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Quinoa Power Pancakes

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of quinoa. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it is completely a “fad” food, but I think it is one that will stick around for a while. And I have absolutely zero issues chowing down on a fad food, especially when it is good for me and tastes great.

I even have a Pinterest board devoted to quinoa. (Shared with the lovely Cassie of Bake Your Day.) It is so versatile. You can bake with it, you can make salads with it, you can put it in stews and soups, and I know I always mention this, but you can freeze it!

This isn’t the first time I have made quinoa pancakes (I’ve even done a savory version), but this time I upped the ante a bit. I used whole wheat flour and added cinnamon, wheat bran, and ground flax. These pancakes will keep you full and satisfied for hours.


I really need to whip up a huge batch of these, they would be great in the mornings now that I have two kids to juggle. Now I just need to find the time to make them. HA!


Quinoa Power Pancakes

Yield: 12 pancakes


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax-seed (flax meal)
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup


  1. In medium bowl, whisk together quinoa, flour, ground flax-seed, wheat bran, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. In another medium bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, oil, milk, and syrup until smooth. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and whisk to combine. Do not overmix.
  2. Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with butter or non-stick spray and heat over medium-high. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls or using a 1/4 cup measuring cup onto skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on top, 2 minutes. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside, 2 minutes. Serve with maple syrup or your favorite pancake topping. I love adding applesauce and a little more cinnamon to the top of these.

I usually double or triple the batch and freeze a bunch of these. They heat up really well in the toaster or toaster oven for a quick breakfast.



Verdict: Delicious! They are a bit more hearty (read: slightly more dry, but still great) than the original version. They are fantastic topped with applesauce.
Husband’s take: He LOVES when I make and freeze these. They are fantastic for him when he’s rushing off to work in the morning. My daughter loved them as well, I think she could have eaten them for three meals a day if I would have let her.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy.



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53 Responses to “Quinoa Power Pancakes”

  1. Geni — January 9, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Have never thought of quinoa in pancakes! Great idea!

  2. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — January 9, 2013 at 8:12 am

    What a wonderful recipe – love the nutritional value in these pancakes! I haven’t yet used quinoa in pancakes…for breakfast so far, I’ve only made it as “oatmeal.” So many possibilities! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe :)

  3. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 9, 2013 at 8:25 am

    What a great idea… I’ve never seen quinoa in pancakes before! Ps… love that plate :)

  4. Jenny @ BAKE — January 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I hate to say I’ve never really tried quinoa I am going to have to go and grab a bag so I can try these pancakes!

  5. Kathryn — January 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Love the idea of power pancakes – these sound like a perfect breakfast and I love the idea of freezing them for days when I’m in a rush!

  6. Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Dude. This is all kinds of awesome.

  7. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Mmm yum! I like filling breakfasts..helps me hold off on snacking all day…which in turn helps drop those pesky baby pounds! Thanks! 😉

  8. Kim | At Home With Kim — January 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I LOVE quinoa. My family? Notsomuch. Will definitely being trying these to lure them to my side. :) Great recipe idea!!!

  9. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 9, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’ve used quinoa in cookies and loved it. I am always looking for new ways to use it so definitely going to try this.

  10. Joan — January 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I’m sitting here chuckling at the idea of quinoa being a ‘fad food.’ I have been using it since the mid-90’s. My brother and his family were over for dinner and discussion rolled around to various grains. He said he would like to try quinoa, but hadn’t gotten around to it. So, the next time he came over, we had quinoa, and it has been in the line-up since.

  11. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 9, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I have tried many recipes to get my kids to eat quinoa. So far, no luck. I’m sure sneaking into pancakes will do the trick! Great recipe!

  12. Carrian-Sweet Basil — January 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I’ve never used it in pancakes! I cannot wait to try this!!!

  13. Aggie — January 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Oh my gosh…I’m in love. These look amazing.

  14. sarah k @ the pajama chef — January 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    i made your first version for SRC awhile ago, back when your blog name was different. they were so good, and are one of my most popular posts! crazy. i will have to try version 2.0! yum!!

  15. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — January 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Oh my.. healthy city! I have to have these. I’m 100% addicted to quinoa. <3 it!

    Hope you're doing well!! :)

  16. Sheila — January 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Oh my these looks so good. I am definetly going to have to give these a try. We often eat breakfast for dinner. These would be perfect for that since you said they were a bit heartier than your average pancake. Thanks for the great ideas!!

  17. Bree {Skinny Mommy} — January 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I love these! I love the addition of both the flax and the quinoa. I can’t wait to try them for my kids :)

  18. Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More — January 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Rachel! Found you through the Food Bloggers Helping group on FB and so excited to dig through your site! These pancakes looks awesome! I’m a quinoa lover too, I don’t care if it’s a fad:) I’ll have to check out your Pinterest board!

    • Rachel — January 9th, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

      Thanks Kristy! I love that group!

  19. Tracey — January 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    What a great idea Rachel, I’ve never seen quinoa in pancakes! I’m still a little iffy on it in some recipes but I know it’d be a hit for me in pancakes!

