Oatmeal Packet Pancakes [Guest Post]

In case you missed it, I am taking a mini-break to get my life together. Major love to Christina (and Kelsey) for volunteering to share some recipes with everyone this week. 

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Hello again!  For those of you who don’t ‘know’ me (at least virtually), my name is Christina and I was the Oatmeal Enthusiast in May and December 2015.  Lauren’s blog has brought me so much joy and inspiration that when I saw she would be taking a break, I wanted to pay it forward with guest recipes.    


Like many of you, my first experience with oatmeal was with the Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets.  After I started making my own oatmeal, I gradually – but not entirely – stopped buying those packets.  Whenever I see a new and interesting flavor, I can’t help but buy a box.  

Lauren’s post in August 2015 about hacking an instant oatmeal packet proved a revelation for me.  I’d never thought of adding my own ingredients to a packet of instant oatmeal.  I had a stash of old packets to use, and now had lots of ideas for what to do with them.  Around the same time, I joined Pinterest and started looking up recipes that used instant oatmeal packets.


I discovered several different recipes for oatmeal packet pancakes.  After some experimentation, I came up with one that I liked best.  Unfortunately, this recipe is not vegan, but you could try using a flax or chia egg.  The recipe is customizable, so use whatever flavor oatmeal you have on hand with the extract and spice(s) to complement it.

I love the thick, fluffy texture of these pancakes with the chewy pieces of oats.  If you try this recipe, please leave a comment.  I’m interested to know what others think!

Oatmeal Packet Pancakes [Guest Post by Christina]

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 small pancakes

What you'll need:

  • 1 packet instant oatmeal
  • 1 egg or 1/4 cup liquid egg substitute (flax egg, chia egg, or a commercial egg replacer)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • One half banana, mashed
  • Optional: extract of choice, to taste
  • Optional: spice(s) of choice, to taste

How to make it:

  1. Beat egg (or prepare egg substitute and let sit for 5-10 minutes).
  2. Thoroughly mash half a banana, and stir into egg/egg substitute until well combined.
  3. Add oatmeal, baking powder, extract, and spice(s), and stir until combined. If the batter seems too dry, add one teaspoon of water at a time until it has the right consistency for you. [Note: I prefer thick pancakes so when I used 1 egg, I added 2 teaspoons of water. When I made the pancakes with 1/4 cup liquid egg whites, I didn’t need any water.]
  4. Grease a skillet well, and pre-heat over medium. You know when the pan is ready when drops of water sizzle on the surface. Turn the heat down to medium-low or low (depending on your stove), and make pancakes. I find it easier to work with small pancakes, so I got three out of this recipe.
  5. When pancakes are brown on the bottom and bubbles form on the surface, flip carefully and cook until brown on the other side.
  6. Serve with your toppings of choice.

Just an FYI:

When I made these with pumpkin spice oatmeal, I added 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Today, I tried it with the lemon ricotta oatmeal from Quaker’s “Bring Your Best Bowl” variety pack. I added 1/4 tsp almond extract to complement the lemon flavor, but didn’t think it needed any spices.



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.

6 Responses to Oatmeal Packet Pancakes [Guest Post]

  1. Heidi says:

    What an incredible idea to make pancakes! Definitely going to try this next time i have instant oatmeal in my pantry! Thanks for the creative idea!

  2. Grand idea for instant packs Christina!! I’m normally not a fan of instant packs because they take away a lot of the fun. I will definitely consider this recipe if I find any instant packs that someone in my family bought but hated. That way food waste is reduced. Now I don’t need a ticket from the Food Waste Police. Speaking of the genius who coined that term – Lauren, I hope you’re okay. You’re in my thoughts because I understand the pain you’re going through. If you need me to do anything for you, such as a blog post, I’d be happy to do so. Sending my love! <3

    • Christine says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Sandra! I agree that the little packets aren’t as fun as making your own oatmeal, but when you add your own ingredients, they can be nearly as good as homemade. Lauren’s post about how to spruce up pre-flavored oatmeal came at the perfect time for me because I had a stash of old packets to use that had been sitting in the pantry for almost a year. Ironically, that post also made me want to buy more packets so that I could keep experimenting with ways to make them better!

  3. Wonderful recipe, Christine! I absolutely love this hack, especially since I do get bored with instant oatmeal packs quickly!

    And Lauren, I know that I’ve read this post quite late, but I hope that everything you’ve experienced, both good and bad, have worked out in the end. Sending my best wishes to you! xo

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