Easy Oatmeal Pancakes for Busy Days

You know those mornings when your little/big kid wakes up an hour before they normally do and there you are. Mama may or may not already be awake and, if you’re like me, the coffee is never strong enough for a start like that.

I wake up early every day. Sometimes it’s the only time in the day I get to see my husband, and I like the time to myself after he goes to work. I have been running on 4-6 hours of sleep for years so it’s become my normal. When Travis leaves for work, and it’s just the animals and I, that hour is crucial. Before Matt wakes up, it is essential for my sanity most days to have that time alone. It is time for extra coffee, a short workout, or just sitting on the couch. I can make mental notes about what I want to get done, where we need to go, get game gear ready if needed, or in a lot of cases, not watch Little Einsteins.

Then there is a bang on the door down the hall. The day has begun an hour early and I can tell by the “Hey, Mama!” that he won’t be going back to sleep with a sippy cup today.

Pancakes out of Desperation…Kinda?

A few months ago, on a morning like this, it was the Friday of our semi-state game and we were traveling to Indy that night. It was cold, it was going to be wet, and we were going to be out late. I stayed extra quiet that morning and decided to pack our game gear later to avoid an early wake-up. All I cared about that day was making sure Matt had enough sleep and was well rested for the game. It didn’t matter. At 7:00 am, he was quietly knocking on his door.


When I opened the door, he sprinted out, pacifier in his mouth and blanket in his hand. Matt headed straight for the couch and said “Einsteins?”

Well, best laid plans, right?

I got him set up with his favorite show and a cup of milk.

Then he asked for pancakes.

I didn’t have pancakes, but I had oatmeal. I also had eggs. Eggs make great binders and have a ton of protein, plus they are filling. With the packet of oatmeal, some water, an egg, and a little added flavor- these pancakes were born. Lucky for me, they were a hit.

Matt liked them so much, I made extra and took them to the game with us that night. He ate them plain right out of the baggie as he watched Daddy’s team win the semi-state title.

Here is my little recipe for pancakes. They are easy, quick, and are sturdy enough for fingers to grab. Besides the protein and fiber, they are low sugar and you can flavor them however your little-big one likes.


Toddler-Approved Oatmeal Pancakes
Serves 1
Pancakes made from instant oatmeal that are easy to make and high in protein and fiber
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1 pkg of plain quick oatmeal
  2. ¼ cup of water
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 tsp maple syrup
  5. 1 tsp brown sugar
  6. Cinnamon to taste
  1. Bring water to boil and add to oatmeal in a separate cool bowl
  2. Mix this well, until the oatmeal begins to soften.
  3. Add and mix in egg.
  4. Combine maple syrup and cinnamon, brown sugar (or whatever you choose to flavor it with) with the egg and oatmeal batter.
  5. Heat pan on medium-low heat, grease lightly if not a non-stick pan.
  6. Spoon batter into silver dollar-sized cakes in pan
  7. *make sure these aren’t heaping mounds. I like to spoon a small amount into the pan and spread it out to silver dollar size.
  8. Allow cakes to cook until you see bubbles form around the edge and the tops aren’t shiny.
  9. Flip cakes and allow to finish cooking for about 2 minutes.
  10. Serve pancakes with syrup or favorite topping or chill for future use.
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