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World's Easiest Pancake

Jun 25, 2014 BY Joy McCarthy

Hey guys,

You know I love my pancakes and I'm pretty sure you do as well because they always seem to be a popular recipe post!

Last night I went to bed dreaming of making these pancakes for breakfast. I figured I had to get up a little earlier to make them and take some snaps before heading to the burbs to teach. But to my surprise they were unbelievably quick and easy. And the best part, very, very yummy!

I can't stake ownership of this recipe because pretty much every healthy foodie I follow on instagram has shared some version of these "4 ingredient pancakes" however since I made them with 5 ingredients and added coconut milk they are now joyously joyous!

These pancakes are gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free but not free of deliciousness.

You will love how simple the ingredients are and it will make you feel good knowing that you are putting food in your beautiful body that is absolutely whole, real and nutritious. A few nutritional highlights below (after the recipe):

  • 1-3/4 cup oat flakes* (or oat flour)
  • 1 cup coconut milk*
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup any small berries* (blueberries, raspberries or blackberries)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  1. Place oat flakes in a blender or food processor and blend until it forms an almost flour texture. Add coconut milk, vanilla, banana and blend. Then add the blueberries and blend.
  2. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes while you warm up your pan and melt the coconut oil.
  3. Place 1/4 cup mixture on pan for each pancake (if you like them small like the size in my photo) and cook until the outside turns golden brown and then flip. Cook for a few more minutes on the other side.
  4. Serve with a dollop of coconut butter (not to be confused with coconut oil) and some loose berries. Drizzle with unpasteurized honey or real maple syrup.


- Coconut milk: Almond, hemp, flax milk or organic kefir would also work well.
- Oat flakes: Quick oats are fine (not instant oatmeal though).
- Berries: You can easily use frozen as well.
NOTE: It is okay if the pancakes are a little soft in the middle. This is because of the banana. You don't need to actually cook them all the way through because they don't have any eggs.

This recipe made enough to feed my sweet man Walker and I with leftovers. You know what I will be eating tomorrow for breakfast?! I will pop those puppies in the toaster and enjoy with another schlop of coco butta and honey -- hurray for healthy yummy food!

Nutritional Highlights of Oats:

  • Lowered cholesterol: Oats have a special type of fiber called beta-glucan. Study after study has shown beneficial effects of this fiber on cholesterol levels.
  • Balanced blood sugar: This same fiber also has benefits for Type 2 diabetics according to this study.
  • Reduction in CVD: A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that oats reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease because they are a great source of antioxidants called avenanthramides (which help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol). 

There you have it - the worlds easiest pancakes! Tag my @joyoushealth or use the hashtag #joyoushealth when you post pictures of your delicious food so I can see it too!

Jun 25, 2014 BY Joy McCarthy
Tehmina   •   June 26, 2014

Wow these sound delicious! Going to try these out on the weekend. Thanks for the recipe. x


Caroline   •   June 26, 2014

Do you mean coconut oil for one of these? "Serve with a dollop of coconut butter (not to be confused with coconut butter)"

Kate McDonald-Walker   •   June 27, 2014

Hi Caroline, Thanks for catching that! That phrase is supposed to read "serve with a dollop of coconut butter (not to be confused with coconut oil). We'll get that corrected. Kate - Joyous Health Team

Joanna   •   June 26, 2014

Hi Joy! Did you use canned coconut milk or from the carton? Thx.

