Whole Wheat Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Oatmeal buttermilk pancakes are made with buttermilk, whole wheat flour, and quick cooking oatmeal to keep them moist. This is a very old recipe that originally used to call for lard and regular cooking oatmeal, but I have updated it using butter and quick cooking oatmeal.

You know how everyone talks about pancakes that are light and fluffy? I always wondered what people meant, as most recipes these days are about the same. After making these pancakes; I now understand why some pancakes are different from each other. The photo above looks so innocent, but it is difficult to discern how heavy or light a pancake will turn out from a photo. If you want a lighter pancake, try this one.

Pancakes made with oatmeal, wheat flour, and buttermilk are umm…not exactly light and fluffy. Instead, these pancakes are heavy, hearty, and dense. Think of a lumberjack breakfast. They are tasty and I encourage you to give them a try, but just know this is the land of a stick to your ribs-go out and cut wood for the day-kind of pancake. I did like the flavor and taste, but a single average sized pancake was all I could eat.

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Serve these pancakes with maple syrup, applesauce, whipped cream, or jam for breakfast or brunch. You can also try them with cinnamon flavored applesauce or a spiced apple butter (which is a personal favorite of mine).

Buttermilk makes this recipe moist and delicious. Wheat flour and oatmeal adds nutrition to get your day started right.

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Oatmeal buttermilk pancakes are made with buttermilk, wheat flour, and oatmeal to keep them moist. Serve with applesauce, syrup, or jam.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pancakes
Servings: 6
Author: Laura Warnke


  • 1-1/3 cups quick cooking oatmeal*
  • 1 pint buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda heaping
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter


  • In a medium mixing bowl, soak the quick cooking oatmeal and buttermilk until the oatmeal is soft, at least 30 minutes.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, sift together the salt, wheat flour, and soda.
  • Mix the buttermilk and oatmeal mush into the dry ingredients.
  • Stir in the slightly beaten egg and melted butter.
  • Fry these pancakes on an ungreased griddle or in a frying pan until golden brown.
  • *If you are using regular long cooking oatmeal, soak the oatmeal and buttermilk overnight or for at least 2 hours in the morning before mixing in the rest of the ingredients.


Makes 7 (4" - 5") pancakes.

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