Homemade Oat Milk Pancakes are a light and fluffy dairy free pancake. They are made with olive oil instead of butter and oat milk instead of dairy milk. Oat milk pancakes are made in 1 bowl, are quick and simple and are flavored with vanilla extract. This recipe is a healthy alternative to store bought pancake mix. Serve with pure maple syrup, yogurt, and fresh berries for a complete, wholesome breakfast.
Pancakes are an American breakfast staple enjoyed by adults, families, and especially children. They are celebrated on weekend mornings— when there's time to waste and nowhere to be.
Pancakes elicit a comforting, homey feeling on days when it's okay to stay in your pajamas all day long.
With the right from-scratch recipe, you can enjoy perfect light and fluffy homemade pancakes in no time at all— and spend the rest of that well deserved lazy time on the couch with your family.
Oat milk pancakes are a dairy, nut, soy, and gluten-free alternative to classic American buttermilk pancakes. But that childhood lazy weekend feeling remains the same.
Whether you're looking to make dietary changes due to a food allergy, wanting to be more mindful about how your food choices impact the global community, or simply looking to make healthy changes to the foods you love without going on a strict diet, oat milk pancakes are a great recipe to try.
Choosing Oat Milk for Pancakes and Other Baked Goods
Why choose oat milk instead of traditional dairy milk when making pancakes and other baked goods? There are many reasons why milk is a good option when baking.
The protein and fat in milk add moisture and flavor and work to soften baked goods. Milk also adds strength and structure, making it a great addition to breads, muffins, pancakes, waffles, cakes, and cookies.
But dairy milk isn't the only milk on the market any more. There are many non-dairy milks that impact recipes in the same way— oat milk is one of them.
Oat milk is a creamy, sweet milk alternative that's used to give this oat milk pancakes recipe an extra fluffy and super moist texture.
When deciding whether using oat milk in your recipes is a great fit for you, consider these commonly asked questions about pancakes and oat milk.
Yes, oat milk can be substituted for dairy milk (or any other milk alternative) in pancakes and most other baked goods. Use a 1:1 ratio when substituting pancake recipes with oat milk. Use original, extra creamy, or vanilla oat milk as a dairy milk substitution.
While pancake recipes made with milk can be made with water instead, the pancakes will lose some of their flavor. Because milk contains fat, pancakes made with milk will have more moisture and be fluffier than those made with water.
While it is not required that you let pancake batter sit and rest (it does not need to rise), pancakes will actually be lighter and fluffier if the batter sits for at least 30 minutes before being cooked. Even better, let the batter rest overnight in the fridge.
1 cup of unsweetened oat milk has approximately 90 calories. It is low in fat and sugar, at 1.5 grams and 4 grams per cup respectively. You'll get about 25% of your daily vitamin A, vitamin D, and calcium from oat milk. However, oat milk is high in carbohydrates, with 19 grams per cup.
Both oat milk and almond milk have high nutritional profiles, containing many vitamins and minerals. Both are low in calories, fat, and sugar. They are similar in their healthiness factor and are both gluten, soy, and lactose free. While almond milk is peanut free, it is made with tree nuts so is not a good choice for those with nut allergies. Oat milk is completely nut and peanut free, and therefore is a better option for those with nut allergies.
Oat milk pancakes are made with all-purpose flour, white sugar, salt, baking powder, oat milk, vanilla extract, olive oil, and eggs.
Are you wondering how this recipe is dairy free if it contains eggs? Eggs are not a dairy product, although it's a common misconception that they are. If you have an egg allergy, you can still enjoy oat milk pancakes by using flax eggs instead.
Use original or extra creamy oat milk. Planet Oat extra cream oatmilk is what I always use, but original will do just as well. You can also use vanilla oat milk if wanting to make vanilla flavored pancakes.
Baking powder is required to achieve a high rising pancake. Leave it out and you'll end up with a flat pancake. This recipe calls for 4 tsp of baking powder. While this may seem like a lot, it is necessary and will not alter the flavor of your pancakes.
Olive oil is a heart-healthy fat compared to butter, which is why it's used here. But you can make a 1:1 swap for melted butter if you prefer.
And while the vanilla extract is technically optional (it only adds a hint of vanilla to the pancakes), I do recommend using it if you want to get the most flavor into this recipe.
Oat milk pancakes can also easily be made vegan or gluten free if you have dietary restrictions or preferences.
🥬 Make it Vegan
Turning this oat milk pancake recipe into it's vegan version requires only 2 simple ingredient changes— sugar and eggs.
Use unrefined or organic white sugar that is not made with bone char. Sugar made with beets is also a vegan option. Sugars that are vegan include: Sugar in the Raw, organic whole cane sugar, Trader Joe's, Florida Crystals, and Now Foods Beet Sugar.
Replace the eggs with flax eggs or bananas. I have not yet tried making these with bananas, so I cannot speak to how they will turn out. However, I love how baked goods turn out when using flax seeds. Many muffin recipes turn out even better than they do when using eggs.
The main ingredients—white flour and oat milk—are both vegan.
🍞 Make it Gluten Free
Oat milk pancakes can be made gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour in place of the white flour. All other ingredients are naturally free of gluten.
Make this recipe in 3 easy steps and in less than 20 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Make a hole in the center and add the oat milk, oil, vanilla extract, and eggs. Mix with a whisk or fork until smooth.
- Melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat on a griddle. Fill a soup ladle halfway with the batter and pour onto the griddle. Or, make smaller pancakes for children.
- When bubbles begin to form, flip with a spatula. This takes about 2 minutes. Cook on the other side for about 90 more seconds, or until both sides are golden brown.
Transfer to a plate and serve with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
Oat Milk Pancakes
- 2 cups flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups oat milk
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
- Make a well in the center and add the oat milk, oil, vanilla extract, and eggs. Mix until smooth.
- Melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat on a griddle. Fill a soup ladle halfway with batter and pour onto the griddle.
- When bubbles begin to form, flip with a spatula (about 2 minutes). Cook on other side for about 90 more seconds, or until both sides are golden brown.
- Serve with maple syrup, yogurt, or fruit.
🍲 Serving and Storing
Oat milk pancakes are incredibly delicious without any toppings at all. Believe it or not, my kids' preferred way to eat these pancakes is plain— straight off their plates without even using a fork.
But for those of us who love topping pancakes, some suggestions are:
- yogurt and fruit (try this homemade Greek yogurt)
- pure maple syrup
- pumpkin ricotta spread
- Nutella spread with blueberries and bananas
Oat milk pancakes are best stored at room temperature for 2 days. After that, they will begin to lose moisture and become dry.
Pancakes are freezer-friendly for around 6 months. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap or use a freezer storage bag. Defrost them overnight at room temperature.
That's all there is to making these delicious pancakes. I hope you enjoy them and they become your go-to pancake recipe.
If you've made oat milk pancakes I'd love to hear what you thought. Please leave me a comment below!