Whole Wheat Kefir Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

By Maria Lichty

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Our baby must really like pancakes because I have been craving them lately. We have been making pancakes on a regular basis for breakfast and dinner. They taste good anytime of the day:) Josh always hopes I will ask for our decadent cinnamon streusel pancakes, but I like to save those for special occasions, not every day cravings:)  We recently made Whole Wheat Kefir Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce for breakfast and we all loved them-baby included:)

I recently discovered Green Valley Organics Kefir and I am in love. It is a great source of calcium, protein, and has 10 live & active cultures. It is also gluten free and lactose free. It is made from 100% farm fresh organic milk from local Humane Certified dairy farms. I like to drink kefir for breakfast when I am in a hurry. The Blueberry Pom Acai flavor is amazing! I also like to add plain kefir to my smoothies.

I was curious to see if kefir would work in whole wheat pancakes, so we gave it a try. We substituted the buttermilk for kefir and it worked wonders. The pancakes were fluffy, hearty, and filling. We topped them with blueberry sauce and gobbled them up. These Whole Wheat Kefir Pancakes are delicious and nutritious.

If you are looking for a new pancake recipe that is good for you and still extremely tasty, try our Whole Wheat Kefir Pancakes. I know we will be making them again-the baby is already asking for them:)

We have a special Green Valley Organics giveaway today! Trust me, you want to enter, their products are amazing. I love their kefir, yogurt, and sour cream. For details and to enter, please read below.


For a chance to win an insulated grocery tote (approximate value $30), filled with a variety of Green Valley Organics lactose-free yogurt, sour cream, and kefir, please leave a comment on this post.

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Whole Wheat Kefir Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

4.77 from 13 votes


  • 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 plain kefir plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Blueberry Sauce:
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch


  • 1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large glass measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together kefir, canola oil, egg , and vanilla extract.
  • 3. Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Stir gently with a spatula until combined. Don't over mix.
  • 4. Heat a griddle pan or non stick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Pour about ¼ 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 blueberry sauce:
  • Cook blueberries, agave or honey, water, and corn starch on medium heat for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Serve warm over pancakes.

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  1. I’ve never tried kefir before, but your rave review of Green Valley Organics has me interested. And pancakes always interest me. 🙂

  2. I’ve never tried kefir but now I’m so curious! These pancakes look amazing… I love blueberry sauce:-)

  3. I love kefir and I make my own coconut milk countertop kefir. SO EASY but would love to try this one!

  4. i’ve never tried kefir but have always been curious…it’s one of those things where i see it at the store all the time but get too scared to buy it in case i don’t like it!

  5. Oh my! Those pancakes looks super yummy:) I love to buy organic food but sometimes it is just so expensive! I would love to try some of that Green Valley Organic yogurt. I love yogurt!

  6. cool, use of a product. I had to Google kefir–I had not heard of it before..the history on Wikipedia was really cool!!!!

  7. These look awesome…I love blueberries! However, I would have to try and figure out a way to make these gluten free so I could eat them 🙂

  8. I love kefir and we drink it regularly in our house but I’ve never cooked with it- I’ll definitely give it a go. Such a cute story about the little one craving pancakes! 🙂

  9. I just “liked” green valley on Facebook and twitter. I’ve never seen them in Whole Foods before but am excited to learn more about them!

  10. The pancakes are BEAUTIFUL! I love pancakes for dinner- so yummy. And the sauce makes them absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never had Kefir but would LOVE to try it. A great giveaway 🙂

  11. That little baby boy has good taste! These pancakes look delicious. I love using yogurt/kefir buttermilk in pancakes and especially biscuits.

  12. I love blueberry sauce. This looks like an awesome and filling breakfast.

  13. I’d love to try out some new foods like these. Plus, an insulated grocery tote would be incredibly helpful in this blistering heat!

  14. Thanks for the chance to win! We actually get charged for bags here in DC, so I can always use reusable ones.

  15. I’ve never tried kefir – these pancakes look scrumptious so I’ll have to try them. Thanks!!!

  16. Wow, GREAT idea to use kefir in pancakes! I love drinking it but never thought of it for anything else. These look so delicious!

