Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes

Imagine sitting down to a plate of these delicious vegan oatmeal pancakes topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup. It’s one of the best ways to start your day!

Vegan oatmeal pancakes are on a plate with blueberry sauce on top. Maple syrup is being poured on top. There is another plate of pancakes and a bowl of oats in the background.

I love having homemade pancakes in my fridge or freezer. It means an indulgent breakfast (or even dessert) is just a few minutes away.

Making this oatmeal pancakes vegan recipe is so simple, it’s ready in 30 minutes!

That’s my favorite way to meal prep—preparing several meals (and sometimes making a double batch)—and freezing some for later. That means, a double batch of these healthy oat flour pancakes and I’m a happy camper!

Key Ingredients

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Oats — I prefer using rolled oats (old-fashioned oats) for this recipe.
  • Plant-based milk — You can use almond milk, soy milk, etc.
  • Flax egg — You’ll need a flax egg or a chia egg for this recipe.
  • Maple syrup — You’ll need a syrup sweetener for the batter. If you don’t have maple syrup, you can make homemade maple syrup substitute, vegan honey, or agave nectar.
  • Olive oil — You can substitute melted vegan butter.
  • Vinegar — I use apple cider vinegar, but you can substitute plain white vinegar or even lemon juice.
  • Flour — You’ll need both oat flour and high-quality gluten-free flour.
  • Baking powder — We’ll add baking powder to make these pancakes fluffy. Make sure yours is fresh by dripping a bit in hot water. If it bubbles, your batch is good!
  • Salt — A bit of salt enhances the pancakes’ flavor.
  • Cinnamon — This is optional, but adding ground cinnamon makes these pancakes taste like an oatmeal cookie!

You can make oatmeal banana vegan pancakes by adding a mashed banana to the batter.

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Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • EASY — Made with only a few ingredients and less than 30 minutes, these pancakes are easy to make!
  • FAMILY-FAVORITE — Get the kids involved in stirring the batter or pouring syrup on top.
  • FREEZER-FRIENDLY — You can freeze the cooked pancakes by letting them cool, then transfer them to a tray so you can freeze them flat. After 30 minutes in the freezer, transfer to a freezer bag.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Can you put oatmeal in pancakes?

Using both oatmeal and oat flour to make pancakes is a great idea! Oats are full of nutrition, fiber, and flavor, making oat pancakes the perfect way to start your day.

Are oatmeal pancakes gluten-free?

As long as you use gluten-free oats and gluten-free flour, oat pancakes are gluten-free. If you’re highly sensitive to gluten, you should use certified gluten-free oats.

Serving Suggestions for Oatmeal Pancakes

Serve these oatmeal pancakes with the best toppings such as:

Storage Tips

Transfer pancakes to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 7 days. You can freeze pancakes in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months.

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Vegan Pancake Favorites

Sure, you love these vegan oatmeal pancakes! Now you’re ready for even more. These tasty vegan pancake recipes will give you lots of options:

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Vegan Oat Pancakes

These vegan oat pancakes are healthy and delicious, a favorite combination every time! Loaded with heart-healthy oats, these pancakes are filling and taste amazing, especially when served with fresh fruit and maple syrup.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 pancakes
Calories: 79kcal

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup rolled oats (also known as old fashioned oats)
  • 1 ¼ cups plant-based milk (almond, soy, etc)
  • 1 flax egg
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon oilive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup oat flour (see note)
  • ½ cup gluten-free flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Toppings: Fresh fruit, peanut butter, and syrup.

Instructions

  • Stir together the rolled oats, milk, flax egg, maple syrup, olive oil, and vinegar. Set aside for 8 to 10 minutes to soften the oats.
    A hand holds a pitcher of milk, pouring it into a bowl of oats.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients, including flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
    A hand holds a bowl of moistened oats, pouring them into a bowl with flour.
  • Make the batter by combining the wet and dry ingredients and stirring until just combined. Set aside for up to 10 minutes to let the batter rest.
  • Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Spray with vegetable spray, and pour the batter in ¼ cup rounds in the heated pan.
    A spatula holds a pancake on a griddle, getting ready to flip it. There are other pancakes on the griddle, too.
  • Cook pancakes for 3 to 4 minutes until bubbles appear on the top of the pancakes and the bottoms are golden brown. Then flip pancakes and cook on the other side for 3 to 4 minutes. 
  • Transfer cooked pancakes to a pan lined with parchment paper. To keep pancakes warm, place the pan in an oven preheated to 200°F/95°C while you finish making pancakes from the rest of the batter.
  • Serve pancakes with blueberry sauce, sliced bananas, fresh fruit, and maple syrup.

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Notes

Oat Flour

If you’re using homemade oat flour, the meal can be coarse, which is why I use 1/2 oat flour and half gluten-free flour). Here are some more flour options:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup finely ground oat flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour + 1/2 cup of flour of your choice (all-purpose, gluten-free, etc).

Batter Add-ins

  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Berries, such as blueberries or raspberries
  • Chopped nuts, such as pecans, almonds, or walnuts
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins or dried cranberries

Meal-Prepping

Double this batch and bring cooked pancakes to room temperature. Freeze pancakes on a tray and then transfer to a freezer bag. They will keep for 2 to 3 months. To reheat, place pancakes in a toaster oven or oven and cook until heated through. You can also heat them in the microwave until heated through, but they won’t regain the crispy crust.
Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

2 Responses to Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyShawn Reply

    5 stars
    These have become my favorite pancakes. Almost like having Oatmeal Cookies for breakfast!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I love that you love these pancakes, my love.

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