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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Hi, I would like to try out this recipe. Can we add a banana for added sweetness, instead of the maple syrup to the batter in the blender.
Hey Santa, Definitely! May need to add more milk to get the consistency right.
These were wonderful. Everyone loved them. I doubled the batch and will be freezing for easy weekday breakfasts. Can you tell me how many calories are in each cake? Your recipe says it makes 12-15 cakes and calories are 172. Is that per cake? Or for a serving? How many is in a serving? Thx!!
Hey Michelle, I’m so glad everyone loved them! It’s 172 calories per pancake, that will depend on the size as well.
I just made these pancakes and they turned out so amazing! They fluffed up while cooking and tasted great. Will be making these again!
Great recipe! I’d recommend not making in the blender (past blending the oats). The batter is thick and you’ll lose at least one pancake’s worth, plus all the scraping needed. I’ll just mix in a bowl next time. Easier to clean, too!
So glad you liked the recipe, Debbie!
Would these work with almond meal instead of flour? Just be more dense I would guess right?
Ohh my goodness these were amazing!! I had to resist eating the whole lot!
Hey Gigi! I’m so glad you loved them!!
Thanks so much for the recipe! These were the best pancakes I’ve had in a while! I’m currently breastfeeding, so I try to stick to only eating whole foods which made this perfect. I made a half recipe since they were just for me and I also added in brewers yeast and flaxseed meal. Seriously, so delicious!
Yay, Mariah! So glad you’re loving them. Great idea!
Amazing taste and so easy to make!
Yay, Vanessa. So glad you liked them!
Can you use this pancake batter for muffins?
Hey Julia, I’ve never tried. Possibly. This muffin recipe uses similar ingredients: https://livesimply.me/blueberry-almond-oat-muffins-gluten-free-naturally-sweetened/
So yummy! All 3 of my boys loved these. Will definitely be rotating this into our meal plan.
Yay, Autumn! That’s awesome
I have not found very many gluten free recipes that have great flavor, I am very happy to say this one is great. Thank you so much for giving us a healthy and tasty recipe!
Yay, Teresa! So happy you’re loving the pancakes.
My kids love the Busy Morning Almond-Oat Pancakes recipe! We used So Delicious Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk with Cashew and Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats. They taste just as good when frozen and then toasted on a busy weekday morning. If needing to substitute the butter to make it a dairy-free recipe, I might try olive oil or maybe applesauce to replace the butter – 2 1/4 tsp olive oil to 1 Tbs butter… Thank you Kristin! These are so good 🙂
Hey Drennen, Yay!! SO happy you’re loving the pancakes. Thank you for sharing
Yum! I make these all the time and my kids love them. And I feel great making these for them because of the oats, and almond flour for extra protein!
That’s awesome, Dp! So glad you all love the pancakes.
what container do you use to store them them in the freezer?
Hey Maggie, I use a Gallon-size ziplock bag.
Hello! Can you please provide the serving size? I see calorie info but no yield. Thanks!
Hey Lea, 12-15 pancakes.
Yum! I just made these for breakfast and the whole family loved them! I’m so thankful I found this blog. I’ve been slowly trying out all the recipes on here and I have yet to be disappointed. You’ve made the transition to eating clean food so much more realistic! Keep up the good work!!
*Ingredient note: I don’t have a high speed blender so I used bob’s oat flour (already ground) and weighed it in the gram measurements 🙂
Yay, Karli! I’m so happy to hear that. Thank you for sharing. Very smart on the measuring.
My daughter just made these to bring in for her nutrition class. They are excellent! Hers came out quite thin. Do you think she mismeasured or do you have a suggestion to thicken them?
I love the idea to load the blender the night before too. Thanks!
Hey Pamela, I’m so glad you all are enjoying them. Did she use the gram amounts? If not, there’s a good probability the volume measurement was off a bit–it’s easy to do. You can add more flour if this happens again to thicken the batter.
My son is allergic to eggs. Can you recommend a substitute?
Hey Sylvia, Maybe a flax or chia seed “egg.” I’m not sure if that will work, but it’s the best possible solution I can think of.
If I wish to cut down on sugar and use less maple syrup, will adding more milk work? Thanks!
Hey Jane, Yes, that’s what I would do.
Hi Kristin, I make these pancakes all the time. They are absolutely delicious. I make them even though they never come out fluffy like yours. I thought I would try getting new baking powder and they STILL come out thin. Any ideas on how I can try to fix this? I am following your recipe exactly and although it was a long time ago, I’m pretty sure the first time I ever made them they were fluffy. Thanks in advance for your response.
Hey Candace, I’m so glad you all love them! Are you using the grams measurement? That may help.