These banana pancakes are hearty, thanks to a batter made with rolled oats, whole-wheat flour and plain yogurt. Replace 1/4 cup flour with ground flaxseeds or ground pumpkin seeds for a nuttier flavor.

Created by the executive wellness chef and registered dietitians at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Find more recipes and other healthy-living insights on the Mayo Clinic App. 


  1. 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  2. 1 cup hot water or boiling water
  3. 2 tablespoons canola oil
  4. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  5. 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  6. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  11. 1/2 cup skim milk
  12. 1/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  13. 1 mashed banana
  14. 1 egg


In a large bowl, combine the oats and hot water. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes until the oats are creamy and tender. Stir in oil and sugar; set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon; whisk to blend.

Add the milk, yogurt and banana to the oats and stir until well-blended. Beat in the egg. Add the flour mixture to the oat mixture and stir until just moistened. Place a nonstick frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Once hot, spoon 1/4 cup pancake batter into the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the top surface of the pancake is covered with bubbles and the edges are lightly browned. Flip the pancake and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining pancake batter.