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These dairy-free, gluten-free oat flour pancakes are a delicious alternative to traditional pancakes. This is such a healthy, frugal breakfast recipe!
Pancakes happen just about every weekend in my house.
Depending on the mood of the person who’s making them, they take many different forms. We make them with wheat flour, white flour, gluten-free flour, or a combination.
These oat flour pancakes are one of my favorite versions. Oats are a nutritious option for breakfast, so it’s natural to enjoy them in pancake form on the weekends. The flavor is delicious, and it’s great to have another way to incorporate oats into my family’s diet.
How to Make Oat Flour Pancakes
Step One: Make Oat Flour
Place 2 cups of rolled oats in a high-powered blender or food processor. Process on high for 20 to 30 seconds, or until you have 2 cups of fine oat flour. (Skip this step if you’re using pre-packaged oat flour.)
Step Two: Prepare the Dry Ingredients
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
Step Three: Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients
In a large bowl, mix the eggs, coconut milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
Step Four: Cook the Oat Flour Pancakes
Heat a griddle pan over medium high heat. Lower the heat to medium low, then pour circles of batter onto the griddle. Use about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake to get 12 pancakes.
Cook for one to two minutes on each side. Flip when the surface of the pancakes are dotted with small bubbles. They should be lightly browned and have a light, fluffy texture. Serve with fruit and maple syrup.
All About Oat Flour
What is Oat Flour?
Oats that are ground into a fine powder are called oat flour. Quick oats or old fashioned (rolled) oats can be easily made into oat flour. Steel cut oats won’t work as well since they’re more difficult to grind smoothly.
Can I replace all-purpose flour with oat flour?
In many recipes, you can substitute oat flour for all-purpose flour with successful results. Sometimes a little more baking powder is needed since oat flour and white flour rise a bit differently.
How Do You Make Oat Flour?
You can buy pre-packaged oat flour, or you can make your own by grinding oats in a high powered blender. Blend old fashioned oats at a high speed for about 20 to 30 seconds to get a fairly smooth flour.
How Much Does Oat Flour Cost?
It takes about a cup of rolled oats to make a cup of oat flour. This quantity of oats from Costco costs about $.10. This is actually more affordable than any other flour I’ve used to make pancakes.
Is it Cheaper to Buy Oat Flour or Make It?
A cup of pre-packaged Bob’s Red Mill oat flour costs about $.76 per cup. While it’s much more frugal to grind your own oat flour, you may want to grab a bag of already ground flour to save time in the morning when you’re making these oat flour pancakes.
Where to Buy Oat Flour?
You can purchase packaged oat flour in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. It’s sometimes found with the gluten-free baking supplies.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s best to cook these pancakes immediately after making the pancake batter. If you leave it sitting for a while (or refrigerate overnight), the batter will thicken due to the oats. If this happens, just add an additional ¼ cup of non-dairy milk to the thickened batter. This should return it to a pourable consistency to make the pancakes.
If the oat flavor is too strong for your family in these oat flour pancakes, try substituting gluten-free flour or white whole wheat flour for up to half the oat flour in this recipe. You can also use oat milk, almond milk, or any other type of milk in these pancakes.
I like to cook all the pancakes, and then store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days. They can be heated briefly in the microwave or toaster oven before serving. Leftover pancakes can be placed in the freezer in an airtight container.
Properly made oat flour pancakes shouldn’t fall apart. The proportion of wet ingredients to dry ingredients in this recipe results in pancakes that hold together well.
If a pancake recipe has too much moisture, as is often the case with banana pancakes, they can be mushy. These pancakes should be light and fluffy. Add a bit of extra oat flour if the batter seems too thin.
Expert Tips for Fluffy Pancakes Made with Oat Flour
Oat Flour Pancake Ingredients
The oat flour can be homemade or store-bought. Baking powder, cinnamon, and salt are the other dry ingredients in this recipe. Eggs, non-dairy milk, oil, and vanilla extract are the wet ingredients. Choose organic ingredients when possible.
Oat Flour Pancake Add-In Ideas
Chocolate chips or fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries) can be added for an extra special flavor. You can also stir in chopped walnuts or pecans for heartier pancakes.
How to Make Vegan Oat Flour Pancakes
You can make this recipe vegan by substituting Just Egg for the egg in the recipe. The texture will be very similar.
Can I Make Waffles with the Pancake Batter?
Yes, this recipe can easily be made into waffles. You may want to add a bit more oil for a crispy exterior.
More Healthy Pancake Recipes to Try
- Gluten-free pumpkin pancakes
- Cauliflower pancakes
- Vegan banana oat pancakes
- Gluten-free sweet potato pancakes
- Gluten-free gingerbread pancakes
- Gluten-free banana pancakes
- Lemon blueberry pancakes
- Gluten-free apple pancakes
- Gluten-free Dutch baby pancake
- Dairy-free crepes
More Oat Flour Recipes to Try
- Oat flour waffles
- Oat flour chocolate chip cookies
- Oat flour banana bread
- Steel cut oatmeal cookies
- Chocolate oat pudding
- Gluten-free oat bread
Oat Flour Pancakes
- 2 cups oat flour (2 cup rolled oats)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or other mild oil)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Place 2 cups of rolled oats in a high-powered blender or food processor. Process until you have 2 cups of fine oat flour. (Skip this step if you’re using pre-packaged oat flour.)
- In a medium bowl, stir together the oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a large bowl, mix the eggs, coconut milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Heat a seasoned griddle pan over medium high heat. Lower the heat to medium low, then pour circles of batter onto the griddle. Use about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake to get 12 pancakes. Cook for one to two minutes on each side, flipping when the surface of the pancakes are dotted with small bubbles.
- Serve with fruit and maple syrup.
Approximate Nutrition Info
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Oatmeal Pancakes Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $1.69 to make, or $.42 per serving (3 pancakes). Try these easy oat flour pancakes for a healthier version of this classic weekend breakfast.
Note: This post was originally published in 2019, and it was updated in 2024.