Whole Wheat Oat Pancakes
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Whole Wheat Oat Pancakes




We've become big pancake eaters in our house. My husband is sort of the breakfast master these days and Kenya loves getting into the action as his Daddy's sous chef. Many mornings I come down to the kitchen at the crack of dawn only to find the two of them partaking in their own little IHOP, and I have to say they're giving me a run for my money. Blueberry, banana, strawberry, even raspberry pancakes -- my boys have been on a roll. So, I set out to beat them at their own game. Or at least come up with something equally yummy.

This recipe takes no time to put together and it's a perfect opportunity to let your kids help you cook: whisking and dumping the dry and wet ingredients into a bowl is great fun for them. I liked the idea of using oatmeal in these pancakes as they add great texture and flavor. Not only is the end result delicious, they're also healthy and packed with nutritious ingredients that are the perfect start to a kid's busy day!

Take that boys!

Whole Wheat Oat Pancakes  (Makes 25-30 Pancakes)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 10 mins,
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We've become big pancake eaters in our house. My husband is sort of the breakfast master these days and Kenya loves getting into the action as his Daddy's sous chef. Many mornings I come down to the kitchen at the crack of dawn only to find the two of...


  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. 1. Place the first 4 wet ingredients in a bowl and whisk to thoroughly combine.
  2. 2. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
  3. 3. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until just combined (it’s okay if there are a few lumps).
  4. 4. Heat a large pan or griddle on medium heat and grease with butter or oil.
  5. 5. Drop about 2 Tbsp of the pancake mixture onto the griddle and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until golden.
  6. 6. Serve with desired topping(s).
  7. * Prior to serving you can keep them warm on a sheet tray in a 250 degree oven until all the pancakes are cooked.
  8. **Allow to cool and place in a ziploc bag, label and freeze up to 4 months. When ready, place in a toaster over or oven at 300 for 10 minutes or until heated through.

Accompaniments: Maple Syrup, Honey, Berries or Bananas

Whole Wheat Oat Pancakes

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  1. Terri

    September 13, 2016 at 7:33 am

    No buttermilk, no problem! Like others I used milk and added vinegar as a substitute for buttermilk but my batter was still super runny. I ended up making the following substitutions and they were delicious – kids ate them up!
    1 cup oats (instead of 3/4)
    Added 1 tbsp vanilla
    1 1/2 cups milk + 1 1/2 tbsp white vinegar (instead of buttermilk)
    1 mashed banana
    Also added blueberries

    Cooked them with a little coconut oil and served with blueberry yogurt.

    This will be a new breakfast staple in our home for sure!

    • C. McCord

      September 13, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Great tip. Yummy with blueberry yogurt!

  2. Connie

    September 1, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I made these this morning and they were a hit with my hubby and my three year old. Thank you!

  3. Jeanelle Jamison

    December 13, 2014 at 5:06 am

    I love these pancakes and make them once a week for my kids. I add one mashed banana and a teaspoon of cinnamon. They’re everyone’s favorite, including my husband!

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  7. Rachel

    March 7, 2014 at 4:42 am

    This is one of our favorite pancake recipes. We always use regular oats and I have to add vinegar to milk to make “buttermilk.” See someone else posted that their better turns pout thicker when they use real buttermilk, which probably explains why I have to add extra oats and floor to thicken it up. Today I added frozen wild blueberries on top once I poured the batter onto the griddle. Even yummier that way! Thanks Catherine!

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  9. Leyla

    October 31, 2013 at 6:28 am

    These pancakes are delicious! All of us (my husband, my toddler and I) loved them.

  10. Meg

    August 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I just made these with my 18 month old and 3 year old daughters. Super easy to make, without a very messy kitchen afterwards! We are on a gluten free / dairy free / soy free diet. I substituted the oats for GF oats and used GF all purpose flour mix instead of the whole wheat. Since we have successfully reintroduced her to butter and yogurt, I used Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk, which resulted in a tangy flavor that went beautifully with the agave and maple syrup. Thanks for such a yummy treat!

  11. Leesh

    July 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    These smell like oatmeal cookies to me! I thought they were a tad salty but otherwise delish. My batter was kinda runny too but I just went with it and they came out fine.

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  14. Melody

    February 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I LOVE this recipe! However, my 9 month old baby is not allowed to have cow’s milk yet. Can I substitute with almond milk?

    • catherine

      February 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Yes you can! But first, make your almond milk into “buttermilk” by adding 1 Tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar per 1 Cup of almond milk. Mix it together and then use as Buttermilk!

  15. Carly

    September 7, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I made these today and they turned out perfect, i used 2% milk and forgot the butter *doh* but was ever so pleased at how light AND how tasty they were even on their own! Thankyou for another successful recipe that we will keep on making in this house =)

  16. Rebeca @ The Average Parent

    August 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Update: I made these again today and noticed that when I used real buttermilk the batter was much thicker, as opposed to when I made my own buttermilk with milk and lemon juice.

    I also added some cinnamon, which was delicious!

