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Easy Banana Oat Pancakes

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Banana Oat Pancakes – Fluffy, filling, and full of flavor! This easy pancake recipe starts with a box mix making it extra simple and perfect for busy mornings. Banana adds the perfect touch of sweetness while the walnuts give it amazing crunch.

Recipe Features:

  • Easy- Starting with a box mix takes a lot of the guesswork out of this easy breakfast recipe.
  • Family Favorite- Even my banana hating 12 year old raves over this recipe.
  • Freezer Friendly- Make a double batch and freeze for a quick on-the-go breakfast.

Years ago, and I do mean YEARS, my great uncle made me the most insanely delicious pancakes of all time. I dream about these pancakes. They were that good.

When I tried to explain them to my mom, to see if we could recreate them when he passed, she was baffled that I requested fruit and nuts in the pancake batter. But we tried our best and eventfully figured out that the combination was banana and walnut!

The classic duo is a staple in banana bread recipes, but I never thought to make it in pancakes! While I have so many great pancake recipes here on the site, these banana pancakes with oats take the cake and come in hot rated number 2 of our all-time faves.

Ingredients in Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

The ingredient list is super simple. Most of what you need is right on the back of your favorite box mix. We opt for Bisquick, but you could surely use any mix you have in the pantry.

  • Pancake Mix and whatever ingredients are called for on the back of the box- We have made this with both Bisquick and Kodiak mix with great success.
  • Vanilla- Always pick pure vanilla and stay away from imitation.
  • Banana- Pick an overripe banana. They are so sweet and add the perfect flavor.
  • Old Fashioned Oats- Also known as rolled oats.
  • Walnuts
  • Cinnamon

How to know if bananas are ripe enough for banana bread:

Or, in this case, ripe enough for pancakes. According to King Arthur Flour, bananas should be black before using in baked goods. While we don’t go quite that far, we have found that letting them get darker black streaks almost covering the entire peel is perfect. This gives you an incredibly sweet fruit that adds a beautiful punch of flavor to your cakes and breads.

How to Make Banana Pancakes with Oats:

Ready for the tutorial? You will be mind blown how simple this is!

  1. Prepare the pancake mix according to the package directions.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Mash the banana and add to the mix along with the oats, walnuts, and cinnamon. Stir gently, folding if necessary, until all of the ingredients are combined.
  4. Let the mix sit for five minutes while you prepare to cook.
  5. Preheat a skillet over low/medium heat. Mist with cooking spray or add a small amount of butter to grease the pan.
  6. Scoop 1/4 cup of the batter into the center of the skillet.
  7. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until bubbles begin to form and pop on the surface of the pancake and the edges begin to curl up. Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Serve immediately with butter and warm syrup.

Recipe Tips and FAQs

  • Try these delicious pancakes with maple syrup or homemade butter pecan syrup!
  • Try soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk to help make these dairy free! Always check the box of pancake mix to make sure it is dairy free as well.
How to keep pancakes warm?

The best way to keep banana oatmeal pancakes warm is in the oven. Line a baking sheet, or oven safe tray, with parchment paper. Heat the oven to 200 degrees. As you cook the pancakes place them on the prepared tray. When ready to serve, remove the platter and enjoy!

How to freeze pancakes?

To freeze pancakes, make the pancakes all the way through the recipe. Let them cool completely. Place on a baking tray in a somewhat single layer, it’s ok if they slightly overlap, and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
This is known as flash freezing and keeps the pancakes from sticking together.
Remove the tray from the freezer and place the pancakes in an airtight container or zip top bag.
Frozen pancakes will last up to 2 months.

What can I add to pancakes?

These oat pancakes are ideal because they have the added goodness of protein in the oats and walnuts. They tend to keep you full longer, but what else can you add to pancakes?
Almost anything. Here are a few of the best options we have tried:
Fruits
Chocolate Chips
Nut Butters
Bacon

Is pancake mix better with milk or water?

Milk. Not only will it add a touch of flavor, but it adds fat that gives you amore fluffy tender pancake. In a pinch, you definitely could use water.

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Easy Banana Oat Pancakes

Easy Banana Oat Pancakes

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Banana Oat Pancakes – Fluffy, filling, and full of flavor! This easy pancake recipe starts with a box mix making it extra simple and perfect for busy mornings. Banana adds the perfect touch of sweetness while the walnuts give it amazing crunch.

Ingredients

  • Pancake Mix- and whatever is called for on the box to make a batch
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pancake mix according to the package directions.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Mash the banana and add to the mix along with the oats, walnuts, and cinnamon. Stir gently, folding if necessary, until all of the ingredients are combined.
  4. Let the mix sit for five minutes while you prepare to cook.
  5. Preheat a skillet over low/medium heat. Mist with cooking spray or add a small amount of butter to grease the pan.
  6. Scoop 1/4 cup of the batter into the center of the skillet.
  7. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until bubbles begin to form and pop on the surface of the pancake and the edges begin to curl up. Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Serve immediately with butter and warm syrup.

Notes

  • Try these delicious pancakes with maple syrup or homemade butter pecan syrup!
  • Try soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk to help make these dairy free! Always check the box of pancake mix to make sure it is dairy free as well.

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