breakfast gluten-free pancakes/waffles/french toast

The Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

March 22, 2015

Oatmeal meets pancakes with The Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes. These pancakes are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and high in protein but are the most delicious, fluffiest pancakes you will ever eat. They will quickly become a weekend brunch recipe staple!

Oatmeal meets pancakes with The Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes. These pancakes are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and high in protein but are the most delicious, fluffiest pancakes you will ever eat. They will quickly become a weekend brunch recipe staple!It happens all too frequently that there’s a recipe I make all the time but it never seems to make its way onto the blog. Sometimes it’s because I’m lazy, sometimes it’s because I think you guys may not like it, and sometimes it’s because I’m too damn hungry to set up a photoshoot.

The latter is precisely the case with these pancakes.

Pancakes are easy to make (once you get the flip down, which only took me 24 years to master!) but can be impossible to photograph. Ironically, I probably have more pancake recipes on THM than any other kind of recipes.

Oatmeal meets pancakes with The Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes. These pancakes are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and high in protein but are the most delicious, fluffiest pancakes you will ever eat. They will quickly become a weekend brunch recipe staple!The part that stopped me from sharing these pancakes, which are by far the most common in our little casa is that I usually need to dig in right away. I obviously feel this way about all of my recipe, but one of my tricks to not eating my subject is to always eat something else before I shoot.

However, because pancakes are reserved for the weekend when they’re the first thing I eat when I wake up I never get a chance to eat before shooting. And I would probably keel over and die if I attempted the “syrup pour”  while hangry.

Ninja skills are required to get that kind of shot.

Then one day I realized if I made a double batch, ate, threw the other half in the oven and then photographed AFTER eating, I might be able to finally share THE FLUFFIEST Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes with all of you!

Oatmeal-Chocolate-PancakesBetter yet, if I fed C I could recruit him to help with the above photo. You know you’ve found a winner when he agrees to “carefully pour syrup in a luscious manner” all over your pancakes.

That sounds dirty.

Anyway, he apprehensively agreed (bribery with pancakes is key folks!) and helped me pull off the pancake syrup pour GIF I’ve been dreaming about in my head for 2 years now. Certainly a step up from that time I literally drowned my pancakes and completely missed the mark.

It also means I can finally share the best pancakes ever with you! DIG.IN.


The Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pancakes 1x


  • 2 cups oat flour (ground up oats)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T maple syrup + more for topping, if desired
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips)
  • coconut oil for pan


  1. In a large bowl combine oat flour, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon.
  2. In a separate bowl combine greek yogurt, almond milk, egg, vanilla extract and 1 T maple syrup.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. If batter is too thick add in a bit more almond milk.
  6. Spray or melt coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  7. Add a 1/3 cup of batter to form pancakes.
  8. Cook until all bubbles have popped (about 3 mins) & flip over for 1 min. Repeat until all batter is used.
  9. Serve warm with maple syrup, nut butter or preserves.

Oatmeal meets pancakes with The Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes. These pancakes are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and high in protein but are the most delicious, fluffiest pancakes you will ever eat. They will quickly become a weekend brunch recipe staple!Indulge me: How much did you love the GIF?! Have you ever bribed your SO to engage in a sensual pancake syrup pour session? Do you even read these questions? I hope not.


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    March 22, 2015 at 6:15 am

    These look delish – could I use cows milk? Totally get the photo opportunity and reality. The times I’ve made something, carefully photographed how I make it then forget to shoot the finished (usually meal) item. I had to whip my hubby’s dinner outta the microwave, rearrange broccoli and snap a shot or 12 of the beef casserole I’d made!!
    Thanks for this pancake recipe, I love oats and using oat flour is a genius way to get more goodness into our family. Thanks for letting us finally see the pancakes!! Sammie

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    Ally @OmNomAlly
    March 22, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I totally understand how your pancake recipe have never make it to the blog before, I make pancakes twice a week and in four years I’ve never photographed them to post! I’m glad you made a double batch this time though as I’ve looked at these photos and been inspired to grind some oat flour to try the recipe tomorrow morning 🙂 It’s the gif with the syrup that did it for me, I swear it gave me hunger pains!

