I decided I wanted to make some Oat Banana Blueberry Pancakes from the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, but those were vegan and I only had buttermilk. Plus, buttermilk pancakes sounded fantastic. So I modified the recipe and all I can say is YUM. These are so many levels of delicious. As always, the oat and banana go great together. The coconut oil and buttermilk add depth and a more complex flavor. I enjoyed them plain and with blueberries, but they can also be made with any other pancake mix-in you enjoy. These clean and healthy pancakes are sweet, rich, moist, chewy, and awesome. If you want, serve with maple syrup or nut butter, but I liked them best just on their own.
These pancakes cook up very similar to normal wheat pancakes, as far as what to look for when flipping. I would recommend cooking them in a cast iron pan. I tried a stainless steel pan with coconut oil, but it turned out like this:
But let’s just pretend all my pancakes turned out beautifully like the ones in that first picture. Deal? Deal.
Oat Banana Pancakes
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 tbsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 tbsp melted virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey
1 small banana, mashed
1/2 cup mix-ins, such as berries, chocolate chips, or nuts (optional)
- Place oats in a food processor and process until finely ground. Combine with baking soda.
- Mix buttermilk, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and mashed banana in a large bowl.
- Add oats and baking soda to wet mixture and mix until combined.
- (Optional): Fold mix-ins into batter.
- Heat a cast iron pan, with a small amount of oil, over medium to medium-low heat.
- Pour a small amount of batter, about 1/4 cup, into pan. You may want to use your measuring cup or the back of a spoon to press the pancake slightly thinner in the center.
- Cook pancake until the sides are set and when bubbles pop on top, the space does not immediately fill (like cooking a normal pancake). The bottom should be browned, but not burnt.
- Flip pancake. It may help to use a metal spatula to work pancake up off pan first. Cook until other side is browned.
- Enjoy! These are good plain, with syrup, with nut butter, or even microwaved for a minute (until warm) after being frozen.