Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes

My Adam is a pancake-eating machine.  Though he is pretty set on eating his favorite Cottage Cheese Pancakes every morning, I like to encourage a little variety.  So when I had some extra strawberries, I decided to give strawberry pancakes a whirl.  I figure Adam loves strawberries. Adam loves pancakes. It just might work. I scoured the internet, found some inspiration, and crafted this recipe with fingers crossed it would be a success. 

I had Mike test the first pancake. After one bite, he asked for another. 🙂

I gave a pancake to Adam…instead of pushing away the new pancake, he ate the whole thing.  Success!  

Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes are packed with an abundance of juicy strawberries and simply delicious. I used whole wheat pastry flour, but you can definitely substitute all-purpose flour if that’s what you have. I diced the strawberries (in eighths), though sliced strawberries would work just fine and yield a beautiful result. Using orange zest is optional. You could substitute any other citrus zest or simply omit the zest if that’s your preference.

There is no question that Cottage Cheese Pancakes are Adam’s favorite, but these Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes may someday rival that top spot.  Mike and I definitely love them, so here are tasty fruit-filled pancakes that will please everyone at the table, big and small.

Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes
Yields 32 small pancakes

1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 cups strawberries, diced or sliced
1-2 teaspoons granulated sugar
zest of 1 orange (optional)
powdered sugar or maple syrup, for serving (optional)

  1. In a small bowl, mix strawberries and orange zest (if using) with 1-2 teaspoons of granulated sugar (adjust the sugar based on the sweetness of your berries). 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar and baking powder.  Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk buttermilk, egg, oil and vanilla until combined.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mixing until combined.  Fold in strawberries and orange zest, if using.
  5. Heat griddle to medium heat (add oil and/or use cooking spray as needed).  Pour about 1 tablespoon of batter onto griddle for each pancake.
  6. Cook until you see bubbles appear (about 2-3 minutes), flip and cook on the other side until set (about 2 minutes).

Adapted from All Recipes


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  1. These look SO delicious!! Adam is such a little cutie, great pictures! 🙂

  2. What an awesome idea. All those fresh strawberries sound great. Plus I love the flavor of vanilla in foods. And in drinks too for that matter.

  3. Strawberry pancakes are my favorite, I love that you can make them with whole wheat flour.

  4. Perfect timing as I have been craving strawberry pancakes. These look delicious and I will be making them very soon. Adorable pic of little Adam!

  5. so delicious! great!
    greetings from Milan,Italy

  6. So pretty! And I bet so yummy too 🙂 Also, your son is adorable!!

  7. What great pancakes! You always see blueberries in pancakes – why not strawberries! Wonderful idea!

  8. The texture of these looks awesome. I love strawberries in pancakes and paired with vanilla, you can’t go wrong. Great post!

  9. Christine's Pantry says:

    Looks great! Must try this. Great photos!

  10. Not only do they sounds delicious – they are SO pretty! Absolutely stunning pancakes!

  11. Gorgeous pancakes, adorable little munchkin.

  12. Those look fantastic, glad your little man liked them!

  13. Your pancakes sound and LOOK amazing! 😀

  14. Quay Po Cooks says:

    I must try your whole wheat flour pancake. Sounds really healthy.

  15. Oh these pancakes look so good! I love added vanilla in them =)

  16. rhymeswiththyme says:

    Oh my! These look amazing! My husband and I were reaching out to the computer screen to grab them, lol! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Great breakfast! I wish someone was willing to make me some in the morning. Yummy!

  18. Strawberry vanilla pancakes! What a great combination of flavors. Looks wonderful!

  19. Oh wow! I am most definitely bookmarking this recipe and giving it a try. I love that you use whole wheat pastry flour here. And I love that the strawberries are inside the pancakes instead of on top. 🙂

  20. These pancakes look amazing – I could definitely makea stack of these and eat them as a snack 😀

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