Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Banana Almond Oat Pancakes

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Update: Click here to see me make these on video with the 2 year old!

These were born from a recent brinner night. You know, Breakfast for Dinner. We’ve been having brinner at least once a week lately and it’s really a nice change. We save a bit of money, time and, for the most part, calories. Plus it’s just easier to prepare with stuff you have on hand instead of defrosting a piece of meat and trying to figure out sides. Oh and the kids love it! Especially pancakes.

Normally I make either my quick banana pancakes or my whole grain but last week I decided to change things up. I wanted to see if I could use oats and almonds in place of traditional whole wheat flour. I’m all about variety in our diets and finding fun, easy, tasty ways to get good stuff in the kids.

These worked like a charm!

Banana Almond Oat Pancake Stack

Both kids love them! Ryan ate 5 the other night, and Evan 2. We dip them in applesauce and/or syrup (Ryan can’t decide lol) and paired them with some fruit and a few slices of bacon. It was a fantastic dinner.

Now, I must confess they weren’t loved by all. My son happened to have a friend over and he was all excited for pancakes. When he took a bite of one (drouned in so much syrup it made me cringe) he said,

“Ummm, I don’t think I like these. They are brown and have cinnamon in them.”

It nearly cracked me up! I told him that’s ok, I try to make healthy pancakes so they are a little different and he said,

“yea, we don’t make them like that, mine are white.”

Banana Almond Oat Pancakes*sigh* I thought I’d be able to convert him with my tasty, hearty, version. Maybe one day my kids will say they don’t like traditional pancakes because they are white and tasteless. Doubt it, but one can dare to dream. ;)

Here’s how I make them…

  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats (80g)
  • 1/4 cup Almonds (35g)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Grind up the oats and almonds in a processor. I use the Bullet and it works perfectly.

Banana Almond Oat Pancakes - step 1

Just be sure to give it a few shakes because the almonds will start to stick.

Banana Almond Oat Pancakes - step 2

In a bowl mix the processed oats/almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and baking powder.

In another bowl mash the banana. Then whisk with the vanilla, egg, and milk.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients to create the batter.

Banana Almond Oat Pancakes - The batter

It will be on the thicker side.

Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat and spray with non-stick spray.

Pour batter on the griddle in about quarter cups (I don’t usually measure – this recipe make about 10 cakes)

Banana Almond Oat Pancakes - on griddle

Cook for 3-4 minutes. The edges with start to brown slightly and there will be a few bubbles. Flip.

Banana Almond Oat Pancakes - flipped

Cook for about 2 minutes until set.


Banana Almond Oat Pancakes - close up

I’ll give the nutritional information per cake for convenience.

Update: Click here to see me make these on video with the 2 year old!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
10 1 cake
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
75 3g 2g old: 1 new: 2
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
2g 0g 10g 3g

See other recipes using: almonds, banana, oatmeal

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    Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me

    November 20, 2012

    Definitely pinning this one. We have Brinner once a week, too, and I'm trying to come up with an arsenal of "alternative" pancakes! Bonus because we usually have all of these ingredients on hand!


    November 20, 2012

    These look really good! I have a question about the oats. I have bulk bin quick oats at home. Is there a big difference between quick oats and "old fashioned" oats? Would quick oats work, or not so much? (I find the difference in oats extremely confusing.)


    November 20, 2012

    They should work. Give it a try. Quick oats have been slightly more processed allowing them to cook up even faster but I'm guessing when you ground them up and use in this form the difference should be minimal. Let us know, ok? :)


    November 20, 2012

    Cool, will do. It may take some convincing to get my husband to try them (sigh) but they look great. :)


    November 21, 2012

    We're having Chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast tomorrow morning. I may try this instead but add the chips. :)DOH! I only have bananas for banana bread. Darn the bad luck!!!


    November 23, 2012

    These sound really great! Do you know if they can be made in advanced and microwaved later?


    November 24, 2012

    I made these this morning, and although it was a bit rocky (they needed to cook a bit longer on each side than normal pancakes), I was thrilled that my very picky husband liked them! Yeah! Thanks for the recipe!


    November 25, 2012

    I didn't have any bananas in the house, but DID have loads of left-over smashed (drunken) sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving. I simply 're-purposed' about a 1/4 cup of them for the banana. Total YUM! Since the sweet potatoes were made with tons of bourbon & butter, I'm sure the 'liteness' of the recipe has fled; but oh well, at least my post-holiday refrigerator got cleared out a bit. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Roni. I have added it to our traditional 'day after' AND 'Good enough for company' menus.


    November 26, 2012

    MJ - I always have a couple leftover and just warm them in the toaster. Works like a charm! :)


    December 29, 2012

    Umm...I don't like the white pancakes anymore b/c they are tasteless, same with pizza crust! I've been converted!


    January 7, 2013

    These sound good. I'm thinking about using my cocoa roasted almonds instead of plain almonds. Thanks for the recipe.


    February 4, 2013

    Hsd my daughter over for pancakes this morning and they were wonderful!! I replaced about 1/8th cup of the oats with 1/8 cup of ground flax and I added chopped pecans to the batter. I served them up with a small amount of real maple syrup and an almond milk chaser. Did I say Yummy?!! One medium sized pancake was very filling and satisfying. Had some batter left over so I greased my mini muffin tin with coconut oil and baked the leftovers for about 15 minutes at °350. Now I have mini pancake muffins ready for tomorrow's breakfast. Just heat in the toaster oven and serve up with warm maple syrup. My daughter is going to make some tonight so breakfast with her four children before running them to school is hopefully less caotic. Plus, we're sure they're going to love them. Thanks so much for an easy, healthy recipie! No more boxed pancake mix for this girl!! ;)


    February 4, 2013

    I made these fabulous pancakes this morning. Only thing I changed was the egg which I substituted with milled flax to make them vegan pancakes. These were delicious! Drizzled them with a bit of pure maple syrup and they were so good I ate almost all the ones the recipe made. Ooops. Thanks for sharing this recipe and may all lame white pancake eaters convert!


