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Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes


There is a lot to be said for these pancakes. They are (practically) healthy. They freeze (moderately) well. You can make them (almost entirely) the night before. And they are (emphatically) delicious.

Beebo's Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

2 c rolled oats
2 c buttermilk*

Stir to blend. Refrigerator overnight.

2 eggs
1/4 c butter (melted & cooled)

Mix together in separate bowl:

1/2 c flour
2 T sugar
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t table salt

Add flour mixture to oat mixture and stir until moist.

Preheat griddle. Use about 1/4 batter for each pancake. Flip when air bubbles start to appear.

Makes about 14 pancakes.


I usually make the flour mixture at the same time I put the oats into the buttermilk to soak. Then in the morning all you have to do is combine the flour and oats, break two eggs and microwave half a stick of butter for 20 seconds. Not being a morning person I appreciate having to do as few things as possible before I get to eat.

*My grandmother used to drink buttermilk sprinkled with ground black pepper - this is a taste I never managed to acquire. However, I have a shameful weakness for Hidden Valley Original Ranch dip. Not the bottled stuff that tastes like paste but the little packets that you mix with buttermilk and mayonnaise. I just laughed aloud because it suddenly occurred to me to check the nutritional content on a packet in my pantry and I thought, "Huh, 100 grams of fat? That's not terrible." Then I noticed the serving size: 1/4 teaspoon. AS IF. No wonder it's so good.

All of which is to say I usually have buttermilk in my refrigerator and the stuff keeps forever. Seriously. But if you do not have any on hand here is a little trick for this recipe:

Buttermilk Substitute: Combine 2 T white vinegar or lemon juice with 2 c milk and let sit for five minutes.

Did you make it? Change it? Have a better idea? Tell me what you think in the comments.


I bought buttermilk recently--for the first time--for a cake I never got around to making. I cracked the bottle this morning for pancakes (with blueberries and raspberries we picked from the yard this morning. Yum.) and wondered how long it keeps. I'm glad you mentioned that it keeps a long time.

And am I the very first person to comment on this new blog? Really? Cool.

(Watch, someone else did while I was typing this. Bah.)

Ridiculous....I just blogged about pancakes and then saw your link tonight for your "foodie" blog. I used the recipe on the back of the Curious George Makes pancakes book recently, and well, if you need me to elaborate. You don't. I needed a good recipe. I'll try this one out and I always throw in wheat germ. I am a southern girl. I HATE buttermilk....unless it is worked into a bread/biscuit/etc. My grandfather makes meals out of old cornbread crumbled into buttermilk. Barf.

I am totally making these next weekend. Or making my husband make them because I just do not have the knack for flipping the damn things.

I have made these before and we LOVE them. I like that they are mostly healthy. We like to make them camping - all prepared before and just ready to mix dry and wet and cook - thanks for the reminder we need to make more.

Julia, I have been making these for years, ever since I saw the recipe on your blog. We LOVE them! Sometimes I toss in some blueberries or chocolate chips.

Since the first time you posted this I have been making these. My kids love them, our guests have always loved them. It's a great recipe.

I slice bananas really thinly and add them once in awhile.

so excited to learn of your food blog - yay! we (i) have been making these for years, not long after you first posted them. they are wonderful and my kids love them. as you said, they freeze ok, at least by my 1yo's standards, who is the most greedy for them. after thawing them i pop them in the toaster for a minute to renew the fresh-off-the-griddle taste as best i can. makes for a great quick bfast. thanks!

Going to try them!

I'm a big fan of buttermilk pancakes and will try your version. I often make buckwheat buttermilk blueberry pancakes as they do freeze well and I can take them out one at a time for breakfast for the toddler. Microwaving for 25 seconds is about all I can do prior to drinking my first cup of coffee.

Adding bananas AND chocolate chips is soooo good - Mini choc. chips work best - more even distribution and less "MOM he has 12 chips in HIS pancake I only have 10!!"