  20. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I am actually putting quinoa in meatballs tonight, I will have to try these with the leftovers (if we don’t eat it all first). Love finding new ideas and recipes for the stuff!

  21. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health — January 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    what a great way to include more quinoa :) I have been adding in my soups and such now you inspired me to have for breakfast too. awesome!!

  22. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — January 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Great looking pancakes! Love the addition of quinoa

  23. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    This would be a great way to start the day!

  24. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 10, 2013 at 12:14 am

    You rock the pancakes like no other!

  25. Hamilton Courtney — January 10, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Rachel, these look fab!

    I recently had a very unhealthy very over indulgent plate of ricotta hot cakes from a restaurant in London called granger and co that’s by some celebrity chef, I’ve been longing for them ever since.

    THESE are the less guilty version.

    Thank you!

    • Rachel — January 11th, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them :)

  26. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 10, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I don’t really know what quinoa is, which is ridiculous, but those look great! I’ve really got to try quinoa. I’ve seen it in recipes for ages but never actually looked into it. These look like a great way to get started with it! :)

  27. Nicole | Daily Dish Recipes — January 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

    What an interesting thing to do to pancakes. I adore pancakes and if I can continue making things a bit healthier, I’m game. Pinned and will be trying soon!

    • Rachel — January 11th, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

      Thank you! I hope you like them!

  28. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    What a great breakfast! Perfect for after a morning run!

  29. Cookin' Canuck — January 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Quinoa is a well-used item in our kitchen, but I have yet to use it in a breakfast dish. These pancakes look like a great place to start!

  30. natalie@thesweetslife — January 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    whaaaaaat?!? this is awesome!! definitely need to give these a try!

  31. Anathema_Device — February 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Found this recipe on Pinterest and would love to try it. Do think it would work subbing in a gluten-free flour mix (like Bob’s Redmill’s) and leaving out the wheat bran?

    • Rachel Gurk — February 3rd, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

      Hmm…I’m not too familiar with gluten-free baking. The wheat bran can be left out for sure though, maybe increase the amount of flour a bit? Sorry–no guarantees about the outcome but it is worth a shot! Let me know if it turns out. :)

      • Anathema_Device — February 3rd, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

        Thanks for the reply. I will probably give these a try soon. I’ll report back.

      • Anathema_Device — February 17th, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

        I tried a gluten-free version today, and they came out great. If anyone else is interested, here are the substitutions I made:
        — All-pupose gluten-free baking mix (for the wheat flour)
        — added 1/8 tsp xantham gum
        — Gluten-free oat bran (for the wheat bran)
        All of the above from Bob’s Red Mill

        I also cut the maple syrup back to 1 tablespoon because I’m trying to reduce added sugar in my diet.

        I took your suggestion of eating them with applesauce on them, and it was delicious.

  32. Synthia — February 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    These look so yummy! I LOVE QUINOA! Could oats maybe be substituted for the wheat bran?

    • Rachel Gurk — February 6th, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

      Probably!They’re already pretty bulky though, so maybe it would be better just to substitute a little more whole wheat flour for the wheat bran. Enjoy!

      • Synthia — February 6th, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

        OK great thank you so much! I can’t wait to try them

  33. Erika — March 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Um, yum. These look like true power pancakes. I’ve been putting quinoa in all my baked goods lately and I think its time to start with the pancakes! Thanks for a great looking recipe, can’t wait to try!

  34. Cindy — March 2, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I am on a low-carb diet. Do you have the nutritional info? They look yummy, but I need to know the carb count.

  35. Deb — April 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Delicious pancakes. Batter is *very* thick. I used 1/2 C of milk instead of 1/4 C and I thought it made the batter a little easier to work with. In order to get the full 12 pancakes per batch, I found that I could only use 1/8 cup per pancake. My husband is one of those skinny bean-pole guys that can eat massive quantities of food. 2 small pancakes filled him up. Finally, I’m on Weight Watchers right now and I’m putting most of my emphasis on eating healthy foods prepared from scratch, which is why this recipe appealed to me. I added the recipe to my tracker and 1 pancake is worth 2 WW points. So my breakfast of 2 pancakes, topped with homemade blueberry sauce came in totaling 6 WW points.

    • Rachel Gurk — April 1st, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

      Glad you liked them! I usually end up adding some milk too. Good luck with WW!

  36. Lindsey — April 26, 2013 at 7:59 am

    These were sooo good! I had leftover quinoa from the night before and thought this would be a great way to use it up. My husband and 1 yr old loved them too! (Bonus!) We tried with applesauce on top. Great tip. Thanks!

    • Rachel Gurk — April 26th, 2013 @ 8:31 am

      So glad you liked them!

  37. Jean — June 4, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Hello, I love quinoa. I started eating it for better health when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. If I make quinoa flower do I still add the cooked quinoa? I quess I can experiment and let you know. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Brooke — October 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

    These sound great. Do you think they could be made with almond flour to make them low(er) carb?

    • Rachel Gurk — October 7th, 2015 @ 9:54 pm

      I’ve never baked with almond flour so I’m not sure, sorry! It’s worth a try though, pancakes are pretty forgiving! I’d love for you to report back if you try. :)


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