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Oat Flour for Easy Waffles or Pancakes


one waffle

Waffles or pancakes anyone? 

There is nothing easier or faster than making your own oat flour in the blender, and then making this simple no fuss 3 ingredient healthy recipe for delicious waffles or pancakes. 

a skillet with pancakes cooking

I like oatmeal and like the benefits of eating oatmeal, but I sometimes get tired of the same thing everyday. In the past, I’ve tried to mix it up with  overnight oats, oatmeal bars, oat granola, and now oatmeal waffles/pancakes. 

You know what? I really enjoyed the waffles/pancakes!!

Free Blueberries Berries photo and picture

These waffles/pancakes are easy, deliciously satisfying, and still offer the wholesome goodness derived from eating oatmeal. Although they are perfect for anyone who doesn’t eat eggs, diary, or gluten, actually everyone will love them. 

two vegan waffles on a plate

Why Oats Are So Healthy?

Oats have long been celebrated as a nutritional powerhouse. They’re rich in fiber, particularly beta-glucan, which is known for its heart-healthy properties and the ability to promote feelings of fullness. Oats are also a great source of a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them a fantastic choice for starting your day on the right foot.

Making oat flour in less than a minute in your blender

It literally takes seconds to turn (GF) rolled oats into (GF) oat flour which can be used to make waffles, pancakes, or in a pinch if you run out of breadcrumbs for a recipe.

*Certified Gluten-Free Oats

For those who need to eat gluten-free, it’s crucial to use certified gluten-free oats. Regular oats can sometimes be cross-contaminated with gluten during processing or growing, so opting for certified gluten-free labels ensures you’re staying true to your dietary needs while enjoying all the benefits oats have to offer 

Surprised At The Huge Price Increases At Trader Joes

I purchased a large bag of old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free) at Trader Joe’s. Two years ago their bag of oats sold for $1.99, and today I paid $3.49. It wasn’t the only item that significantly increased in price. Another reminder of how much our food bills have escalated in the past 2 years! The bag is large, so it is still economical and probably still the cheapest way to buy gluten-free certified rolled oats.  

Of course, I still enjoy a good bowl of oatmeal.

Blueberries on top of oatmeal in a bowl

My waffle maker is small, and that is why I only have a pic of one little waffle at a time because I eat them as I make them. 

waffle maker
If I am going to continue eating waffles, I’ll need to buy a 4 section waffle maker 
gluten-free vegan waffle with blueberries on top

The Recipe: 3-Ingredient Vegan Waffles/Pancakes

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup *homemade oat flour (made in your blender)
  • 1 ripe medium banana
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup any nut milk 

To Make Oat Flour 

For this recipe, I put 1/2 cup of rolled oats into the blender and blended the oats until they turn to flour (about 1/2 minute).

Directions:

  1. Mash the ripe banana in a mixing bowl until smooth.
  2. Add the oat flour and nut milk to the bowl and stir until well combined or just put everything into a mini blender to make it even easier and blend it together- that’s what I did!
  3. Heat your waffle iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray slightly with oil if needed. ( I did not need oil in my non-stick waffle maker) 
  4. Pour the batter onto the hot surface and cook until golden brown on both sides (about 3-4 minutes per side for waffles, and 2-3 minutes per side for pancakes).
  5. Serve warm with your favorite toppings such as fresh berries, maple syrup, or a dollop of dairy-free yogurt.

Additional Tips:

  • Customize your waffles or pancakes by adding extras such as cinnamon, vanilla extract, or dairy-free chocolate chips to the batter or as a topping.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days or frozen for longer storage. Just pop them in the toaster or microwave to reheat.

My Notes: 

1. Someone told me to use the waffle maker with shredded frozen potatoes to make potato waffles. I’ll be trying that soon!

2. All recipes on this blog are: gluten-free, vegan, oil-free

3. The first waffle photo looks dark because I tried blending blueberries and a lot of cinnamon into the waffle batter for that batch only.  

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