A Grab And Go Breakfast With Staying Power

September 13, 2010   24 Comments

My daughter begged me to serve her pancakes for her first day of school. Pancakes are usually a weekend treat, but how could I deny her?

Improved Overnight Pancake Recipe

With all the craziness that goes on around here in the morning, I had to come up with something super easy. So, I read my own website - funny how I have to look things up that I have written, tested, eaten, etc. Blame it on mommy brain!

Back in February, I posted: Overnight Pancakes . One commenter had problems with the pancakes cooking through (as did I) so I reworked the recipe for Ruby's first day of school.

The AWESOME thing about this pancake recipe (as opposed to many others) is that includes 1/2 whole grains in the form of whole oats. Also, there is yogurt and eggs that pump up the nutritional value for a great start to the day.

If you added Blueberries and some Which Peanut Butter is Healthiest?, you would make it to lunch without a mid-morning snack.

You can leave this in the fridge for a couple of days and then cook as needed or cook them all at once and pop them in the microwave. These are also a great anytime snack. They look like a cookie, but aren't as laden with calories or sugar.

Finally, the great thing about pancakes is that you get to eat a baked good without all the baking! They are done so fast and are a great replacement for an evil This Muffin Has a Dark Secret.


Improved Overnight Pancake Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

(serves 4)

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3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs sugar
1/2 cup yogurt
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs


Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning pour batter in heated non-stick pan until bubbles begin showing on the surface. Turn pancake over with spatula - wait 2 minutes and serve.

Nutrition Facts

One serving is 229 calories, 4.8 g fat, 35.9 g carbohydrates, 10.3 g protein, 2.2 g fiber, 678 mg sodium, 6 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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See, I just make a huge batch of pancakes or waffles on the weekend and use the leftovers throughout the week. I freeze them, with waxed paper between each layer so I can get them apart later. Then I can pull out just as many as the kids want, heat them in the micro or toaster until hot.. Thirty seconds in the micro for pancakes, or a standard toast setting for waffles to get them crispy and they're ready to eat. Homemade pancakes and waffles without having to cook on a weekday morning. It might not be *exactly* the same as a fresh cooked one, but it suits everyone involved just fine.

We add sweet potatoes or bananas sometimes. Pancakes are a great breakfast, as long as you omit the oil and sugar... which I have found are completely un-needed.

We also make extra on the weekends and freeze them! The kids love it, it's so easy and a great fast breakfast. Pop in the toaster or microwave. I just tried making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the frozen pancakes (Toasted) for a quick treat after school and before soccer practice. They loved it because it was new and different.

This is a great idea... I've been buying Eggo's for our grab and go breakfast, I started with the whole wheat ones, but then I just got whatever was on sale and I've been thinking I should just make my own. We just toast them and add a little PB & J. It would be less expensive and I can choose the ingredients if I make my own. Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try it!

Hey Snack Girl,

I am curious...can you use Fage 0% yogart and skim milk in your recipe?


You can use any type of yogurt or milk in the recipe. Sorry I didn't include that.

Looks fabulous! Do they have a lot of texture from the oatmeal or does soaking it overnight eliminate that?

They have a little texture - but my kids don't mind it and I think it tastes really good. Give 'em a try!

Do you pour all the batter into the pan at once, making one giant pancake?

I have a child that hates to eat anything that's been reheated, so I can't wait to try this recipe! Making them over the weekend and reheating doesn't work here, so thanks for the idea and the healthier recipe!

Add-ins that I love are pumpkin pack and a dash of cinnamon! Thanks for the healthy recipe!

Oh, That was a dumb question I asked. I just made a batch ... that will make many pancakes!

Next time, could I use whole wheat flour in place of the white, or maybe half and half?

I have blue berries to add in the morning. I cannot wait!

Does anyone know what the weight watcher points are for the pancake?

Using the following list of ingredients at the WW site, I got 4 points per serving:

3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup(s) rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup(s) plain fat-free yogurt
3/4 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
2 large egg(s)

Thanks for the points. I'm on the WW plan, too, but in this instance, what is considered a serving? Is it just one 4-inch pancake?

I'm trying this recipe as waffles... Crossing my fingers it is delicious! That is our dinner tonight.

I tried these, just now and they were delicious!! I used the oatmeal in the packets, those are instant right? But they worked! I also mashed 1/2 of a banana and added that to the batter.

I started with 4 large pancakes (each 1/4 C batter) then just poured tablespoonfuls for mini pancakes. The batter made A LOT of pancakes. I know what I'm eating for breakfast (lunch&dinner) for the rest of the week now :)

These pancakes are awesome!! I made them with a low sugar banana berry topping

How many pancakes is a serving 1 2 3 or 4 1/4 cup in batter or a 1/2 cup in batter??

I was wondering if we could use Greek yogurt in the pancakes - would that change the consistency too much?

Darlene, the recipe says it serves 4 so 1/4 of the batter would be 1 serving. Either divide out the batter or just make your pancakes and divide them into four equal servings.

these pancakes with almost 4 times as many carbs as protein… is just "sleepy food"… WHen you add syrup it becomes even MORE of a carb fest. Minimally you should use whole wheat pastry flour which acts like white flour but has 3 times the fiber. Maximally, you should eat one or two small pancakes and top it with cottage cheese or yogurt (infused with the maple syrup).

How could I make the oatmeal pancakes gluten free. What could I replace the white flour with. also how many pancakes makes one serving. Thank you

What are your answers to the # of pancakes and size in one serving?

Has anyone tried the 4 pt recipe?

Using the following list of ingredients at the WW site, I got 4 points per serving:

3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup(s) rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup(s) plain fat-free yogurt
3/4 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
2 large egg(s)
Laura on September 14, 2010

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