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Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes

Cinnamon Oatmeal PancakesOatmeal makes a great base for these hearty, chewy pancakes, which are lighter in texture than they sound. Kids always love pancakes and these are healthier than most with fiber and protein. Recipe created by cookbook author and food columnist Julie Van Rosendaal.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats
2 1/2 cups buttermilk - divided use
1/2 cup whole wheat flour or oat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
Canola oil cooking spray or extra canola oil for cooking

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large bowl, stir together oats and 2 cups buttermilk. Set aside for an hour or until buttermilk is absorbed and oats are soft. (To do this ahead of time, cover and refrigerate overnight.)
  2. In small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to softened oatmeal.

  3. Add remaining 1/2 cup buttermilk along with eggs, canola oil, honey or maple syrup. Stir with rubber spatula just until well combined.

  4. Heat large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat and spray with canola oil cooking spray or brush with canola oil. 

  5. Cook about 1/2 cup batter at a time; spread it out with bottom of ladle or spoon (it will be thick) to about 4 inches in diameter. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook until edges appear dry and bubbles begin to break on surface. Using thin spatula, flip and cook until golden on other side.

  6. Repeat with remaining batter. If you like, keep cooked pancakes warm in 200°F (93.3°C) oven while cooking rest. Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!

Makes 12 pancakes.


  • If you like, scatter the tops of pancakes with fresh or frozen blueberries or sliced banana as soon as you spread the batter into the pan; this way, the fruit is evenly distributed and the blueberries won’t turn the batter purple with their juice.
  • Freeze leftover pancakes with a piece of waxed paper in between them to pop into the toaster (straight from frozen) on busy weekday mornings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe; 1 pancake):Calories 150; Total Fat 7g; Saturated Fat 1g; Cholesterol 40mg; Sodium 250mg; Carbohydrates 17g; Fiber 2g; Protein 6g.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of