banana oat pancakes


Breakfast has never been my thing mostly because I’m not a morning person, which means my breakfast time is usually lunch time for normal people. But for as much as I don’t like eating (or getting up) early, I do love most breakfast foods regardless of what time I eat them. One of my favorite “pre weight loss” places to enjoy some breakfast goodies was Cracker Barrel, and their pecan pancakes were my favorite. Needless to say, that’s one place I rarely eat anymore and I really don’t miss it that much, except for when I get a craving for pancakes. So when I started craving them a couple weeks ago, I knew I had to come up with a healthy alternative to stop myself from giving in to that Cracker Barrel craving.



Of course, the first place I go when I want ideas for recipes is Pinterest, and wouldn’t you know..lots of healthy pancakes recipes! The one that seemed to show up the most was a Biggest Loser recipe that called for 6 egg whites, but I just couldn’t justify throwing away 6 perfectly good egg yolks, so I use 2 whole eggs instead. What I did like about that recipe was the idea of using oatmeal instead of flour. You just run the oatmeal through your blender or food processor until it’s like a coarse cornmeal. I also added a little whole wheat flour just because I thought it would help bind them together a little better than just the oats alone, but feel free to leave it out if you’d like..just be sure to let me know how they turn out without it!


Now, don’t get me wrong..they aren’t the same as those million-calorie, butter-soaked pancakes from my formerly favorite breakfast spot..but they are tasty, filling, and satisfy my craving for pancakes, so in my book they’re a keeper. And at only 180 calories for 3 pancakes, they don’t make me feel like I need to spend 6 hours in the gym after I eat them.



banana oat pancakes
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Serves: 4

  • 1 cup oats, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour, but any kind should work)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed well
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup nonfat milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of salt

  1. Using a blender or food processor, pulse the oatmeal until it’s the consistency of a coarse meal. Combine the flour with the oats and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, banana, yogurt, milk, vanilla, sugar, and salt until fully combined.
  3. Stir the oat mixture into the wet ingredients until combined, making sure not to over mix.
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat and brush with a small amount of oil. Once skillet is hot, pour about ¼ cup of batter into skillet for each pancake. Once they start to bubble and look a little dry around the edges, about 2-3 minutes, flip them over and cook another couple of minutes until they’re golden brown on both sides.
  5. To keep warm until ready to serve, place on an oven-safe platter in a warm oven.
  6. Makes about 12 3″ pancakes but feel free to make them any size you’d like.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 180 Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 26 Sugar: 7g Sodium: 182mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 10g Cholesterol: 86mg



Comments: 2

  1. Bonnie Cordova March 19, 2013 at 11:37 am Reply

    Thank you for this great recipe. Like you I couldn’t justify not using the yolks for the loser pancakes so I thought I would have to do without pancakes. I am so glad that you went out on a limb and use whole eggs.
    I am also eating better trying to lose weight not because I am looking for a better lifestlye, which is what I should have been doing. But because I have been told that I have have type 2 diabetes, which is very carb unfreindly. So now i seach pinerest and internet for great low carb, low sugar recipes and yours fits real well with my new life style.
    I did make them and I don’t always have ripe bananas on hand and like to make banana bread I use baby food banana and other jars of baby food when I need pureed or ripe naners. the taste was great, you did a great job redoing the recipe.
    Thanks I look forward to more great recipes and insights.
    Have a great day. Bonnie

    • Lisa March 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm Reply

      Bonnie, I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the pancakes! Great idea using baby food bananas. I actually have a couple of jars in my pantry that I planned on using in an old recipe of my mom’s, baby food cake, but might have to try them in pancakes this weekend. Hope you’ll come back often and try some more of my recipes. And best of luck with your efforts to get healthier! :)

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