Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

October 18, 2010

Mashed banana is one of my favourite ingredients to bake with. I love the natural, sweet caramel flavour it offers. Whatever it touches turns into a moist and magical morsel. And I am not the only one who feels this way. Mashed banana is loved by many. Add ‘banana’ to the name of a cake, bread or muffin, and people will squeal in delight. It is the life of the party, the friend who always brings the good dessert to dinner. So naturally, I like to invite my friend, mashed banana, to as many of my eating occasions as possible.

The most recent event on my culinary calendar that warranted an invite was Oatmeal Pancakes. After making these delightful cakes from the pan two months ago, I pledged to invite mashed banana to the batter on my next try. So yesterday morning I sent out my invite and very soon after, there was a knock on the pan (read: door), and mashed banana made a welcome appearance in my Oatmeal Pancakes.

The recipe for Oatmeal Pancakes that I follow is here, on Molly Wizenberg‘s beautiful blog.
I had to compensate after adding two, wet mashed bananas to the recipe, by adding in ~1/2 cup of flour. Honestly I didn’t put much thought into the ratios that were going in, I was simply after a good consistency. Next time I think I may be a bit more methodical, and weigh out some extra oats to add in along with the flour. I was able to just assemble and flip them, but they were a little too moist and unformed for my liking. I suppose that is the price I pay for inviting mashed banana to the party without clearing it with my other friends (read: ingredients) first.

But the flavour, oh the flavour! The mashed banana really took these pancakes to a completely different place. They were sweeter, more indulgent – even though bananas are super healthy – and just lovely. They tasted happy…Happy Oatmeal Banana Pancakes.

I topped them with raspberries for an additional sweet zing for the taste buds, and a dollop of natural yoghurt, which cut the overall sweetness nicely. I finished with a drizzle of pure maple syrup because, well, I wouldn’t dream of having pancakes without this heavenly sauce from the Gods of Yum.

Although I need to perfect the ratios before proclaiming my ultimate recipe, I really enjoyed this breakfast. I’m very excited about future Oatmeal Pancake Parties, where I’ll be sure to invite my bff, mashed banana. I’m guaranteed a happy time that way 😉

Heidi xo
  • hollypop October 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    happy pancakes.
    glad to see you're getting sufficient servings of gluteny goodies.
    these look deeelicious! nomnomnom.
    you know i might have spoken too quickly. i could use a girl like you trying to perfect mashed banana quinoa pancakes. hehe.

  • hbobier October 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I just stumbled over here from Oatmeal Diaries, and I just wanted to say hi. My name's Heidi, too. 🙂

    Your oatmeal banana pancakes look really good, you'll have to let us know when you find your "ultimate recipe!"

  • Heidi October 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Mission quinoa pancakes, Hollypop! I'm down xo

  • Heidi October 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Hi fellow Heidi! There are so few of us 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I will definitely let you all know xo

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear October 19, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Oh my.. those raspberries on top of your delicious pancakes look too good to be true 😛

  • Kelsey October 19, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I LOVE YOU 100000000 billion times more!! your pancakes have made me a happy happy happy girl. look at those delicious berries <3
    thank you for this pancake porn postage 😉 😉

  • Ashley October 19, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Oooh, what a fab idea putting bananas in pancakes! 🙂 I'm quite fond of Mr. Mashed Banana as well (he's turned up in some cookies). Will have to give him a go next time I have a lazy Sunday morning…

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 19, 2010 at 9:53 am

    oh these look positively DELIGHTFUL!!!!!

  • Joslyn @ missfitbliss October 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Yum! These look like a great change from my typical pancakes these days! I could use a change of pace:)

  • Chanel11 October 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Mashed banana would definitely make oat pancakes that much yummier!

  • ClaireyH October 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    They look perfect to me, finished with the berries, will be perfect as berry season begins.

  • InTolerant Chef October 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Banannas make everything better. But I have to confess I have given birth to a bananna hater. Please don't judge me, I'm sure she takes after my husbands side of the family.

  • Kath October 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Yum! Banana is just such a good source of natural sweetness! I especially love this recipe calls for soaking the oats in buttermilk overnight. This helps so much with getting rid of the unhealthy substances like phytic acid etc.

  • Heidi October 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Anne – they were nearly too good to be true 🙂

    Love it, Kelsey 🙂 you're super sweet. I'm glad you liked the pancake porn!

    Ashley – Mr Mashed Banana is totally rock star in cookies.

    Thanks, Lisa! They were delicious.

    Joslyn, It is always good to mix things up 🙂

    Chanel11 – oh, it did!

    Clairey, I am so excited for berry season! Stone fruit season too.

    Hahaha, no judgement InTolerant Chef! Maybe she'll grow out of this affliction 🙂

    Kath, I love the natural sweetness it gives. And the oats in buttermilk make them heavenly.


  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 20, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Great idea using mashed banana! And this is an alternative to making banana bread with ripe bananas too! 😀

  • My Restaurants Melbourne October 20, 2010 at 7:04 am

    i have got to make these!! these look so sweet!!

  • Rosa's Yummy Yums October 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

    What great pancakes! They must be delicious and soft.



  • Celeste @ Berrytravels October 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Love the way you have piled the raspberries up on the pancakes. I've never tried oat pancakes before , so these are new and rather exciting to me!

  • Anna Johnston October 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Ohhh, I love it 🙂 What a great friend good old mashed banana makes to any baking party (well.., just about any), by the looks of things even though good old mash banana got poor old dry ingredients noses just a tiny weeny little bit out of sorts it sure looks like they still worked well by the look of the photos and the great times they were all having huh 😉

  • Megan D October 22, 2010 at 9:21 am

    ohh my goodness these look heavenly! pancakes are by far my favorite breakfast!!