :). My kids love them!

  58. Made these this morning and they were fantastic! Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!

  59. Can I substitute the brown sugar with regular sugar?

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