  17. I have not tried Kefir. Trying to make a lot of changes so this looks great!!! Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes! Love trying them!

  18. There is some kefir in my fridge right now and I think this would be the perfect way to use it!

  19. I’m so excited to try this recipe! I love kefir in my smoothies, I’ve never thought of using it my cooking! Yum!

  20. Thanks so much for sharing! Your recipes always look amazing and I am excited to try this one. I have never tasted kefir and I can’t wait to check it out.

  21. I’ve never tried (or heard of) Kefir before, and it doesn’t sounds like something I’d be able to find where I’m currently living, so this contest is perfect!

  22. This recipe looks really yummy! I love using Kefir in my smoothies, I will have to try using it in this pancake recipe.

  23. YUM! We love pancakes on the weekends! And blueberries! and kefir! What a great idea to combine them all!!! We will be trying these tomorrow!

  24. I am going to give Kefir a try. I have to admit, I haven’t heard of it! Thank you
    for this post!

  25. this sounds fabulous! i keep hearing great things about Kefir but haven’t tried it yet. this would be a fab opportunity 🙂

  26. That blueberry sauce looks delish! I think my little family could eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!

  27. Yum those pancakes look amazing 😀 I’ve actually never tried kefir so I would love to try this!

  28. I would love to try all their products, yummeeee, the pancakes sound and look so good, pick me pick me pick me, would be so so grateful to get these goodies, love your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. I have never heard of kefir, but those pancakes look incredible and I definitely want to give it a try!

  30. See. I told you that babies love pancakes. I have had Kefir before and I like to add it to things like smoothies. I never thought about using it in pancakes! I’m going to have to try these. That picture is making my mouth water.

  31. what a great idea. i’ve never tried kefir, but those pancakes look amazing, so i might just have to get adventurous!

  32. I have never tried Kefir before but would love to! These pancakes look healthy and delicious.

  33. This sounds amazing! I’ve had Kefir before, but it was a long time ago. I should get back to it!

  34. I loved Kefir growing up but now I’ve started lacking tolerance for lactose. I’m so happy to know there is a lactose-free kind!

  35. I have REALLY been meaning to try kefir and these pancakes sound fabulous! I hope all of my future pregnancies crave pancakes.

  36. I never considered adding kefir to pancakes. Great idea!! I like to make popsicles out of kefir.

  37. those might be the most beautiful pancakes I’ve ever seen. And just the way I like them, loaded with blueberries on top!

  38. Thanks for the chance to win!! Those pancakes look amazing! I too craved pancakes with my last pregnancy!

  39. Those pancakes look amazing! My little guy has just gotten interested in pancakes and I’m sure he’ll love these!

  40. I recently discovered kefir and I LOVE it! I can’t wait to try this brand and this recipe.

  41. Those pancakes look incredible! Now you’ve got me craving them and I’m not even pregnant! Haha!

  42. The pancakes look great. I would love to try these products. My son’s girl friend is lactose intolerant.

  43. That blueberry acai Kefir sounds so so good! I need to try it! My mom is obsessed with Kefir, so whenever I go home for a few days, I indulge… Great post!

  44. Crazy, our baby is craving pancakes, too! 🙂
    These look delicious…and will be on my plate for breakfast tomorrow!

  45. Looks delicious! I think I’d put the berries *inside* the pancakes, though. Then again, the sauce on top looks tasty, too. Decisions decisions!

  46. Those look absolutely delicious! My sister loves blueberries, I’ll have to make these for her sometime.

  47. Those pancakes look amazing. I didn’t know Kefir was that healthy, but I’ve been seeing it in all the grocery stores around me recently. I think its time for me to try it!

  48. I’d love the opportunity to introduce some healthy options to my family. Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Mmmmm these look delicious and I recently committed to searching for delicious but HEALTHY recipes such as this one 🙂 Thanks! Can’t wait to give these a try!

  50. never heard of this company until i saw on another blog last night – would love a chance to try their products.

  51. Yum! I’ve been craving pancakes like crazy too! Especially cottage cheese pancakes 🙂 These look wonderful.

  52. These pancakes are so cool! I saw some kefir in the grocery store the other day and wished that I had some sort of recipe for it–love this one! Plus those blueberries look amazing!

