Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Protein Pancakes {dairy free + gluten free}

Hi friends!

Things have been quiet over here this week… because my real life has been hectic!

The “canals” in The Venetian in Vegas, where I had dinner one night this week

The past week has been a whirlwind, between getting through the busiest time of the year for my publicist job, celebrating a friend’s birthday locally in San Diego (with a private Pilates class & smoothie hangout!), then packing, getting organized, and setting off to Las Vegas for work. Last night I flew from Vegas to New Jersey, where we are in the midst of wedding busyness leading up to my brother’s wedding this weekend. So, as you can imagine, there has been a lot happening in my world.

BUT! Today I’m back to share one of my favorite recipes. It’s a goodie!

Pretty much everyone that knows me well knows about my love for pancakes. They’re my favorite fancy breakfast, hands down.

I’ve shared some very yummy pancake recipes on the blog before, but today’s recipe takes the [pan]cake.

See what I did there?

I actually shared a variation of these pancakes on the blog a couple years ago, but since then, my batter recipe has evolved a bit. Over the last few years, I’ve made these pancakes so many times, I can make them with my eyes closed. Sometimes I change them up a bit, subbing in chocolate chips for blueberries or topping them with strawberries, but the basic batter combination always remains the same:

Oats. Vanilla protein powder. Banana. Almond milk. A pinch of salt, cinnamon, stevia, vanilla extract and baking powder. And that’s all there is to it!

These pancakes are super easy to whip up, and I always have these ingredients in my kitchen, so I make them at least once a week. Sometimes I have them for lunch or dinner, because I’m all about having breakfast any time of the day! Who’s with me?

I love incorporating oats into my pancakes as a hearty fiber boost. As always, just make sure you use certified gluten free oats if necessary.

I tend to top my pancakes with local raw honey and cinnamon, but use whatever pancakes toppings you prefer. Maple syrup or almond butter are great vegan options!

If you don’t do protein powder, you can easily sub it out for your favorite kind of flour: all purpose white, whole wheat, almond flour, gluten free flour, I’ve tried it all with these pancakes.. and they all work just fine!

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Protein Pancakes
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Serves: 6 medium pancakes/2 servings
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup dry oats (I usually use quick rolled or old fashioned)
  • 1 scoop/around 30g of plant-based vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ¼ TSP cinnamon
  • ½ TSP baking powder
  • 1g stevia, or a touch of sweetener of choice
  • ¼ TSP vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Combine all ingredients except the blueberries in a food processor or high powered blender. Pulse just until combined and mostly smooth - do not over process.
  2. Warm a griddle over medium low heat. Coat with cooking spray. Pour half of the batter onto the griddle, forming 3 pancakes.
  3. Place ¼ cup of blueberries onto the pancakes as they're cooking. Once lightly browned on the bottom, around 3 minutes, flip the pancakes over and cook on the other side. Repeat this process with the second half of the batter.
  4. Top your flapjacks with your favorite pancake toppers, i.e. maple syrup, honey, butter, sprinkled cinnamon, etc., and enjoy while they're warm (Leftovers stay good stored in the fridge for quite awhile!).
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 pancakes, Calories: 290, Fat: 4g, Carbohydrates: 44g, Sugar: 13g, Fiber: 6g, Protein: 19g

Tell me… What’s your favorite “fancy” breakfast?

PS – I had this bomb waffle yesterday in Vegas. Strawberries on waffles = the best!

14 thoughts on “Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Protein Pancakes {dairy free + gluten free}

  1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    Wow, these look unreal!! I would have never been able to guess they’re made without eggs. I’m definitely giving these a try.

    I hope you have a great time at your brother’s wedding and things start to calm down for you soon! I was just watching a video about Donna Jean Restaurant in San Diego and it made me think of you. Have you been? It looks amazing!

    1. foodielovesfitness Post author

      I hope that you definitely give these a try… They aren’t super fluffy because of the no egg use, but they’re awesome! Oooh no I’ve never heard of that restaurant but now I’ll have to check it out!

    1. foodielovesfitness Post author

      I am usually not great with puns, that one happened on accident hahaha. So I ate dinner right along the canal & was watching the gondolas… I’ve never done it there, but I’ve ridden a gondola in Italy!

  2. David @ Spiced

    Love these pancakes, Nicole! And your photos are amazing! šŸ™‚ So that pic from Vegas. That looks amazing! I still haven’t made my way out to Vegas yet, but I need to get there at some point. I hope your brother’s wedding went off without a hitch this weekend…and I hope you are enjoying your time back here on the East Coast! Happy Monday, my friend!

    1. foodielovesfitness Post author

      Honestly, Vegas is not my favorite place by any stretch… but work brings me there, and I’ll be back there in July for a blogger conference! But, it is interesting to at least experience once. I enjoy getting out of the strip area & going to places like Red Rock for hiking and The Hoover Dam.

  3. marcie

    You do sounds busy Nicole and I hope you have a great time at your brother’s wedding! This stack of pancakes look incredible and I love all the ingredients in them!


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