Saturday, July 13, 2013

1-Year Blog Anniversary {And My Favorite Pancake Recipe}

 $0.06 per pancake          74% savings          save $61.80 yearly

Happy July 13th, everyone!

One year ago today, Pennies & Pancakes was born... and it has been quite the adventure!

I have SO enjoyed sharing recipes, frugal tips, price comparisons, and being connected to people from all over.  When I started this little blog, I never thought it would take off on a world-wide scale. It's been amazing to have readers contact me with question and comments not only within the USA, but from Australia, Germany, Asia, and other places as well. I LOVE IT!!

This morning I woke up, realizing right away that it had been exactly a year... okay maybe not right away... it took me a while to push through my foggy-minded state after being awakened (much too early) by a wailing 18-month old who's still adjusting to this new house and new bedroom set-up.

So it was more like an hour or two later when I figured it out.

It seemed obvious that, in honor of this "special day," there was really only one option for breakfast:

My FAVORITE pancakes of all time ever in the whole world times infinity...Or at least in the 29 years that I've been around to eat pancakes.

I love 'em so much! They are slightly different from my perfect pancakes recipe, because the goal is not to make these as cheaply as possible...though really the difference in price is pennies.

They are definitely budget friendly... and easy as can be.

The heartiness of the whole wheat with a touch of sugar and vanilla make these beautifully fluffy pancakes taste incredible! The real secret? The vinegar... and that's all I'm saying. I hope you're intrigued.

So, I quickly whipped up a batch before the rest of the household was awake... told you it was early.

No more foggy-mind. No more wailing baby (as her mouth was too full)... just me, and a pile of pancakes, strawberries, and blueberries dripping in homemade syrup.


Thank you all for reading, for your comments, for your emails, and your support! 
I love you guys! 

Favorite Whole Wheat Pancakes
Printable Version

*Makes 18 large pancakes

2 C. whole wheat flour (or combination of whole wheat and all-purpose)
2 Tbsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 C. milk
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla

*2 Tbsp. vinegar

Pre-heat a non-stick griddle between medium and medium low.

In a medium-size mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

With a whisk, thoroughly mix in the milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla until all ingredients are fully incorporated and the batter is smooth.

*Add the vinegar just before cooking. Whisk it in thoroughly.

Pour the batter onto the griddle to desired size. Watch the edges of the batter for dryness, and the top the middle of the batter for bubbles. Flip pancakes and allow to cook on the other side until cooked through.

Serve hot with desired condiments. Batter may be stored in the fridge for future use. Pancakes freeze well in an air-tight container or zip-lock bag.

~ Savings ~

Cost Breakdown
25 lb. flour - $7.20 = 94.5 C = $0.007/T = $0.224
12 oz. baking powder - $1.69 = 70.875 tsp. = $0.024/tsp. = $0.144
26 oz. salt - $0.44 = 48T = $0.004/T = $0.001
25 lb. sugar - $13.94 = 945 T = $0.015/T = $0.030
1 gallon milk = $2.68 = $0.1675/C = $0.335
1 dozen eggs = $1.79 = $0.15/egg = $0.30
8 fl. oz. vanilla - $0.98 = 48 tsp. = $0.0204/tsp. = $0.041
Canola oil - $6.78 = 256 T = $0.026/T = $0.052
2 gal. vinegar - $3.58 = 32 C = $0.112/C = $0.014
Total Recipe Cost = $1.14
Cost per Pancake = $0.06

The Contender
Kellog's Eggo Buttermilk Pancakes (frozen 12 ct.) - $2.82
Per Pancake = $0.235


"Over a Year" Scenario
Make Favorite Whole Wheat Pancakes 20 times = $22.80
Buy equivalent Kellogg's Eggo Buttermilk Pancakes (frozen 12 ct.) = $84.60

*Money Saved = $61.80


  1. Yes, I AM intrigued by the vinegar! :o)

    1. Good! Let me know what you think if you give the recipe a try. :)

  2. Happy Birthday, Pennies and Pancakes!! I am in LOVE with this blog. Thank you for saving me $$$ and providing delicious recipes!!

  3. I haven't commented on here before, but I found your blog a few months ago and just want to thank you for it. I've loved all the recipes I've made from here - black bean and lentil soup, crockpot refried beans, granola bars - to name a few. We are in similar circumstances to you, my husband just finished his intern year and has 3 more years of residency in anesthesia (just a few years behind). We have 3 young children and it's been very nice to learn to make more things from scratch. Thank you!

    1. Thank you for taking time to write such kid words on here, Marisa. Good luck to you and your hubby with the rest of your medical education... It can definitely be a challenge. I'm so happy this site has been helpful to you!

  4. You're back!!! YAY! Happy birthday to your blog and I'm so glad you're doing well. :=) pancakes for dinner tonight!

    1. Thanks, Kate! I hope you enjoyed your pancake dinner! :)

  5. Made these for my family tonight and they were a big hit! I added a little cinnamon and only added 1 T of vinegar (I was a little scared!) and they were yummy. I did 1/2 whole wheat 1/2 regular since my hubby is NOT a whole wheat anything fan. I didn't mention it, and he didn't notice. Success! :) Thanks for a great recipe.

  6. The above given recipe is really very nice. It is easy and tastes good. Thanks for such a great recipe.

  7. Ok....let me say it plain and simple. I have just come across one of my most favorite blogs. Can you guess who it is? Tag, you're it! Love, love, love your blog and you can bet that I will be following your blog closely and, I just pinned you! Thanks for putting a blog out there definitely worth following.

  8. We've used your recipe twice in the past week! :) Loved them both times. Thanks so much and happy bloggiversary!

  9. Just found your blog today and I already feel a weight being lifted off my shoulders at of your amazingly simply recipes. I've got one big burly man and a toddler to feed, plus another little boy on the way. It makes meal planning even more simple and helps me to keep from feeling like I'm going to go insane. I started making pancakes a few months back and fell in love with how much money it's saved us! Definitely adding this recipe to the box. Oh and I know I'm late buy happy blogaversay!!

  10. Was lookinh for a pancake recipe and discover your blog..tried the recipe just now with my little one and the result fluffy and light pancake that we wanted to leave a thank you message and will explore your blog more to find out more recipes that i can try in the future..thank you thank you.

  11. Today I came back to your pancake recipe after much wandering around trying others that had stuff added (pumpkin, apples, whatever) and it was a nice, simple break going back to these classic pancakes! We made them with coconut oil instead of canola and loved them! Thanks! -Tori


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