Our banana oatmeal pancakes are delicious and nutritious, and they whip up in two simple steps. Hearty oats and whole-grain baking mix create a wholesome stack of pancakes, while pockets of warm, sugary bananas and crunchy walnuts boost the sweet, nutty flavors.
If you know how to make pancakes from scratch, you know it can be time-consuming. That’s why we’ve simplified this recipe with a boxed pancake mix and a few other straightforward ingredients so breakfast can be enjoyed in no time.
Ingredients for Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Whole-grain or multigrain pancake mix: Hearty grains add a rich texture and earthy flavor to pancakes, and a boxed pancake mix makes this recipe more consistent and quicker than measuring all the dry ingredients from scratch. Make sure you also gather the extra ingredients the boxed mix calls for!
- Banana: One large banana adds warm pockets of sugary, caramel-y banana flavor to these pancakes.
- Old-fashioned oats: Oats also impart a sweet, earthy taste to these pancakes, which pairs well with the bananas and walnuts.
- Walnuts: Walnuts amp up the nutty flavor of these pancakes while adding a crunchy element.
Step 1: Create the batter
Prepare the pancake batter according to package directions. Stir in the banana, oats and walnuts.
Step 2: Cook the pancakes
Coat a hot griddle with cooking spray. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the prepared griddle. Cook until bubbles start to form and pop on the pancake tops and the pancake bottoms turn golden brown. Flip the pancakes. Cook until the second sides of the pancakes are golden brown.
Editor’s Tip: One of our best tips for the perfect pancakes is to make sure the griddle is hot enough before ladling on the batter. Before pouring the batter, sprinkle several drops of water onto the cooking surface. If they quickly scatter across the griddle, the surface is ready to go.
Banana Oatmeal Pancakes Variations
- Sprinkle in chocolate chips: Chocolate chips pair splendidly with bananas, oats and walnuts.
- Experiment with toppings: This recipe calls for optional toppings like fruit, confectioners’ sugar and sweetened whipped cream, but there are other pancake toppings to try like nut butters, jams or fruit curds.
- Make fun shapes: Lay down metal cookie cutters on the griddle, and fill them with pancake batter to make fun shapes like hearts or ghosts. Or hop on a new trend like pancake cereal to see what all the fuss is about.
How to Store Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
To store, allow the banana oatmeal pancakes to cool to room temperature, then place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
To freeze, allow the banana oatmeal pancakes to cool to room temperature, then layer the pancakes between sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper. Place the pancakes in an airtight container or resealable bag, and store in the freezer for up to three months.
To reheat the banana oatmeal pancakes, set an oven or conventional toaster to 350°F, and line the pancakes on a parchment-lined baking tray. Heat the pancakes until warmed through, five minutes if from the fridge or 10 minutes if from the freezer.
Banana Oatmeal Pancakes Tips
Why are my banana oat pancakes mushy?
Your banana oat pancakes may be mushy if they were not cooked all the way through. Before you flip your pancakes, make sure the tops of the pancakes have small, popped bubbles on the surface.
Are oatmeal pancakes healthier than regular pancakes?
Oatmeal pancakes aren't necessarily healthier than regular pancakes. It all depends on what goes into the batter! In our banana oatmeal pancake recipe, whole-grain pancake mix, oats and bananas all add fiber and micronutrients to the pancakes. And we don't use any added sugar in our recipe, which can help you cut back on your overall sugar intake.