Protein Pancakes with Oats are fluffy and delicious healthy pancakes made in minutes in a blender. They are filled with nutritious ingredients, such as banana, rolled oats, ground flaxseed and collagen powder. Naturally gluten, oil, refined sugar and dairy free but they taste absolutely amazing!
I’ve tried many healthy pancakes recipes and I found that most of them are just not good. Dry, rubbery or hard and my kids don’t want to eat them. I’ve been determined to create good-for-you pancakes that are high in protein, have a pleasant texture AND taste great.
I have to say, these oatmeal pancakes are definitely the winner! Rolled oats and ripe banana are blended into pancake batter with egg, baking powder, vanilla and salt.
To make these pancakes high in protein, I decided to add equal parts of ground flaxseed and collagen peptides. I’m not a huge fan of protein powders because they usually alter the flavor of whatever I’m making, especially if they are artificially sweetened. I find that collagen peptide powder is a great neutral-tasting alternative while flaxseed has a pleasant nutty flavor and adds a nice boost of fiber and healthy fats.
The result is a healthy protein pancakes recipe that’s way better than any store bought mix and you will want to make them over and over again!
For more breakfast oatmeal recipes try my Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal, Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins (with almond flour) or this fun Biscoff Oatmeal.
Why you'll love these pancakes
- These pancakes are super easy to make – you only need a blender and a pan or a griddle
- Superior flavor and texture. They are fluffy, moist and soft – perfect for soaking up maple syrup!
- Healthy, nutritious, high in protein and fiber. One serving provides 25 grams of protein and 8.7 grams fiber!
- No oil, butter, sugar or flour makes these pancakes gluten and dairy-free (as long as you use certified gluten-free oats and plant milk).
- This recipe is kid and toddler approved!
If you’re into healthy banana-based breakfast ideas, make sure to check out this epic list of 45 Healthy Banana Breakfast Recipes.
What you will need
- Rolled Oats: old fashioned rolled oats will work best. Use certified gluten free oats to make this recipe gluten free.
- Banana: for best results use a ripe, spotty banana. Brown skin is fine!
- (Plant) Milk: I used almond milk but any milk will work: dairy, coconut, flax, oat or rice.
- Ground Flax Seed: it gives the pancakes a boost of fiber, healthy fats and protein. I like Bob’s Red Mill golden flaxseed meal.
- Collagen Peptide Powder: another source of protein in this recipe! I like collagen because its flavor is neutral and it doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners.
- Egg: my favorite eggs to use are pasture raised eggs from Vital Farms.
- Baking Powder: to help the pancakes become fluffy.
- Vanilla Extract: use real vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste.
See recipe card for full information on ingredients and substitutions.
How to make protein pancakes with oats
Step 1: Make the batter. Simply place banana, rolled oats, egg, baking powder, vanilla, salt, ground flaxseed and collagen powder in a blender and blend until completely smooth, 30 seconds to 1 one minute.
Step 2: Prep the pan. Coat a griddle or non-stick skillet with a thin layer of butter, coconut oil or non-stick spray and heat it up on medium heat. If you’re using cast iron skillet or griddle, heat it up dry and then add the fat.
Step 3: Cook the pancakes. Drop ¼ cup of batter into the prepped pan and cook for about 2-4 minutes. The bottom should start to brown and you should see some bubbles forming.
Note: If your pancakes are browning too fast, turn the heat down to medium low. This will greatly depend on the type of pan you are using.
Step 4: Flip and cook on other side for about 2 minutes. Remove the pancakes from the pan and keep them warm in the oven if making more batches. This recipe makes 3-4 pancakes, enough for one large serving. If you are doubling or tripling this recipe, wipe the pan clean with paper towels and start over.
Step 5: Serve! Stack the pancakes on a plate and top with your favorite toppings. I like mine with a bit of nut butter, fresh berries and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.
Toppings and mix-ins suggestions
Here are some of my favorite toppings to make healthy pancakes more fun:
- Pure maple syrup or good quality liquid honey: my maple syrup is always from Maine.
- Fresh berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or sliced strawberries.
- Stewed berries: I LOVE using stewed berries as pancake topping, especially in the winter when fresh berries are pricey. Just dump some frozen berries (I also like cherries for this) into a small pan or saucepan, pop a lid on and cook until saucy and bubbly but the fruit still hold its shape.
