Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

It’s no surprise that I love breakfast.

If I could have it for every meal, I would.

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But it’s not just about the food for me. “Breakfast for dinner” is fun, but breakfast the meal is what’s really special.

It’s the smell of the kitchen waking up in the morning, skillets sizzling, ovens preheating, measuring cups clinking. Footsteps filling the house and the coffee brewing.

The first streaks of sunlight coming in the window, cool to warm, dark to light, empty to full.

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And weekend breakfasts with family and friends? I just don’t think there’s anything better than sitting around the kitchen table, sipping coffee and swapping stories. Laughing. Chewing. Smiling at the day ahead that’s starting with a good meal.

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With all the family we’ll have here in the next couple of months, I’ll be making lots of big breakfasts. And I couldn’t be happier.

On Labor Day weekend, my mom, sister, and I went blueberry picking and Nick and I had a few handfuls left in the fridge last weekend. And if there’s anything that needs to be made with fresh blueberries, it’s pancakes and fruit sauce.

Berry pancakes topped with more berries is one of my favorite things about summer. I’m enjoying the last of these before pumpkin officially takes over.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

Makes: 10-12 pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp oil or melted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

  1. Mix the oats and buttermilk in a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes, or, ideally, overnight.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Add the beaten egg, vanilla, and oil/butter to the oat and buttermilk mixture and stir together.
  4. Add the oat mixture to the flour mixture, and stir to blend. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brush or spray with oil. *Tip: To make sure it’s hot enough, wet your fingers under the faucet and sprinkle a few droplets of water onto the pan. If they sizzle, it’s ready.
  6. Scoop the batter, 1/4 – 1/3 cup at a time onto the pan.
  7. When the bottoms are browned and the top is set around the edges, flip the pancakes. Cook until the second side has browned.
  8. Re-spray/grease the skillet if needed, and repeat with the remaining batter. If the pancakes begin to brown too quickly, lower the heat just a bit.
  9. Serve hot, with maple syrup, butter, and blueberry honey topping.

 

Blueberry Honey Topping

Makes: 1/2 cup topping

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp water

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  2. Let cook until blueberries have broken down and the sauce has thickened slightly and reduced by half.
  3. Serve warm.

23 Responses to “Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes”

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste — September 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Breakfast is my favorite meal too! You described it perfectly!
    These pancakes look delicious. Fruit sauce is the best atop pancakes – no syrup for me! ;-)

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    Erica — September 21, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I agree- a homemade, delicious breakfast is just incredible. Fruity sauces are the perfect pancake toppers. This looks just delicious

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — September 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Yum! I know what I’m making for breakie now! These look great :)

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    Coco — September 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Too bad I’m sitting at my desk at work or I would make these RIGHT NOW.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — September 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Yum! I love homemade fruit topping and the addition of honey sounds fabulous. Can I come over for breakfast at your house? Between these and the herb baked eggs, I think I’ll be a happy camper!

    • admin replied: — September 21st, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Yes, please! Come on over and bring your cute little baby :)

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    leslie — September 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    These look scrumptious! I love breakfast for dinner!!

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — September 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    i NEED these. maybe with some pumpkin added in too!

    • admin replied: — September 21st, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      That would be really good with the pumpkin!

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    michelle — September 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Oh Brandi, I love your descriptions, they were beautiful! And… the pic of the saucepan~ WOW! :) Love the steam.
    Pancakes look awesome, too. :) Great post!

    • admin replied: — September 21st, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks Michelle!

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    Erin — September 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I have to admit, for loving breakfast myself I rarely make myself something other than a bowl of cereal. Apparently sleep overrules taste buds. I need to remedy that at least on the weekends. These are tasty looking!

    • admin replied: — September 21st, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      Weekday breakfasts are definitely not this fun, usually :) Unless there are leftover pancakes – they heat up beautifully in the toaster.

      but weekend breakfasts are my favorites, too.

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    Shannon — September 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    mmm, i’m with you, breakfast 3x a day please :)

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    Mama Pea — September 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I’m with you…breakfast is the best!!!

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    Sarah — September 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I love breakfast too. And blueberries, although mine typically go straight to my mouth and never make it into the pancakes ;)

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    Heather — September 22, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I think I could eat pancakes for every meal of the day. They are simply delicious and can be made so many different ways!

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    Stacy Makes Cents — September 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Brandi, I think I love you. LOL

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    A Tablespoon of Liz — September 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    these look so good! I love how there’s blueberries in the pancakes as well as on top.

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    Angela — September 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Made these for supper tonight. Really good. Let the oats soak in the buttermilk for 24 hrs and added cinnamon to the batter

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    Gretta — December 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I found this recipe yesterday (it’s December) but I made it with frozen berries (sacrilege I know.) It was surprisingly still delicious and now I have a precedent in my family to live up to. Blueberry pancakes on a Tuesday morning is going to be hard to beat but the recipe looked too good to pass up. Thanks!

    • admin replied: — January 10th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      I’m so glad you tried them! They’re one of my favorites :)

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