These healthy 3 ingredient oatmeal pancakes are made without bananas, and instead use Greek yogurt or applesauce. These aren’t quite the same as traditional pancakes, but they are still delicious, and great for busy mornings. They are high in protein and make a great filling breakfast.
We are big fans of pancakes around here! We grew up eating them a lot, and have even made pancakes for dinner 😀. Whether they are pancakes baked in the oven, pancakes with chocolate chips in them, or these easy 3 ingredient oatmeal pancakes, they are always a hit.
Most three ingredient oatmeal pancakes have bananas in them, but we made these without bananas because everyone doesn’t always have ripe bananas laying around. Instead we use either plain or flavored Greek yogurt, or applesauce. They are both delicious but our favorite is vanilla Greek yogurt. Top them with more yogurt and some fresh fruit and you have a healthy high protein breakfast.
What's Cool About This Recipe
- Only 3 Simple Ingredients: These healthy pancakes only have 3 ingredients and are super easy to make. There’s no baking powder or soda, no oil and no milk.
- Great for babies and toddlers: These pancakes are especially suited for babies and toddlers because they are simple and full of good for you, whole food ingredients. They are great for kids and adults too.
- High protein: These have eggs and yogurt in them so they pack a nice dose of protein, and will keep you full all morning.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Old fashioned rolled oats or oat flour: You can also use quick oats. If you use rolled or quick oats then you will need to blend them into flour. Whole wheat flour is a great substitute if you don’t want to use oats.
- Eggs: Eggs are what hold these pancakes together and make them fluffy.
- Greek yogurt: We like using flavored yogurt to give the pancakes a little more flavor. You can also use plain yogurt or applesauce.
See recipe card for quantities.
If you don’t mind more than 3 ingredients you can add things like, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, cinnamon and other spices, or chocolate chips.
Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
Using a fork or whisk, stir until everything is well combined.
Heat a frying pan or electric griddle to medium-low heat, add a light coating of butter or oil. Drop even amounts of batter onto the hot pan. Cook 2-3 minutes or until the bottoms are browned.
Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the pancakes feel firm when gently pressed with a finger. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.
There are lots of different ways we like to serve pancakes. A fun way, especially for young kids, is to make the pancakes small and then dip them in applesauce, pure maple syrup or yogurt.
Some other ideas are
- How to store leftovers: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- How to freeze: Place pancakes in a freezer safe container or resealable plastic bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
- How to reheat: Place pancakes in a covered frying pan over low heat for a few minutes or until warmed through, flip half way through for even heating. You can also reheat in a microwave or toaster.
Tips From Our Kitchen
For best results cook the pancakes on low heat so the middle gets done before the outsides are overdone. If they aren’t cooked all the way through they will be soggy on the inside.
This is typically a one serving recipe, but it can easily be scaled up to as many servings as you need.
You can, but it will make it really thin, especially if you’re using yogurt. Just refrigerate the batter until it’s thickened up.
Healthy 3 Ingredient Oatmeal Pancakes (without banana)
- ⅓ cup (33g) Finely ground rolled oats or oat flour
- ⅓ cup Plain or flavored Greek yogurt or applesauce
- 1 large Egg
- Combine all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl with a fork or whisk.
- Heat a frying pan or electric griddle to medium-low heat and coat with a small amount of butter or oil. Drop batter by scant ¼ cup portions onto the hot surface. Cook 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on the undersides.
- Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes or until they feel firm when lightly pressed with a finger. Serve immediately. If serving to babies or toddlers let them cool down before serving, obviously 😀.
We calculate these nutritional facts using an estimate and they can vary drastically between ingredients used and measuring technique. So, they are not intended for medical use.