healthy oatmeal pancakes with honey and butter

Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes

Fast, easy and made with minimal ingredients. These healthy oatmeal pancakes are a staple in our home for breakfast, snacks or a light dessert.

healthy oatmeal pancakes with honey and butter

Who doesn’t love a good pancake? Warm with slightly crisp edges and a fluffy inside. The perfect vehicle for carrying sweet deliciousness.

My family has an “unhealthy” love for desserts and sweet baked treats. I think it started with my dad. His mom had a super sweet tooth and it obviously carried over to my dad and then to us. Hence, I am always trying to adapt and try healthier versions of old favorites.

Pancakes, or flapjacks as we always called them growing up, hold a special place in my heart. They come with nostalgia and a story.

When my sister and myself were little, my grandparents would pick us up from school every Friday and we would spend the afternoon with them. There was never a shortage of good food and sweet treats in their house!

Pancakes were often on the lunch menu. I can remember the smell of them in my gran’s kitchen. They were perfectly crispy around the edges thanks to her lovingly frying them in butter. They were hot and fluffy on the inside when they reached your plate. They were spread with butter and then drizzled with good old fashioned golden syrup ( the one from the tin ). I can taste them as I type this.

What is it about food that is made with love? It leaves lasting memories and connects people in a special way. Maybe this is where my love for food started, with simple pancakes made lovingly by my gran on a sunny Friday afternoon.

healthy oatmeal pancakes with mixed berry jam and honey

The Creation of Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes

When I became a mom, I was always on a mission to create healthy recipes for my kids. It was a delight for me to turn an average recipe into a supercharged version of its former self, packed with as many nutrients as I could get in.

This healthy oatmeal pancake recipe was a hybrid of my gran’s original recipe and the trendy banana pancakes that were doing their rounds at the time. You know, those ones with just egg and banana? And although they were healthy they tasted like a banana flavored omelette.

I already loved baking with oatmeal because it had so many more nutrients than wheat flour and was easier on a tiny tummy too. What I loved ( and still love ) most about this recipe, is that you can throw everything into a blender or smoothie maker and whip up a great batter in minutes.

What Goes into Healthy Pancakes?

We have grown to love the texture that oat flour brings to baked goods, especially these pancakes. I also love the natural sweetness that banana adds to these and the extra moisture they add. I am also a real lover of coconut sugar and the caramel taste they always provide.

healthy oatmeal and banana pancakes in a blender

There are 10 simple ingredients that make these delicious healthy oatmeal pancakes, most of which should be in your pantry right now.

  • banana
  • egg
  • milk of choice
  • oatmeal
  • baking powder
  • baking soda / bicarbonate of soda
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • coconut sugar
  • butter for frying
ingredients to make healthy oatmeal pancakes

Quick and Easy

These healthy oatmeal pancakes are made weekly in my home. My girls love them as a Friday morning breakfast treat, served warm with butter and honey or our favorite jam.

As a dessert these are delicious topped with jam, whipped cream and fresh berries or sliced strawberries. My dad will often request these when he feels like a dessert and they are always light and delicious after any meal. They are super quick and easy to make and require being blended and poured into a pan to fry.

healthy oatmeal pancakes on a gridle

I love to double batch these and freeze half for an anytime treat. They are easy to reheat in a toaster or in the pan with some butter.

If you are feeling extra fancy, you can throw in some fresh or frozen blueberries or some chocolate chips straight into the batter.

Substitutions

  • Banana: If bananas aren’t your jam, substitute with 1/3 cup of applesauce or an extra egg
  • Coconut Sugar: Regular brown sugar, or maple sugar will also work well
  • Egg: Add and extra banana, 1/3 cup applesauce or 1 flax egg
  • Milk: Use any milk of your choice

I love that food tells stories. What recipe makes you feel nostalgic?

Yield: 10 Medium / 5 Large

Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes

healthy oatmeal pancakes with honey and butter

Fast, easy and made with minimal ingredients. These healthy oatmeal pancakes are perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea or a dessert.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Banana
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk of Choice
  • 1 1/4 cup Oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda / Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Sugar
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Butter for frying

Instructions

  1. Add wet ingredients into a blender or smoothie maker.
  2. Add in dry ingredients.
  3. Blend until a smooth, slightly thick batter is formed.
  4. Allow to rest while you heat a gridle, skillet or non-stick pan.
  5. Brush your pan with butter and add dollops of your batter into the butter. Make these as big as you would like your pancakes to be.
  6. Allow the pancakes to fry gently on a medium heat until the edges start to crisp and bubbles are forming in the batter and they begin to puff up.
  7. Gently flip over and cook the other side until golden brown.
  8. Wipe your pan and brush with new butter in-between each batch of pancakes.
  9. Best served warm with butter and a drizzle of honey.

Notes

If your batter seems too thin, add a teaspoon at a time of oat flour. If it is too thick then add a teaspoon at a time of milk to thin it out. Batter should be thick enough to dollop into a pan and slightly spread out.

Other optional toppings: jam of your choice, whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

Blueberries or chocolate chips can be added into the batter for a sweet twist.

For a protein boost leave out the 1/4 cup of oats and add a scoop or two of your favorite protein powder.

Can be frozen and reheated in a toaster or in a pan in some butter.

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