Gluten-free oatmeal blender pancakes that require absolutely no flour or bananas! Just throw whole oats, eggs, milk, and a few other simple ingredients in a blender and you’re ready for the griddle!
Sometimes after a long run, I just can’t not immediately jump into the kitchen to start cooking up a recovery meal! These oatmeal blender pancakes were one such meal that I couldn’t wait to make!
But, since I was both sweaty and sunscreen-y (bare with my words today, please ;), and sore from a week of running and not doing enough yoga, I reminded myself that the pancakes will still be there when I get out of the shower.
So, I grabbed a breakfast cookie from the freezer and my water bottle and ran up to take a quick shower before coming back downstairs to develop these pancakes.
And I’m so glad I did! As hungry as I can get after a run, I usually enjoy cooking (& eating!) more when I’m cleaned up and wearing fresh clothes. This way I can relax and enjoy the whole process too: possibly brewing some tea or slicing up some fruit while I’m cooking and reflecting on my run, too.
Developing this oat flour pancakes recipe.
Renewed from the shower, I decided to film the first round of these oat flour pancakes recipe development on my Instagram stories. ‘Cause what else do you do when you’re starving??
Such decisions probably don’t surprise you by now, do they?
In this first round of this Vitamix pancake recipe development, I learned so many important things:
- Let the pancake batter rest (only for about 3-5 minutes), in a bowl, not the blender. It will thicken up a bit and then will be hard to scoop!
- Use slightly fewer oats than you’d think you need! The ground-up oats will absorb the liquid as they rest so it’s ok if the batter isn’t initially as thick as you want it to be.
- Use a non-stick griddle. I started my pancakes on a non-non-stick pan and it was a mess! I mean, borderline embarrassing to share that picture in my stories but I wanted to do it so you could see that we’re all humans and you don’t have to be perfect to be a great cook!
After the second round of recipe development (this time, not on Instagram) I got these little golden beauties right to where I wanted them. I made and photographed them in the late afternoon, thinking I would just wrap them up for breakfast the next day, but nope! They ended up being our dessert after dinner.
See? Whoever said you can’t have breakfast for dessert?! The world is full of possibilities, folks. 🙂
5 Other Reasons Why You Should Try These Oatmeal Blender Pancakes!
- Are naturally gluten-free — just make sure to use certified gluten-free oats!
- Don’t use any flour OR bananas — just whole oats, milk, an egg, and a few other ingredients you most likely already have on hand!
- Have a nutty and heartwarming flavor — thanks to vanilla extract, buttermilk, and butter.
- Are full of whole grains.
- Make the perfect recovery meal — the balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat are just what those recovering muscles need after a hard workout!
Are rolled oats gluten-free?
Yes! If you buy the certified gluten-free oats, they will be gluten-free! Most other oats are made without wheat, but the certification can give you that extra confidence that there’s absolutely no gluten in the oats.
Do you need oat flour for oatmeal blender pancakes?
Nope! You do not need oat flour for oatmeal blender pancakes. All you need are whole oats. That’s because the blender grinds down the oats to form oat flour as you blend the pancake batter together in the blender.
Are oatmeal pancakes gluten-free?
If you don’t use any other wheat flours and use certified gluten-free oats, oatmeal pancakes should be gluten-free! These pancakes only have whole oats in them, so they should be 100% gluten-free if made with certified gluten-free oats!
What are gluten-free pancakes made of?
There are a lot of different possibilities. Gluten-free pancakes can be made of oat flour, all-purpose gluten-free flour blends, other all-purpose flours, or even just oats! In this recipe, we’ll be keeping it simple and just using those oats.
How to make these easy flourless pancakes without banana:
Thankfully, it’s pretty easy! Just follow these few simple steps and comment below if you have any additional questions!
- Add all the ingredients (up to the non-stick cooking spray) to a blender, adding the liquids first and then the rest of the ingredients!
- Run the blender on medium speed for 30-45 seconds, or until no more chunks of oatmeal remain.
- Pour the batter into a medium size mixing bowl and let rest for 3-5 minutes, or until the batter gets puffy. Preheat your griddle to medium heat about halfway through the 3-5 minutes.
- Once the griddle is hot and water sputters when flicked on the griddle, spray it with non-stick cooking spray, let it heat up 20-30 seconds, and then scoop the pancakes on to the griddle by the 1/4 cup. I like to use a quarter cup measuring cup to do this!
- When the pancakes have risen and the air bubbles in them are starting to pop (about 2-3 minutes, depending on how hot your griddle is), flip them and cook another 2-3 minutes, or until golden on the bottom.
- Serve the gluten-free pancakes with maple syrup, fruit, or any of your other favorite pancake toppings and enjoy!
If you make this recipe, be sure to comment below & rate it! I appreciate it so much. <3
Tender gluten-free pancakes whip up in a blender and then are ready for the griddle! Don't worry about getting oat flour-- all you need are whole old fashioned oats for this recipe.
Read the notes below for directions on how to make your own buttermilk!
- - 1 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- - 1 egg
- - 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- - 1 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
- - 2 cups old fashioned oats
- - 1 teaspoon baking soda
- - 2 teaspoons baking powder
- - 1 tablespoon sugar (or 2 teaspoons honey)
- - 1/4 teaspoon salt
- - non-stick spray
- - maple syrup, fruit, whipped cream, bananas, dates, and/or any of your other favorite pancake toppings!
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) in the order listed and blend on medium speed for 30-45 seconds, or until there are no more larger oatmeal chunks left.
- Pour the batter into a medium size bowl and let rest at room temperature for 5 minutes, or until the batter starts to get puffy.
- When there are just a few minutes left of resting, heat up a non-stick griddle or saute pan over medium heat, or until water sputters when flicked on the surface.
- Spray pan or griddle with cooking spray, let that heat for 30-45 seconds, and then scoop the batter out in 1/4 cup scoops (I like to use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to do so) onto the pan.
- Cook until the air bubbles in the pancakes pop and the bottom of the pancake turns golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
- Flip the pancake and cook for 2-3 more minutes, or until the bottom side of the pancake turns golden too.
- Repeat with the rest of the pancakes and serve warm with maple syrup and/or your other favorite toppings!
- Make your own buttermilk by adding 1.5 tablespoons white vinegar to a 2 (or 4) cup measuring cup. Then add 1 or 2% milk and fill to the 1.5 cup line. Let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, or until starting to curdle.
- To serve all your pancakes warm at the same time, just move them to a plate in an oven preheated to 200 degrees while the rest of the pancakes cook.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days or in an airtight container in the freezer for 1-2 months. Reheat in a toaster on low, or until warmed through and just lightly crispy.
Amount Per Serving Calories 120Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 23mgSodium 322mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 2gSugar 7gProtein 4g
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