Breakfast/Brunch, Sweet Treats, Yummy Recipes

Sneaky Fruit Magnet : Wholemeal Vanilla and Cinnamon Pancakes

I whipped up these pancakes for breakfast this morning and covered them with a smear of butter and a little jam. I  dare say a bit of whipped cream wouldn’t have gone astray (yum!).   Mitch had them with butter, blueberries, raspberries, sliced banana and a bit of raspberry jam and then I made him plop them on the table so I could take 20 or so photos of them (poor guy).

I would mention that if cinnamon and vanilla aren’t your thang then you can omit one or both ingredients from this recipe.  Alternately my banana pancake recipe is a lot milder in flavour.  These also wouldn’t be suited to being drowned in maple syrup (I have a feeling the cinnamon would clash with the maple flavour) so if syrup is a must when you have pancakes then definitely leave out the cinnamon.

This recipe only makes 8 pancakes (using a 1/4 cup to measure out the batter) so I’d probably double it next time for our family of 5.  If you like you could mix through a 1/2 cup of blueberries in the batter for vanilla, cinnamon and blueberry pancakes!

Ingredients for Vanilla and Cinnamon Pancakes


In a bowl place the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt

In a small bowl or jug place the milk, egg and vanilla and give them a quick whisk

Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour the milk mixture in gradually as you whisk it in with your other hand (taking a proper photo of this process is tricky given I only have two hands but you get the idea!)

When combined (a little lumpy is fine but if you do this gradually and gently whisking from the middle out in a circular motion, incorporating more flour as you go it should come out pretty smooth)

pancake batter

Pour in the melted tablespoon of butter and mix in

On a hot fry pan place a little butter or oil (hopefully your pan isn’t as scratched up and ancient as mine)

Pour in 1/4 cup of batter over medium heat (turn it down a little if your pancakes start to burn)

cooking pancakes

When it starts to bubble/dimple flip over and brown the other side for a minute

cooking pancakes bubbles dimples to look out for

Stack them up on a plate and serve however you’d like!  Butter, fresh fruit and a squirt of whipped cream would be my first choice.  Butter and jam was delish this morning!


* Recipe inspired by the BBC Good Food Blueberry Pancake recipe

6 thoughts on “Sneaky Fruit Magnet : Wholemeal Vanilla and Cinnamon Pancakes”

  1. How were you able to snap a picture while pouring the milk and egg???
    You have mad pouring/picture taking skills… a boss! LOL!!!
    Now I have to go make some!


    1. Oh I cheated, haha. I poured a tiny drizzle of milk/egg, snapped a photo, whisked and poured and then snapped another photo part way through! One day maybe I’ll have a tripod and decent lighting but for now I’ll keep cheating and taking photos in the brightest spot in my kitchen (on top of the clothes dryer in case you were wondering) and getting my poor camera a bit sticky taking photos mid-mix! lol.


      1. Sacrifices!!
        Oh, the washer and dryer in my house is the utility table for just about everything. My washer wasn’t even a week old and it had spray paint all over it!
        However you do it, it’s superb!


        1. haha, love it 🙂 What a waste of bench space NOT to use the top of the washer and dryer! The only problem I have is that if I take a photo on the wrong angle you can totally see the communal recycle bin down below and since that thing is always brimming with cardboard boxes and empty jars it’s not the most appetizing back drop for a cheesecake or a stack of pancakes 😉


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