If there’s a pancake that qualifies as an early morning superhero pancake, a pancake that does it all, this is the pancake. Actually, these are the pancakes, but let’s just stick with the idea of a singular pancake for conversation sake.
This pancake is wholesome, healthy, naturally-sweetened, easy to make, and nourishing. You name it, this pancake’s got it from a nutritional standpoint.
This pancake will win over even the biggest white-flour-lovin pancake purest. Almond flour and oats are the perfect combo to win over anyone that’s not quite into the dense texture that sometimes comes from whole grains, like whole wheat.
This pancake also takes less than five minutes to make. Well, to measure and blend that is. Five minutes to measure and blend the ingredients into a pancake batter, which happens to be done in the blender. Yes, cooking the pancakes will add an additional ten minutes to the process, but fifteen minutes for a hot early morning breakfast? Yes, please! A time frame like that totally qualifies a pancake for superhero status.
Now, I did claim that this pancake “does it all,” so let me add a little disclaimer here. There are a few things this superhero pancake just can’t do…
- This pancake can’t get you or your kids out of bed in the morning.
- This pancake can’t get your kids dressed in the morning.
- This pancake can’t help you get to school (or work) on time.
We all knew that, right?! I add this little disclaimer because I also have some really good news.
This pancake will actually help you have more time in the morning, which means there’s no excuse for not getting up, getting the kids dressed, and getting to school or work on a busy weekday morning. As I said, this pancake truly does it all, including, making a busy morning easier to tackle.
Would you like me to introduce you to this busy morning superhero pancake?
Friend, meet the pancake, or more like pancakes, that save our busy mornings over and over again. These pancakes (let’s switch over to plural now) are made with simple ingredients that can regularly be found in my real food fridge or pantry: old-fashioned rolled oats (yep, the same ingredient used to make a bowl of oatmeal), almond flour, spice, milk, maple syrup, butter, and eggs. That’s it! The wholesome ingredients are all poured into the jar of a blender, and 60 seconds later…a pancake batter is ready for a hot griddle.
Yes, these pancakes are incredibly simple to make, which is kind of our jam around here (woah, someone had a bit too much coffee this morning…superhero pancakes and now jam?), but that’s not the real reason these pancakes save so many of our too-busy-for-a-hot-breakfast mornings.
These pancakes are an ideal meal to prep in advance. On the weekend, when pancakes are a necessity along with pastured bacon, I double the pancake recipe, let the extra pancakes cool, and then store them in the freezer for busy mornings.
On that morning when I can barely pull myself away from the comfy sheets (we’ve all been there, right?!), the kids need extra help finding shirts and socks, and I’m just not sure we’ll make it to school on time, these pancakes guarantee that everyone gets a hot and wholesome breakfast. That definitely earns a superhero status in our home!
The beauty of pancakes is that nearly every pancake recipe out there, at least every pancake recipe on Live Simply, may be prepped ahead and stored in the freezer for busy mornings. So add this pancake recipe to your weekend pancake rotation, and help it help you save your busy mornings!
Busy Morning Almond-Oat Pancakes
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 116 g
- 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour Almond flour may also be found in many conventional stores like Target and Walmart, and health food stores., 177 g
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup whole milk 240 ml
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey, 60 ml
- 3 TB butter melted, or coconut oil melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract homemade
- Add the old-fashioned rolled oats to the jar of a blender. Blend the flour for 20-30 seconds, until it’s ground into a flour-like consistency. Add the remaining dry ingredients to the blender jar: almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Then add the wet ingredients: milk, maple syrup, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Blend the ingredients for 20-30 seconds, until well combined. If you’re using a high-speed blender you may only need to blend the ingredients for 10-15 seconds. I love the thick consistency of this batter. If you’d like thinner batter and pancakes, add 2 tablespoon-1/4 cup more milk to the batter.
- Heat a griddle or skillet. Grease the griddle or skillet with butter, ghee, or coconut oil. Pour the pancake batter on the griddle or skillet. Once the batter begins to bubble, flip the pancakes. Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. These pancakes are very light and moist thanks to the almond flour.
- Enjoy the hot pancakes and/or let the pancakes cool before placing them in a storage container or bag and freezing for later. To enjoy the freezer pancakes, simply reheat the pancakes in the toaster or the microwave for a few seconds.
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Wonderfully light and tasty. Whole family loved it!
These are amazing! Made 2 batches tonight for morning breakfast. One just like recipe and one with spinach to make them green!
These are the absolute best pancakes! They are so good! I use coconut milk and cook them in a bit of coconut oil spray. I save my grassfed butter for topping them ;). Halving the recipe fits perfectly in a Nutribullet. I would love to figure out how to use this recipe to make waffles. I tried it just as it is and I ended up with a huge mess :(.
