Overnight Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe

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3 minutes
February 27, 2020
Carole Jones

This Overnight Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe is perfect for when you want something both healthy and hearty at the same time! Whole oats are soaked overnight in buttermilk before transforming into the most delicious whole grain pancakes you’ve ever had. While overnight pancakes might sound like a lot of work, they only take about 2 minutes before you hop into bed, then just a couple more minutes to finish off the amazing batter the next morning.

oatmeal pancakes recipe

A version of this oatmeal pancakes recipe was given to me years ago by my sister. I’ve adapted it many times to where it is now and they are our favorite pancakes.  The only downfall of this recipe is that it requires some forethought so the oats can soak. I suggest a minimum of 8 hours. I’ve done less time and they are still good, just not as tender.  Anyone who has experience with whole grain baking knows the magic of buttermilk. Between the buttermilk and the beaten egg whites, these pancakes are light and tender while being quite filling with all those oats!

oatmeal pancakes recipe

How do you make oatmeal pancakes from scratch?

They key for making oatmeal pancakes from scratch is to use buttermilk. If you soak the raw oats overnight in the buttermilk, not only does it soften the oats, that buttermilk creates an extremely tender whole grain pancake. You can use either whole or quick oats. Whole will give you a bit more texture, while the quick oats will almost completely blend in.

oatmeal pancakes recipe

What does buttermilk do for pancakes?

Using buttermilk in pancakes creates a lighter, fluffier end result, which is really important in a whole grain pancake recipe. The acid in the buttermilk helps activate the baking powder and baking soda, creating more lift than just using regular milk. That same acid helps in creating a tender, moist pancake by breaking down the gluten.oatmeal pancakes recipe

Are oatmeal pancakes healthy?

Yes! Each pancake only has 94 calories, while being packed with 3 grams of protein and whole grain goodness. They will keep you full all morning long. Where you might get off the healthy train is how you choose to top your oatmeal pancakes so choose wisely. Our favorite healthy topping is unsweetened applesauce!

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oatmeal pancakes recipe

Overnight Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe

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If you want something healthy yet hearty for breakfast, these pancakes are exactly what you need!

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 20 pancakes


2 C whole oats

2 C buttermilk

1/2 C whole wheat pastry flour

2 Tb sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs, separated

1/4 C canola oil


1.  In large bowl,  mix together oats and buttermilk.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
2.  In the morning, heat your griddle over medium heat.  Add the egg yolks and canola oil to the oats and stir to combine.  Next add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix just until moistened.  If batter is too thick, add additional buttermilk until batter is a pudding-like thickness.
3.  Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until medium peaks.  Using a rubber spatula, gently fold egg whites into pancake batter until combined.  Pour 1/3 C of batter onto hot griddle for each cake.  Cook pancakes until bubbles appear in the middle, flip and cook until brown on the bottom.  These will take longer to cook than conventional pancakes!
  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 pancake
  • Calories: 94
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 38 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 21 mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


Jeff and Cara
16 years ago

I am definitely going to make these! They look so good. I have to know something though, do you take all of the pictures that are posted with the recipe? I am so amazed if you do!!! Every picture has made me want to eat the food- or maybe that is just being pregnant 🙂

4 years ago

Transfer the pancakes to a warm oven or plate. Repeat cooking the remaining batter, using 1 teaspoon butter for each batch.

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