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Southern Johnny Cakes

Nothing's better than a plate of Johnny cakes... except maybe healthy Johnny cakes!

Southern Johnny Cakes
Southern Johnny Cakes

Some of the most delicious food in the world is Southern food -- much like these Southern Johnny Cakes. But often, Southern recipes are not known for being the healthiest out there. That's where this healthier version of Johnny cakes comes in. Made with cornmeal and whole wheat flour, this Southern breakfast has been transformed into a dish that you don't have to feel guilty about. Make these johnny cakes for a delicious breakfast that will have you smiling throughout the whole day.

From the Chef: Johnny cakes are an American classic, both in the northeast and the south. The addition of whole wheat flour helps cut back on some of the calories, so if you want to indulge in a bit of maple syrup to top them off, go ahead!
- Addie Gundry

This recipe is from RecipeLion's 103 Cookbook series, The Lighten Up Cookbook: 103 Easy, Slimmed-Down Favorites for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Everyone Will Love.


Preparation Time5 min

Cooking Time10 min


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • Maple syrup, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

  2. Whisk in the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and butter.

  3. Coat a griddle or skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.

  4. Drop about 1/4 cup of the batter per cake onto the griddle and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side until golden brown.

  5. Serve with warm maple syrup, optional.

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I had always thought that pancakes and johnny cakes were just different names for the same thing. I was a bit surprised to find out they're different. I've had whole wheat pancakes before but not ones made with cornmeal. These look interesting and I'd love to give them a try in place of regular pancakes. I've had cornbread plenty of times and I'm wondering how these compare.

Yum! These look delicious! My grandma used to make Johnny cakes when I was growing up. It's pure comfort food )


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