These homemade einkorn pancakes are the BEST and easiest to make. Pancakes or waffles are my go-to on Saturday mornings. Gone are the days of Bisquick boxes and pre-made mixes. Today, our waffles are made with simple, wholesome ingredients that not only taste great but also nourish the body.
By making and doubling the recipe for pancakes and waffles on Saturday morning, I’m able to set aside the extra for breakfast later in the week (who doesn’t love a pancake breakfast on Wednesday morning) or use the extra in the kids’ lunchbox (served as actual pancakes with fruit and maple syrup or served as a sandwich with nut butter and jam or cream cheese and sliced berries or bananas). <–Learn more about simplifying the lunchbox and packing.
Most weeks, I turn to my almond-oat pancake recipe. It’s a reader favorite, too. Being a believer in variety, and also the fact that my kids go to a nut-free school and can’t have nut-based pancakes in their lunchbox, I’ve been in need of a new recipe to circulate.
Today’s recipe has quickly become part of my regular rotation on Saturday mornings. This recipe is a keeper for a few reasons…
What You’ll Love About This Einkorn Pancake Recipe
1. It’s made with einkorn flour.
Einkorn is known as the oldest variety of wheat making it an “ancient” grain. The ancient grain is believed to have originated in the Tigris-Euphrates region and is possibly the main grain referenced in the earliest accounts of the Bible. Einkorn is said to be the wheat men were eating in the earliest days before modern day wheat varieties. While modern wheat has undergone hybridization, einkorn still holds true to its original properties. Einkorn is slowly gaining popularity, but is still grown in only a few regions in Europe.
Einkorn is my favorite flour to work with when making traditional, flour-based baked goods. The sweet, ancient grain has a lighter texture and taste than modern day wheat, and contains a more favorable gluten ratio. You can find einkorn at some Whole Foods and health food stores, Earth Fare, Vitacost, and Amazon.
Also, while we’re on this subject, we’re going to talk more about the specifics of einkorn in a future podcast episode with guest Carla from Jovial Foods. It’s so good and will give you a deeper respect, so to speak, for this ancient grain.
2. The leftovers are safe for a nut-free lunchbox.
Whether you go the sandwich route or serve up traditional pancakes, this recipe is perfect for kiddos who attend a nut-free school or can’t have nuts.
3. Einkorn pancakes remind me of the Bisquick version.
Growing up, my dad made Bisquick pancakes, from a box mix, every Saturday morning. This recipe reminds of the pancakes he made. If you go with all-purpose einkorn flour, which is actually easier to digest, the pancakes will feel and taste light and fluffy–more like my favorite pancakes from childhood. If you go with whole wheat einkorn, the pancakes will have more of a rustic taste and feel.
Make-Ahead Storage Tips
When it comes to storing and reheating pancakes, I like to store extra pancakes (once fully cool) in a storage container or bag in the fridge or freezer. For breakfast, pancakes can be reheated in the microwave, oven (350F until warm), or toaster. For a school lunch, serve the pancakes cold. By lunchtime, the pancakes should be at room temperature. If the pancakes are frozen, take them straight from the freezer to the lunchbox–they’ll defrost by lunchtime.
Homemade Einkorn Pancakes
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk or nut milk of choice (280g)
- 1 TB lemon juice about 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose einkorn flour or whole wheat einkorn flour (220g)*
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 TB baking powder
- 1/4-1/2 tsp salt depending on taste preference
- 2 eggs
- 3 TB unsalted butter melted + extra for greasing the griddle or skillet
- 1 TB pure maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- small bowl
- large bowl
- griddle or large skillet
- Combine the milk and lemon juice in a small bowl. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes. I love adding lemon juice to my pancakes. I find this helps to soften the batter. If you don’t have lemon juice, you can skip this step and still make good pancakes.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the milk to the flour mixture, along with the eggs, melted butter, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla extract. Allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes to thicken. Whisk or stir again before use. If you feel the batter is too thick (particularly when using whole wheat einkorn), add more milk until you reach the desired consistency.
- Meanwhile, heat a griddle (or large skillet) over medium heat. <–You may need to lower the heat while cooking the pancakes if your griddle gets too hot and begins to burn the pancakes, cooking them too fast. Use your best judgement with this. This will vary depending on your stove-top and griddle.
- Add extra butter to the griddle to keep the pancake batter from sticking, then ladle the pancake batter in small batches on the griddle (I use a small soup ladle to do this, or a measuring cup). Cook each pancake for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
- Serve warm with with butter and maple syrup (the pancakes aren’t very sweet on their own). Or, serve with fruit, nut butter, or topping of choice. If making the pancakes in advance, allow the pancakes to fully cool before storing in a bag or container in the fridge or freezer. (Read about my favorite storage containers here.)
I followed this recipe exactly. Very, very good pancakes. I’m making’ the move to Einkorn in a big way and I’ll be keeping this recipe. Thanks!
Woohoo, Ted! Happy to hear that.
Can the recipe be doubled or tripled? I’m wanting to make a big batch at once & freeze them for my son’s breakfast.
Hey Carly, Definitely! Great idea.
My husband and I are new to Einkorn flour. Needed a recipe for pancakes. Tried these last night and my husband and I looked at each other at the same time and said “these are really good”. So, I have a new recipe to add to my collection. Thank you!
