Banana Oat Pancakes or “Oaties”

These flourless pancakes have been affectionately named “Oaties” in the Bright Line Eating community. The key with these pancakes
is to cook them on a nonstick skillet over low heat for a longer time. Experiment with fun toppings!

Every Oatie fan seems to have a slightly different take on these. I have to say that I struggled with this recipe for quite a while and almost gave up. Every time I tried to make them they came out strange. First they didn’t hold together, then they were too eggy, then they were gooey inside, then they tasted too banana-y.

I kept tinkering with it though, and after several weird and disappointing breakfasts, I finally landed on my favorite version. They make a wonderful weekend BLE breakfast treat. Have fun experimenting!

Flourless Banana Oat Pancakes

Grain | Protein | Fruit
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1
Recipe From: Katie’s Conscious Kitchen



  • 1 oz instant oats, dry


  • 1 banana 4 oz
  • Additional fruit as a topping or cooked into the pancakes 2 oz


  • 1 egg 1/2 protein
  • 1/4 oz flax, chia, or hemp seeds (I use a mix of all three) 1/8 protein
  • 1/4 oz nuts for topping 1/8 protein
  • 2 oz yogurt for topping 1/4 protein


  • 2 tsp water, to thin optional
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp fresh grated nutmeg

Topping Ideas

  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Yogurt
  • Nut butter
  • Peanut butter drizzle (peanut butter thinned with water or milk)
  • Nuts
  • Chia Jam see notes
  • Applesauce


  • Combine oats, banana, egg, 2 tsp of water, and spices.
  • Mash well. Thin with water if it is too thick.
  • Cook on a griddle on medium-low heat, (I do a light oil spray) letting them cook for a while before flipping. Wait till they have puffed up. It’s easy to undercook these.
  • Add toppings.
  • Be well-fed, happy, and full until lunch!


  • Chia Jam recipe here!
  • This recipe makes about 2-3 pancakes, and the whole recipe makes a complete breakfast containing a grain, fruit, and protein serving. This meal is really filling.
    This recipe is great for the BLE weight-loss plan, and even better on the maintenance plan because you have some extra protein for adding more yummy toppings!
  • After much experimentation, I have provided a recipe for what I’ve found to be the pancakes with the best texture and flavor so far, but many do it differently with a great deal of success and enthusiasm. Below are some of the ways that people modify these pancakes. You’ll need to experiment a bit and find which variation you like the most.
    • 1 egg vs. 2 eggs in the batter
    • Addition of flax or chia seeds into the batter
    • Blending the batter vs. not blending the batter
    • Varied amounts of banana added to the batter (some people use a full 6 oz)
    • Cooked oats vs. dry oats
    • Rolled oats vs. steel cut oats
    • Instant oats (I’ve found these to be the best)
    • Cooked potato or sweet potato instead of oats
Maintenance Additions
  • Increase amount of oats to 1.5 oz and add a little more water to compensate. For the extra protein, go wild with the toppings!
Tried this recipe?Mention @katiesconsciouskitchen or tag #katiesconsciouskitchen!

Here is a photo collage of these pancakes from all over the BLE community, it is a popular breakfast! For more variations on this breakfast, check out instagram under the hashtag #brightlinebites.

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  1. I love my oatmeal pancake in the mornings when I have time because it takes a bit of time to make and cook. I have premade my oatmeal for the week so it is easy to mix things into the cold oatmeal. I like to add the flax, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds (total 0.5 oz) with my egg. nothing else. Good eating…

  2. I need to try these! I’ve been doing at breakfast cookie thing on the weekend but I botched the last batch so I’ve been looking for something else, thanks!

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  4. Thank you so much! These are so yummy, and the only change I made was not cooking the oats. I just mixed them in with everything else. I love your idea of adding water to the peanut butter to make a creamy spread.

  5. Anonymous

    I add 1/4 tsp of baking powder and a tsp of apple cider vinegar. Much puffier and lighter if you wait a few minutes to cook while the pan is heating.

  6. Coralee Petersen

    Is there a receipe for pancakes without egg. Is there anything I can sub for eggs to bind the ingredients together.

  7. This was a life saver! Just started BLE and have been hungry after breakfast. This did the trick! Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. I milled my oats and will add vanilla next time. I put them in the toaster oven for a few minutes after they were cooked to dry them out a bit. Warm blueberries and chopped macadamia nuts on top.

  10. These were delicious!

  11. Has anyone tried making a batch and freezing them? I have 4 very ripe bananas…

  12. Have you ever baked up in a waffle iron?

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