Green Oat Pancakes for St. Patrick's Day

Here is a wholesome breakfast alternative for your St. Patrick's Day celebration. They are a little less fluffy pancake and a little more hearty goodness. These are based on Taste of Home's Brown Sugar Oatmeal Pancakes. I made them a little healthier. And green. We served with applesauce, strawberry simple syrup, powdered sugar, or maple syrup. You could also try molasses. Originally posted on my blog.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
40 pancakes


  • 4 cups buttermilk

  • 2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 ⅓ cups brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 4 eggs

  • ½ cup applesauce

  • 10 drops green food coloring, or as needed


  1. Combine buttermilk and oats in a large bowl; let soak for 5 minutes.

  2. Combine flours, brown sugar, wheat germ, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.

  3. Whisk eggs, applesauce, and green food coloring into the oats mixture. Add more green food coloring if desired. Stir in flour mixture until batter is just moistened.

  4. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).

  5. Heat a lightly oiled griddle to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Pour batter onto the griddle using a 1/3 cup measure. Cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes.

  6. Place pancakes on a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining batter.

Cook's Notes:

If you don't have buttermilk, add 4 tablespoons vinegar to 4 cups milk and let stand until curdled, about 5 minutes. Use as directed in the recipe. If you use quick-cooking oats, you can skip the soaking.

You should be able to decrease the amount of sugar, but I did not try it.

If you want to make a simple syrup topping: Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan; heat to dissolve sugar. Add 2 cups chopped/sliced fruit (such as blueberries, strawberries, apples). Simmer for about 10 minutes while you are making your pancakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

100 Calories
1g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 100
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 214mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 104mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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