Blueberry Barley Pancakes

Blueberry Barley Pancakes 1

Regret can be a tedious roommate to live with – some days are hard to slog through under the weight of it, other days I’ll find it has packed itself away in a closet, leaving me to get on with things.

Blueberry Barley Pancakes 3

I almost always get restaurant regret – since I was a kid I find myself wishing I had ordered whatever I see going by as I eat whatever it is I thought looked best at the time.

I know better now than to order pancakes when we go out for breakfast. I’m always lured by the short stack with a promise of butter, syrupy fruit and whipped cream – I’d never go so far at home – but inevitably leave feeling (appropriately) as if I’ve eaten half a cake. I prefer the grainier pancakes we have at home – this week it’s been barley pancakes, not too tweedy, but made with barley flour in place of the usual all-purpose. I find comfort in making pancakes – it makes me feel on top of things, as if I’m completely on the ball and I’ve already accomplished something first thing in the morning, regardless of the size of my to-do list. I should start adding “make pancakes” to it so I have something to scratch off.

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With blueberries from the freezer, simmered with sugar or maple syrup until they pop.

No regrets.

Blueberry Barley Pancakes 1
Blueberry Barley Pancakes 1

Blueberry Barley Pancakes

Recipe link


April 12, 2014

One of everything makes enough for 4 big pancakes - it's easy to double the recipe for more.

  • Makes: Serves 4.


1 cup barley flour

1 tsp. baking powder

pinch salt

1 cup milk

1 large egg

1 Tbsp. canola oil (or other mild veg oil - plus extra for cooking)


1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

sugar to taste (a couple tablespoonsish)


1In a medium bowl, whisk together the barley flour, baking powder and salt. Add the milk, egg and oil and whisk just until combined.

2Set a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle with oil and wipe it around the pan with a paper towel. Reduce the heat to medium-low, pour in about 1/4 of the batter and cook until bubbles start to break through and the surface looks matte. Flip with a thin spatula and cook until golden on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter.

3Meanwhile, simmer the berries and sugar (no need to add liquid - the berries will provide their own) until the berries pop and it looks saucy. Add more sugar or a splash of lemon juice if it needs it.

4Serve the pancakes warm, topped with berries.

Makes: Serves 4.

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10 comments on “Blueberry Barley Pancakes

  1. margaret
    April 12, 2014 at 7:05 pm


  2. Medeja
    April 13, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Barley flour is something I haven’t tried.. but I love pancakes and yours look just perfect!

  3. Jules @ WolfItDown
    April 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    These look heavenly Julie, so fluffy! I understand what you mean by having pancakes out, they seem to just add extra of everything just to make sure they go down a treat, but hearty pancakes can be packed with goodness too 😀 Just like you’ve proven here – want! x

  4. sara
    April 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Lovely! I am a huge fan of barley flour.

  5. Alanna Kellogg
    April 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    “Regret can be a tedious roommate …”

    WHAT a line.

  6. Pat
    April 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Now that really looks good! I am not too sure that my favorite market has barley flour, I will check it out! I always have the berries on hand in the freezer. Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. Julie
    April 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Barley flour is actually more common than it sounds – they have it in the baking aisle of most grocery stores, alongside the regular flour! Glad you guys like the idea!

  8. Irm
    April 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Ok…gonna drag my buttocks out of my warm comfy bed to make mini me some yummy breaki tomorrow…might even win me Mom of the Day!!!! Thanks Julie for being so damned awesome!!!!

  9. Karen
    March 18, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I made these pancakes this morning I added blueberries and chopped walnuts to the batter. These pancakes were delicious, your recipe is spot on! Thank you!

    • Julie
      March 19, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      So great to hear it!

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