Graham Flour Pancakes with Cream Cheese Maple Sauce

Marla Meridith

September 9, 2012


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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

Graham Flour Pancakes with Cream Cheese Maple Sauce | recipe on

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!

Graham Flour Pancakes with Cream Cheese Maple Sauce | recipe on

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


*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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  • j3nn
    Posted at 21:58h, 09 September

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 22:04h, 09 September

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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Posted at 22:00h, 09 September

    These pancakes look incredible, I love the graham flour!

    • Marla
      Posted at 22:04h, 09 September

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

  • Kristina
    Posted at 22:19h, 09 September

    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! 🙂

  • Rosa
    Posted at 23:58h, 09 September

    Lovely pancakes! Beautifully presented.



  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 00:06h, 10 September

    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.


    • Marla
      Posted at 05:27h, 10 September

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

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    Posted at 03:12h, 10 September

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:28h, 10 September

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

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    Posted at 03:51h, 10 September

    Your photos always amaze me! These pancakes are stunning!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:29h, 10 September

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

  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
    Posted at 04:47h, 10 September

    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!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:29h, 10 September

      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!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    Posted at 05:28h, 10 September

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:34h, 11 September

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

  • leslie
    Posted at 05:29h, 10 September

    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.

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:35h, 11 September

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

  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Posted at 06:17h, 10 September

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

  • bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted at 06:59h, 10 September

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

  • Maria
    Posted at 07:36h, 10 September

    I want a big stack of these pancakes!

  • Marina {}
    Posted at 08:12h, 10 September

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:58h, 10 September

      Thanks Marina! Fun to do those blog updates from time to time 🙂

  • aida mollenkamp
    Posted at 09:08h, 10 September

    Woah, Marla, these look awesome!

  • Amy at Kid Cultivation
    Posted at 09:44h, 10 September

    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 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:35h, 11 September

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

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 10:51h, 10 September

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:36h, 11 September

      Come over and join us any time Heather!

  • Sonia! The Healthy Foodie
    Posted at 11:44h, 10 September

    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! 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:37h, 11 September

      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!

  • Brooke @ Food Woolf
    Posted at 16:38h, 10 September

    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!

  • Minnie(@thelady8home)
    Posted at 17:48h, 10 September

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

  • susan
    Posted at 20:49h, 10 September

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

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 21:03h, 10 September

    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

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:38h, 11 September

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

  • Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden
    Posted at 23:29h, 10 September

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:38h, 11 September

      Thanks so much Vera! Love your enthusiasm 🙂

  • Jen @ Savory Simple
    Posted at 04:35h, 11 September

    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.

  • Holly
    Posted at 04:37h, 11 September

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:39h, 11 September

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

  • Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
    Posted at 05:40h, 11 September

    what beautiful photos!!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    Posted at 10:47h, 11 September

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

  • Deliciously Organic
    Posted at 11:01h, 11 September

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

  • Kim - Liv Life
    Posted at 13:32h, 11 September

    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!

  • Kiran @
    Posted at 15:43h, 11 September

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

  • Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily
    Posted at 16:22h, 11 September

    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.

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Posted at 00:00h, 12 September

    Now that’s the way to eat breakfast!

  • Stacie @OneHungryMama
    Posted at 10:11h, 12 September

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

  • Priscilla
    Posted at 12:40h, 12 September

    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 🙂

  • Esi
    Posted at 08:39h, 13 September

    Looks like a special weekend breakfast treat.

  • Lesley
    Posted at 03:14h, 14 September

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

  • Darla | Bakingdom
    Posted at 11:50h, 14 September

    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!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:30h, 14 September

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

  • Cookie and Kate
    Posted at 08:09h, 18 September

    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.”

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:56h, 18 September

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

  • Alexis @ Hummusapien
    Posted at 08:14h, 18 September

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

  • MikeVFMK
    Posted at 14:38h, 18 September

    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!

  • shelly (cookies and cups)
    Posted at 06:24h, 19 September

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

  • Daisy
    Posted at 08:50h, 23 October

    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!

    • Marla
      Posted at 10:08h, 23 October

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

  • Jaime {sophistimom}
    Posted at 08:09h, 07 November

    Such gorgeous photos, Marla. I love these.

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:25h, 07 November

      Thanks so much Jamie!

  • MikeVFMK
    Posted at 06:45h, 11 November

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

  • Jamie
    Posted at 08:50h, 16 February

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

  • Sarah
    Posted at 10:17h, 26 March

    Where did you get those gorgeous plates?!

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:33h, 26 March

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

  • Billy Rhythm
    Posted at 11:35h, 04 January

    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.

    • Marla
      Posted at 13:17h, 04 January

      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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  • Meg @ BeardandBonnet
    Posted at 07:45h, 08 January

    G.I.R.L. you found a way to make pancakes sexy!! Those stacks are insane. Pinning!

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:06h, 08 January

      Thanks Meg! Not for lack of trying 😉 xx


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