oatmeal pancakes

Dave gets a man magazine – not one with naked ladies, but one about fashion and supposedly culture and, I don’t know, other manly stuff. I know he’ll insist that I clarify that he doesn’t pay for it. Anyway, the last issue had an article about getting in shape in which the author claims that whole wheat gives guys man boobs. Instead, men should focus on grains like oats and quinoa.

Yes, it’s whole wheat that gives you man boobs, and not, you know, overeating. I suspect that eating too much quinoa without exercising would also result in man boobs.

But hey, if you’re concerned about your man boob potential, these pancakes are perfect for you, because they are almost completely oats, with just a small amount of flour. Of course, they have a stick of butter in them, but hey, the problem is whole wheat, right, not fat.

Plus I cut the amount of butter in half and the pancakes were still perfect. I also substituted whole grain pastry flour for half of the flour in the recipe, my new favorite trick with quick breads. I increased the milk a little to make up for the lost liquid from the butter.

I’m loving the result of soaking oats before mixing them into batter. Once the oats are softened, they blend better with the rest of the ingredients. I’m also really eager to try toasting the oats before mixing them with the liquid, because I love the flavor that toasting gives oats. I’ll have to try that next time, which might be soon, since I don’t want to give Dave man boobs by making him regular pancakes.

One year ago: Tofu Croutons
Two years ago: Old-Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake

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Oatmeal Pancakes (adapted from Orangette, who adapted it from the Inn at Fordhook Farm in Doylestown, PA)

4 servings

I replaced ¼ cup of the flour with the equal amount of whole wheat pastry flour, a trick I’ve found very successful with pancakes and muffins.

2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups + ½ cup buttermilk
½ cup (2.4 ounces) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon table salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted but not hot
vegetable oil for the pan

1. Combine the oats and 2 cups of the buttermilk in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk the remaining ½ cup buttermilk, the eggs, and then the butter into the oat mixture. Fold the flour mixture into the batter.

3. Brush a large nonstick skillet or griddle with vegetable oil; heat over medium heat. Spoon scant ¼ cups of the batter onto the pan. Cook until the sides of the pancakes start to look dry and the bottom is golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Flip, then continue to cook until the second side is also golden brown, about 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining pancakes, adjusting the heat if necessary. If you’d like, you can keep the pancakes in a 200 degree oven on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet until the whole batch is cooked.


  1. Yum, Bridget! I was eyeballing these, as well. I love your adaptations and can’t wait to make them with some yummy fruit compote on top!

  2. Oh goodness. Just the bowl of oatmeal looks fabulous. I’ll take the pancakes and the oatmeal. YUMMY!

  3. Those look like a perfect breakfast for me. I’m wondering if I could get my husband to eat them…or if man boob potential is worth that battle.

  4. Oh, that made me giggle. If I were ever to meet Dave, I’d totally have to give him shit about getting a man magazine that even references man boobs. On the other hand, if these pancakes were around I might get distracted pretty easily – they look wonderful! Good to know you can reduce the butter that much without ill effect.

  5. whole wheat. man boobs. i had no idea the two were related. i’m sure some serious scientific research was done to qualify that claim… 🙂
    great pancakes for anyone, especially those concerned with having to locate a supplier of bros.

  6. i didn’t know about the man boob thing…i’ll keep that secret from my husband so we can still eat them on weekends!! these oat pancakes look super delicious!!

  7. These look great! I will have to add them to my pancake day recipe pile =) That is HILARIOUS about the man boobs….don’t eat whole wheat, but a batch of mozzarella sticks will keep those boobs at bay!

  8. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That SO sounds like something a guy would say 😉 Can’t eat whole wheat – it’ll give me MAN BOOBS. LOL! These look delicious! Now if only they’d make MY boobs bigger 😉

  9. Oh geez, I’m blushing here. I don’t have a tanner stage (yet), but there have been some shirts that have been set aside for the moment to avoid embarrassment. 🙁

    OTOH, I always love the dark patterns formed on the first surfaces of pancakes…

  10. You’re such a nice wife, helping your husband to avoid man boobs! That is so goofy! My husband gets a free mens magazine, too. First it was Best Life, which was for rich over 40 guys. Never subscribed, it just started coming. Then, that magazine folded, so he got a letter saying they would finish his subscription with Men’s Health. So weird, isn’t it?

    No matter what these pancakes do for him, they look really good. I bet the texture with oatmeal is really interesting!

  11. Good thing his magazine is free since quinoa is a seed, not a grain!

    So glad you made these with less butter so I can have them for breakfast tomorrow. I wonder if they’d make good waffles.

  12. Ha ha ha! Best post ever!

  13. I love it. Will be trying them fro breakfast tomorrow. thanks

  14. Terrific, healthy looking recipe. I wonder if I can make these and freeze them so I have quick breakfasts?

  15. bridget says:

    Jenny – I think they would take really well to freezing.

  16. I read that in details also that whole wheat leads to water retention and man boobs, and I was like..really? Every study I’ve ever heard about finds that whole grains (including whole wheat) contribute to fat loss in more ways than one. Therefore, I went on a search engine research mission, and the only piece of information I found supporting Details claim is from some quack doctor. I don’t buy it.

  17. Corey says:

    I made these for breakfast this past morning and they were awesome. Since I’m allergic to wheat, I substituted oat flour for the all purpose flour instead. Tasted great with chicken apple sausage. These will definitely be a weekly breakfast staple.

  18. Oh sweet goodness, I found the oatmeal pancake recipe I’ve been dreaming of. I’ve been trying to make perfect oatmeal pancakes for a while, trying one recipe after another, and none were quite up to snuff. Too heavy, too mushy, flat taste, etc. But I thought I’d give your recipe a shot… wow. I loved them, and my husband made a point of saying, “Those were GOOD.” Thanks!

    I omitted the sugar, and in place of buttermilk, used half yogurt and half whole milk.