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    March 22, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I love recipes that I can go an make immediately. Otherwise I tend to forget about them. Yum!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 22, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Haha there are so many breakfast recipes I make that I haven’t posted yet for the same reason – I always want to eat first thing in the morning, not spend an hour photographing! I’m glad you posted these though because they look awesome!

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    She Rocks Fitness
    March 22, 2015 at 11:26 am

    These look so YUMMY…Pancakes are honestly good anytime of day…any day of the week…but are especially good on the weekends…Thanks for sharing!

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    March 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I AM SO HAPPY YOU’RE HOMEEEEE! Next time I come visit you better make me 2 batches of these. Stiizzzzzat.

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    March 22, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Um I don’t need to bribe my SO to engage in a lascivious pancake syrup pour. It’s just generally not taking place on the food. 🙂

    These look delicious. You nailed the GIF, pun intended.

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training FIles
    March 22, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    First off, I need this pancakes in my life! The hubby and I make pancakes every weekend as a way to start our weekend together. So these are being added into the mix! And second…oh the pour shot! Yours looks GREAT! I remember trying to pour a soda for an ice cream float. OMG. Soda foam everywhere. Then another time I pour dressing that I had thinned with water, went for the pour and it hit a piece of chicken sending the dressing all over my perfectly styled shoot. Ugh. I guess for every 1 good one we have so many awful ones 😉

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    June Burns
    March 22, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Those look amazing! Very fluffy indeed. Oatmeal chocolate chip sounds like a great pancake flavor 🙂

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    Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks
    March 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I’ve been looking for an oat flour pancake recipe! Love the ingredients breakdown here.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 22, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    That drizzle…..

    I hate early morning photoshoots purely for that reason. You are a smart chicken double batching it.

    that drizzle…

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    March 22, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I love oatmeal pancakes- I find them so much more filling!

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    March 23, 2015 at 5:13 am

    The GIF rocks! Please make one for every recipe 😀

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    March 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I forget about posting the food I make daily, too, which is probably what we should be posting all the time, considering the recipes are time tested and good enough to make over and over.. I’m so glad you shared these fluffy pancakes! They look absolutely fabulous and I want to dig into a stack right now!

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    Alysia @ Slim Sanity
    March 23, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I asked Kyle to hold a spoon for me in a picture once. His response was ‘I hope this isn’t turning into a regular thing…’

    Maybe my dogs could help out? haha

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    Lovely Sharice
    March 23, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    OMG…those look so delicious. Definitely gotta try them!
    Love Yourself First

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    Marla Martenson
    March 23, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    These look amazing, and the gif with the syrup pouring down is awesome. I will try these pancakes.

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    March 23, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes are one of my FAVORITE things to make… I never get sick of them! My go-to recipe is similar to yours – except for a few tweaks, like I usually add some mashed banana in there. SO GOOD!

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    Amanda F
    March 24, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I’m definitely NOT a blogger. I do, however, post occasional pictures of the food I make on instagram or facebook. My husband, who rarely visits social media, was looking at facebook one day , saw a picture on facebook, and then asked, “Did you take this picture? It’s really good.” So.. I have hopes that my iphone photography is improving haha.

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    March 31, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Ditch the eggs and dairy based yogurt and instead use a ripe banana and silk soy yogurt to keep it vegan. My house hold LOVES them made this way.

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    April 1, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    im dairy free, what could I use instead of the Greek yogurt?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Hey Danielle,

      Dry subbing in some applesauce or pumpkin. Might not be quite as fluffy but it should still do the trick. You may want to decrease the almond milk if it’s looking a little runny. Enjoy!