Kate McDonald-Walker   •   June 27, 2014

Hi Joanna, Joy often makes her own coconut milk (you can find the recipe here, but the texture of this coconut milk is more like what you'd find in coconut milk in cartons than what you'd find in canned coconut milk (which would probably be a little too thick for this recipe). Kate - Joyous Health Team

Isra   •   June 29, 2014

I tried this recipe and the pancakes were delicious! It took several tries not to burn them though, yet make sure their well cooked inside. What's the best way to have perfect, well-cooked inside but not burned pancakes? Also, I was wondering how thick should the pancake mix with the ground oat flour be after the berried have been mixed in? Thanks a bunch :)

Isra   •   June 29, 2014

*they were

Kate McDonald-Walker   •   June 29, 2014

Hi Isra, I've always had good luck with the "wait until the bubbles reach the inside of the pancake" for the first side, and then the "wait until there's a little bit of steam escaping from around the edges" rule for the second side. You'll want the batter to be about the same consistency as cake batter, so that it pours into the pan easily. Kate - Joyous Health Team

Tania   •   June 29, 2014

I made these and used half oat flour and half millet flour and walnut milk instead of coconut and they turned out great! Thanks for this recipe!


Elena   •   June 29, 2014

These were absolutely yummers! I just processed regular rolled oats (you can do gluten free, of course) and added the rest of the ingredients. They are a bit softer than "regular" pancakes, but in a good way.


Ann   •   September 9, 2014

These look so delicious and I'm looking forward to trying them. I'm just confused by the amout of oats needed. Is it 1/3-3/4 of cup or is it 1 plus 3/4 cup?

Joy McCarthy   •   September 10, 2014

It is 1 and 3/4 cup. Enjoy!

Kate   •   February 28, 2015

I just made these and topped them with Oh She Glow's Coconut Whipped Cream- it's a match made in heaven!!


Sarah   •   September 3, 2015

My kids and I are big fans of pancakes, so I'm always on the lookout for yummy and healthy versions. These are my new favorite! They were so simple and everyone loved them.

Kate McDonald Walker   •   September 3, 2015

Hi Sarah, Glad they were a hit! Kate - Joyous Health Team

Jennifer Stevens   •   May 20, 2016

I made these this morning and they were perfect! Easy, healthy, and delicious. I especially liked the consistency and how moist they were. I think next time I will treat them like crepes and make a fruit compote for the middle :) Thanks, Joy!


Natalie T.   •   July 23, 2016

Sadly, I made it with canned coconut milk and had to throw out the whole batch because it was too thick to cook properly. Maybe you could add the word, "fresh", or "refrigerated", to the coconut milk in ingredients. I think others have made my same mistake, after reading the comments. I bought the correct kind of coconut milk, and will try this again soon. I know my mistake was kind of dumb, but I was thinking about the many times Joy mentions how canned coconut milk is healthier than refrigerated, because of the "junk" they tend to add to it.

Heather Allen   •   July 25, 2016

Hey Natalie! Sorry to hear the pancakes didn't work out and our apologies for the confusion. Wishing you all the best for next time :) Heather- Joyous Health Team

Christa   •   February 28, 2017

Hi Joy! I am so happy to have found your website. I love pancakes too and this recipe looks yummy. I seem to be having issues with oats lately, even gluten free oats. Any suggestions?

Rachel Molenda   •   February 28, 2017

Hey Christa! We're so happy you found Joyous Health too! Welcome :) If you're having trouble with oats (and enjoy them in oatmeal), you might be interested in Chia Pudding or even a Hemp Seed Porridge? Joy doesn't typically bake with oat flour too often so it's not crucial to baking. You can easily sub in brown rice flour, almond flour or coconut flour. Hope that helps! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Bethany   •   February 28, 2017

Wow! These are awesome! I only had frozen banana so I wasn't sure how they were going to turn out but they were soooo good! I made them bite size and can't stop eating them =)

Rachel Molenda   •   March 1, 2017

Hey Bethany! Yay! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed them! Bite-size is best - especially when you manage to have leftovers! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Farzana   •   March 7, 2017

Do these pancakes these freeze well?

Rachel Molenda   •   March 8, 2017

Hey Farzana! There's usually never any leftovers when Joy makes them for her family (haha!) but you could definitely freeze and reheat them :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Katt   •   August 13, 2017

What can be substituted for banan3

Rachel Molenda   •   August 14, 2017

Hey Katt, We haven't tried it without banana so we wouldn't be able to guarantee results. However, you might be interested in this Apple Spiced Pancake recipe: Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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