I LOVE this oatmeal pancake recipe. After this hearty, flavorful recipe for pancake mix, I will never go back to plain pancakes again. It's also packed with good ingredients that keep you fuller longer.

Oatmeal Pancake Mix

By Polly Conner
April 16, 2020

Oatmeal pancakes are hearty, flavorful, and full of grains that won’t leave you hungry hours later. You’ll never go back to boxed pancake mix after seeing how easy it is to make to make your own oatmeal mix at home.

Oatmeal pancakes

Why Oatmeal Pancakes are Amazing

Broadly speaking, making food from scratch usually tastes better and is healthier than packaged food. You’re avoiding additives and preservatives and using real food ingredients.

Traditional pancakes are mostly a combination of refined flour and sugar. That means that while delicious, they’re a simple carb that will cause your blood sugar to spike — giving you a quick burst of energy but leaving you hungry shortly after.

I am far too familiar with the sugar crashes of a high-carb breakfast. No fun! The good news is, adding a whole grain counters this problem. Oats are full of fiber and are a surprisingly good source of protein

The addition of blended up oats to the mix also gives these pancakes a hearty, yet still light and fluffy, texture.

Oatmeal pancakes on a plate

What’s in Oatmeal Pancake Mix?

Here are the basic ingredients you’ll need to make your oatmeal pancake mix:

  • Oats – quick or rolled work.
  • Whole wheat flour
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Vegetable/canola oil or melted coconut oil

This mix will make about 10 cups all said and done.

Oatmeal Pancake Mix

Do I need a food processor for the oats?


Glad we had this chat.

OK, but for real, you’ll need to blend up the oats in a food processor in order to turn them into a course, flour-like texture. That’s what helps them blend into the mix so well.

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Can I Freeze Oatmeal Pancake Mix?


After making the mix, simply store it in an airtight container and stick it in your refrigerator or freezer. The mix will be great for 3-6 months (maybe even longer if packaged well.)

How to Make Oatmeal Pancakes

When you want to make some pancakes, whisk together 1 cup of mix, about 3/4 cup of milk and one egg. The mixture may seem thin at first but the oats will soak up the milk and it thickens as it stands. If it seems too thick, just add more milk. If it seems too thin, just add more mix. It’s hard to mess up!

Oatmeal pancakes

Pair these pancakes with one of our smoothies and you’ll have one healthy & delicious breakfast!

I LOVE this oatmeal pancake recipe. After this hearty, flavorful recipe for pancake mix, I will never go back to plain pancakes again. It's also packed with good ingredients that keep you fuller longer.

Oatmeal Pancake Mix

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: about 10 cups (enough to make 6070 4-inch pancakes) 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


This oatmeal pancake recipe is packed with high quality ingredients that will satisfy all your hungry eaters. Make a batch to throw in the freezer and pull out for a fantastic homemade breakfast!


  • 3 1/2 cups oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 cup vegetable/canola oil or melted coconut oil


To make dry mix:

  1. Grind oats up in a blender or food processor.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a mixer with a paddle (or by hand).
  3. With mixer on slow speed (or gently by hand), drizzle the oil into the bowl slowly while the mixer is running.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature or indefinitely in the refrigerator or freezer.


To make the pancakes:

  1. Note: 1 cup of dry mix will make about 6-7 four-inch pancakes.
  2. Whisk together 1 cup of mix, 1/2-1 cup of milk and one egg. The mixture may seem thin at first but the oats will soak up the milk as it stands while the griddle preheats.
  3. Heat a griddle and drop the batter onto it. When edges start to look dry, give them a flip! Cook until desired consistency.


Freezer Meal Instructions:
To Freeze: Make the mix as directed. Place into an airtight container (or gallon-sized freezer bag) and freeze.
To Prepare: Pull out desired about of mix to make pancakes. Put remaining mix back in freezer.

Make sure to serve it with our perfectly cooked bacon!

cooked bacon

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37 replies
  1. Hana says:

    I have a go to pancake recipe. I like how you came up with this mix. I am thinking of making the flour mix (whole wheat + all purpose + oats) and then use that in my pancake recipe that uses buttermilk and two tbsp of butter. This way I can trick the kids and they won’t feel much difference in taste 🙂

    • Polly says:

      I do it both ways! I love to make up a bunch of pancakes and freeze them fully cooked. They are super easy to rewarm in the morning. I also like to have a batch of the dry mix stashed away too. Whatever works best for you!

  2. Allison says:

    I wish I’d discovered this blog ages ago! I’m in nursing school now (second career), and I’ve pretty much stopped combing the web for different meal planning options after finding this blog. I’m finding gold time after time on here. These pancakes are a huge hit! Next to no mess, can be adapted with different milks, fruit, spices, and syrups. My 11 year old can whip up a batch of pancakes when I’m not around, no problem. They taste great! Thank you!