Hey GirlwithGrit, Yay!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the pancakes. The closest thing I’ve been able to recreate for waffles is this recipe: https://livesimply.me/2017/05/09/gluten-free-almond-flour-waffles/
my kids love these, and so do i because they are healthy and i have no guilt feeding these to them. These are also perfect for my 10 month old who is just starting to eat food!
Yay, Leslie! That’s so great to hear!
I make these all the time and keep a batch in the freezer always. They warm up nice in the regular toaster and the kiddos love these with honey for breakfast before school. Easy to make and easy clean up! Thank you!
This looks amazing. I literally want to go make pancakes right now 😉
A winning recipe! I love the idea of making them into a nut butter sandwich. Delicious!
Yay, Bonnie! I’m so glad you’re loving the pancakes.
The only pancakes I ever make now! So delicious!
Thank you, Julie! I’m so glad you’re enjoying them!
These were SO GOOD! And even better the next day, my little ones and I couldn’t stop snacking on them! Love that they are perfectly sweet on their own without maple syrup!
Hey Monica, I’m so glad your little ones are enjoying the pancakes! Yay! I agree, they are so sweet on their own. I love to use the pancakes to make nut butter sandwiches because they’re just so good without any extra sweetener.
Would using skim milk still work, or is the whole milk pretty essential?
Hey Noel, Skim may be used in this recipe and pretty much any recipe on my site :).
I have almond pulp that I saved from making almond milk. I dehydrated them. Can I blend that in my vitamin into a powder and use that? Or, should I play it safe and by it?
Hey Donna, For this recipe, I believe the dehydrated pulp will work well! Let me know how it goes.
Hi Kristin, could I substitute spelt flour for almond flour? Would the liquid ratio need changing? Really enjoying your blog especially the freezer meals 🙂
Hey Tammy, I don’t think the spelt flour will sub 1:1 with the almond flour. You could increase the oats, like this recipe: https://livesimply.me/2015/02/24/blueberry-surprise-oatmeal-pancakes-gluten-free/. I’m currently working on a pancake recipe for the fall with spelt flour :)!
Just made these for breakfast! I think I saw you talk about them on Instagram Stories? Anyways – fantastic flavor! Next time I am going to go crazy and add some spinach to the blender. Thanks! Lisa from This Organic Girl
Hey Lisa, I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Adding spinach is a fantastic idea!!
I wanted to make these this morning and just realized I am out of butter, can I sub coconut oil?
Hey Heather, I apologize for my delayed response…I’ve been away from my computer all day. Yes, coconut oil will work!
That’s OK, I already decided I am going to make them for dinner instead. Thanks!
Great idea, Heather! One quick note, you may want to reduce the coconut oil to 2 TB, just to see how oily the batter gets.
I’m looking forward to trying these for my one-year old’s breakfast or lunch. Have you ever tried adding any greens like steamed spinach to the blender to sneak in some veggies into the meal?
Hey Marta, What a great idea!! I bet you could definitely add some steamed spinach to the blender. I’m not sure how much…maybe a 1/2 cup to start?
I am so glad that I opened your newsletter yesterday morning & saw this recipe. We had about an hour before my oldest son had to be at swim practice. I had everything on hand, but substituted coconut sugar because we were low on maple syrup. My 2 & 8-year-old almost ate all of them. I snuck a few out for my husband & I. Thanks, and great video. Your kids are adorable!
That’s so great, Adria! I’m so glad your family enjoyed the pancakes!!
It turned out great! We will be making it. It was a dish the whole family loves.
Wonderful, Sarah! So glad the whole family loved these pancakes!
Thank you for sharing the recipe! I love the video, concise and straight to the point, not to mention the occasional distraction from two little cuties in the background helping themselves to the pancakes lol
Lol, I’m glad you enjoyed the cute distractions ????. Enjoy the pancakes!
I’m going to print this recipe for my kids to try! Doing the mixing in the blender would be a great way to simply the steps. Plus, easy to pour from the blender cup right onto the griddle.
Awesome, Alissa! I hope they love the pancakes!
I made these and they were delicious! I didn’t have almond flour, so I vitamixed up 177grams of almonds instead. Mine didn’t look quite as fluffy as your’s though… do you think my substitution was the culprit? It still tasted really good!
Hey Morgan, That was a great substitution idea! Hmmm, I’m not sure if the almonds were the issue with the fluffiness…possibly. I’m glad they still tasted good! Yes, the batter thin or thick? I’ve found that thicker batter produces fluffier pancakes.