Mar 23

Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe with Ginger & Berries



It’s no secret that I have a thing for ginger and fruit. Some of my favorite desserts include Blackberry & Strawberry Crisp with Gingersnap Crust, Rhubarb Fool with Whipped Cream & Gingersnaps and Pink Grapefruit & Orange Compote with Ginger Yogurt. When it came to whipping up a batch of whole wheat pancakes, adding sweet, juicy berries seemed like the obvious choice. I naturally weaved my way over to the spice cabinet and plucked the ground ginger off of the shelf.

Marionberries are the fruit of choice in our house lately because we discovered that Costco sells a big bag of these frozen purple berries. I made a Green Tea smoothie with them a couple of days ago and they often star in my morning Breakfast Parfait. However, any berry will do in these hearty, but light pancakes. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, huckleberries…knock yourself out.

Weekend mornings are a time for special breakfasts, a little different from the standard weekday bowls of cereals and pieces of toast. However, since the weekend is typically full of physical activity – soccer games for M, digging in the back field for T, and long runs for my husband and me – we still want something healthy that can give us fuel for the day. That’s where these whole wheat pancakes come in. Filled with whole grain flour, no added fat and plenty of cinnamon and ginger, they make a satisfying and healthy breakfast.

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The recipe:

In a large bowl, whisk one large egg. Add the flour…

WW Pancakes Ginger Berry Collage 1

baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger and salt. Pour in milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract.


Mix well. Add berries and mix again.


Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat or heat a griddle to 375 degrees F. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter onto the griddle.


When the pancakes start to bubble on top, flip them over and cook until the batter is cooked all the way through.

Serve with fresh fruit and syrup.


Other whole grain pancake and waffle recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Whole Wheat Waffles with Blueberry Maple Syrup
Smitten Kitchen’s Blueberry Yogurt Multigrain Pancakes
Orangette’s Oatmeal Pancakes
My Little Celebration’s Amaranth & Oat Griddlecakes
Eat Your Vegetables’ Oat Waffles

This post is part of the Monthly Mingle theme for March, Berries and Cherries. Monthly Mingle is hosted by Meeta of What’s for Lunch Honey? and Chris of Melecotte.

Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe with Ginger & Berries
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck.
Serves: Makes approximately 12 6-inch pancakes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1½ cup skim milk (or more if batter is too thick)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey, agave nectar or brown sugar)
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cup fresh or frozen berries (I used marionberries)
  • Maple syrup or fruit syrup
  1. In a large bowl, whisk one large egg. Add the flour, milk, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt. Mix well. Add blueberries and mix again.
  2. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat or heat a griddle to 375 degrees F. Using a ⅓ cup measuring cup, scoop the batter onto the griddle. When the pancakes start to bubble on top, flip them over and cook until the batter is cooked all the way through.
  3. Serve with fresh fruit and syrup.

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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa March 23, 2012 at 5:23 am

This is certainly a way to brighten up the morning – love the berry and ginger combination!


2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Thanks, Belinda. These pancakes are a favorite with my husband and kids.


3 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 23, 2012 at 5:47 am

These sound fabulous! Gotta love feeling good about eating pancakes!


4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Absolutely! And you know what? I don’t feeling like I’m giving anything up by eating the whole wheat variety because these are so tasty.


5 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray March 23, 2012 at 7:11 am

I love pancakes made with whole wheat flour! I like to add oats to mine sometimes too, for a little bit of texture. This looks like a great weekend breakfast. :)


6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Thanks, Tara. I need to try these with oats next time. Thanks for the suggestion!


7 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables March 23, 2012 at 7:12 am

These look delicious Dara! I haven’t tried marionberries before but I’ll definitely be checking my Costco for them this weekend!


8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Thanks, Emilie. Marionberries have a great flavor and replace other berries in smoothies, pies, crisps, etc.


9 Meeta March 23, 2012 at 7:54 am

It does not get better than this!! I love the awesome deep color of the raspberries. I adore ginger and fruit + ginger and chocolate too!


10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Thank you, Meeta! Ginger really is such a versatile flavor, in both desserts and savory dishes.


11 brandi March 23, 2012 at 8:40 am

i love whole grain pancakes – they have so much more depth! these look perfect for a weekend morning.


12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I agree, Brandi. We always look forward to these on the weekend.


13 Annalise March 23, 2012 at 9:13 am

Mmm, you know how I’m loving pancakes right now! And this variation sounds fantastic.


14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I know you are! The pancakes on your blog look amazing.


