Hearty Oatmeal Pancakes

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Looking for a hearty, tasty, and nutritious pancake recipe? These oatmeal pancakes are vegan, gluten free, and sugar free friendly, as well as whole grain and high in fiber. They’re the perfect weekend brunch recipe and so delicious with chocolate chips or blueberries mixed into the batter!

How do I make these oatmeal pancakes sugar free?

I used a little bit of pure maple syrup in the pancake batter, but you can easily substitute the maple syrup with sugar free maple syrup or just omit it entirely. See below for other sweetener ideas.

What ingredients do I need for these hearty oatmeal pancakes?

If you want to make these hearty oatmeal pancakes, here’s what you’ll need:

  • flour of choice (see below)
  • rolled/old fashioned oats
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • water (or dairy free milk)
  • pure vanilla extract
  • olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • flax eggs (or regular eggs)
  • pure maple syrup (or other sweetener, see below)

What kind of flour can I use?

You can use oat flour, all purpose gluten free measure for measure flour, cassava flour, or regular all purpose flour.

What kind of sweetener should I use in the pancakes?

I used pure maple syrup in the pancake batter but you could use another liquid sweetener like honey or date syrup. You could also try a granulated sweetener like coconut sugar or monk fruit. If you use a granulated sweetener instead of a liquid sweeter, add a little bit more water/dairy free milk to the pancake batter (2-4 TBS). You can also omit the sweetener if you prefer, but I think the pancakes are better with the sweetener added. If you omit the sugar, omit the salt as well, or else the pancakes will taste a bit salty.

What mix-ins can I add to the pancakes?

These pancakes are delicious with chocolate chips, blueberries, or any other berries mixed into the batter. I personally prefer chocolate chips, but feel free to use whatever mix-ins you prefer.

What toppings should I use?

You can use whatever toppings you like! We love nut butter, fresh fruit, and pure maple syrup!

Ready to make these hearty oatmeal pancakes? Here’s the recipe!

Hearty Oatmeal Pancakes

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 review )


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned/rolled oats
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water or dairy free milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS olive oil (or coconut oil, melted)
  • 2 flax or regular eggs
  • 2 TBS pure maple syrup


  1. In a large bowl pour the water/dairy free milk over the oats and let them sit until the liquid is absorbed (about 5-10 minutes).
  2. Next, add the remaining ingredients to the soaked oats and mix the batter well. Depending on the type of flour you use, you might need to let the batter sit for a couple minutes to thicken.
  3. Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet or grease a non-stick griddle with cooking spray.
  4. Pour batter, by 1/4 - 1/2 cup, onto the skillet/griddle and cook the pancakes for several minutes on each side (time will depend on the size of your pancakes).
  5. Once the pancakes are cooked through, remove them from the heat.
  6. Top pancakes with whatever toppings you like and enjoy!


If you find the batter is too thick at any point, you can add more water or dairy free milk to thin it out.

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