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Fluffy, soft whole wheat buttermilk pancakes studded with juicy blueberries! These healthy whole wheat blueberry pancakes are a weekend breakfast game-changer!

Whole Wheat Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

*Please note* this post was originally published in 2017. I’ve since redone the text but the recipe remains the same!

Paaancakes!! I can’t believe I haven’t posted about pancakes yet. They’re seriously a staple around here – we eat pancakes at least 2-3 times a week. What’s not to love?! In fact, they’re worthy of a list (does anyone else love lists!?):

Why do I love pancakes? They are:

  • Soft and fluffy
  • Quick and easy
  • TOTALLY freezable
  • Super versatile

I could go on, but I’ll spare you. What you really need to get from this is that pancakes are the best! Specifically, these whole wheat buttermilk pancakes.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Why use buttermilk in a pancake recipe?

Using buttermilk in pancakes is a game-changer. That slightly soured milk creates just the softest, fluffiest pancake. Buttermilk helps to make the pancake more tender, moist and thick, with extra richness. It also adds a nice subtle tang to the taste of the pancakes.

We pretty much never make pancakes (or waffles) without it. And guess what? If you don’t have any store-bought buttermilk at home, you can easily make it with regular milk and some lemon juice! See my notes in the recipe for instructions 🙂

We like to make all sorts of pancakes around here, but I chose to share this particular recipe with you as it checks a lot of important boxes for me. When I’m making pancakes as often as I am, and I’m feeding my tiny terrors, I want to be sure I’m not loading them up with tons of unhealthy ingredients. These pancakes are whole wheat, but the buttermilk and melted butter ensure that they’re not too dense and still taste light and fluffy, the way a pancake should be!

How do you make buttermilk pancakes?

This buttermilk pancake batter comes together in a cinch – Etienne and I will actually sometimes mix the dry ingredients together the night before and measure out the wet ingredients so that we can throw everything together quickly in the morning. Don’t mix things together until you’re ready to make the pancakes, but the wet and dry can be mixed and kept separate, in the fridge.

If I’m making these pancakes in the morning, I usually start by melting the butter so it has a chance to cool down. Then I whisk together the dry ingredients. In another bowl, I mix together the eggs with the buttermilk, brown sugar and vanilla. Then add the cooled butter! Gently mix everything together.

Do you have to use fresh blueberries?

The blueberries are the last ingredient to be added; I like to use fresh but frozen works just as well – just be sure to mix them into the batter gently or you’ll have BLUEberry pancakes 😉

I also love using my Hamilton Beach electric griddle to make our pancakes – I can do 4 at a time! This is a necessity when you’ve got hungry monsters in the morning (terrors, monsters…..I really do love my kids).

Whichever way you slice it (or top it), these whole wheat blueberry pancakes are sure to be a hit at your place. Try them this weekend! You’ll thank me.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Whole Wheat Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

For more pancake and waffle recipe ideas, check out some of these other posts from the blog!

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whole wheat buttermilk pancakes

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

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  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 14-16 pancakes 1x


Fluffy, soft whole wheat buttermilk pancakes studded with juicy blueberries! These healthy whole wheat blueberry pancakes are a weekend breakfast game-changer!


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk*
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled (plus more for cooking the pancakes)
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries*


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk in the melted butter (be sure it has cooled enough that it won’t “cook” your eggs).
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir together until just combined (do not overmix)! Gently fold in the blueberries.
  4. Heat an electric griddle or frying pan over the stove on medium heat, and add a dollop of butter to the pan, allowing it to coat the bottom of the pan. Using about 1/3 cup at a time, drop the batter into the pan to form your pancake. Wait until you see bubbles begin to form on the top, about 2 minutes, then swiftly flip the pancake and cook through, about 2 more minutes. Repeat with more butter and batter. Keep the pancakes warm in an oven preheated to 175 F on a cookie sheet, until all of the pancakes are done. Serve with maple syrup, whipped cream, and more blueberries!

Pancakes will keep in the fridge, in an airtight container for 2-3 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months.


  1. To make your own buttermilk, simply measure 2 cups of milk into a measuring cup, and add 2 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar and let the mixture stand for 5-10 minutes before using.
  2. Frozen blueberries may be used in place of fresh; be sure to add them right at the end and be very gentle to prevent colour bleeding into your batter.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: pan fry
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  1. This is just the perfect stack! These are so light and fluffy you can see it in the photos! I have never thought of freezing pancakes but now you got me thinking 😉 . Pinned. Take care.

    1. Thank you Stacey! I love freezing pancakes – it makes for a quick and easy breakfast!! Hope your week is going well!

  2. These are delicious pancakes. I used King Arthur’s white whole wheat flour and wouldn’t change a thing in the recipe. Brown sugar creates a slight caramelized quality to the grilled pancake. Yummy🤗

    1. Yay I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks for hopping on here to let me know! 🙂