Perfect Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes

May 31, 2021
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
These whole wheat strawberry pancakes are light, fluffy and better for you than pancakes made with refined flour!

Perfect Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes

These Perfect Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes are the fluffiest, thickest hotcakes you'll ever have for breakfast. They're full of fresh strawberry flavor and topped with a light, non-dairy coconut whipped cream and coconut flakes. Vegan option available.

Stack of Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes.

Good morning! And welcome to my new favorite breakfast spread, featuring these thick, moist and fruity whole wheat strawberry pancakes front and center!

This stack is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face. It's a kid-approved breakfast that happens to be made with organic whole wheat flour, fresh berries, and no dairy! That's right, these stunning pancakes are totally vegan. You can also make them not-free, so this is a great sweet breakfast recipe to please everyone.

Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes topped with sliced strawberries.

How to Make Vegan Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes

Ready to get cooking? There are a few tips and tricks to make sure your berry pancakes come out perfectly.

First, while most strawberry pancake recipes have a subtle hint of strawberry flavor, I chose to take things in bit further by adding not only strawberry compote in the batter, but also strawberry extract (which by the way has a hint of alcohol present). And boy do you taste STRAWBERRY and it was SO GOOD!

Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes topped with halved strawberries.

Ingredient Notes

  • Whole wheat pastry flour. Pastry flour is lighter and more powdery than regular milled flour, which makes your pancakes airy and fluffy. However, you can substitute it for regular whole wheat flour, white pastry flour or all-purpose flour.
  • Cinnamon. I love the combo of cinnamon and strawberry in these pancakes.
  • Strawberry preserves. You can use your favorite storebought preserves or jam or make your own. See the notes section below the recipe for how to make a quick and easy strawberry jam for the pancake batter.
  • Agave syrup. Feel free to use a different sweetener, like honey, maple syrup or vegan honey.
  • Vegan butter. I like to use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks because they taste like real butter and are easy to measure.
  • Almond milk. Feel free to use a different plant-based milk. Oat, soy, cashew or coconut will all work well. You're going to add apple cider vinegar to the milk to make vegan buttermilk for some tang in your pancakes.

Plates of Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes and halved strawberries.

Making Strawberry Jam

I highly recommend making your own strawberry jam/compote for the pancakes. If you have fresh strawberries and a bit of sugar on hand, you can whip it up in less than 15 minutes.

Then, you'll use the compote to infuse the batter with extra strawberry flavor and you can serve it on top!

Syrup pouring onto a stack of Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes.

Topping Ideas for Strawberry Whole Wheat Pancakes

While these pancakes have plenty of flavor on their own, I like to add fun toppings to the stack, like:

  • Coconut whipped cream (homemade or store-bought)
  • Coconut shavings
  • Maple syrup
  • Fresh berries
  • Strawberry compote or jam
  • Coconut yogurt

More Recipes to Make with Strawberries

Partially-eaten Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes.


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Stack of Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes.

Perfect Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes

May 31, 2021
5 from 6 votes
These whole wheat strawberry pancakes are light, fluffy and better for you than pancakes made with refined flour!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6 pancakes



  • 1 ½ cups organic whole wheat pastry (See Notes!)
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon finely-ground sea salt
  • 2-3 Tbsps strawberry preserve/jam
  • 2-3 Tbsps Agave syrup (See Notes!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsps vegan butter, melted
  • 1 cup Almond milk + 1 tablespoon ACV (You can use your favorite plant-based milk!)


  • Sliced strawberries
  • Fresh rosemary leaves
  • Pure maple syrup



  • Begin by adding the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl and whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, Agave, melted butter, strawberry preserve/jam, and vanilla, until combined.
  • Make a small well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients, stirring gently (using a spatula) until just combined and the batter is smooth and thick. NOTE: **DO NOT OVER-MIX**; If needed, add additional milk until the batter can slowly run off whisk.
  • Add 1 tablespoon vegan butter to a heated skillet over medium-high heat and wait until fully melted. Pour ⅓ cup of pancake batter unto the surface of the skillet and cook for about 1-2 minutes (until batter begins to bubble) and gently flip pancake to it’s opposite side, cooking another 1-2 minutes. NOTE: Be sure to gently press down on pancake to ensure that center cook through.
  • Once cooked and lightly brown on both sides, remove pancake from heat and repeat steps until all batter is used.
  • To serve, stack pancakes onto one another and top with fresh strawberry slices, rosemary leaves, and lightly drizzle with maple syrup, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • SWEETENER: If you choose to opt out of Agave, you can always substitute with pure maple syrup, date syrup, coconut sugar, brown sugar, or pure cane sugar.
  • STRAWBERRY COMPOTE: To make your own strawberry topping instead of fresh strawberries-----Combine 3 cups diced strawberries, 1 cup pure cane sugar, 2 Tbsps lemon juice, ¼ cup water, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer until the strawberries are soft. Now mix 1 Tbsp corn starch in a small bowl with 2 Tbsps warm water until well combined and lump-free. Add mixture to saucepan with strawberries and stir until syrup thickens and reduced slightly, approximately 8-10 minutes, Continue to stir occasionally.
  • FLOUR: If you don't have Whole Wheat or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, then you can substitute with All-Purpose flour. 


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 1mg


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  1. These sound so good! I'm not a huge fan of using vegan butter though - do you think there's something I could replace this with, like coconut oil?

  2. What a great recipe!! I love that it is BURSTING with strawberry flavor. Now that is my kind of pancake. Thanks for the amazing recipe.
    AND I am all about the coco-whip. Delicious!

    • Thanks so much, Susie! Yes, it definitely is bursting with strawberry flavor without making it overwhelming. I do love the coco-whip also. The So Delicious brand definitely makes great dairy-free alternatives!

  3. I love strawberries and my favorite breakfast are pancakes. Two great taste in one! These sound amazing and over the top delicious. Cant wait to dive into a stack! thanks

  4. I don't think I have ever seen strawberry extract before. Wow! They really do look so tempting. Love the addition of the coconut toppings.

    • Funny thing---I never knew that strawberry extract existed either until shopping around on They definitely aren't included in stores (at least not the ones I've been in). But it is such a nice touch to giving things a strawberry boost. Plus, there's a hint of alcohol so that's perfect! Haha.

  5. Love how fluffy and delicious these pancakes look with strawberry topping (my favorite). This sounds like perfect weekend breakfast!

    • Yes, they really are fluffy and so GOOD! I love strawberry topping too, so that on top of the strawberry flavor of the entire pancake made it perfect for sure!