There’s nothing like a big stack of vegan oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes to start your weekend! This recipe is quick, easy, and makes the best vegan pancakes. Steel cut oats add a little extra protein and fiber for a very filling breakfast.
What are your favorite breakfast foods? Pastry? Waffles? Pancakes?
When you eliminate eggs and dairy from your diet, breakfast can be a little challenging. Thankfully, it’s easy to make delicious waffles, french toast, and pancakes that are vegan. I prefer vegan pancakes and waffles to the version with eggs. I find them to be lighter and more airy.
We love pancakes at our house, and we also enjoy oatmeal as well. And if you combine the two, well, that’s just perfect in my book!
These vegan oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes are fluffy, flavorful, and perfect. Cooked steel cut oats are added to the batter to add a little more fiber and protein.
Can I add a different variety of oats to this pancake batter?
You can add some oat flour to this recipe if you like. Adding dry old fashioned oats to this batter may make the pancakes a little heavy. Cooked steel cut oats blend into the batter really well, and aren’t noticeable at all.
Will pancake batter hold together without eggs?
Vegan pancakes hold together very well even without eggs. A good amount of baking powder will add a lot of air to the batter, creating very light and fluffy vegan pancakes.
Can these oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze these pancakes. Store in the freezer for up to three months, and take out a few at a time to reheat as needed. You can also make a big batch at the beginning of the week and store in the refrigerator. These can be refrigerated for up to five days.
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes.
Delicious vegan oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes are a healthy way to start your day!
- 1 ½ cups white spelt flour or all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ Tablespoons baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup cooked steel cut oats
- ⅓ cup melted vegan buttery spread or melted coconut oil
- 1 ½ cups non-dairy milk I used SO Delicious unsweetened coconut milk
- ⅔ cup dairy free chocolate chips
- vegan buttery spread for frying the pancakes
In a large bowl, whisk together the white spelt flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add the melted vegan buttery spread, non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, and cooked steel cut oatmeal.
Stir to combine. Add the chocolate chips and stir to incorporate. Set aside for a few minutes - you will see the batter puff up from the baking powder.
Put a tablespoon of vegan buttery spread in a skillet and heat over medium heat.
Once the vegan buttery spread is sizzling, spoon the batter into the pan. Reduce the heat slightly.
Watch the pancakes closely - when the edges are starting to firm up and look cooked, use a spatula to flip the pancakes carefully. Cook until pancakes are golden brown, about 3-4 minutes on each side.
Add more vegan buttery spread to the pan between each group of pancakes.
Serve with more chocolate chips, powdered sugar, or pure maple syrup.
This recipe makes about ten pancakes. Serving size is two pancakes. Nutrition facts are for two pancakes.
These pancakes are fluffy, tender, and loaded with melty chocolate chips. The oats provide extra fiber, iron, and protein. You need to make these soon! And if you’re on a pancake kick, you’ll want to give these vegan banana pancakes a try.
This post was originally published in April 2015. It has been updated.
This recipes looks really yummy I can’t wait to try it out. I wonder if you’ve ever tried it with gluten-free flour mix or any of your recipes? I’d like to try it but I don’t want to ruin it if I used the wrong type of flour.. thanks a lot for sharing such wonderful recipes.
I have not tried it with gf flour! I think it would be okay, or maybe even using some oat flour might work!
Could I replace the coconut milk with almond milk and the canola oil with a banana?
Love your website and these vegan pancakes look amazing!
I noticed that the recipe calls for “Pacific Organic Steel-Cut Unsweetened Oatmeal” – judging by the photo you used ready-to-eat steel-cut. Can regular steel-cut be substituted? Perhaps the recipe could indicate (pre-cooked or ready to eat)?
Thanks for posting so many mouthwatering photos!
Yes, you can definitely use cooked steel cut oats that you make yourself! Good point, I will have to indicate that in the recipe.
I’ll give it a shot, thank you so much
These look so good! I am excited to try this and the blueberry ones too. I just started a similar blog because I am trying to push myself to try new things. I will definitely give your props for this one if I post about it. Your blog looks amazing. Well done!
Do you have any suggestions for reducing or substituting the oil?
You can try reducing it, I have not tried that though. I would not sub in applesauce, because these are already very moist with the oatmeal.
Any suggestions for reducing or substituting the oil?
So the steel cut oats are gluten free?
Yes, these are gluten free and delicious: http://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-steel-cut-oats.html
These look delicious! I cannot have spelt, would a gluten free all purpose flour work? Also, living in Canada we don’t have those yummy looking steel cut oats???would any instant oats work?
Yes, any instant oats would work. I haven’t tried these with GF flour, but I think it would be okay although it may take longer to cook. Let me know if you try it!
Hi, I do not eat corn and baking powder contains cornstarch. What can I substitute for baking powder? Suggestions?
We use Featherweight Baking Powder which is corn free. We don’t eat a lot of corn over here, either. My son was very sensitive to it for a while.
Thalia @ butter and brioche
These pancakes will be perfect for my family’s Sunday morning pancake breakfast tradition – love that they are vegan!
Your pictures are always amazing Kelly! Especially since chocolate chip pancakes are one of my favorite treats!
Thank you so much, Emily! You are too kind!
Strength and Sunshine
Ah pancakes ;) And always with chocolate in some form!
Chocolate + pancakes = YUM!
Sarah@ Whole and Heavenly Oven
I can hardly stand how soft and fluffy these pancakes look! LOVE the idea of adding steel-cut oats to them! Must try that. :) My family would love these!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
Vegan pancakes are so hard to make, and these are phenomenal! I love how fluffy they look and what a creative use of oatmeal! :)
Thank you so much!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
These pancakes look mouthwatering, Kelly! Love the chocolate chips and oatmeal in here!
Thank you, Gayle!