5 Grain Pancakes with Flax

Breakfast and Brunch, Frugal Recipes, Healthy Eating | 31 comments

My friend Jessica over at Life as Mom and Good (& CHEAP) Eats asked me if I’d be interested in helping her out with a series she was starting called Build a Frugal Pantry. Of course! I’m all about getting good deals on food and I love having a nicely stocked pantry to feed my creativity. Over the next few weeks I’m contributing a couple of different times (flours, quinoa, and beans). It’s going to be a great series!


Today I’m sharing a recipe for 5 Grain Pancakes with Flax. This is a make ahead pancake mix. It makes pancake morning so fast and simple with the dry ingredients all mixed up already. And it has saved me many nights for a fast, simple (but still delicious) dinner. These are a pancake you can feel great about eating!

5-Grain Pancakes with Flax

adapted from Sensible Cooking

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For the mix:
• 9 cups whole wheat flour
• 2 1/2 cups barley flour
• 2 1/2 cups oat flour
• 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
• 2 cups rye flour
• 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups cold milled flax
• 4 cups powdered milk
• 3 teaspoons salt
• 1 cup baking powder

For the pancakes:
• 1 cup + 1 tablespoon mix
• 1 egg, beaten
• 2 tablespoons butter, melted
• 1/4 cup sugar, honey, or agave
• 1/2 to 2/3 cup water
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
• 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin or mashed banana, optional


For the mix:
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (or stand mixer fitted with the whisk beater if you have a Bosch or large Kitchen Aid). Stir very well, using a whisk, until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Transfer to 2 gallon sized freezer zip-top bag. Be sure to label the bag with the pancake instructions, as seen below. Store in the freezer for freshness.

For the Pancakes:
Preheat a griddle over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Combine the beaten egg, butter, sugar, water, vanilla, and any optional ingredients. Mix well. With a wooden spoon, stir in the pancake batter until well mixed.

Grease pan with spray oil. Add 1/4 cup of batter to the preheated pan for each pancake. Don’t overcrowd. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes before flipping. Large bubbles should be forming on the top of the uncooked side. Flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Jessica - March 03, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    Your picture is breathtaking! So gorgeous.


  • 2
    Stella - March 04, 2010 @ 1:31 am

    These are beautiful, Katie. I should really make pancakes this weekend.


  • 3
    Velva - March 04, 2010 @ 3:11 am

    Now, those are some fabulous healthy pancakes. Delicious.


  • 4
    leanne - March 04, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    These look delicious! I love pancakes and am always looking for new recipes to try. Thanks for sharing.


  • 5
    Katie - March 04, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

    I'm so glad I found your site. Your recipes and photography is amazing!


  • 6
    Amy from She Wears Many Hats - March 04, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

    Oh my – I'm doing this one. Delicious photo.


  • 7
    Sandy - March 04, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

    Hi Katie, I'm looking forward to your series. We make batter up the night before too. I have 3 teens – so they are always hungry!LOVE the photo. Yum – could eat it!


  • 8
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - March 05, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    As a part of my Flax giveaway, I just made a whole wheat pancake mix with flax this morning… Love all of the different grains in yours, though. I'll give this a try next time!


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    whisk-kid - March 16, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

    How beautiful! I don't care if it's 2 in the afternoon – pancakes sound so good right now!


  • 10
    Tracy - December 19, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

    Do you think this could work with powdered buttermilk instead if powdered milk? Im kind of on a powdered buttermilk kick right now.


  • 11
    Barbara Carroll - April 17, 2011 @ 6:07 am

    Do you have a basic pancake mix recipe? My children (and hubby) are a bit picky, and we have to work with pared-down commissary staples here in Germany (my German is not yet good enough to translate specialty flours).

    Thank you!


  • 12
    Kelly - April 20, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    Could this be made without the milk powder, but add fresh milk when preparing the pancakes? We don’t use milk powders, but I want to make a pancake mix and this one looks great!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — April 20th, 2011 @ 4:49 PM

      I have never experimented with that. You would have to recalculate the amount of mix per batch of pancakes since the current measurements include the powdered mix. Then, I would just add the amount of milk that the recipe lists for water. Hope that make sense.

  • 13
    Alicia Chafin - August 14, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    Can this be used for waffles? I prefer the ease of my waffle maker over carefully watching pancakes…


    • Piper replied: — April 16th, 2012 @ 4:27 PM

      Did anyone get a response about the recipe for waffles?

  • 14
    April - September 06, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    I love this mix! I’ve been adding the sugar to the mix instead of each individual batch, how much would you recommend? And I’m also interested to see how to convert this for waffles. Thanks!


  • 15
    Rebecca - October 10, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    Love this recipe! We subbed the milk powder for buttermilk powder and it tasted great!


  • 16
    Tina "The Book Lady" - April 11, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    This sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing! Tina


  • 17
    Zakia - September 14, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    is there a specific reason the sugar is added to each batch and not to the mix?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — September 15th, 2012 @ 7:43 AM

      Because that is how the original recipe from the book I got it from was written. Also because you can vary your sugar each time (honey, sugar, fruit purée). But if you want to calculate out the total sugar and add to the mix it won’t harm anything.

  • 18
    Caroline - November 20, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    Hey Katie,
    Just tried this recipe…so yummy!!! My kids and I will be making these as gifts as you suggest in the jars for teacher’s Christmas gifts this year. One question-do you have the nutritional values listed someplace on your web site? Would love to know as I count calories. What a delicious recipe! It is so light and I really enjoy all the textures in the different grains. Blessings on your Thanksgiving and Christmas!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — November 20th, 2012 @ 11:19 AM

      Hi Caroline,
      So glad you liked it! I do not provide calorie count of recipes on my site, but if you google “recipe nutritional information” you should be able to find some calculators where you input the recipe and the servings and it will give you some calculations. Hope that helps!

  • 19
    Kim - December 14, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    I was wondering what one recipe of this mix yields in terms of number of pancakes. I’m using this in a jar and giving as Christmas gifts. In a previous post it said it yielded 12-18, but in the printable recipe it said 4-6.



    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — December 18th, 2012 @ 9:58 AM

      One recipe of pancakes according to the label instructions makes about 6 pancakes, but the jars that I used and noted in the post for the gift holds more than 1 recipe of pancake mix because they hold 3 1/4 cups.

  • 20
    Cindy - October 01, 2013 @ 3:34 am

    This looks so yummy, but I have to make soo much of the flour mix before I can try it. Is there any way to just make one batch’s worth of mix so I don’t waste soo much good grain flour incase my family doesn’t like it? Thanks so much!!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — October 1st, 2013 @ 9:10 AM

      Just divide the entire recipe for the mix by half, a quarter, or whatever amount you choose.

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