Graham Flour Pancakes with Cream Cheese Maple Sauce

by Marla on September 9, 2012 · 69 comments

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Can we all agree that pancakes are the best excuse ever to have cake for breakfast? Especially when you top them with a healthy equivalent to cream cheese frosting…

It was pancake Saturday at our house this weekend ~ my kids woke up and they wanted to prepare breakfast with me. I love spending time with them in the kitchen. It’s these little experiences that become lifetime memories.

We decided on this hearty stack of homemade pancakes (really layer cake, let’s not fool ourselves) with a super special “frosting.” Whipped cream cheese lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup

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Why graham flour in these pancakes? Because I wanted to try something new. In our pantry we have every flour you could imagine. The result? AMAZING!

Graham flour is hearty, flavorful and is the perfect energy rich ingredient  to get your day started right! Don’t stress if you don’t have it though. You can play around with other whole grain flours you have in your pantry.

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What makes graham flour a little different? I’ll let Wiki Recipes answer that for you.

“It is a type of whole wheat flour named after Sylvester Graham, an early advocate for dietary reform. Rather than simply grinding the whole grain (bran, germ, and endosperm) wheat kernel, the components are ground separately. The endosperm is ground finely, initially creating white flour. The bran and germ are ground coarsely. The two parts are then mixed back together, creating a coarse-textured flour that bakes well.” 

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Impromptu homemade meals excite me. They thrill me actually. When it comes to certain things (most things) I am a big planner.

An example of my planning? Summer 2013 is all ready booked. That kind of planning.

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With meal planning I don’t really plan. I always have certain go-to ingredients on hand so we can create scratch recipes on the fly. There is something so liberating about food experiments that work out perfectly.

All you need for homemade pancakes is flour (your choice), baking powder, butter or coconut oil (any oil really) a pinch of salt, some seasonings and mix-ins if you wish.

It takes only seconds to make your own dry pancake mix. And only seconds more to have the batter ready to hit the griddle.

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You can sauce things up with maple syrup, fruity sauces, jams or globs of this homemade 2 ingredient cream cheese maple frosting sauce.

Serve your stack with a little…

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Or a  lot…

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By the way those little green nuts are blanched pistachios that I found at a local Persian market. I love their bright green color!

So go ahead and grab a fork…

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Dig in and enjoy!

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What is your favorite pancake recipe? Do you ever bake with graham flour?

Graham Flour Pancakes with Cream Cheese Maple Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: six 5 inch pancakes

Serving Size: 2 pancakes

Graham Flour Pancakes with Cream Cheese Maple Sauce


    Graham Pancakes
  • 1 1/3 cups (220 grams) Graham Flour or any whole grain flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 large Egg, whisked
  • 2 tablespoons pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) Milk (cow, goat, almond, soy, your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon Butter, Ghee or Coconut Oil, melted plus extra for the pan
  • Cream Cheese Maple Sauce
  • 4 ounces whipped Cream Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pure Maple Syrup adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Milk to thin out if needed


  • Prepare pancake batter. Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together wet ingredients separately. Combine all to make the batter. Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat. Melt butter, ghee or oil in the pan. Spoon pancake batter onto hot pan. Heat for a few minutes until golden brown. Gently flip and cook for another minute or so. Until your pancakes are golden brown and cooked through.
  • Sauce
  • Stir cream cheese and maple syrup until you have a well combined sauce. Add some milk and thin to desired consistency.
  • Notes
  • If your batter thickens too much simple thin out with some more milk.

*If you want to try Graham flour you can order some at my Amazon Store. I have created an entire store category with lots of flours for you to try. There are gluten and gluten free options.

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{ 68 comments… read them below or add one }

1 j3nn September 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Holy YUM! These sound SO GOOD. These flavors are some of my favorite in the whole world. The cream cheese sauce sounds amazing.


2 Marla September 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Girl, you gotta try that sauce. AMAZING I tell ya!


3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

These pancakes look incredible, I love the graham flour!


4 Marla September 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Thanks Laura!! Glad to hear you are digging the fun new flour choice.


5 Kristina September 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

cream cheese maple sauce? YES please!

this is how I love to make pancakes – just kind of ‘on the fly’.

THANK YOU for sharing my pancakes! :)


6 Rosa September 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Lovely pancakes! Beautifully presented.




7 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 10, 2012 at 12:06 am

Marla they look awesome and the fact that your summer 2013 is already booked doesnt surprise me – and yes, I’m a planner too. Impromtu meals are great (I never take pics of them though b/c they never look quite pretty enough!).

