Any given Saturday morning is likely to be a Vegan Pancakes morning at my house with these delicious banana oat flour pancakes. They are light and fluffy, sugar-free, and gluten-free!
Pancakes are my husband’s favorite, and Saturday mornings are a great time to make them for us. Many times, I will cook a double batch and freeze the leftovers.
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- How to make pancake oat flour in a blender
- How to make banana oat pancakes
- Tips for making banana oat flour pancakes
- Are oat flour pancakes vegan and gluten-free?
- How can I cook pancakes without using oil in the pan?
- Can pancakes be frozen?
- Other great breakfast recipes
You’ll love these pancakes because they’re…
- Perfectly sweet
- Freeze well
- Easy to make
These vegan oatmeal pancakes freeze very well and make a quick breakfast on fast-paced mornings. Top them with any fruit you have on hand and enjoy!
- Oat flour (made from oats in blender)
- Baking soda
- Plant milk
- Maple syrup
- Walnuts (optional)
Oat flour can be purchased in health food stores, but why do that when all you need is oats and a blender? It can be made at home for a fraction of the cost.
How to make pancake oat flour in a blender
The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.
Making these healthy banana and oat pancakes begin with blending up your own oat flour in less than 5 minutes. No kidding!
Simply add old fashion or quick-cooking oats to your blender, food processor, or even coffee grinder.
Next, blend or pulse oats until they are ground into powdery flour, approximately 1-minute or less. Time will depend on the power of your appliance.
If needed, stop and stir oats then pulse again to make sure they are completely blended.
One cup of oats makes just under 1-cup of flour. There is about 1 tablespoon difference, with the finished flour product being the lesser measurement.
For more information on cooking with oat flour check out How to Make Oat Flour & 10 Recipes that includes Zucchini Fudgy Brownies, Healthy Vegan Oat Bar, Zucchini Fritters, Breakfast Waffles, Blueberry Oat Muffins, Tootsie Rolls, and more.
How to make banana oat pancakes
First, begin by making the oat flour as described above. It’s super simple!
Next, add all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, walnuts) to a large bowl, and mix together. I love to use a really big bow for this because in a couple of steps we’ll combine wet and dry ingredients in this bowl, and I always like to have plenty of room for stirring.
In another smaller bowl, mash banana well with fork or potato masher. Add all other ingredients (vanilla, maple syrup (or unrefined sugar), apple cider vinegar, and almond milk). Whisk together thoroughly.
This is where the large dry ingredient bowl comes in handy. Combine both bowls–dry ingredients and wet ingredients, and stir well.
Heat large nonstick skillet. I use an Ozeri pan and am able to cook these with absolutely no oil. It’s my favorite!
Pour small amounts of batter onto the heated skillet and cook until the tops bubble and edges are dry.
Turn pancakes over and cook the other side for about 1 minute, until golden brown.
Serve immediately with maple syrup drizzled over the top. We also love to add berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries. To really hit it out of the park, add a dollop of my Homemade Vegan Whipped Cream!
*Originally published February 28, 2015.
Tips for making banana oat flour pancakes
- Ingredients- Thorough whisk together the dry ingredients before pouring the well-mixed wet ingredients. This allows for a much smoother transition of ingredients.
- Batter- If the batter is allowed to sit for a few minutes, it will continue to thicken. So, the batter for the last few pancakes will likely need to be thinned out just a little by adding an additional 2-3 tablespoons of almond milk.
- Faster cooking- I put the pan lid on my pancakes immediately after they are poured to help them cook faster and thoroughly even in the middle. Once I flip them to cook on the other side, I leave the lid off because the middle of the cakes should be done by then.
- Storage- Before freezing, allow the pancakes to cool completely uncovered so they won’t develop condensation on the inside of your airtight container.
- More pancake recipes- For a different variation, try these Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes by PlantPure Chef, Kim Campbell.
Sometimes we top these best vegan pancakes with peaches and strawberries.
Other times it’s diced apples and strawberries. Or really just whatever fresh fruits we have on-hand.
Plant-based vegan sausage makes a great addition when serving this for breakfast. It is one of the many products that I like to order from MamaSezz meal delivery service. It comes ready to heat and eat, and it can also be frozen.
A great addition to these delicious pancakes is my Smoked Tempeh Bacon.
Original vegan banana recipe adapted from The Cancer Survivor’s Guide by Dr. Neal Barnard
Are oat flour pancakes vegan and gluten-free?
