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Quinoa Pancakes

Four pancakes stacked and topped with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

Breakfast just became a bit healthier with Quinoa Pancakes

A forkful of quinoa pancakes

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. 

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

Ingredients for making quinoa pancakes

What ingredients are used in quinoa pancakes?

  • eggs
  • milk
  • butter
  • honey
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • flour
  • cooked quinoa

What are quinoa pancakes?

Quinoa pancakes are just like regular homemade pancakes, but I add cooked quinoa to the batter. 

Why add quinoa?

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 homemade quinoa pancakes.

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 quinoa 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 quinoa pancakes topped with fresh fruit

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 quinoa pancakes topped with fresh fruit

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5 from 4 votes
Four pancakes stacked and topped with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
Quinoa Pancakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Homemade pancakes with added cooked quinoa.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pancakes, quinoa pancakes
Servings: 10 pancakes
Calories: 303 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, honey, butter and milk

  2. Whisk in baking powder, salt and flour

  3. Stir in cooked quinoa

  4. Heat a griddle over medium heat. When griddle is hot, spray with cooking spray.

  5. Add approximately 1/4 cup of batter to the griddle. The batter should form a 4 inch circle.

  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes until several holes appear on the surface and the bottom is lightly browned.  Flip and cook other side.

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (2 pancakes)
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 208mg 9%
Potassium 434mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 6.3%
Calcium 18.1%
Iron 15.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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9 Comments

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


    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


    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
      Kathy
      March 5, 2019 at 5:04 am

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

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    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
      Kathy
      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


    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
      Kathy
      March 2, 2019 at 6:04 am

      Let me know if you give it a try!

  • Reply
    Dawn
    February 28, 2019 at 8:32 am


    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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