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Oat Flour Pancakes

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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!

Oat flour pancakes with syrup and strawberries

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.

Step By Step Instructions to Make These Oat Flour Pancakes

Oats in the blender before processing
Oat flour in the blender after processing

Step One: Prepare the Oats

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.)

Dry ingredients in a bowl

Step Two: Prepare the Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

Oat flour pancake batter in a bowl

Step Three: Prepare the Wet Ingredients & Combine with Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, coconut milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Pancake on the griddle

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. Serve with fruit and maple syrup.

Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 $.10. This is actually more affordable than any other flour I’ve used to make pancakes.

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.

Does the Pancake Batter Need to Sit Before Cooking?

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.

What Substitutions Can Be Made?

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.

Chocolate chips or fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries) can be added for an extra special flavor.

How Should Leftovers Be Stored?

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.

Try my oat flour waffles, oat flour cookies, chocolate oat pudding, steel cut oats cookies, and oat flour banana bread for other sneaky oatmeal recipes your family will love.

Oat Flour Pancakes

These oat flour pancakes are a healthy, gluten-free breakfast recipe.
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4.97 from 26 votes
Oat flour pancakes with maple syrup
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:20 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour (2 cup rolled oats)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • 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 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 3mg
Servings: 4
Calories: 412kcal
Cost: $.42 per serving

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 2022.

45 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was AMAZING! I made it because I had to eat a healthy breakfast with no white sugar or white flour and it worked. The batter acted just like normal batter and it was so good. This will be my recipe to make whenever I need a healthy easy recipe for breakfast. Thank you 😊

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for the delicious GF recipe! I halved the recipe, used oat milk, used 1/2 refined-1/2 unrefined coconut oil (no real reason, just experimenting), made organic sprouted oats flour in the Blendtec. Then after mixing my dry ingredients in a separate bowl I decided to mix everything in the Blendtec–wet ingredients first then added the dry. Batter was thick so I then decided to make WAFFLES. They were perfect!

    1. 5 stars
      Thank you for the GF recipe. It made a wonderful breakfast for my family of 4. I had 2 boxes of oatmeal baby cereal left over from the baby. So I used 1 cup oatmeal baby cereal and 1 cup regular oat flour. It worked! I also used apple sauce in place of the oil and used pumpkin spice in place of the cinnamon. It was a big hit with everyone!

  3. Looks like a great recipe… wondering if you could use normal milk instead of coconut milk…? Trying it out tomorrow though!

  4. You don’t add eggs and milk to an otherwise healthy pancake recipe! Baking powder easily replaces eggs, and almond milk or better option for creamier batter, soy milk will be superior to cows milk or coconut milk!

  5. 5 stars
    These were SO good! I was out of vanilla extract so swapped for almond extract. This will be my go to for pancakes!

  6. Making these today. Will alter a bit to make them waffles as we are a waffle family. I am a mother of 5 and grandmother of 14 and we have several members with different types of autoimmune issues. I’m always searching for new recipes that I can use or tweak to work for us. Thanks for the recipe

  7. 5 stars
    I have been using alternative flours and thought it would be fun to make my own oat flours and this recipe fit the bill. I cut it in half because there are just two of us and it was a little runny (due to my haphazard calculations) and I didn’t feel like milling more pay flour, so added a wee bit of coconut flour to help absorb the liquid. Added some Greek yogurt and homemade blueberry syrup on top ❤️

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