Victory Over Oatmeal

We have been in the trenches, a no man’s land, ducking for cover from tantrum landmines and flying oatmeal grenades. It started when a viral contagion marched in our son’s belly and deployed a rigorous attack on his and my husband’s GI (gastro intestinal) tracks. With baby and husband both down, I called in the grandparents for reinforcement, but they too, fell to defeat as the arctic weather beat even the most veteran troops. Luckily, this Com-“Mom”-der was unfazed and rallied a rag-tag platoon of feline reserves, to uncertain victory.

During the GI occupation, I kept my men on a steady regimen of plain foods, i.e., porridge, oatmeal, dry toast. So recently when I presented PDot with a bowl of plain oatmeal, the baby platoon rebelled and oatmeal was flying everywhere. What is a Mommy-in-Chief to do with a bowl of untouched oatmeal? She does what any crafty Mom would do, disguise it as something else!

I got the idea of making oatmeal pancakes from my Mommy friend, the Gourmet Peasant. What a fun way to deliver breakfast for exploratory eaters who crave texture and tactility. I like making silver dollar size pancakes and PDot loves that he can stuff several into his mouth at a time. Also, the brown caramelized bits of bananas are the best part of these pancakes!

I am happy to report that the oatmeal offensive was victorious. The Baby and Daddy forces enjoyed this new breakfast treat with great gusto!

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes


1 banana, cut into 1/2 inch slices

2 cups cooked oatmeal

1.5 c. Whole Milk

1/2 c. (1 stick or 8 Tbsps) Butter, melted, plus about 2 Tbsps for the pan

2 eggs, lightly beaten in a small bowl

1/3 c. AP Flour

2 Tbsps powdered milk

1-2 Tbsps granulated sugar (I serve these as they are sans maple syrup, but feel free to omit the sugar)

1/4 tsps salt

1. Heat griddle or skillet on medium-high heat.

2. Mix oatmeal with milk in a medium bowl, whisk in melted butter.

3. Whisk the beaten eggs into the oatmeal mixture. Stir in flour, powdered milk, sugar, and salt. Add the banana slices.

4. When the pan is hot, use some melted butter to coat the pan. Pour the batter to the desired pancake size. Cook each pancake for 1-2 minutes on each side until they bubble and are golden brown.


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