Lightened-Up Johnny Cakes

Lightened-Up Johnny Cakes
This New England staple is typically seen as a cousin to the Southern version of hoecakes. They’re great on their own or paired with Greek yogurt and fresh berries for a range of flavors.
  • Yield: Serves 4–6
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10–12 minutes


  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Greek yogurt and fresh berries for topping


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  2. Whisk in the eggs, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Coat a griddle or skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.
  4. Drop about ¼ cup of the batter per cake onto the griddle and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side until golden brown.
  5. Serve with Greek yogurt and fresh berries.
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