Graham anything AND cream cheese + maple sauce. Amazing.



8 Marla September 10, 2012 at 5:27 am

Thanks Averie! I know you and are are great about those early travel plans….you are always off on some fabulous adventure!


9 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel September 10, 2012 at 3:12 am

These sound fantastic, Marla! We need to have a pancake weekend sometime too!


10 Marla September 10, 2012 at 5:28 am

Rachel, you sure do! It is so fun choosing toppings, making sauces and playing around with the pancake ingredients.


11 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 10, 2012 at 3:51 am

Your photos always amaze me! These pancakes are stunning!


12 Marla September 10, 2012 at 5:29 am

Thanks so much Katrina ~ these pancakes were fun subjects to shoot :)


13 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit September 10, 2012 at 4:47 am

Summer 2013? Wow, you’re awesome. I don’t even know what we’re doing for Thanksgiving next month (Canada)… or Christmas! I agree with you – pancakes for breakfast is just like cake. Love, love, love it! We have pancake or waffle Sundays every week and have since Kevin and I started dating. These look divine!


14 Marla September 10, 2012 at 5:29 am

Leanne, that is super cool that you and Kevin pay weekly tributes to cake for breakfast. I bet the two of you come up with some awesome recipes!


15 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective September 10, 2012 at 5:28 am

Oh momma, that cream cheese maple sauce is staring me down, big time. Think I’ll meander into the kitchen and whip some up!


16 Marla September 11, 2012 at 4:34 am

Sommer, isn’t it awesome when something so delish takes seconds to make?!


17 leslie September 10, 2012 at 5:29 am

I love having my kids in the kitchen!
These sound amazing..I have never seen graham flour. I am going to have to keep my eye out.


18 Marla September 11, 2012 at 4:35 am

Leslie, graham flour is certainly worth trying. A nice twist on classic whole wheat and a smoother flavor profile as well.


19 Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious September 10, 2012 at 6:17 am

I love all of these pancake recipes, we love pancakes at our house too. Thanks for the shout-out Marla :)


20 bridget {bake at 350} September 10, 2012 at 6:59 am

Summer 2013? Girl, you are amazing! And these pancakes prove that as well….gorgeous!


21 Maria September 10, 2012 at 7:36 am

I want a big stack of these pancakes!


22 Marina {} September 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

Gorgeous and delicious looking! I love those pistachios! And I am REALLY loving the new header! I need to update mine too… Yay fall!


23 Marla September 10, 2012 at 8:58 am

Thanks Marina! Fun to do those blog updates from time to time :)


24 aida mollenkamp September 10, 2012 at 9:08 am

Woah, Marla, these look awesome!


25 Amy at Kid Cultivation September 10, 2012 at 9:44 am

That Maple Cream Cheese Sauce looks insane!! We have an egg allergy so I don’t make pancakes often but I do have a good egg-free carrot cake recipe and now I cannot stop thinking about pouring this sauce all over it :)


26 Marla September 11, 2012 at 4:35 am

Amy, oh wow!! This sauce would be AMAZING poured over carrot cake :) Great idea!


27 HeatherChristo September 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

I wish I had breakfast at your house! You always have something good and healthy whipped up!!


28 Marla September 11, 2012 at 4:36 am

Come over and join us any time Heather!


29 Sonia! The Healthy Foodie September 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

Graham flour in pancakes… How awesome is that! No doubt, I HAVE to give this a try. Besides, these look way too good for me not to whip up a batch.

With cream cheese and a little bit of honey? This could very well replace any cheesecake out there I’m pretty sure of that.

Yum, I’m hungry now.

Oh, almost forgot… thanks for linking to my Pumpkin Pie Recipe! I really appreciate that! :)


30 Marla September 11, 2012 at 4:37 am

Hi Sonia! Your pie looks great. I need to try it soon. Cream cheese and honey is a really good idea ~ gonna whip up some of that today!


31 Brooke @ Food Woolf September 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

This looks so good! I like that the Graham flour makes this a little more healthy, so I don’t have to feel guilty about eating these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!


32 Minnie(@thelady8home) September 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Those pancakes with the cream sauce, its looking ravishing!!! Awesome.


33 susan September 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm

pancakes – yeah, right!? that looks like cake to me!!


34 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] September 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I’ve always loved the flavor of graham flour. I am totally inspired by this recipe!

p.s. I love your new header banner. xo


35 Marla September 11, 2012 at 4:38 am

Thanks Allison! We were overdue for a cosmetic change. Now we can swap things out seasonally :)


36 Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden September 10, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Wholly, molly this looks fantastic! Absolute perfect recipes and images! Fantastic post!


