Flat As A

September 5, 2012

Highlights of the night: bathroom break, a few Braxton Hicks, 1.5 hours of reading in dim lighting, a handful of grapes.

Thankfully I slept in just a bit so I’m not feeling tooo tired. It’s the 3-hour insomnia nights that are killer!


Remember oatmeal pancakes!? I used to make these all.the.time.

I stopped for two reasons: I now use old fashioned instead of quick oats (don’t even have quick in the house) and no longer buy egg whites in a carton. You can make these with a whole egg (or with just a whole egg’s white) and with old fashioned oats, but I never thought they were as good. But that’s not a reason to just give up!

Just updated the recipe page with the 2012 version.


The secret to a good oatmeal pancake is mashed banana – both in the batter and on top! Just put a ripe banana in a bowl and mash with a fork until it’s all glossy sweet.


I made today’s version with 1/3 cup oats, 1 whole egg, 1 tsp chia seeds (to help thicken quickly), 1 tbsp water (also to help with the old fash. oats), 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla, sprinkle of cinnamon, and a whole mashed banana (half in, half on top).

Let sit for 5 minutes.


Put in medium low skillet and form into cake


When it shakes loose in the pan, flip. The egg really helps it stay together. I have no idea if this would work as well without egg – but probably with more chia and longer soak.


Make lots of raspberry leaf tea while you wait!


Plop on plate and top with second half of banana mash and peanut butter swirled in.


And a little maple syrup is fun too!


Enjoyed it a lot!! Fun texture.


Hope today’s the day!


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1 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 5, 2012 at 8:24 am

That’s it, I know what I’m making the Mr for breakfast Friday morning! Yum!

I’m still betting the little one comes tonight! :)


2 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 5, 2012 at 8:28 am

That looks A-MAZING Kath!


3 [email protected] September 5, 2012 at 8:28 am

Been makin’ oatmeal pancakes practically every morning. It’s still too hot for real oatmeal so I just see it as pan-fried oatmeal.


4 Jen September 5, 2012 at 8:31 am

A little maple syrup NEVER hurts! :)


5 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

Oatmeal + Banana are two of my favorite things ever so I will definitely have o try this soon!


6 Carly @ Snack Therapy September 5, 2012 at 8:47 am

Such a fun adaptation of the pancake!


7 Lynn @ the actor's diet September 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

I think your oatmeal pancake may be the only recipe of yours I’ve tried?!? I remember it being amazing; need to make the updated version!!!


8 Khushboo September 5, 2012 at 8:51 am

Oatmeal pancAkes are my favourite…so much better than the regular kind!


9 Tara September 5, 2012 at 9:05 am

Awesome! I just posted a 3 ingredient recipe similar to this on my site but didn’t even think to add baking powder. Great idea!!


10 Kel September 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

Today’s date DOES add up to 26.

C’mon baby!

And is it wrong that the first thing I do when I wake up now is check Twitter for an update?


11 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

Are quick oats less nutritious than old fashioned oats?


12 KathEats September 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

Nope, just finer chop with more surface area


13 Pat September 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

And you could get that by putting the oatmeal in the blender for a few seconds.


14 Amanda @flecksofgreen September 5, 2012 at 9:13 am

That looks delicious! You’re so creative!


15 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

YUM! That looks so good and still super easy!


16 Ana September 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

I make your pancakes all the time, with 1 whole egg and always use the rolled oats. What I do is I whizz the oats quickly in the blender (just for a few seconds) to break them up a bit so that is soaks up faster.
Seeing your pancake made me want some, will make it for breakfast tomorrow for sure!
Good luck today hoping your baby gets here soon!


17 Rachel September 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

Looks good! I’m so lazy in the morning lol I wish I had more time to make some hot meals :)


18 OliePants September 5, 2012 at 9:30 am

I love oatmeal pancakes. I foresee with that fall coming up soon, I’ll be making it more often. You’re right – a favorite pancake for me too!


19 Christine September 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

I’ve used flaxseed (mixed w/ water) in place of egg in oatmeal cookies, I bet it would work just as good in your pancakes if you didn’t have eggs on hand or wanted to make a vegan pancake! Looks like a yummy breakfast!


20 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

I haven’t tried an oatmeal pancake yet, but that looks good! I’ll have to try it!


21 jen September 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

Where are those adorable mason jar glasses from? Love them! Keep drinking your raspberry leaf tea!


