How to Make Oat Pancake Cereal

This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company. All opinions are my own.

Can’t decide between pancakes or cereal? Why not both! This Pancake Cereal recipe is made in the blender with Quaker old fashioned oats for a fun and delicious breakfast! 

Having a teenager has its perks when it comes to creating recipes that taste great and are trendy. My daughter recently showed me a video and said “Mom! We have to make these!”

Of course, I knew that in order to make a mini pancake that would hold up and felt like cereal on a spoon, I had to use my favorite breakfast staple: Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats.

image: ingredients for oatmeal pancakes laid out in bowls on a countertop

For this recipe, I’ve used whole grain Quaker Oats ! Quaker Oats is my go-to for many breakfast inspired recipes like baked oatmeal, savory oats, overnight oats, and now- pancakes! 

They make it easy to get more nutrition out of the dishes we know and love, especially these mini pancakes, where with each ½ cup serving is a good source of important vitamins and minerals and includes 2g of soluble fiber.

Who thought, in 2020, we would be eating pancakes by the spoonful? Certainly not me, but here we are and my kids think I’m awesome.

These quarter-size pancakes have won the heart of my kids, and since I adore all things pancakes, I’m right there with them! While I love a hearty bowl of oats for breakfast, this was one fun recipe everyone loved to get involved in the making.

Are you still wondering what “pancake cereal is”?

What is Pancake Cereal? 

If you are a lover of pancakes and all things bite-size, this pancake cereal is a dream come true. Instead of eating a pancake with a knife and fork, these tiny pancakes are small enough to be eaten with a spoon- just like cereal.

I use oats to make pancake batter often, so turning my classic oat batter recipe into mini pancakes was not difficult and neither is making them!

image: container of Quaker oats laying on counter with measuring cup filled with oats and more oats spilled onto countertop.

Instead of a traditional pancake recipe, I chose to use Quaker Oats because  each 1/2 cup serving of oats is a good source of the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need, including vitamin B1, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.

There’s a reason oats make a frequent appearance for breakfast. Oats also give this pancake cereal recipe the BEST texture and taste. 

image: side by side photos of oats and milk in a blender and blended oats in the same blender.

Mini Pancake Cereal Recipe

Making a bunch of mini pancakes can be more time consuming compared to a regular batch of pancakes, but do not be discouraged! This is one recipe that everyone loves to get involved making.

For this pancake cereal recipe, I used Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats because that is what I always keep on hand in my pantry and use most often. You can also make it with Quaker® Quick 1-Minute Oats, or their Gluten-Free Oats (look for specially marked Gluten-Free product.) Although delicious, unfortunately, this recipe cannot be made with steel-cut oats.

How to Make Mini Pancakes

There are a few tricks that make this pancake cereal recipe more efficient and fun.

Using a large frosting bag, a zip bag with the tip cut off, or a squeezy bottle makes the process very efficient and fun! 

image: DIY sauce bottle made from zip bag and hair tie and filled with pancake batter.

The zip bag or sauce bottle allows you to pipe the batter onto the griddle quickly and make less of a mess than scooping -also making perfect bite-sized oat pancakes. Did I mention that it’s also an easy cleanup? Win-win.

Instead of a whisk and a bowl, we use a blender to create the perfect pancake batter consistency.

Since the oats are large flakes instead of powder, the blender will incorporate them into a smooth and consistent batter with the remaining ingredients. The results are a thick and delicious batter, and if you’ve been around here long enough, you know the thicker the batter, the fluffier the pancakes. Woohoo! 

It’s also very satisfying to see everything blended into a smooth emulsion that’s 1-step away from tiny, golden-brown pancakes. 

Which leads me to the final tip: use a large pan or griddle to make more pancake cereal at once.

image: making mini pancakes for pancake cereal with piping bag and pancake batter in a skillet.

To make this pancake recipe you’ll need: 

  • Unsweetened almond milk or regular milk
  • Eggs
  • One ripe banana
  • Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats
  • Low sodium baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Cooking Spray

1. Blend the Batter
Place the ingredients in the order listed into a high-speed blender. Cover with the lid, and blend until just combined. The batter should be thick.

2. Preheat
Grease a non-stick skillet or griddle with cooking spray or butter and heat over medium-high heat or 300F if using the griddle

3.Prep and Pipe
Transfer the pancake batter to a sauce bottle, piping bag, or zip bag with a tip cut off. Squeeze out a teaspoon full of batter onto the pan. Repeat with the remaining batter making sure the pancakes are spread evenly apart.

4.Cook the Pancakes
Cook until the pancakes start to bubble. Flip them using a butter knife or mini cake spatula. Continue to cook until the edges are crispy and golden-brown.

My kids suggested using chopsticks to flip the pancakes because that’s what they saw people do on videos -it also looked fun. I found that using a thin spatula or mini-spatula worked best.

Make sure to cook the pancakes until the edges are crispy and golden-brown; this helps to prevent them from getting soggy too quickly when combined with milk and other toppings. 

image: mini pancakes flipped and cooked-side-up in a medium skillet with a spatula.

5. Serve
Remove them from the heat and serve fresh with your choice of fruit and toppings! 

Serving Mini Pancake Cereal

There are so many ways you can enjoy oat pancake cereal! I suggested serving it in a bowl, with your favorite non-dairy or regular milk, and fruit. However, my kids often eat them alone and they are a winner both ways.

image: mini pancakes and blueberries in a bowl served as "pancake cereal"

Pancake Cereal Toppings 

Before you head to the kitchen, let’s talk about toppings! I have an entire post on the best pancake toppings, which you can also apply to this recipe. I should mention that any toppings you choose to add will change the nutritional information below.

Some fresh toppings:

  • Fresh berries
  • Sliced bananas
  • Greek yogurt
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Drizzle of maple syrup or honey

Now that you see how easy this pancake cereal is to make, the question is… what are you waiting for? Go to your pantry, grab your canister of Quaker Oats and let’s get started!

image: pouring milk over bowl of pancake cereal with blueberries. Large container of Quaker Oats behind the bowl.

Be sure to head over to QuakerOats.com for more amazing recipes!

Oat Pancake Cereal Recipe

Can’t decide between pancakes or cereal, why not both?! This Pancake Cereal recipe is made in the blender with old-fashioned oats for a fun and healthy breakfast.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 large banana

  • 2 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • cooking Spray

     

Instructions

  1. Place the ingredients in the order listed into a high-speed blender. Cover with the lid, and blend until just combined. The batter should be thick.

  2. Lightly grease a non-stick pan or griddle with cooking spray over medium-high heat.

  3. Transfer the pancake batter to a sauce bottle, piping bag or zip bag with a tip cut off and squeeze out a teaspoon full of batter onto the pan. Repeat with the remaining batter making sure the pancakes are evenly spread apart. If you don’t have a sauce bottle, use a teaspoon to scoop the batter onto the pan.

  4. Cook until the pancakes start to bubble.

  5. Flip them using a butter knife or cake spatula.

  6. Once the pancakes are browned on both sides, remove them from the heat and repeat with the remaining batter.

  7. Serve pancake cereal with berries.

Notes

  • You can use Quaker’s Quick 1-Minute Oats or Gluten-Free Oats for this recipe.  (Look for specially marked packages of Quaker Gluten-Free Oats.)  Do not use steel-cut oats.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 227
  • Sugar: 4.3g
  • Sodium: 219.3mg
  • Fat: 3.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.9g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 98.8g
  • Cholesterol: 93mg

Keywords: mini pancakes, oatmeal pancakes, pancake cereal

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