Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

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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.

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Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

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  • 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 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 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.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. We used to have rhubarb in our back yard when I was a kid. I loved it. I have not had it in years. Your pancakes with compote look great. Think I need to go find some rhubarb. Wish your backyard was closer! xo

  2. Aw…I love when life works out like that! And next to peonies, lilac is my favorite flower. As for rhubarb…well, I’m slowly warming up to it. I’m one of the rare people that is sort of finicky about it, but lately I’ve seen so many amazing recipes. Maybe I should start slow and make a little compote and top it on these beautiful pancakes! 😉

  3. Great looking pancakes. Nice story about your house. We knew the second we walked in our new house in Eagle Mountain that we had to fight for it. But now I’m a little bummed because I’m pretty sure there is no lilacs or rhubarb. 😉

  4. These are some of the prettiest pancakes I’ve seen in a long time.

    I also love the story of how you found your home and how it connects back to this recipe. awesome.

  5. Mouthwatering! I made some rhubarb galettes a few weeks ago when I saw the bright red stalks at the farmer’s market. I used to not dig rhubarb but I have grown to love it more and more. Great post!

  6. Wow. That looks like a mountain of goodness! I love your story. Ha! Talking about eating rhubarb raw? I’ll never forget watching a little boy trying to eat a stalk, screwing up his face, and whispering “Sour! Sour!” Have a wonderful day.

  7. Ever since I made a strawberry and rhubarb pie a few weeks ago I’ve been in love with the combination. These pancakes with the compote looks gorgeous and I bet it tastes delicious!

  8. I miss the lilacs that lined the sidewalks of my old neighborhood in Pocatello. I miss Idaho. On another note, your special breakfast pancakes look delicious!

  9. omg omg omg can I please come over for breakfast next time you make there??? Just give me a few weeks notice so I can buy a plane ticket!!!

  10. What beautiful photos! These look like something our kids would really love! We love our pancakes for sure and have found an awesome whole wheat mix that we use that is made from Kamut Wheat. It is YUM! I would love to try your recipe using the Kamut flour – thanks so much!! Awesome!

  11. I’m so jealous of your rhubarb plants Maria! The pancakes look fabulous – a wonderful birthday treat for Josh 🙂

  12. What a wonderful combination Maria! I love everything about this, the pancakes and the fruit compote. I have rhubarb waiting to be picked, this would be the perfect way to use it.

  13. I grew up with tons of rhubarb growing in the garden. I used to think that everyone munched on it raw like I did. I’ve got a great family recipe for a rhubarb custard pie and was wondering if you needed a pie recipe. Let me know. 🙂

  14. How wonderful to have a house find you that is just perfect. I love lilacs. They have such a wonderful fragrance.

    Pancakes with the compote look fantastic.

  15. Your house sounds so lovely. I would be beside myself if I was looking at a potential home and found a bunch of rhubarb in the back! Nothing like it.

    And these pancakes look yummmmmmy. 🙂

  16. Working our veggie boxes and cut down all of the rhubarb in my yard about 10 stalks. Looking for something fun to make! Perfect

  17. Do you cut or pull your rhubarb? Do you have the tiny stalks or the fat ones? I have both.
    I love your blog! I don’t know much about blogs but I found yours today and will check in often.

    1. I cut the rhubarb with a knife. We have four plants, some stalks are larger than others. Use both:) Enjoy!

  18. Your pancakes look great, Maria! I made some rhubarb sauce a few days ago and I’m really enjoying its tart flavor.

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