Oatmeal Pancakes: A Love Song

Delicious! Gluten free! Coconut sugar!

Did that entice you? I hope so, because I CANNOT get enough of these cakes. I’ve always been a sucker for oatmeal pancakes ever since my mom made them for special occasions growing up. They’re dense, nutty, and hold on to that maple syrup for dear life. If you leave them for long enough (not likely) they’ll even get all crunchy as the maple syrup crystalizes on them.

Have I mentioned that they’re my favorite?

I’m not a fluffy pancake person and never have been. I like them thin and more like Magyar palacsinta (trans: Hungarian crêpes) than American pancakes à la IHOP or Denny’s. NB: this is not my mom’s recipe. I lost hers in the depths of my disorganization so I modified Martha Stewart’s Basic Pancake Recipe, which you can find here. It’s a delightfully simple recipe. I’ve made a few modifications, since Oats Are Better and I’m really into cutting out refined sugars. I’m still not sure if coconut sugar is a refined sugar, since The Internet is very vague on that topic, but I’m gonna say it’s not.


  • 1 C oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbls canola oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

So few ingredients!

Because we’re using oats here, I put them in the blender/food processer/Magic Bullet®. Pulse them until they resemble a very coarse flour.

Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix with a spoon or spatula or what-have-you. (yes, it’s really easy). Then wait for about 5-10 minutes. Give the oats some time to soak up some of the moisture and the mixture to get thick and sticky, as it makes better pancakes.

Use a ¼ C measuring cup to pour each cake onto a buttered, heated skillet. Don’t cook them at too high of a temperature, as they’ll burn on the outside and be raw inside. That being said, these pancakes carry less of a threat of being raw in the middle since they are so thin. Add in anything you like, such as chocolate chips, sliced banana, or roasted nuts.

We eat ours with peanut butter and jelly or pure maple syrup.

🍂 🍁 For a delicious fall version, use regular flour and add ¼ C pumpkin and only 1 Tbls canola oil. Add ½ tsp cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, & a pinch of cloves. 🍂 🍁

Serves: 2 (or 1 if you’re me and a total animal when it comes to pancakes)