Start your morning off right with these fluffy banana oatmeal pancakes! This incredible stack of pancakes is made with a combination of oat flour and rolled oats, in addition to eggs, coconut oil, and of course, mashed banana!
This oatmeal banana pancake recipe is naturally gluten-free, made with whole grains, and a healthy breakfast idea any day of the week.
BEST Oatmeal Banana Pancakes on the Internet
Today we’re sharing a highly requested breakfast recipe — Banana Oatmeal Pancakes! Most of our healthy pancake recipes on Fit Foodie are made with a white whole wheat flour base, but today we’re keeping this recipe 100% gluten-free.
Can you guess what flour we used? You got it — Oat flour! In addition to oat flour, we’re also using rolled oats to get that texture. PS: don’t have oat flour? Just whip out your blender and blend up some rolled oats. In about 20 seconds, you’ll have homemade oat flour.
PS: you have to try our fluffy pancakes. They are seriously the fluffiest pancakes you’ll ever make.
WHY THESE ARE TRULY THE BEST PANCAKES
- Naturally Gluten-Free: all ingredients used in this reciep (if certified g/f) are naturally free of gluten.
- 100% Whole Grains: oatmeal is a whole grain, making these a heart-healthy breakfast.
- Protein-Packed: per serving, there is 10g protein. That’s pretty great for breakfast!
- Easy to Freeze: because these are freezer-friendly (tutorial below) these healthy pancakes are perfect for meal-prep.
What You Need
In addition to this recipe being gluten-free, it’s also refined sugar-free! Add in some vanilla extract and coconut oil and you’ve got yourself the best healthy oatmeal banana pancakes on the internet!
Ground oat flour: no oat flour at home? No fear! Grind up some rolled oats into a fine flour and you’re good to go! If you are celiac, make sure you buy the certified gluten-free version at the store. We suggest Bob’s Red Mill.
Baking powder: Baking powder is the way to go with pancakes! You’ll need 1 teaspoon.
Eggs: Eggs not only add fluffiness to this gluten free pancake recipe but protein too! If you’re looking for a vegan option, you can try using 2 flax eggs instead!
Mashed banana: Since mashed banana is the only true sweetener in this recipe, the riper the better! You can also sub applesauce, but you’ll need to add some maple syrup.
Vanilla extract: Can’t go wrong with a splash of vanilla extract.
Coconut oil: We nixed the butter and used coconut oil instead for a silky smooth flavor and texture! If you don’t have coconut oil, butter or vegetable oil will work.
Add more flavor
Looking to add more flavor? Add a pinch of any of the following:
A note on gluten-free: If you are hoping to make this recipe 100% gluten-free, please make sure you use certified gluten-free oat flour and oats!
How to make oat flour at home
Place 1 cup of oats in a high-speed blender. Blend on high until a flour forms. You can also use a food processor of coffee bean grinder.
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
Use Ripe Bananas: the riper your bananas, the sweeter your pancakes will be.
Cook Low and Slow: the key to making sure these pancakes cook fully is cooking them low and slow. So, make sure to set your burner to low and be patient! You don’t want your griddle or pan to get too hot or the insides won’t cook.
Flip When Bubbling: you know your pancakes are ready to flip when little bubbles begin to form on the outsides. The bottom of the pancake should be golden brown.
- Peanut butter: add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter to your pancake batter to make these peanut butter banana oatmeal pancakes!
- Berry: berries don’t have to be just for topping! Add about 1/2 cup of fresh berries (frozen works too) to your batter before cooking. PS: you can even use frozen berries. We prefer blueberries in pancakes, but any kind will work.
- Chocolate: add around 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and a splash more of almond milk to make these chocolatey. If you want it even more chocolatey, you can add some chocolate chips!
- Protein: a great way to get even more protein in your breakfast is to add protein powder to your batter! Sub 1/4 cup of the ground oat flour for your favorite protein powder (we recommend vanilla).
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Banana Oatmeal Pancakes FAQ
You only need 7 ingredients to make healthy banana pancakes. Mix together oat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, eggs, mashed banana, vanilla, and coconut oil. Then, cook over low/medium heat.
Yes, you can make pancakes with oatmeal! And, if oatmeal is the only grain you have in your home, no fear because you can grind your oats into oat flour in order to make the most delicious oatmeal pancake recipe out there!
We do not recommend using steel-cut oatmeal for this recipe as they are too coarse.
How do you make healthy banana pancakes without eggs? While we haven’t officially tested this method, feel free to substitute the eggs in these healthy oatmeal pancakes for flax eggs. Check out our tutorial on how to make a flax egg.
Banana pancakes are a healthy breakfast option that pack in whole grains, a serving of fruit, fiber, and protein! These banana oat pancakes are dairy-free, gluten-free, kid-friendly, and freezer-friendly!
It’s likely that your banana to flour ratio was too much. Add a little bit more flour and almond milk to your pancake mix. It could also be that you forgot egg, which will help make your pancakes fluffy instead of mushy.
How to Freeze Pancakes (and cook them too)
I mentioned above that yes you can freeze these pancakes and we highly suggest doing so! Whenever Mark and I make pancakes at home, it’s almost always a double batch so we can freeze some for later. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do so:
- First, let your pancakes cool completely. The reason we do this is so that the pancakes can come down to room temperature and stop producing so much moisture (steam). This will prevent freezer burn in the freezer.
- Then, stack 1 serving of pancakes (2 pancakes) together. Tightly wrap them in a piece of plastic wrap. Make sure to remove as much air as possible (this is also to prevent freezer burn).
- Place pancakes in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months.
Thaw & Cook
Option 1: Thaw pancakes in the refrigerator overnight. Then, reheat in the microwave for 60 seconds in the morning.
Option 2: Place frozen pancakes in the toaster or toaster oven and toast on medium until warm.
Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Begin by placing dry ingredients into a medium bowl. Whisk until combined.
- Then, mash bananas in a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
- Transfer dry ingredients into wet and mix until combined.
- Finally, add in melted coconut oil and mix again until combined.
- Heat a large skillet over low/medium heat. Spray with coconut oil cooking spray. Spoon on about 1/3 cup of batter and let cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Repeat.
Tips & Notes
- Unsweetened almond milk: If your batter is a little too thick (all depends on how ripe your bananas are), add a little bit of almond milk to the batter.
- Option to sub any pureed fruit for the mashed banana. Suggestions include applesauce or pumpkin puree.
- Protein powder: if you're looking to add protein powder to this recipe, you can sub out 1/4 of the ground oat flour for 1/4 cup of your favorite protein powder.