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5 Grain Pancakes with Flax

Make morning delicious and healthy with this nutritious recipe for 5 Grain Pancakes with Flax.

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!

When we make them, we always prepare a lot of extras so we can fill 2 gallon-sized zip-top bags to store in our freezer throughout the coming weeks. It is totally worth the extra effort (which really isn’t that much). Learn how easy it is to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes and Waffles.

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5 Grain Pancakes with Flax

5-Grain Pancakes with Flax

Yield: 12 pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Make morning delicious and healthy with this nutritious recipe for 5 Grain Pancakes with Flax.


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:

  1. 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:

  1. Preheat a griddle over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


Adapted from Sensible Cooking

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 65Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 21mgSodium 22mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 1g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Tuesday 1st of October 2013

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!!


Tuesday 1st of October 2013

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


Friday 14th of December 2012

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.

Thanks, Kim


Tuesday 18th of December 2012

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.


Tuesday 20th of November 2012

Hey Katie, Just tried this 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!


Tuesday 20th of November 2012

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!


Friday 14th of September 2012

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


Saturday 15th of September 2012

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.

Tina "The Book Lady"

Wednesday 11th of April 2012

This sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing! Tina

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