If you google “best restaurant pancake recipe” like I do periodically (every other day or so—you know, whenever the pancake cravings become overwhelming) you’ll undoubtedly have come across several links touting one key ingredient to get restaurant-quality pancakes.
Malted milk powder. According to Wikipedia, malted milk powder is a “powdered gruel made from malted barley, wheat flour and whole milk, which is evaporated until it forms a powder.” Appetizing! Essentially, it seems as though it’s basically Ovaltine minus the chocolate. It lends that malty, toasty flavor to milk and anything else you add it to.
I bought some months ago (intending to use it in pancakes) and then got distracted by these cookies. It’s been waiting patiently ever since to make its debut in pancake form on the blog. But since a rather lifeless pancake test with the stuff turned me off the stuff, it’s only taken me about six months to try again.
Luckily, King Arthur hasn’t steered me wrong yet. I’ve been eying their oat and yogurt pancakes with malted milk powder for months and am so glad I finally went for it. They cook up in a perfect, thick puff—some of the most even-cooking, picturesque pancakes I’ve ever fried.
The malted milk powder serves as a mild sweetener and helps sop up some of the moisture from the yogurt, leading to an incredibly thick batter (thick batter = thick, fluffy pancakes. Runny batter = thinner pancakes). However, if you don’t feel like buying a special powder just for pancakes, sugar or an alternative sweetener also works (and would make these officially gluten-free).
For some reason, although these pancakes are already seriously tangy from the generous amount of yogurt in the batter, they seem perfectly balanced by more yogurt on top, along with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Oat and Yogurt Pancakes
- ½ cup regular or Greek yogurt regular will make for flatter pancakes. I used a nonfat Greek yogurt on the runny side. Any fat will work (nonfat, 2%, full-fat, etc.
- 1 large egg
- 1.5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons buckwheat flour
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons oat flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1-2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 cup malted milk powder (NOT gluten-free), or other sweetener
- Whisk the yogurt, egg and oil together until combined (I do this in my glass measuring cup). In another bowl, combine the flours, salt, baking soda, baking powder and malted milk powder. Fold the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients until combined. Mixture should be thick, more like a muffin batter. If you prefer thinner pancakes, thin out the mixture with a few tablespoons of milk.
- Begin heating a large skillet over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles on the surface, grease the pan with cooking spray or a drop of oil. I used a scant quarter cup of batter per pancake to get 7 pancakes, cooked in three batches. Each pancake should need between 1-2 minutes before the top will begin to look dry and bubble will start to form. Flip and cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute before removing from pan.
- Serve with additional yogurt, maple syrup, berries, PB&J, etc.
the Pancake Princess strikes again! I just did this recipe as I was feeling a little healthier than usual (the last batch I made was of your classic buttermilk) and they were amazing! I just added a few drops of vanilla extract and used whole wheat instead of buckwheat, but they were great – fluffy and golden brown! Congrats on your website!
Oh yay!!! I’m so glad these turned out well for you–thanks for letting me know Alessandra! 🙂
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY!!! your photos are gorgeous. haha you really are the pancake princess considering the things you spend your time searching on google 😛 but it looks like its worth it because these pancakes look dreamy, i’m going to need to try PB&J with pancakes
These look so yummy! I love using greek yogurt in my baking recipes but never thought to use it for pancakes. Thanks for the recipe! You rock!
Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
These pancakes dooo look perfect! SO fluffy! I love using Greek yogurt and oats in pancakes!!
Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
I swear your pancakes are almost too pretty to eat! They look delicious!
The pancakes look great but, these pancakes are not gluten free. Malted milk powder as you say is: powdered gruel made from malted BARLEY, WHEAT flour and whole milk, which is evaporated until it forms a powder.
Both barley and wheat contain gluten. Anything labeled as malt typically is not gluten free.
Thanks Becca! That makes a lot of sense and that’s definitely my fault for overlooking that! In fact, your link also mentioned baking powder as an item that may contain gluten, which never crossed my mind either. Thanks for the tip! I’ll make sure to watch out for this in the future.
Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
That puff! These look so light and cakey and delicious. Is it crazy that I’m not really interested in cake, but looooove pancakes. Love love love. Are you still accepting roommate applications?
Also, these photos are gorgeous! The styling and colors are so pretty.
Um, YAH. Can you start in August? 🙂
No, not at all!!! I mean it’s a little crazy that cake doesn’t capture your interest (WHAT?! Give me your tastebuds. That would be an instant 10 lb drop, I think.) but um pancakes yes not weird at all.
Thank you lady!! 🙂
Those look delicious!
I love pancakes (and that is an understatement) and I particularly enjoy those that are tasty and especially those that are healthy. This recipe looks PERFECT! Only thing that is wrong with it is that I stumbled across it after I had my lunch today 😉 will be making these soon!
So glad you like the look of these 🙂 Let me know how you like them!!
These pancakes look amaze-ballz.
Thanks Sarah! 🙂
The Wimpy Vegetarian
These look wonderful Erika! I’m totally making them. I love buckwheat flour in crepes, it makes them sooo tender, and i love the idea of making pancakes with it too. And YES on the yogurt addition. I add ricotta a lot to mine, but yogurt is next. Pinning this one to make soon ! Hope you’re having a great holiday weekend. Our weather is so fabulous!!
Aw yay! So good to hear 🙂 And interesting–I use yogurt all the time in my pancakes now, but I’ve never tried ricotta! Lemon ricotta is such a popular combo–I really need to jump on that bandwagon. Hope you had a fabulous holiday weekend! I definitely enjoyed getting out in the sun, packing in some pool and grilling action. Ah. Love summer!
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So fluffy and GREAT! I want a few for my 2nd breakfast, pleeeeeeeeeeeease.
I’d be happy to whip some more up for ya! 🙂
Nancy @ gottagetbaked
I have no idea what malted milk powder is! Is it like Ovaltine? I guess i could look it up but figured I’d just ask you instead 😉 You always make picturesque pancakes and these are no different – damn, every time I see your pancakes I’m blown away by how thick, fluffy and perfect they are! You’re killing it on the photography too – absolutely gorgeous! I need to learn how to take action shots so that I can capture a droolworthy cascade of syrup.
Yes! Ovaltine is a chocolate malted milk powder 🙂 So this is like the albino vanilla version. Thank you SO much–you’re always so complimentary about my pancakes 🙂 Haha…for those action shots–make sure to shield your camera from any wayward syrup! Or have someone else pour it for you. That’s probably the better option 🙂
How delicious looking! Love the double berries on top!
Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron
Stunning photographs… these pancakes look so adorably puffy and fluffy!
Thanks Ruby!! 🙂
Kaylie @ Skinny Muffin
Your pictures are fabulous. So much perfect light and color and blur:focus ratio. These sound yummy! Except I have no idea what malted milk powder is. Is that that stuff you put in malted shakes?
Thanks Kaylie!! Yes, it is–like Ovaltine minus the chocolate. Thanks for the question–I edited the post to put in a little more info about what it actually is!
Can you send over a huge stack to HK this morning? It is breakfast time and these look stupendous. I love the how these pancakes are hearty with the buckwheat flour and oats. Your photography makes me feel like I’m sitting at breakfast with you. Take care, BAM
Yes, be there in a minute! 😉 Thanks for your lovely words about the photography–still definitely a work in progress but I always love to hear your opinion! 🙂
I don’t remember trying malted milk powder in pancakes, but coming from the queen, I think I can give them a try 😀
These pancakes look perfect!
You should! It’s an excellent switch up from plain old sugar 🙂
Those look super yum and beautifully fluffy!! I love that you made them gluten free!! I saw that picture and it makes me want to go bike riding…after eating a whole stack of these pancakes first of course!! Your pancakes are always perfect looking.
Thanks so much Brandi. You’re the sweetest!
I love the drizzling syrup photo! Whenever I make pancakes (which isn’t very often at all – I usually go out for them), they are too thin and they look like a hot mess. I will give this recipe a try. I needed the help! Thanks!!
Yay! So good to hear, hope you like them! 🙂
I could eat a stack of those right now, yum!