37 Marla September 11, 2012 at 4:38 am

Thanks so much Vera! Love your enthusiasm :)


38 Jen @ Savory Simple September 11, 2012 at 4:35 am

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever used graham flour. But these look just amazing and I need to get my hands on some. And cream cheese maple sauce? Deliciousness.


39 Holly September 11, 2012 at 4:37 am

My son, the pancake aficionado, will love these. I’ve never tried graham flour or blanched pistachios so I appreciate the introduction.


40 Marla September 11, 2012 at 4:39 am

Hi Holly! Hope your son gets to try these soon ~ I just had some more for breakfast!


41 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings September 11, 2012 at 5:40 am

what beautiful photos!!


42 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

How unique! I am so jealous of pancake Saturdays! Your children are so lucky!
PS. Cake for breakfast is always a good idea.


43 Deliciously Organic September 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

What beautiful pancakes! The graham flour sounds like a nice fall flavor to add to the breakfast table. Love the photos!


44 Kim - Liv Life September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Ahhh, yes! We love Graham Flour as well. Beautiful photos to go with your post, and with the graham flour in my pantry, I can see these pancakes on our table soon!! Well done!


45 Kiran @ September 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I’ve never heard of graham flour before — but that looks so deliciously, styled. Send some over :D


46 Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily September 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of graham flour, especially since like you I have more than a reasonable amount of flours in my pantry ;)
They look lovely, I can tell that I would really like the texture (and obviously taste) of these cakes.


47 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 12, 2012 at 12:00 am

Now that’s the way to eat breakfast!


48 Stacie @OneHungryMama September 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

OOoh! I just bought graham flour for the first time. Can’t wait to give these a whirl. And, as always, gorgeous photos!


49 Priscilla September 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I have never cooked with graham flour and appreciate your (or Wiki’s) explanation of what makes it different. Must try. soon. Thanks for the link love :)


50 Esi September 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

Looks like a special weekend breakfast treat.


51 Lesley September 14, 2012 at 3:14 am

These looks delicious and I’m a new fan!! Love the page :)


52 Darla | Bakingdom September 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

These remind me of a graham cracker and cream cheese frosting treat my mom used to make when I was a little girl. I really can’t wait to make these!!


53 Marla September 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Darla, that frosting sounds like some AWESOME memories :) You should love these pancakes too!


54 Cookie and Kate September 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

I didn’t know that’s how graham flour is made! So interesting. These photos are really beautiful, Marla—way to make whole grain pancakes look so enticing! I already ate breakfast but would have no problem polishing off a stack of those for “dessert.”


55 Marla September 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

Hi Kate! As you said – perfect for breakfast or dessert. Hopefully you can try soon :)


56 Alexis @ Hummusapien September 18, 2012 at 8:14 am

I’ve never cooked with graham flour but that maple cream sauce looks to die for!


57 MikeVFMK September 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I’ve been away but now that I’m back I’m partially drooling over these cakes. And I’m eagerly anticipating the weekend so I can immerse myself in a breakfast just like this. Yum!


58 shelly (cookies and cups) September 19, 2012 at 6:24 am

Love these pancakes! I have never used graham flour…I need to try these :)


59 Daisy October 23, 2012 at 8:50 am

Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could
locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?
Thanks a lot!


60 Marla October 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

Hi Daisy. I have not a clue….good luck on your search!


61 Jaime {sophistimom} November 7, 2012 at 8:09 am

Such gorgeous photos, Marla. I love these.


62 Marla November 7, 2012 at 8:25 am

Thanks so much Jamie!


63 MikeVFMK November 11, 2012 at 6:45 am

These pancakes look delicious! Definitely something I could enjoy on the weekends! Beautiful.


64 Jamie February 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

Great recipe! Made it this morning. Really good pancakes.


65 Sarah March 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

Where did you get those gorgeous plates?!


66 Marla March 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

Hi Sarah! Those plates are from Pip Studio. I am obsessed with everything they make!


67 Billy Rhythm January 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

Made these this AM. I wanted a “graham cracker” pancake, so I used your recipe as a spring board. I used brown sugar instead of maple syrup. I doubled the batch (we have 5 in my family) and got about 30 pancakes! The batter was somewhat thin; I think I’ll decrease the milk next time. Thanks for posting it. I’ll be making it again.


68 Marla January 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Sounds like you made some nice changes to this recipe with good plans for future attempts. The brown sugar sounds delicious.


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