Serve up a balanced mix of complex carbs and protein with these delicious Banana Oatmeal Pancakes. Bonus: The leftovers reheat so well and they’re delish with or without maple syrup.


Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

We often tend to have very ripe bananas lingering on the shelf come the weekend, so I regularly turn them into these super yummy pancakes. Very ripe bananas are very sweet and add moisture to pancakes—as well as delicious flavor.

These healthy pancakes have a soft texture thats easy for even little kids to chew and they’re satisfying for adults too.

And they’re great with my easy Caramelized Bananas.

Protein Pancakes

These banana pancakes include whole grains from rolled oats, banana with its potassium and fiber, eggs with protein and fats that kids need for proper development, and whole grain flour. And the method for making them is as simple as mashing the bananas and stirring the ingredients together!

While these don’t have protein powder, they do have plenty of protein to help fuel little bodies. The protein from the eggs and milk balances out the complex carbohydrates and there’s about 10 grams per serving. This ensures that even energy from this meal will last straight through the next snack or meal time.

TIP: These freeze really nicely for future meals!


Ingredients You Need

To make these Banana Oatmeal Pancakes, here’s a look at what you’ll need:

  • Ripe medium bananas: Some brown spots will indicate that the bananas are ripe, sweet, and flavorful.
  • Whole wheat flour: This flour has fiber and whole grains, and produces fluffy pancakes when combined with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Rolled oats: I add oatmeal to the batter for extra fiber and whole grains. It blends right in, no blender needed.
  • Baking powder: This helps ensure that the pancakes fluff up nicely when cooking.
  • Cinnamon
  • Eggs: I use large eggs in this recipe. You can also use a store bought egg replacer as needed for allergies.
  • Milk: You can use dairy or nondairy milk.
  • Vanilla extract

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a quick look at the process involved in making these pancakes. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

  1. Mash the bananas until very smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the dry ingredients to the bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the bowl.
  4. Stir together gently, but thoroughly.
  5. Drop ¼ cup fulls of batter onto a warm pan and cook until you see bubbles form around the edges.
  6. Flip and cook for a few additional minutes. Serve warm!

TIP: The oats soften in the batter and are fairly undetectable in the finished pancakes, which is a plus (as you probably know) with many kids.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these pancakes gluten-free?

You can totally use buckwheat flour or a cup-for-cup gluten-free flour blend instead of the whole wheat flour to make these gluten-free.

Can I freeze these banana pancakes?

Absolutely, you can freeze leftovers. Let them cool fully on a wire rack or a plate and store them in a freezer container or a bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Warm in a single layer on a heat-safe plate in the microwave in 15 second increments until heated through.

Can I make these Banana Pancakes without eggs so they’re vegan?

If you need to make these pancakes egg-free, you can omit the eggs. Then, add 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flaxseeds and ¼ cup additional milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes before you start making the pancakes. Spread them very thin to ensure that they cook all the way through.

(You can also try my Vegan Banana Pancakes.)

banana oatmeal pancakes on blue plate

How to Store

To store leftovers, let pancakes cool and store for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Or up to 3 months in a zip top freezer bag with as much air removed as possible.

Best Tips for Success

  • Use very ripe bananas with brown spots for optimal sweetness.
  • Mash the bananas smooth for a smooth final texture.
  • Use rolled oats (rather than steel cut) for the best final texture.
  • Be gentle when stirring the batter to avoid over working the batter.
  • Spread the batter out in the pan so the pancakes are fairly thin. This helps them to cook through.
  • Let cook until you see bubbles form around the edges and the edges appear set. Then carefully flip over.
  • If the pancakes are browning faster than they are setting up, turn the heat down a smidge.
  • Serve with Caramelized Bananas, maple syrup, yogurt, nut butter, or any toppings you like.

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I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe if you try it, so please chime in below in the comments!


Banana Oatmeal Pancakes (with Extra Protein)

Very ripe (with brown spots) bananas will give these pancakes the best flavor. Dice them up or serve whole, according to how the kids prefer to eat them.
4.98 from 68 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 256kcal
Servings 6


  • 2 very ripe medium bananas (about 2 cups sliced)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Mash the bananas until smooth.
  • Add bananas to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients except the butter. Gently stir together.
  • Warm a nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add a small bit of the butter, melt, and spread it around the pan.
  • Drop ¼ cup fulls of batter onto the pan and spread out thinly to about 1/4-½ inch think. Cook for about 3 minutes or until you see bubbles on the surface on the pancake. Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Continue to cook the rest of the batter.
  • Serve warm with Caramelized Bananas, maple syrup, yogurt, nut butter, or any toppings you like.


  • To store leftovers, let pancakes cool and store for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Or up to 3 months in a zip top freezer bag with as much air removed as possible.
  • Gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free rolled oats and gluten-free cup for cup flour blend.
  • Dairy-free: Use nondairy milk and oil in the pan instead of butter.
  • Egg-free: Omit the eggs and add 1 tbsp chia seed to the batter and an additional ¼ cup milk. Spread thinly to ensure that they cook through.
  • Use very ripe bananas with brown spots for optimal sweetness.
  • Mash the bananas smooth for a smooth final texture.
  • Spread the batter out in the pan so the pancakes are fairly thin. This helps them to cook through.
  • Let cook on the bottom until you see bubbles form around the edges and the edges appear set. Then carefully flip over.
  • If the pancakes are browning faster than they are setting up, turn the heat down a smidge.


Calories: 256kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 190mg, Potassium: 362mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 330IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 137mg, Iron: 2mg
Tried this recipe?Rate in the comments and tag @yummytoddlerfood on IG!