  3. Shiny says:

    Hey did you mean teaspoon instead of tablespoon for the baking powder and soda ?
    I tired this recipie and the taste of baking soda is strong 🙁

  4. Rita L. Beckham says:

    I absolutely love your pancake ideas..made healthier. My husband has become the ‘cook’ in our home due to my many chronic illnesses, now a horrific fall resulting in many more months of home health, home PT and many additional months at a PT clinic. He has mastered waffles with his new waffle maker, our 4 yr old granddaughter informed ‘Big Da’ that he really needed to get because she really didn’t like his pancakes very much. ha ha He told me to ‘Go order a good waffle maker with express shipping!’ I did as told and now our gdaughter is loving her Big Da’s waffles. Question: Do you think We could grind oats for waffles in same way?
    Also, another QUESTION please: We just got a Panasonic Bread Maker and every recipe calls for Dry milk, any way to substitute fresh milk if I am not using the timer so it will not spoil? Hubby forgot to buy the dry milk and I really want to try make some bread before he goes shopping again next week.

    • Polly says:

      I have used the oatmeal pancake mix to make waffles multiple times. I usually just add a tablespoon of extra oil to the batter but you’ll probably be ok if you skipped that if you don’t want to.

      As far as subbing milk for dried milk, as long as you don’t use a timer, I’m pretty sure that would work as well. In fact, Rachel told me she did and it turned out fine. I’m not making any promises because I’ve never done it myself but I don’t see why it would be a problem. Good luck!

  5. Amanda says:

    I just made these and they were so tasty! I didn’t add the sugar or oil to the mix. (Is the oil for preservation? Or will I be able to get away with not adding it?) When I mixed up the pancakes I added honey, cinnamon, and vanilla to taste and used almond milk. Then in place of the egg I added a whole ripe banana. It was just like eating a slice or two of guilt free banana bread! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous pancake mix! 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      We’ve never tried it, but I have been known to throw zucchini in pancake mix a lot. Doesn’t seem to affect the texture or taste much at all, if you don’t go overboard.

      • Polly says:

        Not true, Rachel! I actually do use the oatmeal mix for these and it works great. I just add the cinnamon, brown sugar and zucchini to the mix. I also use the oatmeal mix for our sweet potato pancakes.

  6. Michelle says:

    How do you thaw the buttermilk quickly after its frozen? It was a hassle this morning trying to chop off a buttermilk ice block to make the pancakes. Also, do you store it in 1/2 cup increments, or do you just freeze the whole carton?

  7. Ashley says:

    Have you tried making these into pancake muffins? I found a recipe for them but its using bisquick and I don’t buy that. It calls for 1 cup bisquick and 1/2 cup milk. Think I could keep this recipe exactly as in and fake in oven @ 350 for 20-30 mins?

    • Rachel says:

      I haven’t tried this but I love the idea and think it sounds like it could work. If you try it, please let us know. I’d love to figure out a way to make pancake making fast and in bulk (i.e. using the oven!).

  8. Ginger says:

    I know this is old recipe but I hope someone can answer my question. If I am grinding the oats can I use regular oats instead of quick oats? I have ton of regular oats to use up. Just found your site today and already palnning 3 freezer meals this week. Thanks!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Ginger, it’s no problem at all to grind regular oats. Thanks for reading our blog. We really do hope it’s useful to you. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  9. Erika says:

    I just made up the mix this afternoon. I am excited to try it out! My hubby is the pancake master and prefers using Bisquick with our girls. I’ll make it tomorrow morning for our family, and hopefully he’ll be sold on this new, healthier mix!! Thanks, ladies.

  10. Carla says:

    Awesome. Thanks Rach. I don’t mind trying things out, but Kevin is the pancake maker in the family… and he does not handle disappointments as well as some of us who experiment in the kitchen often. 🙂 Now if only you could make the Cinnamon Roll pancakes he made two weeks ago healthier. Those were sooooooo good!

  11. Rachel says:

    Carla, I tried out using coconut oil in place of vegetable oil. My pancakes tasted really good. I think the coconut oil, if melted first before adding to the mix, works great. You might notice that when you add the milk and eggs to the mix, there will be a few small clumps of coconut oil in the batter (that coagulates when it cools). This doesn’t matter once you cook them because it melts into the pancake.

    In other Oatmeal Pancake news:
    – I added a bit of pureed pumpkin, subbed a 1/2 cup of almond meal for some of the flour, and subbed a 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed for some of the oats. Worked fine.
    – Like Polly said, I think it’s better to grind your oats first. Makes for a smoother texture.
    – We topped ours with butter, applesauce, and cinnamon. Tasted like Apple Cake!

    Thanks for another yummy, healthy recipe for our family, Polly!

  12. Carla says:

    Ok ladies, what can I use in place of vegetable/canola oil? I don’t keep the veg/can oil on hand anymore because I don’t use it enough and it seems to be the least desirable of all the oils.

    I substituted butter in the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins yesterday and they turned out good. I’ve substituted coconut oil in homemade muffins, etc. and it has worked fine, but when I used it in a store bought cake mix (which I never buy, but a friend had brought one over to make a cake), I didn’t really like the texture. So, I’m not sure if coconut oil would work in this recipe.

    Any thoughts?