  53. Though we’ve heartd of it, we’ve never tried kefir. In fact, I don’t know that they sell it at our regular grocer. Something to check tomorrow…
    Can I substitute it for yogurt in baked goods?

    1. I used kefir in the place of buttermilk. I haven’t tried substituting it for yogurt, but I want to try.

  54. I’ve only tried kefir a few times but I really enjoyed it! I always forget to buy it though. I’m going to add it to my shopping list!

  55. I’ve been hearing a lot great things about their products, would love to try them out for myself.

  56. Interesting that you found kefir. Kefir is great, bit gassy/frothy, adds great texture to baked goods. I bake with something similar and its fantastic.

  57. Yum, that blueberry sauce looks amazing!! And I’d love to try kefir…I’ve seen it in the store, but haven’t been brave enough to try it yet!

  58. I love this brand! I have been eating the yogurt for a few months and I think it is the best yogurt on the market, lactose free or not. I would love to try thier kefir.

  59. I have to be honest, I’ve never heard of Kefir, but it sounds like a fantastic product! I’m a huge pancake lover and anything that doubles as a pancake ingredient and a breakfast on its own, has me hooked 🙂

  60. I’ve never had Kefir but would love to try it! I had no idea they made some without lactose–that would make my tummy happy 🙂

  61. Lately, I’ve been trying to introduce new and healthy items into my diet. I recently tried almond milk and have become a huge fan, especially in my smoothies. I would love to try kefir, too!

  62. These look amazing! I normally use yogurt in my pancakes but kefir is a fabulous idea!!!

  63. These pancakes look fabulous and guilt free way to enjoy a delicious Sunday breakfast! Thanks for such a great giveaway! I also have to say your coconut cookies were a huge hit at my house! I’m trying your chocolate pudding cookies next, with Reese’s Pieces instead of Easter candy.

  64. Those pancakes look crazy amazing! I still have yet to master the art of pancakes- that’s horrible, I know!

  65. Mm I love Kefir. Love your blog too! I check here frequently for recipes. Pancakes look amazing 🙂

  66. I adore kefir! I’d love to win this.

    These pancakes look incredible! Yum! I’ve been eating a lot of blueberry French toast lately.

  67. YUM!! I had kefir one time while traveling in Asia. Certainly did not have the variety of flavors I’m now seeing in the grocery story. Would love to try it again!

  68. Those pancakes look delicious! I have never tried Kefir before but would like to. Great giveaway!

  69. My stomach is grumbling right now! The pancakes look so wonderful and the fact that they are healthy is an added bonus! Congrats on being preggo!

  70. I’ve never tried kefir before but it sounds good and these pancakes look like the perfect sweet and healthy way to start the day!!

  71. All these products sound great. I’d like to make that delicious chocolate/cinnamon coffee cake!

  72. I’ve never tried kefir, but I’ve thought about it! Never had a recipe for using it before!

  73. And a FR has been sent to Green Valley. I love discovering new organics companies. Thank you for the info!

  74. I’ve never tried Kefir, but having read all the great things about it, I am definitely going to have to try it….especially in these pancakes!

  75. Those pancakes look delicious. I’ve never heard of kefir before, but being lactose intollerant I think I need to do some looking into it. Thanks for sharing the information about it.

  76. I haven’t heard of Green Valley lactose free kefir before. Sounds great! I’ve followed them on twitter, Facebook, I already follow two peas and their pod on FB, and now I’m leaving a comment! Hope I win!!

  77. I’ve been a fan of Two Peas and Their Pod on FB for quite a while! Love when new recipes pop up in my news feed. 🙂

  78. I am having lactose issues myself.. and would love to try an alternative to milk. I have never heard of Kefir, I wonder if i can buy it locally.

  79. These pancakes look fantastic! I will make them this weekend. I’ll have to check out Keffir too – lactose free options are always a plus.

  80. I LOVE this recipe for keifer pancakes!!! I individually freeze them and take them to work. They keep me satisfied throughout the morning!

