Soft, tender and high in fibre wholemeal blood orange cinnamon-sugar pancakes

Inspired by Maryam of Maryam’s culinary wonders recent wholemeal / whole wheat baking recipes, just look at her irish soda bread and I can’t wait to try these healthier fig newtons too (we Brit’s call them fig rolls) and purely because my 5-year-old asked for pancakes at breakfast yesterday morning I came up with these and they were scrumdidlyumptious!

It was my first time tasting blood orange and is it me or are they juicier and sweeter than regular oranges?

To save you guys time I’m going to quit talking and post the recipe but first let me mention these pancakes aren’t like you imagine whole wheat recipes i.e. stiff, card-board like instead they are soft, tender and good for you (sort-of) and topped with orange butter and cinnamon-sugar you will stack them and devour them slowly eh-why? chewing properly aids weight loss fact!

Wholemeal Blood Orange Cinnamon-Sugar Pancakes #instarecipe

Rating: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 5 pancakes

Serving Size: 2


  • For Pancake Batter:-
  • 1 cup plain wholemeal wheatflour
  • 2 tablespoon cinnamon sugar (see below)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Zest of 1/2 large blood orange
  • Juice of 1/4 large blood orange
  • 1 free range egg
  • 1 cup whole milk (you could try using non dairy if you wish)
  • 1 tablespoon of orange butter (see below)
  • For orange butter:-
  • 50 grams unsalted butter
  • Zest of 1/2 large blood orange
  • For cinnamon sugar:-
  • 1/4 cup granulated homemade vanilla sugar (preferably golden but i used white)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • * see notes


  1. To make cinnamon sugar
  2. – mix ingredients together in a small bowl, set aside
  3. To make orange butter
  4. – melt butter in a saucepan then turn off heat and add in the orange zest, set aside
  5. To make pancakes – in a medium size bowl stir together with a fork the first 5 ingredients
  6. make a well in the centre and add in the next 4 ingredients, mix with a fork until batter just comes together.
  7. Warm a small non stick frying pan over low heat, brush in a small amount of sunflower oil then add 1/4 cup pancake batter, tilt pan to ease batter into a circle. Cook on both sides until done. Continue this step until you have used all the batter. You should get 5 pancakes in total.
  8. Top pancakes with orange butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and a few blood orange segments.


you will make more cinnamon sugar than needed for topping these pancakes and slightly more orange butter than needed for topping pancakes (depends how generous you are) think about using leftovers for french toast etc

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