Sunday, July 7, 2024

Oat Flour for Easy Waffles or Pancakes

Waffles or pancakes anyone? 

There is nothing easier or faster than making your own oat flour in the blender, and then making this simple no fuss 3 ingredient healthy recipe which can be used for delicious waffles or pancakes. 

a skillet with pancakes cooking

I like oatmeal and especially like the heart healthy benefits of eating oatmeal, but I sometimes get tired of the same bowl of oatmeal everyday. In the past, I've tried to mix it up with  overnight oats, oatmeal bars, oat granola, and now I'm trying oatmeal waffles/pancakes. 

You know what? I really enjoyed the waffles/pancakes!!

Free Blueberries Berries photo and picture

These waffles/pancakes are easy, deliciously satisfying, and still offer the wholesome goodness derived from eating oatmeal. Although they are perfect for anyone with food restrictions who doesn't eat eggs, diary, or gluten,  everyone will enjoy them. 

two vegan waffles on a plate

Why Oats Are So Healthy?

Oats have long been celebrated as a nutritional powerhouse. They're rich in fiber, particularly beta-glucan, which is known for its heart-healthy properties and the ability to promote feelings of fullness. Oats are also a great source of a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them a fantastic choice for starting your day on the right foot.

Making oat flour in less than a minute in your blender
It literally takes seconds to turn (GF) rolled oats into (GF) oat flour which can be used to make waffles, pancakes, cookies, or in a pinch if you run out of breadcrumbs for a recipe.

*Certified Gluten-Free Oats

For those who need to eat gluten-free, it's crucial to use certified gluten-free oats. Regular oats can sometimes be cross-contaminated with gluten during processing or growing, so opting for certified gluten-free labels ensures you're staying true to your dietary needs while enjoying all the benefits oats have to offer 

Surprised At The Huge Price Increases At Trader Joes

I purchased a large bag of old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free) at Trader Joe's. Two years ago their bag of oats sold for $1.99, and today I paid $3.49. It wasn't the only item that significantly increased in price. Another reminder of how much our food bills have escalated in the past 2 years! The bag is large, so it is still economical and probably still the cheapest way to buy gluten-free certified rolled oats.  

Of course, I still enjoy a good bowl of oatmeal.

Blueberries on top of oatmeal in a bowl

My waffle maker is small, and that is why I only have a pic of one little waffle at a time because I eat them as I make them. 

waffle maker
If I am going to continue eating waffles, I'll need to buy a 4 section waffle maker 

gluten-free vegan waffle with blueberries on top

The Recipe: 3-Ingredient Vegan Waffles/Pancakes


  • 1/2 cup *homemade oat flour (made in your blender)
  • 1 ripe medium banana
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup any nut milk 
To Make Oat Flour 
For this recipe, I put 1/2 cup of rolled oats into the blender and blended the oats until they turn to flour (about 1/2 minute).

  1. Mash the ripe banana in a mixing bowl until smooth.
  2. Add the oat flour and nut milk to the bowl and stir until well combined or just put everything into a mini blender to make it even easier and blend it together- that's what I did!
  3. Heat your waffle iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray slightly with oil if needed. ( I did not need oil in my non-stick waffle maker) 
  4. Pour the batter onto the hot surface and cook until golden brown on both sides (about 3-4 minutes per side for waffles, and 2-3 minutes per side for pancakes).
  5. Serve warm with your favorite toppings such as fresh berries, maple syrup, or a dollop of dairy-free yogurt.

Additional Tips:

  • Customize your waffles or pancakes by adding extras such as cinnamon, vanilla extract, or dairy-free chocolate chips to the batter or as a topping.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days or frozen for longer storage. Just pop them in the toaster or microwave to reheat.

My Notes: 
1. Someone told me to use the waffle maker with shredded frozen potatoes to make potato waffles. I'll be trying that soon!

2. All recipes on this blog are: gluten-free, vegan, oil-free

3. The first photo is Ai generated by Deep 



  1. Replies
    1. It was good and it got me to eat oatmeal which is supposed to be healthy

  2. Looks good though I cannot stand oats. They are one of the few things I really don’t like. My husband eats overnight oats and I can’t stay in the same room whilst he’s eating them. I am such a whimp…

    1. It is funny how we all have things we just don't like. But you really don't like them.

  3. I am beginning to work with oat flour myself. I love the cholesterol fighting qualities of oats!

    1. The cholesterol fighting qualities are why I'm eating it.

  4. Oh yeah, food prices are getting higher and higher, sometimes rising few times within one year for some items. On a positive note, I also love oat (and buckwheat) flour and pancakes and crepes made with it. Delicious!

    1. I'm really amazed at the rise in food prices! A family of 4 or more must be really feeling it.

  5. I also need to try the potato waffles! But, my waffle maker has disappeared into the neverland called my step-son's house. I read this morning that the US has had an increase of 25% in groceries. How on earth are the average income earners meant to survive? I make oat flour the same way, but not GF as it is so much more expensive here than the standard oats :)

    1. Yes, it is very difficult. Prices escalate every week it seems.

  6. These look and sound delicious.
    Food prices are rising all the time, very worrying for people with growing families.

  7. I am trying to find more easy ways to eat more oatmeal, so I love that you've made these waffles/pancakes so easy using just 3 ingredients. They look amazing!

    1. They are pretty tasty but I do it for the heart healthy benefits

  8. I am going to try oat pancakes. Thank you Judee.

    I usually make savory oats using steel cut oats. I saute veggies like leek, mushrooms with a bit of curry powder and turmeric, and add pressure cooked steel cut oats. Then add chicken broth to get the. desired consistency.

    1. It is easy to make- make sure your griddle is hot first.

  9. I like oat flour and often bake with it. I've made my own before, but usually just buy it. This is a great looking, healthy recipe. Do you use organic oats? I think it's so important to be sure oats are organic as conventional ones are heavily sprayed with pesticides. I really like Bob's Red Mill Organic Gluten Free Oats. I occasionally find them on sale at Whole Foods, but the best price is from Thrive Market. Another flour I really like is buckwheat flour and I often use it to make waffles. Let me know if you'd like the recipe and I'll send it over to you.

  10. I don't think I've tried oat flour for waffles. But I do love oatmeal with blueberries and pecans added. One of my favorite foods. It's nice that you prepare so many healthy dishes.


  11. I have the same small waffle iron, and as I am only making waffles for one, its working for me. Thanks for sharing your ideas and recipes and for participating and sharing at SSPS 318. See you again next week at #319

  12. What a good idea! These waffles look delicious, especially with the blueberries. 🧇💙


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