We used to make pancakes a couple of times per month as a treat. However, when my daughter started taking college classes she was in class from 8:30 to 2:00 without time to eat a meal. So instead of the normal oatmeal breakfast, I looked for something that would keep her feeling more full while still being more healthy than many of the options. That is when I invented this healthy banana oatmeal pancake recipe which has worked out very well.
To begin with, do not buy that pancake mix at the store. All it is is flour, baking powder and some dried ingredients like powdered milk. You are going to be surprised how easy it is to make your own pancake batter and it is also going to replace a lot of flour with oatmeal and banana, to make tastier, healthier and moister pancakes.
When I say healthy, I do feel the need to point out that it all depends on what you are comparing it to. I tried to use whole wheat flour and plain oatmeal, and it was a healthier pancake recipe but the people who were eating them did not like pancakes as much. I found this happy in-between where the pancakes are healthier and the pancake syrup is healthier. You could go more extreme but you have to find a good balance for your family.
Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Stove and Pan
- 1 Package Instant Oatmeal Any Flavor
- 2 tbsp White Flour
- 1 Banana Ripe
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 Cup Milk 2% or Whole
- Butter or Oil for pan
- Blend dry ingredients in mixing bowl
- Add banana, mash and incorporate with fork
- Add milk to dry mix and stir
- If consistency seems too thick, add small amounts of milk or water and remix until batter consistency
- Wipe butter or light oil on nonstick pan. Begin to heat on medium heat
- Add pancake sized pours onto pan. Flip when golden on one side and beginning to have air bubbles on uncooked side.
- Cook on other side added 1-2 minutes until both sides golden
- This recipe makes 4-8 pancakes depending on size. Feeds two people.
As mentioned earlier, you can keep this dish much more healthy by avoiding things like store-bought syrup. Instead, make your own healthy berry syrup and top the pancakes with fresh sliced strawberries or mango chunks. A couple of sprays of whipped cream can make it seem, decedent, while only adding 15 calories per serving.
This Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancake recipe can also be a nice night time snack if you are hungry for something sweet and carb-rich, without completely throwing your healthy diet to the wind. We often keep a few leftover pancakes in the fridge and call them our emergency pancakes, for when someone is hungry and wants to grab a quick bite.