These banana oat blender pancakes are SUPER easy healthy pancakes that can be meal prepped for the kiddos or yourself during the week!
Hey friends! I didn’t originally have this recipe “scheduled,” but I make it for my kids literally every week, so I thought I should share it here too! There are a ton of 3 ingredient banana oat recipes on the internet, and I tried a lot of them. Eventually, I modified the ratios to get a product that we really liked!
One of my kids hates bananas. The other one only eats bananas when he sees them at the grocery store, and then he has to have them right that second. They can sit on our counter for weeks, and he would care less, but when he sees them in the grocery store, he starts obsessively screaming NANA NANA NANA until he gets to eat some. So yes, I bring empty bananas peels up to the register, toddlers are fun in public, aren’t they?
Anyways, we add chocolate chips to the pancakes so that no one notices or cares about the bananas. You totally don’t have to. You could also add blueberries or something healthier. However, this recipe is jam-packed with nutrients, so I figure a few chocolate chips “help the medicine go down.” Which I fully understand makes these pancakes sound disgusting, but they are honestly really delicious (if you like the taste of bananas) on their own. I eat them straight off the pan all the time with no chocolate chips. PS my photos show these pancakes doused in maple syrup because that’s the best way to take pancake photos. But, to be honest, we almost never eat these pancakes with syrup. We eat them plain, and they are delicious! I like peanut butter on mine. The kids and Mr. Hungry eat them plain!
How to Make Banana Oat Blender Pancakes
The ingredients are really really simple, just add them all to the blender and blend until combined!
If your pancake batter is too thick, you can thin it out with almond milk, but when I stick to the recipe below, I almost never have that problem. I never had a pancake griddle until I had kids. Now, I use it weekly to help me meal prep approximately one thousand of these pancakes. Pour your pancake batter onto the prepared (spray with cooking spray, oil, or butter) heated griddle (or nonstick frying pan), add chocolate chips (if desired), and let cook for 1-2 minutes before flipping. Each batch makes about 4-6 pancakes.
Swaps and Substitutions
Here are some suggested swaps and substitutions in case you need to modify the recipe below.
- Banana – Do not omit or substitute. The browner the banana, the sweeter the pancakes.
- Oats – you can use rolled/old fashion or quick oats. Even instant oats will work in a pinch. Do not omit or substitute for another grain or flour.
- Egg- You could sub-liquid egg whites in a pinch. I have not tried this recipe with a vegan substitute like a flax egg. I’m not sure it would work. If you try it, leave us a comment to let us know how it went!
- Baking powder – optional. For really young babies, you might want to leave it out to keep the sodium content of the pancakes down. However, I just added a tiny bit per batch to increase the lift and fluffiness of the pancakes. You could also substitute baking soda.
- Vanilla extract – also optional for flavor. Sometimes I leave it out.
- Chocolate chips – optional, to cover banana taste for banana haters. When my toddler was young and didn’t realize his brother was eating chocolate chips, I added blueberries or other fruit instead of chocolate chips to his. He loved them that way!
How to Freeze and Store Banana Oat Blender Pancakes
To store: I let them cool on a cooling rack until totally cooled off, then I transfer them to a storage container or plastic bag to store them in the fridge. They have never made it more than 4 days in our house. They are probably good for up to a week.
To freeze: I haven’t tried freezing them, so I’m not 100% on if the texture would stand up. If you want to try it, let the pancakes cool completely before transferring them to a freezer-safe container or freezer bag. I would defrost under refrigeration and reheat in the microwave.
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Banana Oat Blender Pancakes
- Preheat the griddle or nonstick pan.
- Place all ingredients in the blender or food processor and blend until smooth.1 banana, 1/3 cup oats, 1 large egg, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Spray the griddle or nonstick pan with cooking spray or oil or melt butter and spread across it. Pour pancake batter directly from the blender making 3-4 inch diameter pancakes. One batch will make 4-6 pancakes.
- If desired, evenly sprinkle chocolate chips or any other add-in on top of the pancakes. Flip pancakes when bubbly and able to easily slide the spatula underneath them to flip, about 1-2 minutes after cooking. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.