This post was originally published April 19, 2019.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are so yummy! Made them with chocolate chips for my 4 year old and blueberries for my 6 month old. They were a huge hit with hubby too! And so easy! Straightforward ingredients all in one bowl. Easy cleanup too!

  2. 5 stars
    These were very yummy but a lot of work to mix by hand, especially with the rolled oats. My batter was full of lumps so I ended up pouring it in my blender and everything turned out so well! I omitted the butter and the pancakes were so delicious! Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these with 3/4 plain flour and 1/4 chickpea (gram) flour as I ran out of plain. Tasted really nice and even more protein!

  4. 5 stars
    My daughter absolutely loves these! Can I freeze the batter? It makes such a huge amount for us, so I end up spending ages in front of the stove finishing the batter – would love to be able to freeze for later.

    1. You can freeze it in an ice cube tray and then cook from frozen over very low heat next time around.

  5. Hi! Can you bake these on a rectangular sheet pan? I really don’t enjoy standing and flipping. I’m just not good at it.

  6. 5 stars
    These turned out great! Would this work well for a waffle batter if I just added some melted butter to the mix? Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    My 2 year old loved these!! I love that they are full of protein. We also snuck in a few chocolate chips 🙂 They aren’t as fluffy as traditional pancakes and a bit more dense but nonetheless I would make again and have a stack for the freezer! Thank you.

  8. Hi,
    I made these pancakes, but with wholemeal spelt flour as that’s what I had. They turned out very dry and not fluffy at all. Any idea why? I want to try now the sweet potato pancake recipe, do you think I can use spelt flour in there? Should I change proportions of other ingredients?
    Many thanks.

    1. Hi- it’s possible that they needed a little more liquid due to the way spelt flour absorbs it. If the batter is very thick, I would add 2-4 more tbsp milk to thin it out. That should help.

  9. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe countless times and keep coming back. I won’t make a different type of pancake since using this recipe!

  10. Is white whole wheat flour the same as whole whole wheat flour when it comes to cooking/baking time? (It’s what I have on hand) Sorry for the silly question. Lol!

    Your recipes are fantastic…looking forward to trying this one.

    1. Probably! You might want to blend it with the wet ingredients so it’s incorporated smoothly

  11. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! My 2 and 4 year olds loved these! My 4 year old only wants cereal for breakfast, I was so excited to try this for her. She took a bite and said “yummy!” I’m always looking for ways to get protein into her. I tasted these too and they are wonderful for the whole family! Thank you for another family recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      I wanted to note that since my kids are pretty picky I took all the dry ingredients and blender them in my vita mix to make it really smooth. Wonderful recipe!

  12. 4 stars
    These turned out well, but were a little bland for our taste at first. I added some melted butter and a few dashes of salt to the batter for the second batch and then it was just right for us. I think next time we might try the egg-free version to see how we like that. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  13. 5 stars
    I use this recipe to make pancakes for my toddler , she loves it , i take everything in quarter to make smaller batch (except egg , which i just take 1 small ) plus i tried adding some cottage cheese and whey instead of milk that made it even better.
    And i am really happy that i dont have to add any kind of sweetner. Banana does the perfect job.

    Thankyou for the recipe 😍

  14. 5 stars
    Been wanting to make these for awhile and finally had the time to today! They are delicious! Are they 256 calories per serving? Or 256 calories for the whole batch?

    1. I’m glad to hear it! Nutrition is per serving if you evenly divide the total batch by the number of servings I list.

  15. I made these a few times following the recipe exactly and each time they came out very dense and tough. I’m guessing its all the extra eggs.

  16. 5 stars
    These were fantastic! Definitely fluffy with a traditional pancake texture. I subbed GF flour. The pancakes are pretty large so I have plenty of leftovers 😊

  17. 5 stars
    These are wonderful and simple! How many pancakes is a single serving? In total, my batter made 15 pancakes. I used 1 cup whole grain flour and 1 cup oats!

  18. 5 stars
    My soon-to-be toddler loved this! He readily gobbled up two and a half pancakes. It’s so nutritious too- definitely saving this recipe.

  19. 5 stars
    These are a no-fail breakfast for my 16 mo. toddler. I have a hard time finding healthy options with him being such a picky eater.. We are so grateful for this recipe. These are also perfect to freeze little portions and reheat quickly. Thank you!!

  20. 5 stars
    Great breakfast option for everyone in the family! Love to make ahead and freeze and take later. I have added chia seeds and they are a success!

    1. Did you add dry or soaked chai seeds? I have never used them before, but have read you should always use soaked. Thanks!

      1. If you add them to the batter and let it sit for a few minutes, they’ll plump up and be easier to digest.

  21. 5 stars
    We already have the spinach banana pancakes in our breakfast rotations but we tried this for breakfast and it was a hit!
    I ran out of milk and only had oat milk creamer but it was still delicious! My daughter loved helping me make it and we added chocolate chips to the batter as well. A great way to get some oats in their tummies since they haven’t been too crazy about oatmeal lately. Thanks! I also used the left over pancakes to make PBJ sandwiches 🙂

  22. 5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic! I came home from vacation and had some very brown, ripe bananas and I knew I had to try this. I used two eggs (because I didn’t have three!), and I used Happy Baby cereal instead of the rolled oats and they turned out great. My 9 month old daughter devours them, and I’m so happy to have a stash in the freezer for easy breakfasts. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be making these again for sure!

  23. 5 stars
    I’ve tried to make other oatmeal pancakes and they never come out good. This recipe is perfect. My daughter who is an 18 month old picky eater loves them, and so do I! I was wonder if you can also freeze the leftovers?

    1. Great! You can freeze the leftovers stacked with parchment between the layers or in a single layer (so they don’t freeze together) and then heat for about 30-60 seconds in the microwave. They freeze and reheat well!