Simple Sundays | Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes |

You know it’s been a long week when all you can think of is how much you look forward to sleeping in (even if ‘in’ means 6:30 am), and staying in your robe and pajamas as you linger over your cup of hot coffee. When all you want is to pad around in your fuzzy slippers in the kitchen to make your family’s favorite weekly stack of pancakes. To actually sit down to breakfast, without the worry of having to rush anywhere. And after that, well, who knows? A day without a schedule would be ideal.

I’m not sure what it was about this week in particular, but the family calendars all aligned to be full of activities, deadlines, and travel. By the time Friday rolled around, all I could think of were making these hearty Oatmeal Pancakes.

Oatmeal Pancakes | | Oats soaking in buttermilk
Oatmeal Pancakes |

It’s a bit of a departure from our usual Buttermilk Pancakes, which I do make each weekend. But this recipe came from a dear old friend of mine, she shared it with me a few months ago, and I can’t believe I’ve neglected to share it here. Heartier than your typical pancake, what I love about these pancakes are that they remind me so much of my go-to breakfast during the week, Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal. Prep work is made simpler as you leave oats to soak in a bath of buttermilk; when you wake the next morning, all you have to do is add the short list of ingredients and before you know it, you’re flipping wholesome pancakes that will leave you nourished and satisfied.

What are you looking forward to this weekend? Whatever it may be, I hope you have time to rest and recuperate. And I hope you include a batch of these Oatmeal Pancakes. They’ll get you going for another busy week ahead.

Oatmeal Pancakes |

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Oatmeal Pancakes

Yield: Makes about 16 pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus overnight soaking

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

A little bit heartier, and a little bit healthier, too, you won't need too tall of a stack to fill you up. Perfect for those mornings when you need a robust start to your day. Make a big batch and freeze them for a midweek treat!


2 cups rolled oats/oatmeal
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup melted butter, plus an additional teaspoon for cooking
Optional additions: berries, raisins, pecans, etc.


Mix oatmeal and buttermilk in a bowl or jar and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.

In the morning, preheat the griddle over medium-low heat. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Add to the bowl of oatmeal and buttermilk, along with the eggs and melted butter. Whisk together with a fork until it just comes together.

Using a pastry brush, brush remaining melted butter onto griddle. Wipe off excess with a paper towel.

Using an ice cream scoop or ladle, pour batter (about half a cup), 2 inches away from one other. When pancakes are slightly dry around edges, about 2-3 minutes, flip over. Cook until golden, about 1 minute.

Serve warm with a drizzle of pure maple syrup, or your favorite compote and toppings.

Recipe courtesy my dear friend, Liz B.

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by Liren Baker on October 12, 2013

42 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Oatmeal Pancakes”

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 12, 2013 @ 8:09 pm (#

    Don’t be surprised to find me at your door for breakfast tomorrow ;). These pancakes look glorious!

    • Liren replied: — October 13th, 2013 @ 9:30 am

      You’re always welcome, Laura :)

  2. Simone October 13, 2013 @ 12:48 am (#

    They do look awesome Liren… I am in fact reading this post on a Sunday morning while still being in bed… Tom is making breakfast so I’m waiting for my coffee and am just a little bit tempted to shout downstairs to make pancakes.. Lol. They look great! Hope you have a good weekend too!

    • Liren replied: — October 13th, 2013 @ 9:30 am

      Sounds like a perfect start to the day, Simone! I say enjoy it and stay in bed as long as you can!

  3. Jenni October 13, 2013 @ 7:08 am (#

    This is a great idea, can’t wait to try! Do you have to use buttermilk, or will regular milk work?

    • Liren replied: — October 13th, 2013 @ 9:31 am

      I personally love using buttermilk in my pancakes as it makes for such a tender and lofty pancake. I haven’t tried subbing milk in these pancakes, but in general, whenever I do, I use a bit less as the batter will be thinner. Hope that helps, let me know if you try it!

  4. Sherri McNary October 13, 2013 @ 8:53 am (#

    These sound great. Love adding oatmeal to pancakes!

    • Liren replied: — October 13th, 2013 @ 9:32 am

      Thanks, Sherri! I sure feel less guilty when I eat these since it’s loaded with oats!

  5. marcie October 13, 2013 @ 12:51 pm (#

    These pancakes are right up my alley with my favorite oatmeal. You can’t beat this breakfast!

    • Liren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 10:14 am

      You can always count on oatmeal for a great start :)

  6. Asha@fsk October 13, 2013 @ 2:08 pm (#

    Love this recipe Liren!! So flavorful and healthy. Your family is lucky to get these every week. Always feels an indulgence for me :)))

    • Liren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 10:17 am

      We look forward to our weekly pancakes so much, Asha :) It’s an indulgence we must have!

