I have often seen these pancakes affectionately referred to as “Oaties.” They are all the rage in the BLE world.

I don’t eat eggs often, but a friend just brought me a dozen beautiful fresh eggs from her backyard, so I thought it was time to see what all the fuss was about!

I’ve also seen this concept elsewhere online, like here on this blog.

The photo below is a collage of all the BLE pancake photos and variations that I could find in the BLE facebook world. It is a popular breakfast! Some of the BLE rockstars involved in adapting and sharing this recipe are: Cathy Fernie, Mary VanHoy, Shara Salmon, Marlies Casbay, Susan Cook, Valerie Proctor Conner, Miriam Soto-Gonzalez, Josie Colicchia, Laurie Lay, and Pam Fox. You can search in the BLE online communities for each of their variations on these pancakes.

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Every Oatie fan seems to have a slightly different take on these. I have to say that I struggled with this recipe for quite a while and almost gave up. Every time I tried to make them they came out strange. First they didn’t hold together, then they were too eggy, then they were gooey inside, then they tasted too banana-y.

I kept tinkering with it though, and after several weird and disappointing breakfasts, I finally landed on my favorite version. They make a wonderful weekend BLE breakfast treat.

BLE Pancakes or Oaties

  • Servings: Makes 1 Serving
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Each Serving Contains:

  • 1 Grain
  • 1 Protein
  • 1 Fruit

Below are some of the ways that people modify these pancakes:

  • 1 egg vs. 2 eggs in the batter
  • addition of flax or chia seeds into the batter
  • blending the batter vs. not blending the batter
  • varied amounts of banana added to the batter (some people use a full 6 oz)
  • cooked oats vs. dry oats
  • rolled oats vs. steel cut oats
  • instant oats (I’ve found these to be the best)
  • cooked potato or sweet potato instead of oats
  • more protein additions for maintenance food plan

After much experimentation, I have provided a recipe for what I’ve found to be the pancakes with the best texture and flavor so far, but many bright line eaters do it differently with a great deal of success and enthusiasm. Feel free to mess around with the recipe until you like it using the modifications above.

This recipe makes about 2-3 pancakes, and the whole recipe makes a complete breakfast containing a grain, fruit, and protein serving. This meal is really filling.

This recipe is great for the weight-loss plan, and even better on the maintenance plan because you have some extra protein for adding more yummy toppings!



  • 1 oz dry instant oats (I have tried all types of oats and find that instant oats give the best texture)


  • 4 oz banana
  • 2 oz additional fruit (as a topping or cooked into the pancakes)


  • 1 egg (1/2 protein serving)
  • 1/4 oz flax, chia, or hemp seeds (I use a mix of all three) (1/8 protein serving)
  • 1/4 oz nuts for topping (1/8 protein serving)
  • 2 oz yogurt for topping (1/4 protein serving)

Freebies (to taste)

  • 2 tsp water
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

*These measurements comply with the Bright Line Eating female weight loss food plan. Adjust quantities as needed for your own individual food plan. 

Maintenance Modifications

  • Grain Additions: Increase amount of oats to 1.5 oz, and add a little more water to compensate.
  • Protein Additions: Add nuts or seeds into the pancakes, increase yogurt, or nuts for toppings. This is a great maintenance meal because you can have more toppings!
  • Fat Additions: More nuts!


  • Combine oats, banana, egg, 2 tsp of water, and spices.
  • Mash well. Thin with water if it is too thick.
  • Cook on a griddle on medium-low heat, (I do a light oil spray) letting them cook for a while before flipping. Wait till they have puffed up. It’s easy to undercook these.
  • Add toppings.
  • Be well-fed, happy, and full until lunch!

Pancake Topping Ideas:

  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Yogurt
  • Nut butters
  • Nut butter sauce (I like to thin some peanut butter with almond milk or water and make a sauce)
  • Nuts