Oatmeal Breakfast Cakes

Sunday mornings in our house are for Beatles tunes, dancing around and dirtying up the kitchen.

This morning we came up with a delicious, albeit healthy, little number.  Out of sheer desperation some of the greatest inventions are born, and these oatmeal cakes are no exception.  I would call them pancakes, which is what we were going for, since we were fresh out of our mix,  but, they are anything but flat…

Dear Husband is chief baker in our house.  He’s naturally better at it.  (What can I say, I’m a lucky girl!) But these oatcakes are my brain child, and he was my sous chef.  I  very seldom use cane sugar in anything I bake, which in DH’s opinion is my greatest down fall.  But– I just can’t do it!  I fear “white poison,” it seriously gives me the creeps; and my friends just laugh when I refer it so.

So, these hot cakes are sweetened with honey and a bit of maple, and the vanilla in my protein powder plays a major role.  I’m always looking for different ways to get my daily oats in (as they are great for lactating Mamas) and and these work well for me to grab and go on work mornings; yet, are also delightful as a Sunday morning breakfast. Breakfast with the Beatles, that is!

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Oatcake tower– they sure don’t look very pretty, so it’s a good thing this isn’t a food blog 🙂


  • 4 cups rolled oats, (not instant)
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 4 T (1/4 c) protein powder (optional)
  • 4 eggs, or egg substitute
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 3/4 c almond (rice, soy, hemp, flax, nut) milk
  • 1/2 c apple syrup
  • 2 T pure maple syrup



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Pulverized rolled oats

Pulverize oats in a food processor.  About a minute or two will do.  You are trying to get them down to a  finer consistency.

In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients.

In a medium bowl combine all of the wet ingredients.

Add the wet to the dry and mix.

Let the mixture saturate for about 5-10 minutes.  You want the oats to absorb some of the moisture.  Don’t overdue it here, or the mix will start to set up, and it becomes trickier to work with.  (I found that out the hard way.  Had to wrangle a baby mid-griddle).

On the stove top on medium heat, spoon or ladle the mixture onto greased cast iron or griddle, as you would a pancake.  I use coconut oil for this recipe because it’s great for high temps and its flavor lends itself very well to the recipe.

Cook on one side until it becomes solid and able to flip. Times vary depending on thickness.

Cook thoroughly on the remaining side and serve hot with butter.

Serve cold with butter… Because butter is a food group often under-appreciated 🙂

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Mason jar rings as egg/pancake rings


If you want to get mega-fancy and impress your friends with how creative and frugal you are, bust out your mason jars rings, grease ’em up, and throw ’em down!



If you use this method, be aware that the cakes are thicker and take longer to cook.  Once one side has cooked thoroughly you may removed the ring and flip.  The rings can get hot, be advised.

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Rings removed, cakes flipped

I made a combination of the ring cakes and plain pancake style.  The pancake style turned out great and the ringed cakes were dense, chewy and made me want to head out for a hike with one in my ruck sack!

I’d say this recipe yields a good bit.  Maybe a dozen small if you’re lucky.

As with any recipe, I encourage you to tear it apart, build it up, and make it your own.  Some options I thought would be nice for these are:

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Pancake style

  • blueberries
  • chia seeds
  • raisins (if you’re into that sorta thing)
  • dried cranberries
  • chopped walnuts, pecans or pepitas
  • carob chips or chocolate chips
  • sub in some ground flax for some oats (extra milk making benefit for the Mamas!)



**This post was shared with: Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Sunny Simple Sundays, Make Your Own! Mondays, Fat Tuesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Healthy Vegan Friday, Fight Back Friday


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