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Simple Oatmeal Pancakes

25 min


10 ingredients or less


My two go-to breakfast favourites in one recipe: oatmeal and pancakes. These gluten-free friendly pancakes are fast to whip up and freeze super well. Perfect to make on the weekend and enjoy throughout the week!



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  1. In a food processor, blend the oatmeal into a flour. Alternatively, you could use store-bought oatmeal flour here.
  2. Combine all the ingredients, except for the oil, in a large bowl. Preheat a large pan on medium-high heat with the oil, and when hot, spoon about ¼ cup of batter onto the pan and let cook.
  3. When the pancakes get bubbly and the sides look firm, flip the pancakes and cook the other side for another 2 - 3 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  4. To make these pancakes a more balanced meal for breakfast, enjoy with some creamy nut or seed butter drizzle overtop, fresh fruit, and/or creamy plant-based yogurt.


  • * Nutrition tip: aim to use plant-based milk that is fortified with calcium.
  • ** 1 small mashed banana can be used in place of every ⅓ cup of apple sauce instead.


  • Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze with pieces of parchment separating the pancakes - to prevent them from sticking together - and reheat when desired. Frozen, these can last up to two months.

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Grains 75%

old-fashioned rolled oats

Proteins 19%

unsweetened soy milk

Fruits & Veggies 6%

unsweetened applesauce


unsweetened soy milk


refined coconut oil

refined coconut oil

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Jamie Ngo - July 29, 2021, 9:25 p.m.

Simple and so so delicious. Texture was on point and the cinnamon is a delicious touch. I sifted the flour of mine which made it light and airy. Thank you!

Rita - July 25, 2021, 10:40 a.m.

Since I found this recipe I don’t do pancakes any other way! I have done these for countless people and everyone loved it. The texture is perfect, which I was worried about because oats/oat flour tend to be denser. But they are nothing like that at all. They are soft but yet firm, and I think it is the perfect mix of chewiness with melting in your mouth. Absolutely love!!

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 1:16 a.m.

Oh so lovely, Rita, thanks so much for sharing your review with us 🤩

Nina - July 24, 2021, 7:23 p.m.

The best 😍 I can't remember how often I have made them already, they are just perfect for breakfast! I usually make them in bulk and you can eat them sweet or with something salty as well!

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 7:36 p.m.

So glad you're enjoying the pancakes, Nina!

Yasmina - July 24, 2021, 7:12 p.m.

Hands down 🙌 the best pancake recipe we’ve tried! The kids love it! Usually I’m not one for leaving comments but with this one I just had to. Thank you PUL!

Sue - July 24, 2021, 6:28 p.m.

So delicious and hearty! “Regular” pancakes often leave me hungry soon after eating. These stick with me (in a good way) for hours.

Camila - July 11, 2021, 10:21 a.m.

Thanks for the recipe; one of the few vegan pancake recipes that work so well in a frying pan! Today I made a few changes to the recipe that worked really well. Since we didn't have apple sauce at home, we blended two peaches to make the sauce and then combined all the ingredients in a blender. This blog has really changed my outlook on food and veganism. I really appreciate you share all your craft and knowledge with us!

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 5:56 a.m.

Dearest Camila, thank YOU for allowing PUL to be part of your journey with food! We're so glad you enjoyed the recipe and appreciate the insight on the substitutes 😃

Erin - July 9, 2021, 7:49 p.m.

These have become a Sunday morning staple for me and my partner. I have not been a big fan of pancakes in the past, but I am an oatmeal lover. These are the best of both breakfast foods. I've made them with both applesauce and banana. I'm an apple lover and prefer the subtle apple flavor but my partner loves it when I make them with bananas. I love to top mine with a flavored culina yogurt and some berries. Anyone I have ever made these for has reached out for the recipe. They are just so comforting, warm, cozy and delicious!!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 3:09 a.m.

Oooh thank you a bunch for sharing this, Erin! We appreciate your insight and support so much 🥰

Emilia - July 8, 2021, 9:29 p.m.

This recipe is my Sunday morning treat especially when I see a few bananas starting to turn brown (I still haven't tried the recipe with applesauce). For toppings I use warmed up frozen berry mix, vegan yoghurt and some peanut butter. It's delicious 😊

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 8:20 a.m.

