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Wholesome Whole-Grain Breakfast Pancakes

This filling whole-grain pancake breakfast recipe is simple, easy to prepare and will be a hit with the entire family!

Makes 12 pancakes

Prep time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins


3 cups flour by dosha

• VATA & PITTA spelt or whole-wheat flour

• KAPHA 2 cups buckwheat flour, plus ½ cup rice flour

4 tsp baking powder

pinch salt, or to taste

1¼ cups milk, or enough to make a thick batter

1¼ cups sparkling water, or enough to make a thick batter

4 tbsp ghee, melted, or vegetable oil


Toppings by dosha, to taste

• VATA maple or agave syrup, toasted cashews or blanched almonds

• PITTA maple or agave syrup, toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds

• KAPHA raw honey or apple juice, toasted sunflower or pumpkin seed


1. Preheat the oven to 250ºF (130ºC).

2 Mix your flour of choice with the baking powder and salt. Gradually add just enough milk and sparkling water to make a thick batter.

You may need all the liquid for the kapha variation, but only about 1¼ cups for the vata and pitta variations. Combine very lightly with a whisk to ensure the pancakes remain fluffy.

Don't worry if your batter still has lumps in it.

3. Heat some of the ghee or oil in a nonstick frying pan.

Tip! Test the temperature by adding a spoonful of batter to the pan.

See the sizzle. It should sizzle without burning, and after 1–2 minutes, bubbles should form.

4. Pour a small ladleful of batter into the pan to make a thick pancake if you are vata or pitta, or a thin pancake if you are kapha. Drizzle a little ghee or oil around the edges and cook until bubbles form on the surface, or until the edges stiffen (about 2 minutes), then flip the pancake, drizzle with more ghee or oil, and cook for another 90 seconds.

5. Keep the finished pancakes on a baking sheet in the warm oven while you cook the rest.

Add more ghee or oil to the pan as required.

Top with delicious toppings and serve!

Dosha Tip! Thickness Vata is pacified by thick pancakes and pitta by medium thickness pancakes.

To pacify kapha, eat a half portion or make crêpe-style versions by spreading the batter thinly when cooking.




Recipe and Pancake Image sourced from Practical Ayurveda: Find Out Who You Are and What You Need to Bring Balance to Your Life

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