Sunday, February 17, 2013

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Remember a while ago when I was searching for the best banana bread recipe in the world? Well last weekend I made the best banana oatmeal pancakes in the world. They were delicious. Almost like banana bread pancakes. Maybe a little healthier but I added peanut butter and syrup and I think that kinda takes from the healthy oatmeal/egg white/banana aspect of these pancakes.

I searched online for a good banana oatmeal recipe and couldn't find anything that matched what I had in the house. I didn't want to make a trip to the store so I combined a bunch of different recipes.

Most, if not all of the recipes I read called for you to put your oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Although someday I would love to try that, I don't have a blender or food processor. So I decided to just go for it and put my oats in whole.

Here is the recipe that I came up with:

3 bananas (they had been frozen, I let them defrost then smashed them with a fork)
3 egg whites whipped with a fork until fluffy
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract (this was all I had left in the bottle, might not have even been that much)
2 big pinches of salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup Oat Meal
1 1/4-1 1/2 cup flower ( I added a little more later because my batter looked a little too runny)
1 handful of chopped walnuts

Makes about a dozen small pancaked.

Like most recipes I decided to put all the wet ingredients together in one bowl and all the dry ingredients in another. Then combine them together. I smashed my bananas until they were all liquid-y.  I like chunks of banana in my banana bread but I thought for pancakes my bananas should be very liquefied. I also fluffed my egg whites quite a bit. I think really fluffy egg whites make for some really fluffy pancakes. Because I wasn't able to put my oatmeal in a food processor and I didn't know how that would affect the density of my pancakes. I wanted to make sure I could get some fluff with my egg whites. (spoiler alert, it worked!)

 After I combined my wet and dry ingredients the batter just looked a little too wet. I think that if I process the oatmeal in the future it would soak up more of the wet ingredients. Just to be safe I decided to sprinkle in a little flour. I was much more confident with the consistency after the added flour.

Just like regular pancakes, plop some batter on a hot pan, wait until the edges get all bubbly, then flip.

These turned out like fluffy banana bread pancakes. They were delicious. I put a little peanut butter and syrup on mine. But they are definitely good enough to eat "naked". And they didn't taste "healthy" (I only say this because the recipes I read online claim that oatmeal pancakes are healthy. I have no idea what the nutritional facts would be on these little suckers) and the larger oats from the oatmeal didn't get in the way of the consistency. 

We bought more bananas this week and Joe has already asked when I will make these again. I want to try adding coconut flakes or some macadamia nuts next time. Yum!


  1. Makes me hungry! Looks delicious!

  2. YUM! I will need to make these for Seth (and Henry!) love that you put peanut butter on top. Brilliant!

  3. You are one creative little chef! I would never even attempted to see what I could pull together without a recipe. : )