3-Step Banana Oat Pancakes

July 20, 2022

I love making easy, delicious, and nutritious breakfasts with my boys—and these 3-Step Banana Oat Pancakes are a favorite! 

They feature health-promoting apple cider vinegar and are customizable based on your preferences. Love the oat flavor? Use oat milk. Want something a little different? Use a nut-based milk. 

These banana oat pancakes are also gluten-free, meaning they work for every diet and lifestyle! Plus, you make them in a blender, meaning they’re quick, easy, and require less clean-up.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the health-supporting ingredients and then dive into the recipe.

First, the base of these delicious 3-Step Banana Oat Pancakes is reflected in the name: bananas and oats!

Bananas are known to be rich in potassium, with one banana containing 422 milligrams of potassium.

Now, potassium is important because it’s an essential mineral that your body needs for many functions—from supporting healthy blood pressure levels to regulating circulation, thereby reducing the risk of developing heart disease. [1, 2

And the best way to get potassium into your body? Through your diet with foods such as bananas! [3]

Meanwhile, the gluten-free rolled oats in these banana oat pancakes are a great source of copper, iodine, iron, molybdenum, and zinc. But that’s not all.

​​Oats also contain a powerful fiber known as beta-glucan, which may help to prevent and even treat metabolic syndrome. This is important because metabolic syndrome is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. [4, 5]

Studies have also shown that consuming foods with beta-glucans helps to regulate cholesterol by lowering LDL (low-density lipoproteins) cholesterol, also known as “bad cholesterol.” [6]

Finally, I have to mention a final “secret” ingredient that I include in as many of my dishes as possible: apple cider vinegar (ACV).

Here’s why: ACV has so many benefits, it’s impossible to go into them all here. But here’s a sample: it’s known to support healthy blood sugar levels, aid digestion, and even help reduce belly fat! 

Want to learn more about this powerhouse ingredient and why it’s a must-have for these banana oat pancakes? Make sure to check out my article on the 7 Incredible Health Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar.

Now, are you ready to give them a taste and discover how they’re just as delicious as they are healthy? Keep reading for the recipe!


3-Step Banana Oat Pancakes

Makes: 6 to 8 pancakes

Time: 8 minutes


Banana oat pancakes - Dr. Pingel



1 ripe medium banana

¾ cup gluten-free rolled oats 

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon sea salt

⅓ cup dairy-free milk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons aquafaba*

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract



1. In a high speed blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Banana oat pancakes - Dr. Pingel

2. Lightly grease a griddle over medium heat.

Banana oat pancakes - Dr. Pingel

3. Scoop 2 tablespoons at a time onto the griddle to make 6-8 pancakes. Cook 3-4 minutes per side, or until the edges are set, then flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Serve warm or freeze individually.

Banana oat pancakes - Dr. Pingel


  • Aquafaba is the liquid in a can of chickpeas. Alternatively, you can soak 1 tablespoon of ground flax in 3 tablespoons of water for 5 minutes, then use that in place of the aquafaba.
  • Serve plain or top with fresh bananas, walnuts, and a drizzle of maple or agave.
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