Banana Oat Pancakes Recipe

Yields: 4-6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
  • 2 medium, very ripe bananas (lots of brown spots for sweetness)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (plant-based or regular milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking oil or butter (for the pan)

Optional Toppings:

  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Fresh fruit (berries, sliced bananas, etc.)
  • Slivered almonds or chopped nuts
  • Whipped cream

Instructions:

Make the batter:

  • In a blender, combine rolled oats, bananas, eggs, milk, vanilla extract, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Blend until the batter is smooth. If you want a slightly chunkier texture, pulse a few times at the end instead of blending completely.
  • Let it rest (optional): For thicker pancakes, allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes. This helps the oats absorb liquid.

Heat the pan:

  • Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add a little oil or butter to lightly grease the surface.

Cook the pancakes:

  • Pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake onto the heated pan.
  • Cook for about 2-3 minutes on the first side, or until bubbles form and the edges start to look set.
  • Flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

Keep warm and repeat:

  • Keep cooked pancakes warm on a plate in a low oven while you finish the rest of the batter.
  • Add more oil or butter to the pan as needed.

Serve and enjoy:

  • Serve pancakes immediately with your choice of toppings.

Tips:

  • Banana ripeness: The riper the bananas, the sweeter your pancakes will be.
  • Pan temperature: Medium heat works best for even cooking without burning.
  • Don’t overmix: Just mix until the ingredients are combined. Overmixing can lead to tough pancakes.

Pancake Variations:

  • Add a scoop of protein powder for a post-workout option
  • Mix in a handful of chopped nuts or chocolate chips for a treat
  • Add a sprinkle of pumpkin spice for a fall-inspired flavor

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