Yay! Donna, I’m so happy to hear that :).
I love this recipe! Thank you!!
Yay, Fernanda! So glad you’re enjoying the pancakes.
These are a favorite for everyone in our house! Thank you so much for sharing your yummy recipes and the Einkorn muffins are amazing too!
Yay, Kristina! That makes me so happy to hear! And thank you for taking the time to share and review–that means so much.
I have not tried the pancakes yet as it is a bit too hot to cook right now, but considering how yummy einkorn itself is, I’m sure they’ll be a hit. I do want to say that you can get US einkorn flour (especially if you live in NYS). The local flour mill (Farmer Ground Flour) makes whole einkorn flower which I get regularly to add to bread.
Thank you, Jennifer!
Lovely pancake recipe! And the perfect choice on this winters Sunday afternoon 🙂 I added a bit more milk at the end to loosen the batter up slightly and we enjoyed ours topped with some cinnamon sugar. Hubby gave it a thumbs up as well! 🙂
Yum, Su-Mari! So glad you enjoyed them.
Omg I made these with whole wheat einkorn flour and they are absolutely delicious. Best pancakes I’ve ever had. My 1yo loves it too.
YAY! So you you guys loved them. They are a staple in our family!
Thank you, I’ve tried other einkorn pancake recipes but these are the best. I was looking for one that didn’t have sugar as I try to avoid it. I used coconut oil instead of butter, and instead of nut milk used a cup of full fat coconut milk and water for the rest. Strangely it didn’t taste of coconut that much! I used whole grain einkorn so did add a little water every now and again. I added frozen blueberries and ate with bacon on the side.
YUM! Glad you enjoyed them, Emily!
My absolute favorite pancakes! ?
Great pancakes! Fluffy, delicious and easy to make! I have been testing out different pancake recipes and flours and this is definitely one I will make again.
YAY! So happy you love this recipe. Thank you for taking the time to comment and rate, means a lot to Live Simply
Would coconut oil work in place of butter?
Hi Kaitlyn, yes, coconut oil works!
We just made this and after trying to make pancakes for almost a year that are better for us, these are the winner!!!! Our youngest boy (4 years old) had eight pancakes! I always appreciate the work you do so we are able to live healthier lives. Thank you! Thank you!
Yay, Heather!!! That’s so awesome. Thank you for coming back to share and rate the recipe, too.
These are RULL good! Wheat does the same thing to me Lorelei, and I can eat Einkorn in moderation… but I know this varies from person to person.
So glad you love the pancakes, Lindsay! Thank you for coming back to share :).
I don’t use wheat flour because it makes my joints hurt. Do you think einkorn flour would affect me the same way? Does anyone who is gluten free have any experience with einkorn? Sure appreciate your blog.
Late to respond here but yes! My family of 7 is GF due to sensitivity and we do great with Einkorn! We do all our cooking with it, bake bread, cakes, cookies.., give it a try!
Hey Cami, Thanks for sharing!
These pancakes are the BEST pancakes ever!! We use whole wheat einkorn and they’re still super light and fluffy. We make them exactly as written. They’re a little sweet and super buttery. My kids don’t even ask for butter or syrup . They just eat them by the fistful. We freeze what we can’t finish and throw them in the microwave for quick breakfasts. These are the only pancakes my littles will eat now!
So happy to hear that, Jessica!
Really good pancakes! Thank you for the recipe ?
So glad you enjoyed them, Tanya!
I absolutely love einkorn flour and have made these pancakes several times in the last week at my husbands request.
I use half coconut milk and water for the liquid, add in a small smashed banana, sub ground flax and water for the eggs (he’s allergic) and leave out the sweetener. Top with sliced strawberries and blueberries and he says they remind him of crepes!
I smeared some peanut butter on the leftovers and rolled them up to freeze. He’s a pilot and these will be perfect to send with him on his trips for a healthy breakfast!
That’s awesome, Dori! Love your substitutions–thank you for sharing. That’s so helpful for people to hear what substitutions work well for others.
I’m looking forward to trying Einkorn based on your recipes! I stay away from refined All-purpose flour and use whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour and many other flours when I bake. My question is, does the all purpose Einkorn flour go through the same sort of refined process as white all-purpose? I’d love to try it. Or, should I stick to the whole wheat Einkorn? Thank you!!!!
Hey Sydney, The Jovial all-purpose flour is different than the all-purpose flour so many of us are used to. Carla, the founder of Jovial, explains the difference in this podcast episode: https://livesimply.me/2019/03/13/live-simply-the-podcast-episode-034-what-is-einkorn/
I have really liked all of the einkorn recipes that I have tried! I buy my einkorn from Thrive Market at a very good price. The lowest that I have found. Thanks for sharing your recipes!!
Can’t wait to try these! I made your einkorn waffles the other day, and they were scrumptious. ?❤
Yay, Erica. I’m so glad you enjoyed the waffles.
Am I missing something? There was only 1 T of maple syrup and no other sweetener listed in the ingredients. These did not taste like pancakes. We had to drench it in maple syrup to eat them.
Hey Tina, That’s correct. They aren’t meant to be overly sweet as-is, as most people also add maple syrup on top of their pancakes. You’re welcome to add more sweetness as needed to reach the desired sweet taste (usually up to 1/4 cup is plenty).