• As a parent, I am always looking for more things I can prepare for my kids to eat for breakfast. It is so easy to get into the cereal rut, or even the pancake rut, and I just don’t like ruts much. Therefore, I search and search the internet for breakfast ideas. Preferably ones that are healthy and not completely full of sugar. Sometimes, I even just get into the kitchen and experiment myself. At times this is successful, and others not so much.
    This recipe came recommended to me by a friend who shares my healthy breakfast ambitions, and I have to admit it is good enough to work into my routine. To me, these pancakes taste just like oatmeal cookies. Boy do I love oatmeal cookies. It is a win, win. These are not overly sweet, even though they taste like cookies. I’m not sure how or why, but I’m going to roll with it and enjoy the mystery. What is important, is that my kids and my husband all love these. They are good for you, and very filling.

    1 cup milk
    2/3 cups of oats (I have used steel cut, rolled oats, and quick oats all with similar success. Use what you have)
    2/3 cup whole wheat flour
    2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (you can decrease this some if you use very sweet toppings. Or if you stir in a few chocolate chips into each one while cooking. Chocolate chip oatmeal pancakes!)
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 eggs, beaten
    2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla

    In a microwave bowl pour your milk. Microwave about one minute, or until hot but not boiling. If yours start to boil, let them sit for a few minutes. Stir in your oats. Cover and let stand for about five minutes. Which is about how long it takes to do the next steps.

    Mix your flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center to pour your wet ingredients.

    In a separate bowl, mix your eggs, vanilla, and oil. Pour them into your well that you made in the flour mixture. At this point, your oats will look kind of gross, and will not have absorbed all of the milk. Don’t worry, this is what you need! Pour them on top of the other liquid ingredients.


    I like to let my batter stand for about five minutes to rest, but it is absolutely not necessary. Get your griddle hot. Spray with cooking spray and ladle your pancakes onto it and cook like you would cook any pancake. I generally measure my pancakes by 1/4 cup. They seem to make just the right size for me and my kids. Using a 1/4 cup you will get about 8 pancakes total.