  7. Jodee Weiland October 13, 2013 @ 5:41 pm (#

    Love this idea! Looks both healthy and delicious!

    • Liren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 10:17 am

      Thanks Jodee, it really is!

  8. Cristina October 14, 2013 @ 12:05 am (#

    My favorite breakfast item is pancakes…I’m going to have to try this! What does the soaking of the oats do…is it for texture or flavor? Really beautiful, Liren, and luv the toppings on these cakes.

    • Liren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 10:18 am

      I believe the soaking of the oats is more for texture. I tried skimping on the soaking once and it did make a difference. This really softens them up and allows them to fluff up when cooked!

  9. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker October 14, 2013 @ 1:18 am (#

    Yum yum these look sooo delicious

    • Liren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 10:18 am

      Thanks, Rochelle!

  10. Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen October 14, 2013 @ 12:36 pm (#

    These look like a nice break from our traditional pancake routine. Pinning to try them soon!

    • Liren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 10:19 am

      Thanks for sharing it, Julie, I hope you do try them, it’s a nice change of pace!

  11. Monet October 14, 2013 @ 8:07 pm (#

    Hi Liren. What gorgeous cakes! I wish it was Friday…so I could make these tomorrow (Saturday). Alas, it’s Monday and I’ll just have to wait until this next weekend. They look delicious…and healthy too. Perfect!

    • Liren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 10:31 am

      Monet! Friday will be here before we know it, hope you get a chance to make some pancakes. Though I’ll take one of your pumpkin doughnuts any day :)

  12. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker October 15, 2013 @ 1:14 pm (#

    What a beautiful pancake! I want to reach in and help myself to a big bite! :) Beautiful photographs too!

    • Liren replied: — October 16th, 2013 @ 10:31 am

      Why thank you, Anne!

  13. Amanda smith October 17, 2013 @ 4:55 am (#

    We are pancake snobs in this house and we r always looking for new recipes. These pancakes are awesome making them as we speak. I love the hearty texture. Thank you!

    • Liren replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 6:22 am

      I’m so glad you approve! Thank you, Amanda :)

  14. Raquel October 22, 2013 @ 9:34 am (#

    These sound perfect, I love pancakes & the addition of oatmeal to add more grains is always a win.

    • Liren replied: — October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Raquel. Always nice to find ways to make things just a little bit healthier :)

  15. Joy D'Souza October 27, 2013 @ 11:13 am (#

    Hi Liren,
    I was wondering if I could substitute whole wheat flour for the all purpose flour.


    • Liren replied: — October 27th, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

      Hi Joy! Great question. I have not tried whole wheat flour in these pancakes, but my guess is that it would result in a very dense pancake. If you are able, I would perhaps do a 50:50 whole wheat to all purpose flour blend. Or, if you decide to try a full substitution, you may need to add more buttermilk to get the correct batter consistency. It is worth trying, though. I hope that helps, and if you do try it, please let me know how it goes.

  16. Janice November 2, 2013 @ 7:07 am (#

    Good Morning Liren, I have made this recipe all three ways and you are right Liren. Using all ww flour the pancakes were too dense. The half and half works great for those who can eat ww. I made the pancakes using white flour this morning and they were delicious. Great for a hearty breakfast and for a delectable meal anytime! Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing. ;) JJ

    • Liren replied: — November 2nd, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

      Janice, I can’t thank you enough for such incredible feedback and recipe testing! I’m so glad you tried it and let me know how each variation turned out for you, thank you!

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  18. Audrey August 20, 2014 @ 1:19 pm (#

    I want to make these tonight. Does it have to soak overnight? 

  19. Penny December 30, 2014 @ 11:03 pm (#

    i put the wet ingredients in the blender to break uP the Oatmeal a bit. We loved these, even my 6 year old scarfed them up :)

    • Liren Baker replied: — December 31st, 2014 @ 7:57 am

      So glad you and your 6 year old enjoyed them, Penny!

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  21. Luxury Serviced Apartments Lady February 4, 2015 @ 2:42 am (#

    This is like my dream breakfast, imagine waking up to this every morning! 

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  23. TiffanyK April 4, 2015 @ 7:25 am (#

    I made a half batch of these today and they turned out thin. Do you think halfing the batch changed the texture? They tasted great but very flat! 

    • Liren Baker replied: — April 7th, 2015 @ 9:02 am

      Hi Tiffany, that is interesting! Did the oats sit overnight? I wonder if it had enough time to soak? Also, egg size can make a difference – unfortunately not all large eggs are equal! Glad it turned out otherwise!

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