- Fresh fruit: sliced bananas, oranges, peaches or any fruit you like.
- Cooked apples: slice or dice peeled apples and cook them with a bit of butter and ground cinnamon. Yum!
- Nut butters: I like to smear a dab of peanut or almond butter in-between each pancake but it’s also great on top. If you want a more drizzly consistency, microwave your nut butter for 10-15 seconds. Cookie butter such as Biscoff is also amazing on these pancakes.
- Crushed or chopped nuts: walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds or peanuts.
- Whipped cream or Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain).
If you like, you can also use mix-ins in the batter:
- For chocolate chip pancakes, stir in ¼ cup of dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips in the batter before cooking the pancakes.
- To make blueberry pancakes, mix in ¼ - ⅓ cup fresh blueberries.
- For funfetti pancakes, mix in 2 tablespoons of rainbow sprinkles.
- Be creative! You can also mix in finely diced fresh apple, sliced fresh strawberries, chopped walnuts or pecans, or peanut butter chips.
Storage and reheating suggestions
If you have leftover pancakes or would like meal prep them for later in the week, wrap them in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer in a freezer safe bag for up to 3 months.
To reheat refrigerated banana oatmeal pancakes, place them individually in a toaster on a low setting and toast for 90 seconds to two minutes. You can also preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius), place the pancakes flat on a cookie sheet, cover with tin foil and reheat for 4-5 minutes.
To reheat from frozen, you can either toast the pancakes in your toaster (adding 30-60 seconds to the recommended two minutes) or thaw them on the counter and reheat according to the instructions above.
Quick (instant) oats will work as well as old fashioned oats. Steel cut oats won’t blend very well so I wouldn’t use them in these pancakes.
Yes, absolutely. Just thaw it first.
Yes you can but be careful with sweetened protein powder as it will significantly change the flavor of these pancakes and they may turn out too sweet. Use unsweetened protein powder for best results.
Technically you can but I wouldn’t recommend it as microwaving pancakes makes them soggy. Stick to the toaster or oven method!
This recipe can be made in a standup blender, such as Vitamix or Blendec, or a bullet style blender, such as Ninja Nutri. If you don’t have either, you can try it in a food processor.
Yes, but you will need oat flour instead of rolled oats. Mash the banana with a fork until smooth, then add all remaining ingredients and oat flour. Mix thoroughly in a medium bowl until pancake batter forms.
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Healthy Protein Pancakes with Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ ripe banana
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup milk of choice dairy, almond, oat, coconut or cashew
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon collagen peptides or unsweetened protein powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- cooking spray butter or coconut oil (for greasing the pan)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Lightly coat a griddle or large non-stick skillet with butter, coconut oil or cooking spray.
- Once the pan is hot, add ¼ cup of batter for each pancake and cook for 2-4 minutes until the pancakes look fluffy and you see some bubbles forming.
- Flip the pancakes to the other side with a spatula and cook for about 2 minutes. Check for browning. If they look done, take them off the pan. If desired, cook a little longer until nicely browned.
- If making more batches, clean the pan with paper towels and repeat the process.
- Serve the pancakes stacked and topped with fresh berries, maple syrup and butter or nut butter.
Turned out great! I am always trying to get extra protein in.
Delicious! I love this healthy twist on my favorite breakfast food!
Amy Liu Dong
Such an easy and delicious breakfast to make for everyone.
I am sure kids will love this 😍.
Delicious!!! These were so yummy and the kids enjoyed them, too!
These pancakes turned out so delicious! Love the oat addition so much!
these protein rich pancakes are great!
Love adding more protein to my diet!
Helen at the lazy gastronome
Healthy and delicious. And easy!
I like this healthy protein pancakes great for breakfast.
These were fabulous. Thanks
These pancakes are great and so easy.
What a delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing.
I love this healthy twist on pancakes. Delish!
I used flax seeds as suggested and they came out fabulously. Great pancake recipe, thanks.
My son would love these pancakes for breakfast! Great recipe!
these pancakes are great. So easy and delicious
What a delicious and healthy pancake recipe! My kids really loved it too!