  17. Rebeca @ The Average Parent

    August 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    another great recipe. Pancakes are a major staple in my house because they’re so stinking easy to heat up and the baby just loves them. these are fantastic! My husband (who hates all things whole wheat) even gobbled them up. When I made the recipe, the batter was really thin and thus created a thin pancake. So, I added about another 1/4 flour for a more fluffy cake. However, I think the flavor was better before adding more flour. Next time I’ll follow the recipe exactly and embrace the thin cake :)

  18. Natasha

    August 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Made these this morning. I too had to add more dry ingredients the the mixture. About 1/2 C – to a consistency that I liked. In this I added Oat Bran, as well as more flour.

    I used black strap molasses, but only 1 tbsp, as it has a very strong flavour. My son didn’t care too much for it, so I think I will decrease this more the next time around, if I don’t have any honey on hand.

    And of course, I had to add choc. chips, for us chocoholics!

    In another homemade recipe, I’ve added a whole mashed banana to the mixture. Much less mix in the other, about 1 and half cups, with 1 banana — YUM!!! Super moist.

    Thanks for this recipe. I now need to go and cook the remainder to freeze for later!

  19. Stefani

    August 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I made these with Buckwheat Flour and GF oats and they are fantastic! Topped with your baked nectarines with yogurt and honey they are heaven! Thank you!

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  20. Heidi

    July 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Great recipe! I added some ground flax seed, maple syrup instead of agave, 1 tsp of vanilla & 1 banana cut into small chunks….yummy & my 11 month old devoured them.

  21. esther

    June 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I made this today for lunch (^^ breakfast for lunch is so fun!), and my 17 mth old and I finished half of the batch in one sitting! yum yum yum! Thanks for the recipes!

  22. Lea

    May 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    My twins loooove pancakes too! Is it possible to mix the dry ingredients beforehand and store in airtight container or freezer?

  23. Anna

    April 23, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I made these this morning for the second time. Both times I had to use a lot more flour than the recipe calls for (almost double?). But they are sooo yummy! My 3 year old nephew and 5 year old niece are visiting and today we topped them with strawberries and bananas. My nephew kept telling me that “These are the BEST pancakes I’ve ever tasted!” And then he said, “I love you!” Both of them chose to eat the pancakes over the donuts that their mom picked up on the way to my house!! Yeah for a healthy, and yummy breakfast!! :)

  24. Jen

    March 31, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Planning on making these in the am…I only have toasted oat bran, do you think that would be okay to sub for quick oats?

  25. Morgan

    February 6, 2011 at 11:15 am

    My girls (ages 2 & 5) loved these! Will be making again very soon!

  26. Christian

    January 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    What can i substitute the agave for?

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  28. Jill

    October 17, 2010 at 7:49 am

    My hubby loves these better than pancakes made with white flour and my 9 month old gobbles up the little ones I make her! I add vanilla and cinnamon to the batch and they smell so great! Next I’m going to add a few tablespoons of pumpkin I think!

  29. Coasting anon

    October 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I love this recipe so much! Just made my fourth double batch since discovering this however long ago…the hardest part is not eating all of them as they come off the griddle.

    Bset. Pancakes. Evah!!

  30. Jewel

    September 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I love these pancakes…so does my 21 month old. I have bought healthy pancake mixes and they would turn out dense and not very flavorful. These are fluffy and delicious! Thank you!

  31. Mariann

    August 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Oh my these are so delicious!!! I feel so much better cooking from scratch! No processed crap in this house anymore. It takes more time, yes, but I feel amazing! My 4year old helped and is eating hers as I type!

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  33. Kelly Hoekstra

    July 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    The recipe sounds great! We love you Catherine and have tried alot of your recipes for my 10 month old son and 4 year old daughter! My daughter cant wait to make the pizza pinwheels thanks alot!

    • catherine

      July 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you!!

  34. Gretta

    July 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Can I substitute something else for the buttermilk? It’s not something I usually have on hand. Also could I substitute something (honey?) for the agave?

    • catherine

      July 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm

      If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, just had one tbsp of lemon juice to the amount of milk called for and let it sit for 10 min and you have buttermilk! You can use honey for the agave as well :)

      • Rebeca @ The Average Parent

        August 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

        I noticed that when I used real buttermilk the batter was much thicker, as opposed to when I made my own buttermilk with milk and lemon juice.

      • Morgan

        March 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

        Is there something else you could substitute for the agave? My twins aren’t 12mos and can’t have honey just yet.

        • catherine

          March 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

          You can use maple syrup :)

        • Stacy

          March 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

          We use molasses in a similar recipe. It also has iron in it, at least the blackstrap molasses. Not sure if regular molasses does.

  35. shauna

    June 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Can I use whole milk instead of buttermilk?

  36. TwinMom

    February 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I just made this (with my twin boys helping) for a quick lunch today. And they loved it! I also added flax seeds to the mix. Thanks so much for the healthy recipe. I enjoy checking your website daily to get inspiration for healthy recipes!

  37. Megan

    February 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Also awesome about pancake- you can wrap them individually and freeze them! On lazy mornings- pop them in the toaster to reheat and VOILA!

  38. Foxmom

    February 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Mmm! My twins love pancakes. Do you think it would work as well with just regular rolled oats? I always keep those on hand. Thanks!

    • catherine

      May 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      Yes it would!