These simple banana oat pancakes need only 3 ingredients. They're quick and easy to make and taste fantastic. Kids will love to help make them (but if there are only adult 'kids' in your house - they'll love 'em, too!)
Mornings can be a whole lot simpler when you've got these pancakes in the pan! If you've got a banana in the fruit bowl, an egg in the fridge, and oats in the pantry, you're set. And if you've got some kids around that you can rope into making up a batch of the pancakes for you - score!
Banana Oat Pancakes are a delicious way to enjoy simple healthy ingredients - and add up to a whole lot more than the sum of their parts. They're moist and tender inside and delicately caramelized outside. The banana flavour is not overpowering and its natural sugars add just the right, light touch of sweetness. Oats add a toasty flavour and deliciously nubbly texture. All you need is a dollop of yogurt and some fresh fruit to make them into a mouthwatering, satisfying breakfast. These pancakes are a variation of my 2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes. The addition of oats makes them a bit more substantial and adds a serving of good fiber. For such a simple recipe, these pancakes are fabulous.
Cooking with Kids
Meet my newest little cooking buddy. His name is Caleb. He's three and a half years old and LOVES to cook already!
He also enjoys reading books, playing at parks, and riding along on the garden tractor. His favourite animals are elephants. Caleb loves any kind of construction machines - playing with his toy ones and watching real ones. His favourite character is 'Rubble', the construction dog from Paw Patrol, and he wants to be an excavator operator when he grows up.
Caleb Makes Banana Oat Pancakes, and You Can, Too!
Caleb is quite talented in the kitchen already! He'll guide us through this pancake-making process.
First you peel a banana, then you break it into pieces and put them on a plate. Mash them up with a fork.
Then you take an egg and crack it into a bowl. Hitting it just hard enough on the counter to crack it is a fun activity!
Add the banana and some rolled oats to the beaten egg.
Then you fry the pancakes in a skillet with a bit of butter. Flipping them is tricky and might need an adult's help.
We made one batch plain and one batch with a pinch of cinnamon added to it. We can't decide which one we liked better!
There's such joy in watching kids discover the fun of cooking. Seeing their intense concentration as they learn the skills and then watching their pride and satisfaction as they taste the finished dish is one of the most rewarding feelings. Spending time in the kitchen with kids of all ages is one of the easiest ways to connect and make memories together. Starting kids cooking at a young age not only teaches them valuable life skills, it gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment that will stay with them well into the future, a foundation for building confidence and a way to develop good habits and learn new skills. Plus, cooking teaches them the simple joy of good food prepared with love and enthusiasm.
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Check out more Cooking with Kids recipes here, and see our latest one for homemade Cloud Dough (a really fun and easy playdough), or come join Caleb and I as we make Jam Cookies.
Banana Oat Pancakes
- 1 medium banana ripe, but not brown
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup (4 tablespoons/25gms) rolled oats, preferably quick oats gluten-free if necessary
- butter, oil, or coconut oil for frying
- a pinch of cinnamon
- Peel the banana and mash it on a plate with a fork until no large lumps remain.
- Crack the egg into a bowl and beat it with a fork.
- Add the mashed banana and the oats to the beaten egg. (If using cinnamon, add it now.) Stir to combine.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add a small amount of cooking fat (about 1 teaspoon) and spread it around to coat the surface of the pan.
- Ladle about 2 tablespoons of batter into the pan to make each pancake, making sure to leave space between them to turn the pancakes easily (make only 3 pancakes at a time if using a 10-inch skillet).
- Cook the pancakes until they are golden brown underneath (1-2 minutes) - you can lift up an edge of the pancake to peek underneath. Flip the pancakes carefully, as they are delicate. Cook them until the other side is golden brown, too
- Serve with yogurt and fruit slices, or butter and syrup.
- Makes 6 (3-inch) pancakes, serving 1 adult or 2 young children.
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