Banana Oat Pancakes

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Banana Oat Pancakes made with fresh bananas, oatmeal, and cinnamon make a healthy and filling breakfast that you can feel good about eating.

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These Banana Oat Pancakes are simple, easy to make, and loaded with fresh flavors. Made with wholesome ingredients like bananas, rolled oats, and eggs, these flourless pancakes make for the perfect healthy breakfast recipe.

If you’ve been reading along with me for a while, then you can probably tell that I’m a big fan of pancakes. From chocolate pancakes to blueberry pancakes and even Greek yogurt pancakes, I’ve tried them all. These Banana Oat Pancakes are definitely one of my favorite variations. Not only are they made without flour, but they are made with ingredients you probably already have laying around at home.

Pancakes have always been a breakfast staple in my home, primarily on the weekends when we have more time to relax. One of the things I love most about this recipe is that the pancakes freeze incredibly well, so even during the week when I don’t have time to whip up pancakes from scratch, I can pull these out of the freezer and enjoy them.

These pancakes are made without flour, milk, or artificial sweeteners. This means that even if you’re serving someone with an intolerance to flour or milk, they can still enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast. Serve these up at your next Sunday brunch or make a big batch to freeze and enjoy throughout the week. I guarantee you’re going to love them!

Oat pancakes stacked on a plate with sliced bananas, hazelnuts, and maple syrup.

Ingredients and Easy Swaps

One of the things I love most about this recipe is that you probably already have most, if not all, of these ingredients at home. The key ingredients you will need to bring this dish to life include:

  • Rolled oats: These add a ton of protein and fiber to the pancakes, making them ultra satisfying and extra healthy. Quick cooking oats or oat flour will also work but I don't recommend using instant oats since it will change the texture. 
  • Bananas: The star of the show! Bananas are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. They’re also incredibly delicious, so they add lots of great flavor.
  • Coconut oil: This is a healthy dairy-free alternative to butter in pancake recipes and imparts a subtle coconut flavor. If you’d like, you can sub this out for melted butter or ghee.
  • Maple syrup: This all-natural sweetener adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the dish. Honey, brown sugar, or date syrup would also work in this recipe.
  • Eggs: These act as a binding agent to keep everything together. Vegan eggs will also work in this recipe. 
  • Spices: We are going to use salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg to add delicious flavors to the pancakes.

Health Benefits of Bananas

Bananas are known to be one of the most popular breakfast foods for weight loss and for good reason! They are low in calories and loaded with essential vitamins and minerals that promote a ton of impressive health benefits. Because bananas are packed with nutrients and easily digested carbs, they’re also known to be the perfect post-workout food.

According to Healthline, these are some of the top health benefits of bananas:

  • They help to moderate your blood sugar levels.
  • Studies have shown that they can improve your digestive health.
  • They have been linked to weight loss and can help reduce your appetite.
  • They support heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • They reduce the risk of degenerative illnesses.
  • They can improve insulin sensitivity.
  • They support healthy kidney function.
  • They can reduce exercise-related muscle soreness and cramps.

Recipe Variations

It’s easy to get creative with this recipe if you have ingredients you want to get rid of or changes you want to make. Here are some of my favorite ways to switch up this recipe:

  • Add chopped nuts: If you want to add a crunch and some nutty flavors, try adding some chopped nuts like walnuts, pecans, or almonds.
  • Add chocolate chips: All my chocolate lovers out there, rejoice! This recipe is delicious with chocolate chips folded in, so feel free to add your favorite kind.
  • Add fresh fruit: Try adding chopped fruit like raspberries or strawberries, or whole blueberries.
  • Add lemon zest: This can be a great way to liven up the dish with bright yet subtle citrus flavors.
  • Swap out the bananas: Try swapping out the mashed bananas for applesauce, pumpkin puree, or Greek yogurt.
  • Swap out the coconut oil: You can swap out the coconut oil for melted butter or ghee.
  • Add toppings: Try topping these pancakes with your favorite fruit compote, nut butter, syrup, sprinkles, shredded coconut, or whipped cream.

How to Store This Dish

If you have leftovers after making this dish, they can be stored in an airtight bag or container in one of two ways:

  • In the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • In the freezer for up to 3 months.

Oatmeal pancakes with bananas stacked on a plate with syrup and banana slices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions about this healthy breakfast recipe:

What can I use instead of bananas?

If you aren’t a fan of bananas or want to try a different flavor variation, you can use applesauce or pumpkin puree in place of the bananas.

Can you freeze this dish?

Yes. To store this dish in the freezer, I recommend first laying the pancakes out on a baking tray in an even layer. Place the tray in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before transferring the pancakes to an airtight bag or container. Once stored like this, the pancakes will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can I add anything else to this recipe?

Of course! If you want to spice things up, you can add vanilla extract, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or blueberries.

What should I serve with this dish?

This is entirely up to you. When I make these Banana Oat Pancakes, I love serving them alongside scrambled eggs and bacon. Enjoy them on their own topped with your favorite nut butter and syrup or serve them with other breakfast staples like eggs and bacon or sausage.

Banana oatmeal pancakes on a plate with sliced bananas, maple syrup, and chopped hazelnuts.

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Banana Oat Pancakes

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  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 1 tbsp butter (or melted coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

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Pulse the oats in a food processor to create oat flour. If you don’t have a food processor, you can skip this step but the pancakes will have a more oatmeal like consistency. Stir in the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Oatmeal being pulsed in a food processor into flour.

Mash the bananas with a fork. Stir in the butter, maple syrup, and eggs.

Mashed bananas being mixed with eggs and maple syrup.

Stir in the oat mixture. Let sit for 10 minutes so the oats can absorb some of the liquid. If after the 10 minutes, everything looks too thick, add a touch of milk or water.

Oatmeal mixed with bananas, maple syrup, and a touch of milk.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray and add 1⁄4 cup batter per pancake, spreading out with a spoon if needed. Cook for 3-4 minutes and flip.

Banana oat pancakes cooking in a skillet.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 101mg
Sodium 488mg
Total Carbohydrate 38g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 14g
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Charlene Barenk...
August 11, 2020 - 11:57
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These were a nice change of pace from my typical cottage cheese and fruit breakfast. Different texture due to the oat flour but tasty. Didn't taste as "eggy" as other ww banana pancakes. I added 2 tbsp peanut butter powder to this to add to the flavor. Thank you for the recipe,
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