22 KathEats September 5, 2012 at 9:54 am

Matt bought them – either sam’s, Lowes or his gardening shop


23 Emily September 5, 2012 at 9:51 am

I don’t usually take the time to comment, but I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the detail and care you give to describing your method and technique in food prep (especially breakfast recipes)! It helps me as the reader pick up all sorts of tips–still love your nut butter on the spoon in oatmeal trick. All that is to say, thank you for continuing to pass on your little nuggets of wisdom! :)


24 KathEats September 5, 2012 at 9:53 am
25 Tara September 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

I second that!!!


26 Vidya September 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Third that 😀


27 Caroline September 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I fourth! 😉


28 RJ September 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

Just made my first pumpkin oatmeal pancake (your recipe!) of the season this morning! Couldn’t resist the can of pumpkin in the pantry any longer!


29 Katryn September 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

YUM! Must try this! I wonder if I could make it ahead and bring it to work…probably not too good re-microwaved though.
I have to tell you…I get on Twitter about 5 times as much these days to find out if you’ve had your little guy yet! So excited for you!


30 Jordan September 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

That’s a LOT of raspberry tea! Good luck!


31 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 5, 2012 at 11:40 am

Kath that pancake is PERFECT! I love the step by step and the discussion of chia, eggs, etc about holding them together and also a whole mashed banana in the batter.

And that you updated your recipe bc you dont buy quick cook oats or eggs in a carton. Times and life changes and that’s great that you updated it.


32 Annette @FitnessPerks September 5, 2012 at 11:40 am

Love the plate! I make protein pancakes a lot lately–sooo good!


33 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles September 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Once I get back into warm breakfasts this fall, I know I’ll be making a lot of oats + oat pancakes! So yummy & filling!


34 Tracy September 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Great reminder! I haven’t had an oatmeal pancake in ages!

Time to meet mama and papa, baby!!


35 Kim Eats Junk Food September 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I know you’re waiting for your baby, but things could be worse…at least you didn’t wake up with Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time” in your head for the second day in a row!


36 Haley at besthelpyourself.com September 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

This is absolutely crazy to me- I watched your oatmeal pancake video from 2008 yesterday AND RIGHT NOW I was literally trying to think of how to make it with whole eggs and old fash. oats! I’m going to start making your 2012 oatmeal pancake recipe now for breakfast (pacific time)! What a fantastic coincidence :). Also I am headed up to Portland Oregon today (I live in Eugene) and just remembered you love Portlandia (as do I) – so anyway thanks for the updated recipe! I love love love reading your blog and really respect your committment to post multiple times a day. I believe that is what really sets you apart.



37 Angel7 September 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Sounds like a yummy pancake! I would eat more than one, though :)



38 Michelle (Peachy Palate) September 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

1/3 cup oats about 30g? I’m definitely giving a vegan version a go!


39 Andrea September 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I love that you updated this recipe! And on your recipage! I would love to see some more of that :) Buttt with the baby coming, I think I can wait :)


40 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I love oatmeal pancakes! I’ve never tried making them with a whole egg before though – good to know that they work either way! I’d prefer to use whole eggs anyways for more nutrition!


41 Marcia September 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I had 2-3 hrs of insomnia every night the entire pregnancy, except for maybe ten. On a plus note, I’ve only had it twice in the 8 weeks since the birth.

It’s good prep for the first six weeks.


42 tracy September 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

What kind of skillet is that? Any good recommendations


43 KathEats September 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Calphlon from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I love it!


44 Meghan @ After the Ivy League September 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

There are so many things you can do with oats, mashed bananas, eggs, and milk! This is next on my list, looks like a delicious way to make pancakes for one!


45 Kath September 6, 2012 at 10:21 am

This is my favorite weekday breakfast! Thanks for introducing it to me, and I’m glad you brought it back into your rotation:) I’ll have to try this new recipe.


46 Meridith September 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Hi Kath,

Just curious why you don’t use egg whites from a carton? Would love to know.

Thanks in advance!


47 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I just prefer to buy farm fresh eggs… a little more natural


48 Kathryn September 8, 2012 at 9:17 am

I just made this oatmeal pancake (with gluten-free oats!) and it was delish! Made one for me and one for my husband — it was the perfect post-run breakfast! Thanks for the great recipe. And congrats on your new baby (we are expecting our first baby boy, Hudson, in January!).


49 Amber September 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Whenever I make pancakes with rolled oats and egg whites, I blend it together in a blender. I prefer the texture!


50 Josiane October 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm

It seems just.. too teast!!! (L)


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