15 Minute Fluffy Oat Flour Pancakes
Craving a stack of fluffy golden-brown pancakes, but don’t have flour? You can make deliciously light and tender pancakes with oat flour! All you need is oats (or pre-made oat flour) and a few simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry. Not only are these oat flour pancakes tasty, they make a healthy, high-fibre breakfast recipe that you can serve with fruit, maple syrup, or your favourite pancake toppings.
If like me, you enjoy nourishing breakfast recipes but want a new way to enjoy the goodness of oats, I’ve crafted a wholesome oat flour pancakes recipe that’s perfect for slow weekend mornings or to meal prep for a busy week.
Made with oat flour, these pancakes are packed with fiber, provide sustained energy, and are gluten-free. Whip up a stack of golden-brown pancakes that are both nutritious and satisfying to start your day right!
What is Oat Flour?
Oat flour is basically flour that comes from oats! It is made by finely grinding oats into a fine powder, resulting in a flour-like consistency. These days, you can purchase oat flour in grocery stores or easily make it at home with a blender or food processor.
It is a versatile and nutritious alternative to traditional wheat flour that has been gaining popularity in various recipes, including pancakes like these ones.
Benefits of Using Oat Flour in Pancakes:
Being a dietitian, I can’t ignore the fact that oats – and therefore oat flour, are really nutritious! Here are some of the benefits of oat flour:
- Naturally gluten-free: Oats are naturally gluten-free, so oat flour makes a great alternative for those who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Note: If you have celiac disease, ensure that the oats or oat flour you are using are certified gluten-free to avoid any cross-contamination.
- Source of dietary fibre: Oat flour is a good source of dietary fibre, particularly soluble fibre, which helps keep you full after eating, stabilize blood sugar levels, and even lower cholesterol.
- Nutrient-dense: Oat flour is a good source of various essential nutrients, including manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. These minerals play important roles in things like bone health, energy production, and immune function.
- Nutty flavour: Oat flour adds a pleasant, subtle nutty flavour to dishes, enhancing the overall taste. I love the flavour that oat flour gives these delicious pancakes!
Making Homemade Oat Flour:
To make your own oat flour at home, all you need is rolled oats or old-fashioned oats (rather than quick-cooking oats – learn the difference here) and a blender or food processor.
Quick oats may work in a pinch, but the larger and flatter shape of rolled oats makes them suitable for grinding into oat flour and provides a better end result in terms of texture and taste.
To make oat flour, just grind the oats into a fine powder by pulsing the oats until they reach a flour-like consistency. It may take a few minutes of blending, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
This is the blender that I use to grind my oats into delicious, nutritious and versatile oat flour. My Vitamix blender is probably my favourite kitchen appliance!
How to Make Oatmeal Flour Pancakes:
Once you have your oat flour, here is how to make the pancakes:
Are Oat Flour Pancakes Vegan?
This oat flour pancake recipe is naturally gluten-free and can easily be made vegan.
To make these oat flour pancakes vegan, just use a non-dairy milk and swap the egg for a flax “egg” (just combine 1 tbsp ground flaxseed combined with 3 tbsp water and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes).
Meal Prep and Storage:
These pancakes are fantastic on a cozy weekend morning, and they’re also perfect for meal prep!
For meal prep, just cook a batch of the pancakes and let them cool. Then, store them in an airtight container and reheat (I like to reheat mine in the toaster!) and serve.
- Fridge storage: The pancakes will keep in the fridge up to 4 days.
- Freezer storage: You can store them in the freezer up to 2 months.
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15 Minute Fluffy Oat Flour Pancakes
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil, like avocado oil, canola oil, or coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- maple syrup
- fresh fruit
- Greek yogurt
- Add oats to blender or food processor and pulse to grind the oats into a fine powder or flour-like consistency. This is your oat flour.
- Add oat flour to a large bowl with remaining dry ingredients and stir together to combine.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredient mixture to the dry ingredient mixture and stir together until well-combined. A few lumps are ok. Set aside the mixture for 5-10 minutes while your pan heats up. This will allow the batter to thicken up as the oat flour absorbs some liquid.
- On a pan or griddle over medium-high heat, cook about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake until bubbles form (about 2-3 minutes)
- Flip pancakes and cook for another 2-3 minutes until they are golden brown on each side.
- Serve with optional toppings and enjoy!