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Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

These gluten-free Banana Oatmeal Pancakes make a quick and easy breakfast. Lightened-up oatmeal pancakes are dense, yet fluffy and moist. Made with simple, wholesome ingredients.

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The new year usually means resolutions with light and healthy recipes. Pancakes can fit into a healthy breakfast, especially when they are a powerhouse of flavor and nutrients. They’re naturally sweetened with ripe banana and a bit of honey. The oats add a chewy, tender texture and lots of fiber to these light and fluffy pancakes.

Why you should make these healthy pancakes

These are made with nourishing, wholesome ingredients and are a super healthy way to start the day. You won’t find any wheat, gluten or processed sugars in these banana oatmeal pancakes.

Old-fashioned oats are rich in fiber and packed with antioxidants. Not only are oats full of complex carbs, but the fiber keeps you fuller for longer so you’re less likely to snack in between breakfast and lunch. The other ingredients provide a great source of healthy nutrients including protein, potassium, and calcium

An overhead shot of ingredients prepped to make Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients for making Healthy Banana Pancakes

  • Old fashioned oats: healthy and keeps you fuller for longer with lots of fiber
  • Milk and eggs: helps bind everything together and egg create a light and fluffy texture
  • Olive oil: a healthy fat with nutrients
  • Honey: Adds natural sweetness
  • Banana: healthy, naturally sweet and delicious
  • Almond or rice flour: both work really well and keep these pancakes gluten-free
  • Baking powder: a rising agent for light and fluffy pancakes
  • Peanut butter and maple syrup: for topping

Process shot of mixing batter in a metal bowl to make banana oatmeal pancakes

How to make Oatmeal Pancakes 

  1. Stir together milk and oats. Soak for 5 minutes. Stir in egg, olive oil, honey, and banana.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into liquid mixture just until combined.
  3. Preheat large non-stick pan to medium heat, lightly grease. Add batter to pan. Cook until browned and cooked through.
  4. Mix together peanut butter and maple syrup. Spread over waffles and serve.

How to make fluffy pancakes 

The secret to creating a light and fluffy texture is baking powder. Also, be sure to let the batter sit a few minutes before cooking for it to soak up liquid. Baking powder reacts with liquid and rises when heated, similar to cakes and other baked goods. Eggs will also fluff up the batter and create a light, airy texture.

An overhead shot of Banana Oatmeal Pancakes topped with butter next to a cup of coffee

Tips for making easy oatmeal pancakes

  • Lightly grease the pan so the pancakes don’t stick
  • Use a ripe banana for extra sweetness and best flavor
  • Feel free to add extra flavorings such as cinnamon or vanilla
  • Don’t skip the baking powder as it helps the pancakes rise and creates a light texture
  • Use large eggs for the proper amount
  • Use a 1/4 cup to measure out the batter into even batches
  • Soft peanut butter is best for topping. If the mixture is too thick, microwave peanut butter and maple syrup for about 30 seconds to soften so it’s spreadable.

How to store and reheat leftover pancakes

  • Leftover pancakes will keep sealed in the fridge for 3-4 days
  • To freeze: Wrap in plastic wrap and seal to reduce contact with air. Freeze up to 4 months.
  • To serve leftovers: Thaw in the fridge if frozen. Place pancakes in a toaster and toast for a crisp outside that’s almost as good as freshly cooked pancakes. You can also microwave them or bake in oven at 375 F until heated through. 

A stack of Banana Oatmeal Pancakes on a plate topped with butter

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes recipe at-a-glance:

Flavor profiles: Fruity and slightly sweet oatmeal in a pancake.
Texture: Thick, fluffy pancakes with a crisp outside.

 

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Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Gluten-free Lightened Up Banana Oatmeal Pancakes make a quick and easy healthy breakfast. With oats, rice flour, olive oil, milk, banana, honey, and egg.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword banana flavored pancake, lightened up pancake, oatmeal pancake
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Calories 342kcal
Servings 12 pancakes
Author: Matt Ivan
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed, defrosted if frozen
  • 2 ½ cups almond or rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter, room temp
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl stir together milk and oats. Soak for 5 minutes. Stir in egg, olive oil, honey and banana.
  • In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into liquid mixture just until combined (use more or less flour to reach desired thickness).
  • Preheat large non-stick pan to medium heat, lightly grease. Add batter (about ¼ cup per pancake) to pan. Cook 2-3 minutes per side, until browned and cooked through.
  • Mix together peanut butter and maple syrup. Spread over waffles and serve.

Notes

  • Lightly grease the pan so the pancakes don't stick
  • Use a ripe banana for sweetness and best flavor
  • Feel free to add extra flavorings such as cinnamon or vanilla
  • Don't skip the baking powder as it helps the pancakes rise and creates a light texture
  • Use a 1/4 cup to measure out the batter into even batches
  • Soft peanut butter is best for topping. If the mixture is too thick, microwave peanut butter and maple syrup for about 30 seconds to soften so it's spreadable.
  • Leftover pancakes will keep sealed in the fridge for 3-4 days
  • To freeze: Wrap in plastic wrap and seal to reduce contact with air. Freeze up to 4 months.
  • To serve leftovers: Thaw in the fridge if frozen. Place pancakes in a toaster and toast for a crisp outside that's almost as good as freshly cooked pancakes. You can also microwave them or bake in oven at 375 F until heated through. 
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (1 pancake)
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 145mg6%
Potassium 273mg8%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 155mg16%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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11 Comments

    1. That’s a great question but not need to cook them. Soaking helps soften and they cook a bit in the waffle iron. You’ll still have a bit of texture but that’s why I love oatmeal pancakes!

  1. Any morning that starts with banana pancakes is good with me. Plus, they are healthier which is an added bonus.

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