Fluffy oatmeal pancakes

A healthy, satisfying breakfast option!

For me, pancakes have always been one of those breakfasts that taste great, but are rarely wholesome enough to keep me full all morning. Maybe I were able to eat a huge stack, say 8 or 10, it might be a different story, but I’m always a 3 or 4 pancakes at the most person. I’ve tried making oatmeal pancakes in the past but found they were a little too dense and chewy for my liking. A ‘eureka’ moment the other day after a friend asked me for a gluten-free pancake recipe made me load up my blender with ingredients and the resulting batter cooked up as light and fluffy as could be, despite having a generous measure of quick cooking rolled oats inside. I think I’ve found my ‘forever’ pancake recipe!


  • 3/4 cup (185 mL) oat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 3/4 cup (185 mL) quick cooking (not instant) oats*
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk**
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) melted butter

*To make oat flour, simply pulse rolled oats in a blender or food processor until they are the consistency of whole wheat flour. 

**To make buttermilk, combine 1 cup (250 mL) of room-temperature milk (heat gently in microwave to speed things up) with 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of white vinegar or lemon juice. Stir and let sit for 2 minutes.


  • Put all dry ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  • In a large glass measure (or a bowl), combine buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter.
  • Add liquids to dry ingredients then pulse in blender or food processor for 1 – 2 minutes until smooth and evenly blended.
  • Use about 1/4 cup (60 mL) of batter per each pancake.
  • Cook pancakes in a lightly oiled skillet on medium-high heat (or on a griddle) for about 2 – 3 minutes per side.
  • Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup.

Makes 12 – 14 four-inch pancakes.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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