    February 9, 2013

    Could you use almond flour and oat flour? Instead of grinding your self? would it change the amounts used?


    February 11, 2013

    Lisa - I haven't done it but I don't see why not. Just use the same amount in grams. Hope you like them! -Roni


    February 12, 2013

    I really want to try this recipe. I wonder if they would still taste good if you used steelcut oats instead? BTW love all your recipes. Have tried many of them and really enjoy them. It's really helping me stay on track with my new healthy lifestyle. I have the tendency to get bored after a while and am tempted to cheat, but now I just try a new recipe of yours every week and am going strong!


    February 13, 2013

    Thanks Jessica! I have not tried grinding steel cut into a flour yet but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I make these about once a week and I'll give it a whirl. I'll let you know and post an update. :)


    February 19, 2013

    You already answered my question about using almond flour but I do have to say I love all the newer healthier pancakes . I make the extras and freeze them, the grandkids love them and they are good to just grab and eat like a cookie. I like them with blueberries too or peaches.


    February 19, 2013

    Jessica - I tried it but they didn't come out as good. Much heartier.


    February 19, 2013

    Thanks for the update. Where do you buy your old fashioned oats? I usually shop at Trader Joes.


    February 19, 2013

    They have them there but I normally buy them at the grocery store or even Wal Mart. Most places carry them.


    March 4, 2013

    Jean where do you get cocoa roasted almonds? PS Roni I love the sound of these cant wait to try them! I also love that you figure out th PP values! Thanks.


    March 4, 2013

    Kim, I get cocoa almonds at my grocery store, they are made my Emerald in the green containers. They also have cinnamon.


    March 22, 2013

    Blue Diamond makes them now also! I like both brands!


    March 23, 2013

    I am a bit of a disaster in the kitchen and my fry pan is in need of replacing, I made them with spelt oats and I used almond meal as I didnt have almonds, I think I may have added a tad too much milk as they were not fluffy and I did manage to burn more than half of them.. I made mini pancakes, about a tablespoon of batter for each one.. I made double the batch (bad idea for my first time as I am the unco-cook ;-) but I will freeze them and have 4 x mini pancakes for breakky (equivalent to 2 x normal size).. They will not fit in the toaster as they are so tiny, Rony what would be another recmmendation? Will microwave do?


    March 24, 2013

    I loved these. These will be my new go to pancake recipe. My kids loved them to. I need to go to the store and get more bananas so I can make a big batch and make enough for us to have a good quick breakfast during the week.


    March 25, 2013

    A few seconds in the microwave should do the trick!


    April 27, 2013

    Made these this morning and they were delicious. A hit with the kids too. I used porridge oats. I'm in the UK and think they are the most similar to old fashioned. I also used normal semi skimmed milk as almond milk is hard to get here. They worked great! Thanks for the amazing recipe.

    Angie All The Way

    June 23, 2013

    These were great! I also added about a tbsp of sprouted chia powder and a half scoop of vanilla protein powder and they still turned out really well! I LOVE pancakes that have a nutty texture. We don't have IHOP but any time we went there traveling in the US, I always got the fruit & nut pancakes and it turned me into a lover of nuts in pancakes. I also used 30g of almond meal instead of grinding up the almonds - I figured it had to be the same so I'm glad you included the weight measurement of how much you were putting in.


    June 23, 2013

    Thank you so much! We had these today for brunch and they were absolutely fabulous! I made them and featured them on my blog and linked it back to your site.


    July 23, 2013

    These were a real hit when family visited recently. I replaced the egg with a ripe banana because my granddaughter is allergic to eggs. Everybody loved them!

    Jen Morris

    October 2, 2013

    I made these today and they were delicious, thank you for the recipe! They are the first healthy wheat-free pancakes that have worked out (I've tried a few different recipes).


    June 1, 2014

    Made these this morning. Substituted the almonds with pecans, topped with leftover strawberries. Used coconut oil on the griddle to cook them. My batter seemed a little thin, but they came out great! (I actually prefer my pancakes thin and crispy, as I sometimes like to pack them for on the go food.) The only thing I wish the recipe stated was the amount of banana by weight or measurement. Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

    Joyce Madison

    July 16, 2014

    I LOVE THIS RECIPE!! I made it this morning and omg it was amazing! I was kind of skeptical about it because I tried the 2 ingredeint banana pancake recipe and it tasted like banana flavored eggs but this is very thick rich and taste like a cinnamon banana bread delight! I am going to get my family and friends on this pancake! Its so fluffy and beautiful in the inside , I love it!


    August 10, 2014

    Can i substitute cashew for the almonds?? :)


      August 12, 2014

      It should work. One time I subbed hazelnut flour and they were yummy. However cashews may really need to be pulsed so they turn to butter on you.


    October 12, 2014

    I made these this morning... uh-mazing! Loved that we didn't have to use flour to make these and they were just as good as any other pancake. I didn't use a banana, just an egg, milk and vanilla... I also made a strawberry maple syrup by simmering a few frozen strawberries with pure maple syrup for a few minutes. My husband was a happy-happy man!


    April 9, 2015

    Just love your healthy, easy recipes


    January 24, 2016

    We just made these this morning and they were a big hit with my French boyfriend who is very much used to "white" food. They taste so hearty and nutty, we loved em'!