I know I’ve told you how much I’m really enjoying my carbs lately! So much so that I am forsaking my beloved eggs for a more carb-rich breakfast many days. Again… who am I?
I was even tempted to buy some frozen pancakes at this week’s grocery outing, but after reading the ingredients on the box, I felt inspired to turn it into a do-it-myself project instead.
So, project pancake was underway.
I tried looking up recipes for heartier pancakes (the kind I prefer), but in the end I decided to throw caution to the wind and create my own!
Banana Nut Oatmeal Pancakes
- 1 1/2 c raw oats
- 2 1/4 c whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 c milk (I used 2%, but you could use skim or soy)
- 1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1 egg (you could use a flax egg if you prefer)
- 1/3 c honey
- 1/2 c chopped nuts (I used toasted pecans)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
First, I turned the oats into oat flour by putting them in the food processor
and pulsing until I reached my desired consistency. I left mine a bit rough because I like that texture in my pancakes.
Then I mixed all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
And the wet ingredients (including the mashed banana) in a separate bowl.
All together now! I added the wet into the dry and mixed well.
I heated up the griddle to medium and sprayed with cooking spray. Then, I used a 1/4 c measuring cup to equally spoon out the mixture.
As with any pancake, when you see bubbles, flip it! Soon enough I had 20 beautiful pancakes.
Not only did they look the part, they were hearty and delicious!
After sampling two, for blogging purposes, of course ;), I bagged up the rest and stuck them in the freezer.
Do the best you can to get all the air out as possible. In the mornings, it’s easy to grab two, pop them in the toaster, top anyway you desire and ta-da- delicious homemade pancakes await you!
Serving Size: 1 pancake (recipe makes 20)
Fat: 3.15 g
- applesauce instead of oil keeps fat content low
- oats add in fiber and cholesterol-lowering benefits
- honey instead of white sugar adds more nutrients
- nuts add in heart healthy fat and a nice crunch
- these are much more cost effective (not to mention a boatload healthier) than any frozen variety you could pick up off the shelves.
- WHOLE GRAINS!
Koda likes to eat whole grains, too… especially when they are leftover from “dad’s” brewing extravaganzas 🙂
Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well says
Awesome recipe!!! I never thought to make extras and freeze them! What a splendid idea 🙂 And, I’ll definitely have to try the applesauce and banana additions!
Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean says
these look so hearty! i always make extra pancakes with the intention of freezing them but then i just end up eating them 🙂
Hi Brittany! I’m a new reader and adore your blog, so inspiring 🙂 These pancakes look awesome and I’m very keen to make them… except I don’t have any applesauce and I don’t want to go to the store just for that, so if I use oil instead, how much should I add? Thanks for sharing!! And good luck with your last few days of pregnancy 🙂
Hi Lauren- Thanks so much for the compliment! 🙂
You can swap oil and applesauce at a 1:1 ratio, so use 1/4 c oil instead of the applesauce. Let me know what you think!
Colby Stellhorn says
I’m such a sucker for pancakes-especially banana pancakes! Those look so yummy! I also put a scoop of vanilla protein powder in normally …hubbs has no idea.
My hubby and I are getting back to our healthy eating we love! We had a crazy summer:-p I just picked up oats, and love this recipe. It would be perfect when I travel:-) Hugs, Terra
What a great idea! We always make “just enough” pancakes and waffles, but it would make sense to freeze them. Duh 😉 And this recipe looks yummy; I just added it to favorites!
Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says
Look at you! That’s quite ambitious of you…but they look delicious. I’m surprised you could stop at just two. 😉
Holly @ The Runny Egg says
This is a great idea Brittany — I don’t ever have time in the AM to make pancakes for breakfast (well, I could if I got up early enough!) but this seems like an easy way to have a nice breakfast each day.
Erin @ The Grass Skirt says
Yum!!! I definitely need to make these!
What a great idea for a quick, healthy breakfast! My husband & I have pancakes every Sunday morning and I’m going to try these out and freeze a few for throughout the week.
Koda is such a gorgeous dog! Mine always runs over whenever I drop food on the ground no matter what it is. He snuck a tiny bit of avocado the other day. Haha!
Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says
Those sound really good! I never thought to use applesauce in pancakes…I’ll have to give it a shot.
oooh! they came out so perfectly! 🙂
Those are some gorgeous looking pancakes! Served with a side of bacon and you’ve got one of my favorite breakfasts!
Ahaha, I love Koda. And that’s coming from a person who “hates dogs.” Why have I never thought to freeze pancakes and save them for busy mornings? Brilliant!
Corey @ the runner's cookie says
Oh this is a fantastic idea!! Right now I’m brainstorming breakfasts I can prepare in advance and eat quickly before I need to go to school..and this is an awesome idea. Just because I won’t have 20-30 minutes to take my time making and eating breakfast anymore, doesn’t mean I can’t eat things like pancakes 🙂
Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers says
Ooooo! Good idea. Those look wonderful.
yum! i think i will make these not for the freezer but for sunday brunch sometime soon.
Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty says
i absolutely love that you resisted the processed scary pancakes. you’re my new best friend (i promise, i’m lovely.)… and at the risk of sounding creepy, i followed you via smart kitchen.
If these don’t lure Baby D out, I’m not sure what will!! 🙂 All the best Brittany. Pats to Koda the grain eating dog!!
Thanks for helping me add to my recipe binder! I haven’t made anything yet, but I am stocking up on good recipes!
I love this recipe of yours. I am going to try this one. Thanks
Great recipe! In one batch, I added ground flax, and in another, for our toddler, I snuck in chopped carrots, extra flax, and frozen berries and mango. It was better than my batch. Thanks!