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Oatmeal Sunflower Pancakes

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These easy and tasty Oatmeal Sunflower Pancakes are perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner. This lightened up pancake recipe is full of healthy whole grains – the whole family will love them!

Oatmeal Sunflower Pancakes on a white plate

Can anyone say “Breakfast for Dinner?” I think pancakes might be one of my favorite meals, and I always (for some reason) end up craving it in the evening – long after breakfast or brunch has passed. So a few nights ago, I decided to switch things up and make these oatmeal sunflower pancakes and roasted potatoes for dinner.

 

I was worried my husband wouldn’t be a huge fan because he’s used to the classic buttermilk pancake, but he was open to the idea of trying these. I’d say they are more like oatmeal cakes vs. true pancakes – because they’re a lot more dense than regular pancakes because of the ingredient mix. That said, they had a nice, nutty, mild flavor – the perfect base for creative toppings. We of course, topped them with bananas, chocolate chips and maple syrup, but I also tried them with almond butter & honey (yum!) and peanut butter & blueberry preserves (double yum!).

Oatmeal sunflower pancakes with banana slices on a plate

This was the perfect “breakfast for dinner,” but it’s also a great recipe for brunch – especially for the long weekend. Everyone (husband and kids included!) was happy and satisfied after this meal – and my husband especially was surprised that these oatmeal sunflower pancakes were “actually good!”

These tasty oatmeal pancakes are really easy to make, and will be on your table in just a few simple steps!

ingredients for oatmeal sunflower pancakes: oats, eggs, cottage cheese, etc.

How to Make Oatmeal Sunflower Pancakes – Step by Step

In a food processor, combine rolled oats, low-fat cottage cheese, eggs and vanilla extract; blend until smooth.

ingredients in food processor

Stir in sunflower seeds.

sunflower seeds in food processor

Pour batter into skillet misted with cooking spray to form four 4-inch pancakes.

pancake batter in frying panCook 3 minutes, until golden brown on each side.

pancake in pan

Top with sliced banana and 2 tsp. chocolate chips (for 2 pancakes) – or top with any toppings of your choice!

closeup view of plate of oatmeal sunflower pancakes

Top tips for making Oatmeal Sunflower Pancakes

  • Use a heavy griddle or pan to cook your pancakes.
  • Use cooking spray to grease your pan, or wipe a paper towel dipped in oil around the pan for an even coating.
  • I recommend using rolled oats rather than steel cut.

 

Tools and Equipment for Making Oatmeal Sunflower Pancakes

  • Use a good food processor. I like this one from Hamilton Beach. It’s super affordable, easy to use, holds 12 cups, has a tons of attachments, and has staying power (I’ve had mine for a few years with no issues!)
  • Make  electric griddle – I love this one from Presto, or a great pancake skillet like this one from Calphalon.
  • A good set of measuring cups & spoons

 

What makes these Oatmeal Sunflower Pancakes healthy?

These pancakes are full of whole grains and are high in fiber. Oats are a gluten-free, whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Sunflower seeds are nutrient-dense food that are high in fiber and plant-protein!

By using low fat cottage cheese instead of milk or cream, you are reducing the fat content. One serving of Oatmeal Sunflower Pancakes (with chocolate chips!) comes in at around 250 calories, so you can enjoy them guilt free!

 

Can these pancakes be made vegan?

Yes! To make these pancakes vegan, you can substitute the low fat cottage cheese with a vegan substitution made from tofu. I found this easy Vegan Cottage Cheese recipe you can make at home, from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. You can make a batch in ten minutes!

For a vegan-friendly egg, use a flax egg in place of the eggs in this recipe.

chocolate chip pancakes

Be sure to check out these other healthy pancake recipes!

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Oatmeal Sunflower Pancakes

These lightened up, whole-grain-packed pancakes are guaranteed to please the whole family!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 254
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 4 Tbs low fat cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp sunflower seeds
  • Toppings: Sliced banana & 1 tsp mini chocolate chips per pancake + 2 tsp real maple syrup

Instructions

  • In a food processor, combine rolled oats, low-fat cottage cheese, eggs and vanilla extract; blend until smooth.
  • Stir in sunflower seeds. Pour batter into skillet misted with cooking spray to form four 4-inch pancakes; cook 3 minutes on each side.
  • Top with sliced banana and 2 tsp. chocolate chips (for 2 pancakes) – or top with any toppings of your choice!

Notes

Top tips for making Oatmeal Sunflower Pancakes
  • Use a heavy griddle or pan to cook your pancakes.
  • Use cooking spray to grease your pan, or wipe a paper towel dipped in oil around the pan for an even coating.
  • I recommend using rolled oats rather than steel cut.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.5g | Protein: 9.2g | Fat: 12.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Sodium: 87.7mg | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 13g
These oatmeal sunflower pancakes, topped with bananas, nut butter, maple syrup and chocolate chips are so delicious, you won't believe they're healthy too!

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10 responses to “Oatmeal Sunflower Pancakes”

  1. I have a question — did you use raw or roasted sunflower seeds in your pancakes? We are addicted to the Oatmeal/Sunflower/Millet pancake and waffle mix from The Bunnery restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and I’m trying to duplicate that. I like the addition of cottage cheese to your recipe to boost the protein. Thanks so much!

    • I used raw sunflower seeds – since they get mixed into the batter you don’t need the additional flavor that comes from roasting them 🙂 Hope that helps! Let me know how they turn out!

  2. I love pancakes. I find it hard though to find the time in the morning, even on the weekends. I frequently have breakfast for dinner. It is quick and far cheaper than a meat and potatoes kind of meal. I am going to try your pancake recipes, I too am always on a search for making them a bit more healthy. Of course my addition of maple syrup doesn’t help much.

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