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Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

On Sunday, I made a special breakfast for Josh’s birthday. I asked him what he wanted and he said key lime pie. I made him his pie, but it was for dessert, not breakfast:)  Instead, I whipped up a batch of whole wheat pancakes with strawberry rhubarb compote.

When we got married in June of 2008, we decided we weren’t ready to be home owners, so we moved into a rental house. It was fine, but not our own. We soon started to look at houses “for fun.” One evening we were checking out houses, but not finding anything we liked. I was ready to call it a night, but Josh convinced me to look at one last house since we were in the neighborhood. When we drove up to the house, I knew we were no longer looking for fun. I wanted this house to be our home.

The first thing I noticed was the wood door, it was very inviting and the perfect compliment to the red brick house. I also fell in love with the window flower boxes and large trees. When we walked up to the house, I got even more excited. The entire driveway was lined with purple lilacs, my favorite flower. I knew it was a sign.

The inside also fit our needs to a T-hard wood floors, lots of windows, gas stove, plenty of storage room, etc. When we were leaving we took one last lap around the yard. I stumbled upon four large rhubarb plants and told Josh I was sold. I love rhubarb and started dreaming about the delicious recipes I could create in my new kitchen.

We put in an offer the next day and  we were soon home owners to a cute little brick house with lilacs and rhubarb. It is funny how life surprises you when you least expect it. We weren’t planning on buying a house so soon, but I am happy we did. We are very happy in our home.

Our rhubarb is ripe and ready. I hope I can keep up with it this year. Last spring I went rhubarb crazy. I made sorbet, cake, muffins, and Josh even helped out by eating it raw. He is weird and likes to eat it like celery. He loves tart anything. So for his birthday breakfast I made a strawberry rhubarb compote to pour over hearty whole wheat pancakes. These pancakes brightened Josh’s day and mine.

If you have an abundance of rhubarb, make these pancakes and strawberry rhubarb compote. If you have any favorite rhubarb recipes, please share. I want to put our four plants to good use.

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Yield: Serves 4


1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup buttermilk, plus 2 Tablespoons
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

For the Compote:

3/4 cup rhubarb, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup strawberries, cut into quartered pieces


1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, canola oil, egg whites,vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

3. Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Stir gently with a spatula until combined. Don't over mix. The batter will be thick.

4. Heat a griddle pan or non stick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 of a cup of pancake batter onto the hot griddle pan, spacing out the pancakes a few inches from each other. When the pancakes start to bubble up, flip and cook until pancakes are lightly browned.

5. To make the compote: Spray a medium skillet with cooking spray. Add the rhubarb and cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat, until rhubarb is soft. Add in the honey, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the strawberries and cook for another two minutes.

6. Serve strawberry rhubarb compote over hot pancakes.

If you like these pancakes, you might also like:

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes from Two Peas and Their Pod
Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Strawberries from Two Peas and Their Pod
Whole Wheat Banana Berry Pancakes from My Kitchen Addiction
Strawberry Pancakes from The Amateur Gourmet

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80 Responses to “Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote”

  1. Manggy — May 12, 2010 @ 5:02 am

    Oboy. That is a pancake loaded just the way I like 😉 I’ve been known to eat pie for breakfast too, hehe :)

  2. Rosa — May 12, 2010 @ 5:17 am

    Mmmmmhhh, so lovely! A great way of presenting pancakes!


  3. Jessica @ How Sweet — May 12, 2010 @ 5:42 am

    Those photos are GORGEOUS, Maria! I still have yet to try rhubarb.

  4. Erica — May 12, 2010 @ 5:43 am

    That is such a cute story about the house! It was clearly meant for you- from the flowers to the rhubarb! Believe it or not, I still haven’t tried rhubarb. The pancakes look gorgeous with all the pretty red on top

  5. Maggy — May 12, 2010 @ 6:00 am

    These look delicious! So fresh and Springy! We used to have rhubarb plants in our back yard. Now I live on the 20th floor of a building in NYC. No more rhubarb :(

  6. CheekyChic — May 12, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    I just started reading your blog as a recommendation from my sweet Aunt Norma in AZ. I recently discovered I LOVE rhubarb. The recipe that helped me come to this realization was Smitten Kitchens Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. It’s to die for, and doesn’t make a huge amount. I’m loving following your blog so far! I’ll be trying the cream cheese blueberry muffins on Saturday and we’re having the spicy shrimp bok choy and shitake soup for lunch. Thanks!

    • twopeas replied: — May 12th, 2010 @ 10:52 am

      Cheeky Chic-tell your aunt thanks for passing on the link:) I will have to try that crisp, sounds good!

  7. megan — May 12, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    can you believe I’ve never tried rhubarb before? I don’t even really know what it is! your pancakes look great though :)

  8. Kalynskitchen — May 12, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    I’ve never been much of a rhubarb fan, but I have to say that this looks delicious. And of course whole wheat pancakes get a big thumbs up from me. Great photos too, love the red napkin under the plate.

