Banana Bread Oat Pancakes Recipe
Healthy, Delicious, Toddler-Approved.
Next to pizza (mmm, glorious pizza), pancakes are my favourite food. I scour cities and coveted brunch spots to find the best ones. I have a local spot where I legitimately went every Friday when I was pregnant as my “me time” to crush a stack of griddle cakes in a Wi-Fi free space. (I take the twins there now, it’s way more fun, but far less quiet, lol.)
For some, pancakes may seem like a special occasion food. Something that requires lots of prep and planning, and time. I’ll be the first to tell you, pancakes can be easy. Pancakes can be very healthy. And pancakes can be a regular part of your families’ meal plan – especially when you are using high-quality, whole and unprocessed ingredients like eggs (none if this out of the box just add water business. Hell. No.)
I can make pancakes in my sleep. And here’s how you can, too.
First off, spend 10 minutes the next time you’re grocery shopping and load up on the quality ingredients I mentioned up top. Don’t skimp out on the nutrition here, your body (and your taste buds) will thank you. Pick up nutritious eggs, your milk or mylk of choice (we are a big oat milk family), some healthy add-ons like chia seeds, flaxseed, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla extract (opt for real, not synthetic, though the price difference is high so is the quality. Same goes for maple syrup).
By selecting nutritional ingredients that make your body happy, you’re really doing your health a favour. One serving of eggs alone packs a punch with 13g of high-quality protein, and a slew of minerals like iron, selenium, folate, and vitamins like A, D, B12 and E. To make sure your breakfast is full of protein to keep you full until lunch, I suggest whipping up a simple scrambled or fried egg to eat alongside the pancakes. For more about the nutritional benefits of eggs and ways you can incorporate them into any meal, see here.
Secondly, once you’ve invested in these ingredients, you’ll be stocked up for a while. Meaning, you’ll already have them on hand when the urge to pancake-ify and egg-ify your breakfast comes a calling.
So, as I said, I can make pancakes in my sleep but until this recipe, I hadn’t used oats as a flour substitute before. Truthfully, it took me 3 tries from an existing recipe until I was happy with the one I’m showing you. Without further ado, here’s the how-to!
Banana Bread Pancakes Recipe //
Double the fun: Double up your batch and make pancakes to freeze. I freeze mine in pairs and then pop them in the toaster for the twins’ afternoon snack, or when we’re in a pinch for breakfast. I often pair these with hard-boiled eggs I cook in advance, too.
Get your swap on! The fruit, nuts, and seeds can all be swapped for other nutritious options. There’s no shortage of creative ways to include these healthy fats in your batter.
Milk does a pancake good: Same goes with your milk of choice. This recipe works will all milk and milk substitutes.
So fruity: You can also include the fruit toppings in the batter. I find this works best with mashed blueberries or chopped strawberries.
Be sure to check out the other great ways to include eggs into your family’s meals on eggs.ca. There’s lots of inspiration to go around ☺