Oat Flour Pancakes

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Oat Flour Pancakes are naturally gluten-free and turn out just as fluffy as the traditional version! You can make them in just minutes for an easy weekend brunch.

oat flour pancakes with fruit on top

Why You’ll Love Them

These Oat Flour Pancakes taste just as delicious as the kind made with all-purpose flour, but this version is naturally gluten-free when you use certified gluten free oats or oat flour.

Did you know you can make homemade oat flour, too? It takes just about 60 seconds to blend rolled oats in your blender, if you don’t have store-bought oat flour on hand.

Oatmeal is affordable and accessible, making this one of my favorite gluten-free flour options.

P.S. If you have a different gluten-free flour on hand, try my Almond Flour Pancakes or Coconut Flour Pancakes, instead.

How to Make Oat Flour Pancakes

This is an easy one-bowl recipe! Simply whisk together the ingredients, until the batter looks smooth.

oat flour pancake batter in bowl

When working with oat flour, it’s important to know that the batter will thicken up as it rests in the bowl. So, the batter may look very runny for the first pancake, but it will be thicker by the time you’re ready to cook the last pancake.

pancake batter poured into pan

I don’t mind working with the thicker batter for the last couple of pancakes, but you can add a teaspoon of water to the batter if it becomes difficult to work as you go.

Cook the batter in a greased skillet over medium-low heat, flipping the pancakes when you see bubbles starting to form in the center. It should take 2-3 minutes on each side, once the skillet is hot.

pancake with bubbles ready to flip

Pro Tip: Add a splash of water to the pan to test the heat level. When the water instantly sizzles as soon as it hits the pan, it’s time to start cooking your pancakes.

This recipe makes roughly 5 to 6 pancakes, which feeds 2 adults in my home, so feel free to double or triple this recipe as needed!

oat flour pancakes with fork inside

Making Baked Pancakes

If you prefer not to stand in the kitchen flipping individual pancakes, try baking them instead! Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Let the batter rest 10 minutes after mixing it together, so it’s not too runny, then use a 1/4 cup to scoop the batter onto the prepared pan. Bake at 350ºF for 10 to 12 minutes.

I don’t flip the pancakes when I bake them, but keep in mind that they will not look like a traditional pancake. They don’t get golden on both sides, but they do still taste delicious!

This method is great when you want to cook the whole batch of pancakes all at once. However you cook them, I hope this recipe is a hit!

Substitutions

Need to try a different ingredient? Here’s my best guess with how other substitutes may work.

Oat Flour. If you want to use a different flour, check out my other pancake recipes first! I may already have a tested option for you.

Eggs. I’ve succesfully used Bob’s Red Mill egg substitute powder as a swap for the egg in this recipe, if you need a vegan version. I’ve also made Vegan Oat Flour Pancakes using aquafaba (chickpea liquid!), if you want to try that.

Olive oil. I use olive oil in this recipe to keep the batter consistency runny enough that you can pour it into the pan. You can use coconut oil or melted butter instead, but it may cause the batter to thicken up if you use eggs or maple syrup that are cold from the fridge. Any other mild-flavored oil will work here, too.

Maple syrup. This adds a little sweetness and helps keep the batter the proper consistency, so if you want a sugar-free pancake you can try using a sugar-free syrup, or an additional tablespoon of oil and water to get a similar consistency.

finished oat flour pancakes on plate
finished oat flour pancakes on plate
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Oat Flour Pancakes

These oat flour pancakes are naturally gluten-free and turn out so fluffy! They are the perfect addition to your weekend brunch, using whole grain oat flour.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine gluten-free
Keyword oat flour pancakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 400kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup oat flour (99 grams)
  • 1 large egg (47 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (22 grams; or melted butter or coconut oil*)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (40 grams)
  • 5 tablespoons water (74 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (3 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (3 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (2 grams)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add the oat flour, egg, oil, maple syrup, water, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Use a whisk to mix it together smoothly, and let the batter rest while you prepare the skillet.
    oat flour pancake batter in bowl
  • Grease a skillet over medium-low heat on the stove. I find that this is a good starting point for cooking pancakes, but you may want to turn it down to low as you cook the next few pancakes, so they won't burn. When water sizzles when you splash a drop on the skillet, it's time to cook the first pancake. Use a 1/4 cup to scoop the batter into the center of the greased skillet.
    pancake batter poured into pan
  • When bubbles form in the center of the pancake, it should be easy to slide a spatula under the pancake and flip it over. Each side will need to cook for roughly 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter until you've made 5 to 6 small pancakes. (Feel free to double this recipe if you need to serve more than 2 people.)
    pancake with bubbles ready to flip
  • Serve warm, with your favorite toppings. Leftover pancakes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
    finished pancakes on a plate with syrup

Notes

Nutrition information is for half the batch; this recipe makes roughly 5 to 6 pancakes total. This is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate and not a guarantee.
I’ve tested this recipe with Bob’s Red Mill egg substitute powder instead of a real egg, and the results were not bad! I did find that they are a little more fragile this way, and I needed to use 1 extra tablespoon of water in this case.
*I use olive oil in this recipe because it doesn’t solidify when chilled. If you use melted butter or coconut oil instead, the batter may turn out to be a little thicker if your eggs or maple syrup are cold from the fridge, so just keep that in mind.
See tips in the full post for baking pancakes instead!

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 3mg

If you try these Oat Flour Pancakes, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like them. And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too!

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Lysa Ingalsbe

Hi Megan! These are very good! I think they could use a tiny bit more moisture but all in all they taste great! Thank you!

Christine

I thought these pancakes looked and tasted like traditional pancakes. They are nice and light and will not leave you feeling heavy like regular pancakes. My 2 teenagers liked them. That is saying a lot!

Anna Nevin

Another lovely pancake recipe- thank you. They turned out really well for my weekend breakfast. I also can’t stop making the coconut flour ones and the oat and banana ones😀

KATIE

Love these! I substituted 1 tablespoon of flax for the egg. I prepped the wet and dry ingredients the night before and combined right before cooking. Added frsh blueberries, too.

STEPHANIE

Can these be frozen? I love your banana oat pancakes, and freezing them is easy, but they do tend to fall apart when reheating. I’m hoping maybe these will stay together a bit better!

Lauren

The flavor of these is perfect. I made tripled the recipe for my family and used 3 Flax Eggs to make them vegan. They were pretty dense and chewy, not fluffy like a traditional pancake, but I think that’s due to the flax eggs. I would make them again because they tasted really good, but my kids prefer a fluffier pancake, so I’d probably try this again with eggs for them.

Jennifer

These pancakes are amazing!!! Unlike GF mixes, there isn’t any weird or heavy taste…they are fluffy melt in your mouth perfection! I love that they use simple ingredients that I always have on hand. My hubby said I should only make these pancakes from now on! Definitely a winner!

Raseel

Decided to make for Sunday breakfast… turned out delicious! Topped with cooked applesauce and strawberries! Next time would decrease maple syrup to one and substitute water for the other! 👍🏼😊

Heather

These turned out really well!
One of my guilty pleasures are McDonald’s pancakes – these feel like a healthier version of those. These will be in my regular breakfast rotation.

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