  9. Double Dipped Life — May 12, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    I like rhubarb when it’s mixed with strawberries! This recipe looks great!

  10. Elle — May 12, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    Not only are the pancakes lovely, but I loved the story of how you found your house! So sweet!

  11. Jessica — May 12, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    I love the combination of rhubarb and strawberries, we’ll have to try this soon!

  12. Lori — May 12, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    These look beautiful! I just brought back some strawberries and rhubarb from my parent’s garden this weekend. I had waffles on my mind, but these pancakes sound great!

  13. Jenny Flake — May 12, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    Mmmmmm Maria, these are so beautiful!

  14. Marly — May 12, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    These look too good to eat. Is that possible?

  15. DessertForTwo — May 12, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    I absolutely love whole wheat pancakes! They fill you up so you eat less! I’ve only doen mine with half whole wheat though; I will have to try yours!

  16. Melissa — May 12, 2010 @ 8:05 am

    I have a whole lot of strawberries – this would be something perfect to do with them! Looks delicious!

  17. Heather I. — May 12, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    My grandma used to make strawberry rhubarb pie with rhubarb from her garden. I wish I had the recipe to share with you :( I’ll have to try some of your rhubarb recipes, they all sound delicious!

  18. Cookin' Canuck — May 12, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    I love this recipe, Maria. All of that fresh fruit and whole wheat flour, along with the lovely photo make this so enticing.

  19. Sara — May 12, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    Yummmm. All those strawberries look fantastic.

  20. Laura — May 12, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    I’ve never had rhubarb and this looks like a great way to try it!

    Looking at houses “for fun” is dangerous…Ryan and I do that all the time and we’ve not yet succumbed to temptation, but we’ve come close! :)

  21. Becky O. — May 12, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    ahhh! I want some of your rhubarb! i love it so much. We used to have a neighbor growing up that was our main supplier! 😉 This sounds delicious and so healthy!

    pancakes for both our blogs today!

  22. Barbara Bakes — May 12, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    I have two rhubarb plants, but haven’t tried rhubarb for breakfast. Great idea!

  23. Elina — May 12, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    I got some strawberry rhubarb jam at a farmers market in Maine the other day and love it. I can’t for our farmers markets in Boston to open so I can buy some rhubarb and get to work. These pancakes look absolutely amazing and I’m sure brightened your (and the husband’s) day. I wish mine liked stuff like that. I told him I’d make him “anything” last Saturday for our date day and he just asked for eggs, bacon and toast. So boring :)

  24. Jessica Lee Binder — May 12, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    I got married in June 2008 too! …and I share a birthday month with Josh! =)

    • twopeas replied: — May 12th, 2010 @ 10:53 am

      Jessica-well happy birthday to you too:)

  25. sweetlife — May 12, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    cute is funny..I love these the color… wow it clearly pops on those pancakes, i bet this would go well to on waffles, oh my


  26. sweetlife — May 12, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    Happy Bday josh…

  27. grace — May 12, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    glad your home purchase worked out! good luck making use of all your rhubarb–everywhere i turn, i see tasty-looking recipes involving the stellar stalks. :)

  28. stephchows — May 12, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    i love how vividly red it is :)

  29. Tracy — May 12, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

    Mmm, gorgeous pancakes! Wish I had a plate of these for breakfast this morning!

  30. pigpigscorner — May 12, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

    Beautiful with all that berries!

  31. Diana — May 12, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    That rhubarb is begging to be made into a crisp! I actually had a rhubarb and strawberry crisp with a cornmeal crust this past weekend. Maybe you could try doing something similar?

  32. Shannon — May 12, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    Mmm, fabulous! I need to make more pancakes :) love strawberry rhubarb, too, takes me back to my childhood!

  33. This looks delicious, Maria! I love all those berries – the picture is really beautiful!

  34. Laura — May 12, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    Oh my! Your picture looks absolutely beautiful. Who won’t want those pancakes!

  35. Bridgett — May 12, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    I am always looking for new recipes to use rhubarb. Your presentation is lovely. I think I will make these on Sunday for our breakfast.

  36. Jennifer — May 12, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

    Nothing says summer to me like pairing rhubarb and strawberry!!!! These pancakes are fab being whole wheat and then the compote.. YUM!!

  37. Joanne — May 12, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    i LOVE that you have rhubarb growing in your garden…that would sell me on a house in a heartbeat! I’m going to have to check out your other rhubarb recipes because I have been on a spree with that stuff. The compote looks perfect for those pancakes!

  38. Fuji Mama — May 12, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

    I love this post! I love the story about your house. It makes me want to plant rhubarb! These pancakes look sublime. :)

  39. So yummy! How fun is that to buy a house that comes with groceries? And lilacs too? Definitely a good purchase.

  40. Sarah — May 12, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

    Mmmm…that looks delicious! I love rhubarb, strawberries and pancakes!

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