Yes! These vegan banana pancakes are gluten-free. Oats are naturally gluten-free. The main problem with oats in gluten-free eating is contamination. Most commercial oats are processed in facilities that also process wheat, barley, and rye. The gluten in these ingredients can contaminate oats. For those that need to be particularly careful, these certified gluten-free oats are a good option.
How can I cook pancakes without using oil in the pan?
You’ll need a nonstick pan, and I highly recommend this Ozeri pan. It keeps the pancakes from sticking to the bottom and makes them easy to flip.
Can pancakes be frozen?
Absolutely! I freeze them all the time. When you’re ready, just defrost them be reheating in the oven or toaster. They are terrific and crisp right back up.
Other great breakfast recipes
- Best Vegan Blueberry Muffins
- Breakfast English Muffins
- Healthy Breakfast Scramble
- Fruited Quinoa
- Smoked Tempeh Bacon
- Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
- 15 Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas
- 15 Vegan Brunches
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Pancakes are my husband’s favorite, and Saturdays are a great time to make them. Many times, I will cook a double-batch and freeze the leftovers. They freeze very well and make a quick breakfast on some fast-paced mornings. Top them with any fruit you have on hand and enjoy!
- 1-1/2 cup oat flour, easily made by blending old-fashioned oats in blender, dry
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 1.5 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk, plain will work fine too
- Making oat flour is simple. Just put whole oats into a blender or food processor.
- Blend oats until soft and powdery. This will take less than 1 minute.
- Add all dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, walnuts) to a large bowl, and mix together.
- In another bowl, mash banana well with fork or potato masher. Add all other ingredients (vanilla, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and almond milk). Whisk together thoroughly.
- Combine both bowls–dry ingredients and wet ingredients, and stir well.
- Heat large nonstick skillet. I use an Ozeri pan and am able to cook these with absolutely no oil.
- Pour small amounts of batter onto the heated skillet and cook until the tops bubble and edges are dry.
- Turn pancakes over and cook the other side for about 1 minute, until golden brown.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup drizzled over the top.
Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Cholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 26.9gFiber: 3.5gProtein: 5.5g
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Sunday 12th of February 2023
Thank you so much for your great recipes. Because of them, the change to a plant based diet was easy. And I could even convince my reluctant husband to gradually make substitutions in his diet. These pancakes are fantastic. They are now part of our breakfast almost everyday. We top them with soy yogurt and blueberries or raspberries. And my weight keeps slowly dropping ! Again, a big thank you from Portugal
Monday 13th of February 2023
Congratulations on your success with a plant-based diet! That is so awesome, and I'm glad you like the pancakes enough to make them regularly. Wonderful to hear!
Wednesday 1st of February 2023
These are our favorite pancakes!!! Eat them with an assortment of fruit, walnuts and pure maple syrup if needed. I grind the oats then put everything in the ninja blender and blend. Pour into cooking pan right from blender container. Less dishes to wash! LOL
Wednesday 15th of September 2021
My husband can not stop talking about 'the pancakes'. We have been plant based for a little over 2 years and this was my first pancake try. I hit it out of the park!!! Thank you for the recipe. Tastes fantastic!! And he is still talking about them. I made a double batch and am freezing the extra so we can enjoy at a moments notice... thank you again.
Thursday 16th of September 2021
Hi Lue- Your husband sounds like mine, lol! These pancakes are a favorite Saturday morning event that he looks forward to too. I'm thrilled that they were a hit at your house too. Thanks so much for letting me know! :)
Friday 11th of June 2021
I've made these twice now following the recipe as is and using the Ozeri pan (which is wonderful - Ocean Robbins recommends it also) but...the pancakes just don't cook all the way through. If I leave them in the pan too long they start to but. I've tried turning down the heat and cooking longer but am still not getting fully cooked pancakes. It's very frustrating! I did not blend the oats because I already had oat flour on hand. Do you think that might be the problem. Maybe the store bought flour is too fine. I noticed that Barb (Aug. 15, 2020 comment) was having a problem also. I thought your recipe was going to be a winner but apparently it's not going to be for me :-(
Friday 11th of June 2021
Hi Brenda- It sounds like you might need to put a lid on yours while they are cooking. That would help with holding in the heat throughout the pancake. Maybe give that a try, and I'm betting you'll have better luck.
Sunday 25th of October 2020
VERY good Terri! Carole and I really enjoyed these this morning. I think next time I may use a half banana and add a bit more milk or applesauce. Nonetheless REALLY good! Thanks!
Monday 26th of October 2020
Hi Greg- It's great to hear from you, and I'm so glad that you and Carole enjoyed the pancakes. They are weekend routine for Mickey and I. Hope you two are doing well!