Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe

Hearty Wholesome Oatmeal Pancakes

Can pancakes be guilt-free?

Yes, indeed. I call this my Hearty Wholesome Oatmeal Pancakes recipe. I hadn't made this recipe in a while but when I did my husband and I both said we'd forgotten how good these are.

Made with quick rolled oats and whole wheat pastry flour, the pancakes are wholesome without being too heavy. Continue that theme by serving warm, cinnamon-y applesauce or fruit compote over the pancakes. But any syrup you like will do well also.

Hearty Wholesome Oatmeal Pancakes

1-1/2 cups quick rolled oats
1-3/4 cup milk
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1-1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
Oil for frying

First, in a medium-size bowl, soak the rolled oats in the milk for about 5 minutes. (At least 30 minutes if you're using regular rolled oats. The "quick" kind works much better.)

Beat the eggs. Add the eggs, oil, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt to the oat mixture and stir. Don't overdo it.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle to 375°.  (At that temperature, a drop of water will sizzle and pop and evaporate very quickly.) Pour the batter by 1/4-cupfuls onto the griddle and cook, turning once. You'll know it's time to turn the pancakes when the bubbles start to pop and the edge is slightly dry.

My oatmeal pancakes recipe makes about 16 (hearty, wholesome) 4-inch pancakes. With a moderate variety of items on the menu, that will serve 8.


  • Add a cup of blueberries or chopped apples or strawberries to the batter.
  • If you appreciate irony, sprinkle some chocolate chips on each pancake while it's cooking on the griddle.
  • Serve with Homemade Apple Compote:
    In a large saucepan, bring 8 cored, chopped Golden Delicious apples, 1 cup raisins, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2/3 cup apple juice and the juice of 1 lemon to a boil. Simmer until the apples are very tender. Serve warm over pancakes.
  • Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes:
    Substitute 1 teaspoon baking soda for the baking powder and buttermilk for the whole milk.
  • Double the recipe:
    3 cups quick rolled oats, 3-1/2 cups milk, 6 tablespoons oil, 5 eggs, 1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 3 teaspoons baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Prepare as above.


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