Mmmmm... I'm going to have to try this.

The only adjustment I would make is to leave the oats and buttermilk out on the counter at room temp overnight. I know that sounds dangerous, but the good buggies in the buttermilk will keep it from going bad (buttermilk is cultured at room temp anyway). Oats are notoriously hard to digest and their nutrients are bound up in phytates. A warmish soak in an acidic medium breaks down these phytates and makes all the minerals and nutrients available for you body to use. If you wanna know more, read this:

This cooking blog is fantastic!! So glad you expanded. When I grow up, I want to be as funny as you.

I haven't tried these yet, but just wanted to chime in that I buy dry buttermilk. I keep it in the fridge. I always measure it into the recipe with the dry ingredients and then add an appropriate amount of water in with the wet ingredients. It's lovely stuff for those of us whose buttermilk expires before we have a chance to use it. You can find dry buttermilk on the baking aisle.

Julia, I've been making these for a few years now, since I saw them on your Original Blot (TM). We love them! I add a dash of vanilla, too, just for good measure. I eat them with whipped cream (because I need more fat in my diet... yeah, that's it.) and my husband eats them with molasses (I don't hold no truck with mole-asses). Our son, who will be 2 in a couple weeks, eats the whipped cream off of them and sometimes deigns to actually take a bite of the pancake itself.

Yeah, we love them. :)

We've been making these since you first posted them however long ago you did that... and they are TO DIE FOR. I loooove them. Once I made up the full batter (including the flour mixture), only cooked off about 1/3 of the pancakes, threw the rest of the batter in the fridge, and the next day my boyfriend & his brother added a splash of buttermilk to the congealed mess, made the rest, and they STILL turned out delicious.

Chris wrote: "I HATE buttermilk....unless it is worked into a bread/biscuit/etc. My grandfather makes meals out of old cornbread crumbled into buttermilk. Barf."

Chris, I grew up in New Orleans and we used to eat stale cornbread with milk and sugar as 'cereal' for breakfast. We'd leave the cornbread out all night just for this purpose. I tried this a few years ago, feeling all nostalgic and all, and I must say, the mystery and wonderfulness were lost on me. ;-)

I did one cup milk + 1 cup yoghurt instead of buttermilk and used macadamia oil - no butter. yum! (next time i might try whizzing the rolled oats first to make them less lumpy)

These have been a morning staple in my house since I saw the recipe on your blog ages ago. They are the BEST PANCAKES EVAH. I favor them with butter and maple syrup, one kid likes them with butter (no syrup) and another with syrup (no butter). DH's way is to eat them out of hand with peanut butter. They have a respectable amount of protein and fiber which makes them a good fortifying breakfast in my book.

I usually sub veg oil for the melted butter (just easier, and doesn't affect results) and I am generous with the cinnamon (1-1/4 tsp or so). Otherwise, no changes. This recipe is why I always have buttermilk on hand.

It is very easy to scale this up, and I appreciate that too!

How do you make your Hidden Valley Ranch dressing? I bought a packet at the store this morning and a quart of buttermilk only to get home and realize it just says to add milk and mayo. Do you do a straight substitution of buttermilk for the milk?

Hey Laurie. I buy the packets labeled Original Buttermilk Recipe which calls for buttermilk on the back. I can't imagine that the other kind is all that different, though, so I would do 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of mayonnaise.

If it seems weird report back. I would hate to be responsible for a bad Hidden Valley experience.

Tried it tonight, Julia! Used half a cup of buttermilk and half a cup of whole milk plus the mayo. It was delish! Thought I had some oats in the pantry to try the pancakes with the remaining buttermilk tomorrow but alas they'll have to wait 'til the next shopping trip. Thanks for the response and for catching my typo in my name - you are awesome!

Thanks for a great recipe. We really enjoyed them.

Loved them! Halved the recipe but didn't make any changes.

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