15 Ashley M March 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I think I’ll make these tomorrow! BTW, I think you left out the ginger in the directions. 😉


16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Ack! Thank you, Ashley. It’s fixed now. I hope you enjoy the pancakes!


17 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

This recipe is a keeper! Yum!


18 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Thanks, Alison! We think so, too.


19 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Dara, these look utterly amazing. I’ve got everything, but the berries–but I do have frozen cherries. May try these in the morning with them. :)


20 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Thanks so much, Sommer. Cherries and ginger are fantastic together. I hope you enjoy them!


21 Shaina March 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm

You had me at ginger. Oh my.


22 Jeanette March 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Love the combination of berries and ginger – I’ll have to keep my eyes open for some marionberries next time I’m at Costco’s.


23 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) March 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I love ginger, too, but you know I’ve never tried them in pancakes. I love the idea, though. In my opinion, most things benefit from the addition of a bit of ginger. This is great!


24 Noble Pig ~ Cathy March 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

The ginger is a great idea..a good way to spice up the healthy!!


25 Donna March 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

What a way to wake up your taste buds!


26 Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf March 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I’ve never heard of ginger in pancakes – so unique. Must try!


27 Sara{OneTribeGourmet} March 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I love ginger & fruit too..these pancakes look so good especially with the ginger & berries topping! Enjoy your weekend!


28 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 24, 2012 at 3:15 am

Now that’s a great breakfast! I love ginger in all it’s forms as well as berries.


29 bellini March 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

I actually found marionberries in the frozen fruit section of our local Choices, but sadly they did not last long. Of course I have blackberries in the freezer that I picked last year that substitute well.


30 Jessica @ How Sweet March 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I think these are going to be our Sunday breakfast tomorrow!


31 MikeVFMK March 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Love this recipe. So fresh. Exactly the kind of breakfast I need to be eating! Berries and ginger sounds amazing, Dara!!


32 Lois from Peach Depot March 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I absolutely love pancakes with fruit…thanks for sharing!
And…I have the same square white plate.
Check it out! LOL…


33 The Café Sucré Farine March 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Pancakes are definitley one of my weaknesses and yours look amazing!


34 Chris March 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I was just telling a friend that I have been craving a stack of pancakes. These look like they would definitely help that craving. Love the berries. I have never had marionberries before; I need to look for them. Thanks for adding this to the mingle. It will be a shining star, for sure!


35 Carroll March 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm

So does it make twelve 6-inch pancakes or nine 4-inch pancakes??? Both quantities are given!


36 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Sorry about that, Carroll! It should read “twelve 6-inch” pancakes.


37 Russell at Chasing Delicious March 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Yum! I love ginger, especially paired with berries. You’ve just reminded me I haven’t made pancakes in way, way too long. I think you’ve just helped me decide what to have for dinner.


38 becky @ the Mixing Bowl Diary March 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

great photos. i want to eat my computer! haha


39 Deborah March 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I have been looking for a good whole wheat pancake recipe! And I’ve never had marionberries – looks like I need to make a trip to Costco!


40 Michele March 28, 2012 at 8:17 am

I made these this morning for my daughter and she loved them! I love that they are made with all Whole Wheat flour. I did omit the berries (served her fruit on the side) and ginger. I will definitely add the ginger next time. The leftovers will be frozen for quick breakfasts! Thanks for the great recipe!


41 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} March 28, 2012 at 9:33 pm

i love combining ginger with berries in my morning smoothie, i bet these pancakes are amazing!
I wonder now where I could find some marionberries in my area …


42 Deanna Segrave-Daly April 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

Oh, do I adore pancakes and ginger but I’ve never put them together! These look wonderful – and now my question, what do marionberries taste like?


43 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I’m sorry it took me so long to answer your question – your comment was caught in my spam folder. Marionberries are similar to blackberries. Any berry would work well in this recipe.


44 Georgie April 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Delicious! I have been making pancakes for lunch and dinner lately. I like adding granola once in a while, it has ginger in it – so I totally relate to the infatuation with the flavor. I need to try the marionberry too!


45 Tandy April 3, 2012 at 4:06 am

I really have to try whole wheat pancakes! and ginger is one of my favourites with fruit :)


46 Anna September 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

My husband made these pancakes yesterday and he loved them! Unfortunately due to my intolerance to eggs I couldn’t join in. But they smelled gorgeous and he will continue having these for his breakfast. I came up with my own recipe few months ago, recipe that didn’t need eggs and after some trials I came up with these high protein vegan pancakes. Now we both can enjoy lovely pancakes for breakfast :)


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