Coffee Pancakes


I love quotes, I absolutely love them. A good quote is inspiration or something that speaks to your soul. Too deep? Well, I’ll just share some of my personal favorites.

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” — Duke Ellington

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky


“People who love to eat are always the best people.” — Julia Child

^^ That one is framed and hung on my kitchen wall. No, seriously. Not only because it’s true, but because it’s obviously very fitting for my foodie-dietitian self. If I were to ever come up with a quote about food, it’d probably be something about breakfast because I passionately love breakfast and believe in the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast every day.

Pancakes and waffles also have a soft spot in my heart as one of the few breakfast foods (other than donuts) I can get Mr. Prevention to eat on the weekends (Weekdays? Forgetaboutit.). In fact, when we first started dating we would make Belgium waffles at least once a weekend…every weekend.


Our love for carbs continues to grow. My affection for breakfast continues to grow and I continuously try to find the next greatest breakfast concept to feed my belly and my soul. No seriously, breakfast makes me THAT happy.

When I saw this recipe it was one of those recipes where I dropped everything to check the status of my pantry for all of the ingredients. When I discovered I had them all (the instant coffee was the only questionable ingredient), I declared it brinner night — breakfast for dinner…brinner.

Maybe it’s because it wasn’t breakfast time, but these Coffee Pancakes hit a grand slam in my house…and in my heart, and soul, and all that other junk.


5.0 from 3 reviews
Coffee Pancakes
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Serves: 4
If you love coffee and pancakes, this recipe is sure to win over your heart. Plus, they're incredibly simple to make and ready in 15 minutes, tops! You're welcome in these!
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or white wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk (or scant 1 cup nonfat milk with ½ to 1 Tbsp lemon juice)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the buttermilk, egg, instant coffee, and cooled, melted butter.
  3. Using a spatula, add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix to combine.
  4. Preheat electric griddle or large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, ladle ~1/4 cup batter onto the hot surface and spread to a 5-inch diameter. After 2-3 minutes, bubbles will form on the top of the batter; flip the pancake and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter and serve hot.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 pancakes Calories: 195 Fat: 4.5 Carbohydrates: 32.0 Sugar: 9.0 Sodium: 611 Fiber: 4.0 Protein: 6.5 Cholesterol: 55

 Strapping on my cross country skiis in hopes of getting to work today. Spring, where ya at?

Be well,


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  1. January 21, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    I am totally sending this link to my daughter – who began sneaking coffee at the tender age of 12? She should really own stock in Starbucks! 😀

  2. January 22, 2014 / 12:00 am

    Wowzers! I would love my coffee to be added into my pancakes, one less thing to worry about! Yum!

  3. January 24, 2014 / 7:16 am

    Yummy… Yes I love coffee and I love pancakes and tomorrow is a Saturday!! Already smiling at the thought of having these for bfast!!

  4. C.B.Whyte
    January 25, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    Could this recipe be used in my waffle maker?

    • Nicole, RD
      January 25, 2014 / 8:20 pm


  5. Katelyn Del Castillo
    January 26, 2014 / 10:30 am

    I made these for my parents this morning and it was a hit! We all loved them and I think we have a new Sunday morning tradition!

    • Nicole, RD
      January 26, 2014 / 11:31 am

      Love it! 🙂

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