Banana Chocolate Chip Oatcakes for One

The poll results are in! I must say, when I created the survey, I was nervous. I feared that nobody would respond, and it would remind me to be humble and that nobody actually reads my blog. Much to my delight, I got over 100 responses (the free service caps out at 100)!

So for you guys, I made these:


Here are the poll results:


I am delighted to see that the demand lies in the areas that I already dedicate most of my time to! This tells me that I’m already giving you exactly what you want.

However, I also noticed there was a slight interest in pancakes and waffles, which is something I have not done a lot of. For all of you who wanted some pancake and waffle recipes, this one’s for you! I don’t even LIKE pancakes that much, but I gobbled these suckers UP!


These pancakes are great because they are essentially just oatmeal thinned out and poured onto a griddle! In other words, they do not come accompanied by a stomach ache and a sugar crash. They are best topped with fresh fruit, jam, or peanut butter. Or, you know, maple syrup, but I don’t roll like that. I topped mine with a peanut butter glaze: a tablespoon of peanut butter + a tablespoon of almond milk, heated in the microwave for 20 seconds, and whisked together until smooth.

(Am I the only one that gets a gut ache from maple syrup? Please tell me I’m not the only one.)

Banana Chocolate Chip Oatcakes for One

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: serves 1

~10 silver dollar pancakes

What you'll need:

  • 2/3 cup regular rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 overripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • rounded 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of chocolate chips

How to make it:

  1. Put all ingredients except chocolate chips in a blender and blend until smooth. Add extra liquid if necessary (just a tsp or so at a time). It should have the consistency of paint. 🙂
  2. Heat a griddle pan over medium low heat.
  3. While you wait for the pan to warm up, stir the chocolate chips into your pancake batter.
  4. When griddle pan is ready, spray with nonstick cooking spray (it only needs a little bit!), and use a large spoon or a small scoop to pour pancakes onto the griddle. I made small pancakes, so I used a large soup spoon, and it worked perfectly. Generally, don't go any bigger than 1/4 a cup, but I find that too big still.
  5. When bubbles have formed at the top of the pancake, flip over and cook for another minute. Repeat until all the batter has been used!

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

31 Responses to Banana Chocolate Chip Oatcakes for One

  1. Fab! I shared a similar pancake recipe with a friend yesterday, but that one used cottage cheese and she wanted a version that was non-dairy. This is perfect! I can’t wait to try it myself since I prefer non-dairy as well… and I love oats!

  2. Hi Lauren-

    I recently found your blog and its great! I teach nutrition and cooking classes and I’m planning to use 2 of your recipes in an upcoming whole grains/ breakfast lesson. Do you mind if I include your recipes in the cookbook I compile for the students?

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  3. kim says:

    I always find it difficult to cook for one (but living in NYC means a small kitchen). Lovely pancakes! 🙂

  4. Mag says:

    Great recipe! Will applesauce work in place of mashed banana? How many applesauce do you think I would need if I used that?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love your recipes and have made several…so far. I can only find 2 on Pinterest. What am I doing wrong in my search?

  6. These look delicious!! Definitely need to try them for breakfast some time 🙂 Pinned!

  7. Love your reader poll and all your awesome oatmeal recipes! I just love popping over to see what delicious creations you’ve come up with each week! Blessings, Kelly

  8. Anonymous says:

    WOW! I must try this… hopefully I’ll actually make them look like pancakes this time. 😛

  9. Anonymous says:

    THESE ARE AMAZING. Would it be acceptable to say 3000/10?? The consistency was perfect, smelt wonderful, it took me less than 15 seconds to blend them in my blender, and to top it all off they tasted incredible. YUM!!!

  10. Thank you for this recipe! My friend wanted a non-dairy version of the oats-and-cottage cheese version. I used your recipe as a base to make an apple-cinnamon version since I didn’t want to use banana. They’re tasty but they deflate after you take them off the heat, which doesn’t matter to me but maybe an egg would help to keep things puffy. I love gobbling down the whole batch, but when I can’t eat all of them, they definitely freeze and reheat well.

    Here’s my apple-cinnamon version.

  11. Lyss says:

    Amazing recipe! Made these this morning with a full banana, omitted the chocolate, and made the peanut butter sauce. I then proceeded to smear half with the peanut butter and half with strawberry jam and stack them together. PB&J oatcakes are now my new favorite thing, I think.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t have any chocolate chips, but the banana flavor itself makes these oatcakes taste amazing! I even decided to sneak little banana slices into them before flipping!

  13. Can I use bananas that were frozen if I thaw them overnight?

  14. Oatmealer says:

    What is the consistency of these pancakes supposed to be like? It seems a little raw, or wet– is it supposed to be like that?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      No…you may have used too much liquid (I like to add it a tbsp at a time so I can catch it at just the right consistency).

      • Oatmealer says:

        Thanks for responding! I used a tad bit more baking powder and a touch less liquid and subbed blueberries for chocolate chips and they came out a little more fluffy, but still tasted like quick oats–more wet instead of cakey 🙁 They tasted really good, but I’m just not sure if they’re raw :/

  15. Heidi says:

    Oh how I am loving all of these oatmeal and pancake recipes! I love oatmeal way more than pancakes. To be honest my love for pancakes are minimal…haha! Waffles are my pride and joy and love that they are textured. Pancakes tend to get mushy but waffles are a prized gem that withold any form of syrup, jam, or nut butter! I would love to see you come up with amazing waffle recipes! 🙂

  16. Kristin says:

    Those were delicious! I made them for my (non oatmeal loving) kids and they gobbled them up! You are right that peanut butter is the topping of choice. I also replaced some of the chocolate chips with peanut butter chips. Yes, they are fake and processed, but they melted nicely and added to the peanut butteriness … that is totally a word. 🙂

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