  81. Have you ever made your own kefir? I used to make water kefir, but never did milk. One day, when I have time again, like, oh 18 yrs from now… 🙂

  82. I just made these for myself. They’re FANTASTIC. I had them with raspberry jam instead of the blueberry sauce just because I didn’t have any blueberries or agave to use.. Still wonderful! ^.^

  83. I love that these delicious looking pancakes have Kefir in them. I’ve been trying to use more Kefir in my baking, and just made brown rice waffles with kefir this morning! My son actually at them too:)

  84. oh yum! I’ve never thought of adding kefir into my pancakes….. I also just posted up a pancake recipe today… but I’ve gotta try this 🙂 Perhaps tomorrows breakfast!

  85. A friend told me about your site and in less than 20 seconds I knew I would like your recipes.

    I have “liked” your site and Green Valley Organics on FB

  86. Your pancakes look very yummy. But mine didn’t turn out so good. I followed the recipe exactly but the batter turned out very thick so I had to add more kefir. Then the pancakes did not cook through, they were wet in the middle. Maybe, it’s because of the type of flour I used.

  87. The blueberry sauce looks wonderful!! I haven’t had pancakes in awhile and I’m going to make these right away!

  88. Never had anything but buttermilk pancakes in my life. But this morning I was out of buttermilk and we don’t drink milk anymore, so I was wondering if Kifer could replace buttermilk in a recipe. Sure enough, I used your recipe and it was light and fluffy. The probiotics in the kifer are so healthy for you. I will make the switch from now on. Thanks for your post.

  89. This is a super yummy recipe! I used brown sugar in place of regular. And used a little less honey in the sauce. Best pancake recipe yet, and the sauce was so good!

  90. My daughter loves kaifer products. And she will be up any minute so I am going to serve her the whole wheat pancakes made with kaifer in place of butter milk.
    She will love her breakfast today.
    I always have kaifer products in my fridge ever since our grocery store started carrying them.

    Thanks for posting the recipe. Sounds very delicious.

  91. Love the recipe and your products. So nice to be able to have some dairy again. Really appreciate the probiotics aspect too.

  92. These really look yummy! I truly enjoy bluebery sauce, so am looking forweard to trying these real soon!

  93. Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone
    and tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot drop,
    just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views.
    I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  94. Wow! I made these for breakfast this morning and they are fabulous! So light and fluffy! And I had no idea that blueberry sauce was so easy to make. It was so delicious! Thanks so much.

  95. 4 stars
    I make my own kefir, and was looking recipes since my grains are so prolific. This is a great one. I added nutmeg to the pancakes, and thyme to the blueberry sauce. Love it! Thank you!

  96. I’m 8 years too late on this, but just wanted to comment that this is a great recipe! I just made it with pomegranate kefir and was 2 tablespoons short. I also used 2 tablespoons of sugar instead of 1.5 The results were good nonetheless.

  97. 5 stars
    I just started making my own milk kefir, and wanted to try making pancakes with it. These are very light and delicious, something you don’t always get with whole wheat flour. The blueberry sauce is easy and good, too. I’ll be using this recipe again!

  98. 5 stars
    5 stars! Delicious pancakes & healthy too! I had fresh blueberries that I just added to the pancakes ‘cause I’m lazy! Great way to use my homemade kefir!

  99. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. I make these all the time. Always looking for great recipes that used kefir, as I have loads ( make my own).

  100. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. I make these all the time. Always looking for great recipes that used kefir, as I have loads ( make my own).

  101. 5 stars
    I’ve read this blog and it made cooking pancake very easy for me. I’ll recommend using this site for all your recipes.

  102. 4 stars
    They were full of flavor. For the kefir, I used our fresh, daily made kefir. I thought it was a little dry and doubled the oil. I added blueberries directly to the batter and put in two scoops of protein powder. It’s one we will do again!

    1. 5 stars
      I added 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt this time. It’s perfect. I wouldn’t change anything with it now.

  103. 5 stars
    I got an over abundance of kefir (love it) and was trying to find another way to use it. I found and tried this recipe. Very good pancakes. Will definitely make again. I think I’ll even make up a bunch and freeze them like another review mentioned. Thanks.

  104. for even better probiotics make homemade kefir. it’s extremely easy and only takes mins a day. bottled kefir is not active, made from powdered kefir grains and has way less probiotics. Real kefir keeps fermenting even once in the fridge so would in time get too sour and exploded in stores.