Whole Wheat Griddle Cakes with Blueberry Orange Compote

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Stack of our delicious Whole Wheat Griddle Cakes topped with Blueberry Orange Compote

It doesn’t get much better than a warm stack of pancakes on a weekend morning. I’ve loved them ever since I was a wee Dana and they were the only thing my mom could coax me out of bed with in the morning before school. It may have been pitch black outside and my body was fighting with all its might to remain at rest, but if I knew there was a hot stack of pancakes waiting for me I would somehow muster the energy to get to the breakfast table – sometimes crawling. Well this is embarrassing, but when I was in grade school I was such a morning hater that my mom used to bundle me up in my blanket and carry me – yes carry me – to the kitchen where I’d sit slumped over on a breakfast bar stool. This proves three things: 1) my 5 foot 2 inch mother is saint, 2) I was an extremely spoiled child, and 3) pancakes have always been there for me.

Stack of delicious Whole Wheat Griddle Cakes for a delicious winter breakfast

These pancakes are less like a traditional pan- “cake” and more of a griddle cake, which is defined as “a flat cake of thin batter fried on both sides on a griddle.” They’re similar to a pancake but the batter is thinner and they’re not as sweet – more hearty, if you will. Plenty of whole wheat flour, oats, a touch of butter and sugar, an egg, and some buttermilk. These are about as minimalist as they come, just the way I like it.

Pouring syrup onto a giant stack of our Whole Wheat Griddle Cakes recipe
Pouring syrup onto Whole Wheat Griddle Cakes topped with Blueberry Orange Compote

And the compote? Amazing. Warm blueberries with orange juice and zest and a touch of sugar. I considered adding an herb but it just didn’t seem right. When you have a good thing going don’t be tempted to throw in more “things” just for the sake of being exotic. Sometimes all you need are the basics (most of the time as far as I’m concerned).

Close up shot of drizzling syrup onto griddle cakes for a delicious breakfast
Giant stack of Whole Wheat Griddle Cakes topped with Blueberry Orange Compote

How do they taste? These griddle cakes are all kinds of delicious – light in texture, slightly less fluffy than a pancake, not overly sweet and seriously satisfying. The blueberry orange compote is the perfect addition to make this a complete meal. Syrup is certainly optional, but if it’s the weekend, I say go for it.

Two plates of our Whole Wheat Griddle Cakes with Blueberry Orange Compote recipe

Whole Wheat Griddle Cakes with Blueberry Orange Compote

Whole wheat and oat griddle cakes with a warm blueberry orange compote. A perfectly healthy and delicious way to start the day.
Author Minimalist Baker
Plate stacked high with Whole Wheat Griddle Cakes topped with Blueberry Orange Compote and maple syrup
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 (generous servings)
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Pancakes
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1-2 Days



  • 3/4 heaping cup whole-wheat pastry flour (or sub half whole wheat and half all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup oats (quick cooking or old fashioned)
  • 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk (or 1 cup milk + 1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar)
  • 2 Tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1 large egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  • 1/2 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
  • 1 medium orange (zested)
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Preheat griddle to medium heat and place a small saucepan over medium heat. Add blueberries, sugar, orange juice and orange zest and bring to a simmer, mashing the berries with the back of a spoon. Once warm, bubbly and thickened, remove from heat and set aside.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients separately and combine the two, stirring until just combined.
  • Spoon scant 1/4 cup measurements onto the lightly greased griddle and cook until bubbles form on top and the edges appear slightly dry – the underneath should be golden brown (about 2 minutes).
  • Flip and cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes more or until golden brown underneath.
  • Serve warm with orange blueberry compote and maple syrup.


*These store well in a plastic bag or Tupperware container in the fridge for a couple of days. Otherwise, freeze for up to one month.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 generous servings Calories: 491 Carbohydrates: 70 g Protein: 14 g Fat: 16 g Saturated Fat: 8 g Sodium: 321 mg Fiber: 4.2 g Sugar: 19 g

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  1. regina says

    how can i make this vegan without compromising taste. ive been vegan for a year now and have yet to find a great pancake recipe. Help!

  2. Andrea says

    These were a big hit at a family brunch. I like to make a double batch then freeze the leftovers. This morning when I made them I added fresh chopped peaches to the batter. YUM!

    • Isabella says

      Hey! So I’m vegan and I just substituted the butter milk with cashew milk and lemon juice, let it sit for 5 minutes. For the butter I just used earth balance sticks and for the egg I used just egg and it was super delicious and it formed well.

  3. Santa Bernacchi says

    These look and sound delicious! Going to make them this weekend. But what I really love is the story of mom taking time to make breakfast. My mom always had breakfast waiting for us before going to school. How many mothers today do this for their children before heading off to school. Such warm memories!

  4. Erika says

    This post made me giggle. Even though pancakes didn’t quite get me out of bed in the mornings (since I grew up on the Krusteaz mix stuff, ew), I love that vision of your mom carrying you to a fat stack of pancakes! And I love your distinction between pan- “cake” and griddle cake–I’m usually a fan of the former, but these look lovely and delicious!

  5. Sarah says

    Oh my goodness, your mother does sound like a saint! What a sweet story that was, I bet you were an adorable morning grouch. And you have now successfully created a healthier pancake. It’s like building a better mousetrap. Kudos!

  6. julie@thesimpleveganista says

    This sounds lovely! I have all of these ingredients and plan on putting this together for a nice Sunday breakfast. Thank you for the inspiration, can’t wait. :)

  7. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says

    Pancakes, griddle cakes, flapjacks, I adore them all! It is truly my absolute fave breakfast food, and it simple doesn’t get better than this combination with blueberry and orange! Yummy!

  8. Laura @FoodSnobSTL says

    I recently discovered the glory of freezing leftover pancakes! These would be a great batch to try next.