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    August 1, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    These are amazing!! Have made them twice now, I normally make chocolate chip pancakes with Bisquick but these are an awesome, healthier, substitute thank you 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Aw I’m so happy to hear that! They’re my go-to pancakes too and they’re always a hit! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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    September 13, 2015 at 11:45 am

    These are the best pancakes ever and I didn’t feel bad for eating them ???????? I used vanilla Greek yogurt and vanilla flavored unsweetened almond milk. I am never using boxed pancake mix again.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 14, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Aw thanks Tea! I’m actually eating some right now with a bit of added pumpkin spice. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed them!

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    November 3, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Any way to leave out the yogurt all together or a dairy free replacement idea? I was sooooo excited to see this recipe and my heart sank when I saw the yogurt. I can’t have dairy. Thank you.

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    Gluten Free Mama
    January 31, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    These turned out heavy and dense and well, not at all for fluffy. And slightly bitter. I followed the recipe exactly except I omitted the choc chips. I’m curious if this is just a preference thing due to all the positive comments although most of them are about how they look and not actually how they tasted post actually trying them. My kids took one bite and spit them out. I’ve made many GF pancakes so I’m not a rookie … Also not a blogger. Any ideas ??

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    February 6, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Hell yeah do these look awesome for breakfast!

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    Marilee Elizondo
    May 31, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    These sound amazing.. do you know the calorie count on these?

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    July 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm


    I was wondering if you have the nutrition chart for your oatmeal Chocolate chips pancakes by any chance?



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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      July 11, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Hi Elinaz. Unfortunately I don’t. You can read more on my stance regarding nutrition charts here under “approach to health”:

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        July 12, 2016 at 7:12 pm

        You said.. “I also do not provide nutrition profiles on my recipes as I strongly believe that quality takes precedence to quantity.”
        Except if your Diabetic and then Nutrition information is very very important..
        Still won’t stop me from making these for my Type 1 daughter just wish I didn’t have to look up every single ingredient to be able to get a carb count

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    August 4, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    These look amazing and I want to try them soon. Could I make a large batch and freeze these?

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    February 21, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    How many calories do you think are in 2? Can’t seem to find these on myfitnesspal app 🙂

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    Kendall Stark
    February 25, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Hi, Davida! I stumbled upon your blog while searching for overnight oat recipes. I tried these pancakes this morning and they tasted fab! I do have to say that they weren’t fluffy, but more dense, which I did enjoy. A few weeks ago I tried your avocado chocolate chip muffins and they were also yummy. I’m not GF or vegan, but I am trying out new recipes that don’t include so many animal products or wheat, just to incorporate more variety into my diet. Going to make the oatmeal banana blender pancakes tomorrow….for dinner!

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    April 6, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Is this 2 cups of oats, then ground into flour?
    Or 2 cups of already ground up oats? My magic bullet grinds them up super fine, so it would make a big difference if Inmixed it up!
    Thanks, really looking forward to trying this recipe as soon as I hear back.

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    April 17, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe ! It turned out perfectly super fluffy! I replaced the yogurt and eff with vegan options and it was still amazing 🙂 thank you !!!

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    July 28, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    jut made these for my gluten sensitive son, added some coconut flour and extra water and no yogurt, and they are TASTY

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    February 20, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Can you store unused batter in the fridge?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 20, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Yes! You’ll just need to add a little bit of almond milk to the batter before cooking as it will thicken up in the fridge.

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    May 10, 2018 at 12:26 am

    I tried your recipe, and loved it, even the kids said it’s better than the normal pancakes. Thanks for making something we love , not feel so guilty. Loved, loved, loved ❤️

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    July 3, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    I LOVE these pancakes. The day i realized they had more protein and less sugar than my favorite healthy banana pancakes was an exciting day- I had been trying not to make them too often, and now I feel good making them as often as I want. It is nice to get an early start on my chocolate consumption quota for the day Haha. I make a variety of healthy pancakes an average of 5 days per week, and this is one of my all time favorite pancake recipes. Seriously, thank you!

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