Mmm love the toppings, Emilia, thank you for sharing your review with us!

Aida - June 28, 2021, 10:35 a.m.

It's the second time I made these .They are so fluffy and delicious!

Camila 🇨🇴 - June 26, 2021, 6:39 p.m.

Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!! I just love it!! It’s my first vegan recipe and I was quite nervous, but it was all perfect. I enjoyed it and my mom and little sister too!

PUL Team - June 27, 2021, 2:31 a.m.

Ooh so glad that you and your family enjoyed the pancakes, Camila! We're so honoured to be part of the experimenting with vegan recipes 🤗

Yaani - June 12, 2021, 5:42 p.m.

Firstly, the pancakes were great. The consistency was perfectly fluffy on the inside and lightly crisp on the outside by cooking them in cast iron. One thing that also worked for me is letting the freshly mixed batter sit in the fridge for a few minutes, so all the flour can hydrate. It’s a good time to preheat the skillet and clean up any dishes, too. Fair warning though, the batter is extremely delicious on its own, so make sure you make a double batch if you have no self-control like me! Highly recommend :)

PUL Team - June 13, 2021, 12:53 a.m.

Hehe we love the batter for this one too, Yaani! So glad the pancakes were enjoyed and thank you for the tips 😃

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4:59 p.m.

I made them and they were delicious and enjoyed by non-vegans alike! 😁

Viktorija - May 31, 2021, 12:32 p.m.

Absolutely love this recipe! First time I made these pancakes I cooked them for too long and they came out dry, but now when I stuck to the recipe, they are AMASING! Quickly became pur household staple! ❤️🙏

PUL Team - June 2, 2021, 3:39 p.m.

We're so happy to hear this, Viktorija, and so glad the more recent batches have been more successful 😃

Clarissa - April 27, 2021, 2:18 p.m.

I love the flavor of this pancake!!! You can taste the cinnamon with just a hint of apple. It’s so delicious! I do have a question though. Can you sub 1 cup of the oats with 1 cup of all-purpose flour? The texture was a little different, and I was wondering if there was a way to make the texture of the pancake more like that of a typical pancake. It might be that I didn’t spread the pancake enough. Yours look more even than mine. Please let me know your thoughts!

PUL Team - April 27, 2021, 4:38 p.m.

Hey Clarissa! So glad the pancakes were enjoyed. Some things that come to mind to help with the texture are adding more liquid (such as plant-based milk) to help the batter spread more, using fresh baking powder to help with the fluffiness, and making sure the oats are grounded up well to reduce clumps!

You could use all-purpose flour in place of the oats. The recipe may need a bit more liquid with this substitute, such as a 1/2 cup more of plant-based milk. Adding the extra liquid slowly can help you gauge how much to add based on the consistency 🤗

Faye - April 5, 2021, 12:06 a.m.

Just went back to your website to re-make these pancakes for the third time (they're amazing💚) and I've just noticed the amazing upgrade you've done to the website. Congratulations! This looks really great, more user-friendly and a lot more stable! I'm very impressed at how much has changed. All the best to you and your team!

PUL Team - April 5, 2021, 7:10 p.m.

You're too kind, Faye! We're so happy you're enjoying the pancakes and the new website! Your feedback means so much 🥰

Louise Magnusson🇸🇪 - March 22, 2021, 9:01 a.m.

OMG these pancakes are wonderful! Easy to make, and they have a nice flavour of their own. I appreciate that they don’t stick in the frying pan and don’t break. I’ve never felt more healthy eating pancakes for weekend breakfast. Having type 1 diabetes, these pancakes are great as there weren’t any insulin dosage issues or delayed blood sugar peaks👏🏼

PUL Team - March 31, 2021, 5:28 a.m.

Thank you for the incredible review, Louise! We're so glad the pancakes were enjoyed 😀

Gillian - March 22, 2021, 8:42 a.m.

Fluffy. Easy. Delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe. To reduce the fat content, I added extra apple sauce and omitted the coconut oil.

Sadia - March 29, 2021, 4:29 p.m.

A lovely substitution - thanks for sharing, Gillian 🤗