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Country Griddle Cakes (Healthier IHOP Copycat)

Country Griddle Cakes (or pancakes) made using oat flour, instant Cream of Wheat and almond milk to make it dairy-free!  My healthier version of the classic IHOP pancakes that they no longer serve.  IHOP Country Griddle Cakes were my FAVORITE.  I am a pancake fanatic anyways, but these were hands down my favorite.  So what’s a girl to do when IHOP stops serving them?!  Come up with my own recipe of course!

Now these are not an exact version of IHOP’s Country Griddle Cakes.  Their recipe involves buttermilk and oil.  I tried to “healthify” their recipe and make it so that I could eat them (lactose intolerant person over here).  Decadent?  Ummmm no.  But they are still good, just healthier!  Now you can have pancakes and not feel guilty about eating them too hehehe 😉

There’s a story behind my love of IHOP Country Griddle Cakes.  So back when I was a new cop, I was working nights of course.  My “lunch break” was usually around 10:00 PM, and there were only two places open at that time where a few of my fellow cops and I could go sit down and eat together: IHOP or Denny’s.  IHOP all the way and I always ordered the Country Griddle Cakes.  Because breakfast for dinner always makes sense and when you work nights your meals get all messed up anyways.

I blame the 15-pounds I gained while working night shift on IHOP pancakes.  So now in my older age, I am bringing these pancakes back, but without gaining the freshman 15.

Country Griddle Cakes (Healthier IHOP Copycat

Print Recipe
Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 5-minutes


  • 1-1/4 cup oat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup instant Cream of Wheat (dry)
  • 1/3 cup white sugar (I used Truvia sugar blend)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute (or 1 egg)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter extract
  • water, as needed (see instructions)



Place a medium sized non-stick pan on the stovetop over medium heat.


In a medium sized bowl, add all of the ingredients into the bowl (except the water) and stir until incorporated. Drop approximately 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of pancake batter into the pan. Once bubbles form on top of the pancakes, use a large pancake flipper to turn the pancake over. Cook until the bottom of the pancake is light brown. Remove from pan and set on plate.


Continue process until all batter is used. The batter may tighten up as it waits to be cooked. Add water to the batter until you reach your desired consistency. I had to add a tablespoon of water to the batter in between the batches I cooked.


Serve pancakes warm with Walden Farms zero calorie pancake syrup or your favorite topping.

Do you have any favorite restaurant dishes that they no longer make?  Do you love pancakes as much as I do??  Leave me a comment below!



PS- I linked this recipe up at the following link parties: Meal Plan Monday, Sugar and Spice, Reader Tip Tuesday, Pretty Pintastic Party, Foodie Friday.


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  • Reply
    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    January 24, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Those fluffy babies want me to cuddle up with them, stat! I love that you added cream of wheat! So something I wouldn’t have ever considered. But I am glad you put that idea in my brain, perhaps one day I will surprise the hubs with this recipe!

    • Reply
      January 25, 2018 at 6:37 AM

      Hehehe thanks! I tried to make them as healthy as possible…and I grew up on Cream of Wheat. However not sure why they call it Cream of Wheat?? My mom always made it with water hahahaha. You should definitely make these for the hubs!!! XOXO

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    January 25, 2018 at 6:05 AM

    I never had the country griddle cakes, which is probably a good thing because I’m sure I would have been obsessed too. What’s better than a big stack of pancakes? I love that you made a healthy version so I can try them without feeling guilty afterward :). Have a great weekend, Kelly!

    • Reply
      January 25, 2018 at 6:38 AM

      Thanks Kelsie!! Oh man….I wish IHOP would bring them back. I would indulge in every calorie of those yummy pancakes every chance I could get! Have a great weekend too!! XOXO

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    January 25, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    I’ve never been to ihop but these look perfectly fluffy

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      January 27, 2018 at 3:58 PM

      Ooooh!! You need to go! IHOP has the best pancakes!! These are a good, healthier alternative though 😉

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    January 25, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    Cream of wheat and oat flour, sounds like the pancake for me. I have to watch my cholesterol so don’t you think these will be great!!😍

    • Reply
      January 27, 2018 at 3:58 PM

      Thank you Amy! These would definitely be great for you. Give em a try 🙂 XOXO

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    Cori - Sweet Coralice
    January 25, 2018 at 5:34 PM

    Mmmm…IHOP! I would always get a side of corn cakes with my meal every time we ate there. I was obsessed…literally! My go to tho was always the crepes with the orange marmalade (French?) but they discontinued those now too 😭 These sound amazing! 🤤

    • Reply
      January 27, 2018 at 4:01 PM

      Thanks Cori! I hate when places discontinue our favorite meals!! I’m sure you could recreate those crepes though!! XOXO

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    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    January 26, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    I love that you used cream of wheat here!! These are making me crave pancakes big time! Happy Friday!! XO

    • Reply
      January 27, 2018 at 4:15 PM

      Thank you Katherine! I am a huge Cream of Wheat lover…grew up on the stuff 🙂 Have an awesome weekend too!! XOXO

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    Maria Doss
    January 27, 2018 at 8:17 PM

    My family is a huge IHOP fan. These griddle cakes are so tall and fluffy, love the cream of wheat addition. I’m so gonna try this soon, would be treat for the kids:)

    • Reply
      January 28, 2018 at 8:23 AM

      Thank you Maria! I love me some IHOP pancakes…and now I can make them at home and make them a little healthier too! Let me know if you try these 🙂 XOXO

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    January 28, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    My gosh…I don’t think I’ve been to IHOP in over 15 years…hard to believe! These look amazingly scrumptious!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2018 at 8:27 AM

      Thanks Colleen! I am such an IHOP lover!! I used to go several times a week when I was working nights hahahaha.

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    January 28, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    How did you like the sugar free syrup? I’ve never had their stuff before! Pinned it! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy.

    • Reply
      January 29, 2018 at 9:34 PM

      I like their syrup because it’s sugar free and calorie free, but it still has a somewhat thick consistency. I have been eating sugar free for so long, I am probably not a good one to ask, because I think the syrup tastes great hahaha. There is a tad of that after taste, but not too bad 🙂

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    January 30, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    IHOP has only recently opened here in India, and it’s a rage! And now I know why!! These look amazingly fluffy and yummy!

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      February 1, 2018 at 6:00 AM

      Yay! You TOTALLY need to go get your breakfast on at IHOP! Then let me know what you think!! XOXO

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    Sandra Garth
    January 30, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Your pictures are great and these sound amazing!

    • Reply
      February 1, 2018 at 6:05 AM

      Awww thank you Sandra!! I appreciate that!! Have a great day! XOXO 🙂

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