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This is my recipe for Traditional Oatmeal Pancakes – fluffy, hearty and very much like a real pancake. We love pancakes, but don’t love eating flour all the time. I have nothing against flour, but I do feel that it’s important to eat a variety of grains. It’s easy to get stuck cooking with only wheat. I often refer to us a “low gluten family.”
Serving Traditional Oatmeal Pancakes
I haven’t fiddled with the recipe to add protein (as I love to do). So, make the meal complete by serving with a side of eggs. You also might serve it with a healthy breakfast meat like turkey sausage, plain yogurt or a protein shake. We usually don’t use maple syrup in our house. If we do, we use it very sparingly (perhaps two teaspoons per person). Instead, we top our pancakes with chopped fruit and/or nuts. Strawberries, blueberries and bananas all work very well.
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 cup water, milk, buttermilk or mix of what you prefer - add more liquid if you prefer more thin pancakes, or less water if you prefer fewer thick pancakes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend.
- Heat a skillet on medium heat, with cooking oil or butter.
- Pour batter into the skillet until the pancake is the size you prefer.
- Cook on the first side until bubbles appear and the batter sets (quite a lot).
- Flip the pancake and let it cook for approximately two more minutes - oatmeal tends to retain water, so it needs a little extra cooking time to make sure the inside of the pancake isn't sticky.
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Pancakes are fun, but their nutrition profile is typically a downer: Mostly all carbs, hardly any protein, way too many calories. And that’s without syrup, honey or agave adding extra carbs/sugar. That’s why I came up with a recipe for Protein Packed Oatmeal Pancakes.
Making Them Better
Since eating a high protein diet is a HUGE part of maintaining a healthy body and a lean physique, I’m always looking for ways to take traditional dishes more protein-plentiful. I love oatmeal for a number of reasons, so I decided to make oatmeal pancakes that had a better ratio of protein to carbs. Try them out and let me know what you think!
Warning, they do not taste exactly like pancakes. They are light and fluffy, but they are not bready like a traditional pancake. You can taste the egg in them if you do not add garnish. If you’re looking for a traditional oatmeal pancake, check out my alternate recipe here.
But it works!!
My toddler loved these – especially because I used a cookie cutter to make them into heart shapes for Valentine’s day.
These are both gluten-free and paleo.
Protein Packed Oatmeal Pancakes
- 1 Cup Oatmeal OR ¾ cup oat flour
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 4 Eggs
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ¼ to ½ cups water (or liquid of your choice)
- To make batter:
- Blend all ingredients together in a food processor, according to your manufacturer's instructions. Blend at the highest speed possible, so the batter is smooth and airy.
- Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl, then add in coconut oil and the water (make it warm water). You may need to melt the coconut oil if it's not already liquid.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix well.
- To cook pancakes:
- Coat a skillet (I prefer cast iron) with the cooking oil of your choice. Heat the skillet on medium heat. Let it heat up before you add the batter.
- Pour the batter in and heat until bubbles form, then flip the pancake.
- Serve with the condiments of your choice. We use fruit and plain whole milk yogurt.
After facebooking more with Trisha Oubre (fitness model) about how HER skinny oatmeal waffles have FOUR waffles per serving… clearly, she had a secret I did not. I got back to experimenting with my skinny oatmeal waffles this morning and came out with a new and improved recipe. This one’s especially good for people who like to eat a lot, are on a high protein diet (more than 20g of protein in this one) and don’t mind a softer texture of waffle. If you’re in this for a crispy texture, then check out my original waffle recipe.
SO, here’s my refined waffle recipe – meant to serve ONE with FOUR WAFFLES – which I’ve decided to call the skinny waffle. It’s code name is the womelette, because it’s a hybrid between a waffle and an omelette.
This is a good post workout protein/carbohydrate combination if you leave out the coconut oil – it’s best to avoid fats during the post workout recovery window because they can slow the digestion of other nutrients in your digestive system. Add a high glycemic index (sweet!) garnish like maple syrup or honey to enhance muscle growth if you’re trying to put on muscle mass.
By the way, did you know that waffles freeze well? Make a big batch of these, put them in the freezer and reheat in the toaster oven.
Skinny Oatmeal Waffles
- 5 egg whites (~1 cup)
- ⅓ cup old fashioned oats, uncooked
- 1.5 teaspoons coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and blender. Blender until smooth.
- Pour into your waffle iron. These waffles cook faster than a traditional batter, so keep your eye on the waffle iron so they don't burn. My iron takes about 2 minutes to cook these.
- Remove from the iron, garnish and enjoy! I top mine with fresh berries that I smash or muddle.
Enjoy your Skinny Oatmeal Waffles!