Quinoa Pancakes

February 28, 2019 (Last Updated: November 29, 2020)

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Breakfast just became a bit healthier with Quinoa Pancakes. I’ve taken an ordinary pancake recipe and added cooked quinoa to the batter – you’d never know it was in there!

A stack of pancakes topped with fresh fruit and syrup.

I love breakfast and quinoa pancakes are on of our standard breakfasts.  These delicious homemade pancakes can be topped with fresh fruit, jam, honey, syrup or can be eaten plain. 

A forkful of pancakes with fresh berries.

My kids are a huge fan of these pancakes, although I don’t know if they realize there’s quinoa in them! The quinoa doesn’t add any extra taste and it does add a bit of texture to the pancakes, it really isn’t noticeable. Sometimes it’s best to just not tell them everything!

I add quinoa to other foods too – like quinoa waffles and quinoa banana bread

This pancake recipes uses cooked quinoa. If you aren’t certain how to cook it, be certain to check out How to Cook Quinoa

Eggs, quinoa, flour, sugar, honey and milk on a white board.

Why add quinoa to the pancakes?

Quinoa does not add  any taste to the pancakes, but it does add a lot of nutritional value. Quinoa is high in protein and essential amino acids. It is also high in fiber, iron, B vitamins and more. 

I add quinoa to give breakfast an extra nutritional boost.

A stack of pancakes on a white plate with fresh berries in the background.

It’s hard to pick a favorite breakfast at our house. On busy school days we tend to eat mini frittatas , overnight oatmeal, or cold cereal.

On the weekends when we have more time breakfast becomes something a bit more special. We often make blueberry pancakes, French toast casserole, banana muffins or raspberry scones

Maple syrup pouring onto a stack of pancakes

How do you make pancakes?

  • Mix eggs, honey, melted butter and milk together in a bowl
  • Whisk in salt, baking powder and flour 
  • Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto a lightly greased hot griddle
  • Cook until surface is bubbly and bottom is golden
  • Flip and cook other side
  • Repeat until all batter is used

A stack of pancakes with a wedge cut out of the stack and topped with fresh berries.

What to do with leftover pancakes?

If you have any leftover pancakes, allow pancakes to cool and then place in a plastic bag or a storage container. Pancakes are great eaten cold for a snack or they can be placed in refrigerator and reheated the next day for breakfast.

You can also freeze leftover pancakes. Place cooled pancakes in a freezer proof bag. To use remove from freezer and heat in microwave until warmed through. 


A stack of pancakes topped with fresh fruit

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A stack of pancakes topped with fresh fruit and syrup.

Quinoa Pancakes

Homemade pancakes with added cooked quinoa.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10 pancakes
Calories 303 kcal


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (cooled)


  • In a bowl, whisk together eggs, honey, butter and milk
  • Whisk in baking powder, salt and flour
  • Stir in cooked quinoa
  • Heat a griddle over medium heat. When griddle is hot, spray with cooking spray.
  • Add approximately 1/4 cup of batter to the griddle. The batter should form a 4 inch circle.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes until several holes appear on the surface and the bottom is lightly browned.  Flip and cook other side.


If batter is too thick add 1-2 more Tablespoons of milk until batter is desired consistency. 


Serving: 2pancakesCalories: 303kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 208mgPotassium: 434mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 315IUCalcium: 181mgIron: 2.8mg
Keyword pancakes, quinoa pancakes
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


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  • Reply
    November 20, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Do you know if you could use oat flour instead of the regular flour in this recipe?

    • Reply
      November 20, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Shaina,
      I have not used oat flour before. However, I did a little research for you. It sounds like oat flour can be used, but you will need to reduce the amount of flour used. For each cup of flour in the recipe, replace with 3/4 cup of oat flour. If mixture is too thick, add a bit more liquid.
      Let me know how it turns out!

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    March 4, 2019 at 8:32 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, brilliant idea adding quinoa to the pancake batter! It relieves a little of the guilt that comes from putting both maple syrup and whipped cream on top!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 4, 2019 at 5:43 am

    5 stars
    Interesting! I typically see (and use) quinoa in salads, but now I want to try baking with it. I remember those quinoa waffles, and now you’ve followed ’em up with these delicious looking flapjacks! I’m thinking breakfast for dinner might have to happen soon around here…with a good Vermont maple syrup! 🙂

    • Reply
      March 5, 2019 at 5:04 am

      I’ve used in in salads, enchiladas, waffles, banana bread….it’s pretty versatile!

  • Reply
    March 3, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Do you ever use red quinoa? I wonder how that makes the pancakes look? I find the red quinoa chewier and nuttier than the white which is why I usually have the red in my cupboard. Just wondering if it makes the pancakes look funny or makes them chewier.

    • Reply
      March 5, 2019 at 5:03 am

      I haven’t tried red quinoa! I’ll need to give it a try.

  • Reply
    Fred G
    March 3, 2019 at 9:56 am

    5 stars
    With quinoa pancakes could also add any berries or on top.

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    March 1, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    This is definitely a recipe I need to try! I love quinoa and make savoury pancakes with it – but I need to try your recipe too! Yum!

    • Reply
      March 2, 2019 at 6:04 am

      Let me know if you give it a try!

  • Reply
    February 28, 2019 at 8:32 am

    5 stars
    Love the suggestion of adding quinoa into pancakes! Definitely makes them healthier! We regularly use quinoa in our home so will be trying my next batch of pancakes like this! Pile on the berries 😉

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