Quinoa Pancakes: Breakfast Powerhouse

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

Quinoa pancakes are delicious and packed with protein. Just a little bit nutty and a whole lot good.

Quinoa Pancakes Photo

If my son had to pick one food that he could not live without, I am pretty sure he would choose pancakes. His favorite meal is breakfast, and if he has the chance he chooses pancakes every time - while waffles are a close second. Breakfast for dinner is not uncommon at our house.

I like to make pancakes for my family, however they are not always the most nutritious choice. Typically they are filled with white flour and topped with lots of syrup and butter. To me, they are a treat rather than something I would make for breakfast or dinner on a daily basis. So I decided to create a pancake recipe where I don’t feel guilty serving them a few times a week. These quinoa pancakes are filled with healthy grains and seed, and extra protein. My son loves them, so it is a winning situation.

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has gained much popularity in the last few years. It is a great ingredient to have in your diet. Technically it is considered a seed rather than a grain. It contains lots of fiber, folate and magnesium along with other nutrients. It is easy to cook in advance and keep in your refrigerator. It can also be bought in the frozen food department too. Just reheat it in your microwave and it’s ready to use. I love using it in salads and vegetarian dinner recipes but it works great for breakfast foods too.

Quinoa Pancakes Picture

My son will not eat quinoa plain or cooked some other way. But he doesn’t mind it added to pancakes. They have a hearty texture, but are still moist and fluffy. Included in the pancakes are white whole wheat flour and low fat buttermilk, which gives them added nutrition. Everyone in my family prefers different types of fruit. Instead of adding fruit to the batter, I like to slice up some fruit and serve everyone’s favorite on top of the pancakes. They are perfect with a little drizzle of maple syrup too.

Have you ever had quinoa for breakfast? Try this quinoa granola recipe or apple pie quinoa.

Lunch or dinner is a great place to use quinoa too. Try our Greek Quinoa Salad, Summer Quinoa Salad, or Lisa's Chicken and Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos!

Quinoa Pancakes Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Buttermilk, lowfat
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil, or vegetable oil
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa, cooked
  • Butter, or oil, to grease the pan


  1. In a small bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In another bowl mix together buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla.  Add dry mixture to wet mixture and stir together until just moistened.
  3. Add the quinoa to the batter and stir gently.
  4. Heat a large griddle or non- stick pan over medium heat and grease the pan. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter for each pancake on the griddle. Cook on low until bubbles form then turn the pancakes over. Cook for another minute or two or until pancakes are golden brown.
  5. Repeat with remaining batter until all pancakes are cooked.
  6. Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup if desired. 


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Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.