|Melty butter on a golden pancake.|
InspirationThe Oatmeal Artist Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Pancakes for One
I skipped the banana that was in my inspiration recipe since they're starchy and more calories than I want. Sometimes you just want to chow down a plate (or two, or three!) of pancakes.
- 2/3 cup oats
- 6 ounces liquid (I used almond milk)
- 4 oz unsweetened applesauce (I keep the single-serve containers of these on hand for low-calorie baking, you use it to replace oil)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt (2 dashes of the shaker)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
|Blurry first pancake|
DirectionsPut all ingredients in blender or immersion blender cup. Blend until it's as smooth as it can be. The mixture should be pretty thick, like regular pancake batter. Let sit for 5 minutes to hydrate the oats.
|They form bubbles like regular pancakes. |
I think that's a monkey face there on the bottom!
Since there's no oil in the recipe, I suggest spraying before each batch goes into the pan since they could easily stick.
VerdictSurprising -- you can make pancakes from oats.
These were filling and quite tasty. I felt like it could use even more cinnamon, it didn't seem like this was enough. And the apple flavor was muted too, but I wouldn't expect much apple flavor from applesauce. I might try a version using an unpeeled apple slices whizzed up in the immersion blender to see how that works out.
I was impressed that they acted like regular pancakes, with the bubbles on the edges and everything. And they browned nicely too, maybe from the natural sugars in the applesauce and almond milk?
You could probably make other flavor variations, but I haven't tried out anything else to know what would work. I know blueberry pancakes are popular.
This wasn't so amazing that you should ditch your regular pancakes, but if you want a gluten-free and dairy-free (vegan, even!) option or you're watching calories, this is a pretty good substitute.
|Tasty with syrup!|