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Brain Booster Pancake Recipe

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These quick, easy, and delicious Brain Booster Pancake Recipe is high in protein, fiber, and omega 3s – the perfect start to your child’s day!

Blueberry Flaxseed Pancakes with kids art in the background

Importance of Breakfast

Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about a new school year?! I’m torn between excitement about getting back on a regular schedule, and dread about, well…having to get back on a regular schedule. 🙂

One thing I have already started thinking about is how to make this year a successful one for my kids. We got into a little bit of a breakfast rut last year, stuck having the same 2 or 3 meals on repeat. So, this year I’m already testing new simple recipes to make our mornings more exciting.

Blueberry Flaxseed Pancakes on a plate with childs hands

Breakfast Pancakes

This pancake recipe experiment has definitely been the favorite test so far! I’m excited to add these to our breakfast rotation this year.

I nicknamed this recipe Brain Booster Pancakes. They have everything your child needs to focus and be ready for a successful school day. The protein and fiber will help keep your child feeling full! Studies show that omega 3s can improve mental skills, like thinking, remembering, and learning.

These pancakes are also gluten-free (just make sure to get gluten-free oats) and refined sugar-free! It only takes a few minutes to throw all the ingredients into the blender! Quick, easy, and healthy … It doesn’t get much better than that!


Nutrition Boosting Ingredients

Add some extra blueberries on top and a little drizzle of pure maple syrup. I bet the whole family will devour these pancakes! Yay for healthy food and especially healthy breakfasts that taste good!

Looking for some more quick, easy, & healthy real food breakfast recipes? You can find more of my favorites (including Healthy Homemade Pop-Tarts) and how to make mornings easier in this post – Healthy Breakfasts to Last a Month…in Less than 2 Hours!!

Brain Booster Pancake Recipe

These quick, easy, and delicious Brain Booster Pancake Recipe is high in protein, fiber, and omega 3s – the perfect start to your child’s day!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brain Booster Pancake Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 225kcal


  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 3/4 cup oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed, ground
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup blueberries


  • Place all ingredients, except eggs, coconut oil and blueberries into a good quality blender. Blend until oats are ground and everything is mixed well.
  • Add eggs and pulse until incorporated.
  • Heat a griddle over medium heat and melt a teaspoon or two of coconut oil or butter. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Drop 3-4 blueberries onto each pancake before flipping. Brown on both sides (about 2-3 minutes per side) and serve hot with more blueberries and pure maple syrup. If the batter is too thick to pour, add a tablespoon or two of almond milk to thin.
  • Enjoy!
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Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 122mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g

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Hey Stephanie!! I’ve never tried them without the banana, but you may be able to replace the banana with 1/3 cup of apple sauce. Hopefully that would give you the same texture and added sweetness. Come back and let us know if you try it!

If I wanted to make these vegan, what would you recommend as my egg substitute? Egg replacer, more ground flax, chia seeds, etc?


Hey Sarah! I tried it in my waffle makers yesterday and they tasted great, but I had a hard time keeping them from sticking. So yes, but oil your waffle iron well. 🙂

I’m curious about all the warnings I’ve read about not cooking with flax seeds — the heat apparently creates funky unhealthy byproducts. What’s your take on that? And is there an appropriate substitute for this recipe? It looks delicious!

Good question! I’m no expert, but in my research the major opinion seems to be that flaxseed oil should never be heated, but that “when whole or ground flaxseeds are used in baking there is neither oxidative damage to the oils nor degradation of the nutrients.” I hope that helps! 🙂

Could you freeze the pancakes and reheat in the toaster? Mornings are rough in our house and every little shortcut helps. Thanks for all your great ideas.

Oh no, sorry about that Jane! It might just be different locations/humidity, I usually have to thin mine a little. Next time just start with 3/4 cup almond milk and add more until you get the right consistency. The batter will also thicken as it sits. I hope that helps!

My daughter has a tree nut allergy. Can I replace the almond milk with regular milk? Would that be true for most of your recipes?

These were a success in our home! Substituted cows milk for almond, and wheat bran (1/8th cup) for the flax meal. Told my kids they’re just the same as the pancakes daddy makes (delicious traditional
Homemade) and they ate it up! 4 and 2 year old approved! Thank you!!

My 4 year old and 2 year old loved them, and we’ve allowed way too much Halloween candy this week and I thought they might taste too healthy. I did need about an extra 1/4 cup of milk.

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Made these this morning and my 6 year old daughter loved them!. She said they were the best pancakes ever. Thank you for the recipe.

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I made these. I changed a lot of stuff – I replaced the flax seeds with chia seeds, added a little over 1/3 cup sugar, added 1/2 cup buttermilk, changed the vanilla from 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, and added 1/3 cup flour. I didn’t have bananas, so instead i used 1/4 cup of almond butter. I also replaced the coconut oil with 2 tbs melted butter. I added in some chocolate chips, too. Definitely not the healthiest changes, but tasted great! It seems like a lot of adjustments, but was well worth it. I felt SO energized and healthy in the morning, and it was great! It helped my brain function a lot less groggily, and I think it helped me to well on the test. Crazy but I really think it made a difference! will certainly be making these again!

This is a great recipe!
I am 4 months pregnant and was craving pancakes.
I did make some substitutions because I did not have bananas or flax seeds. I omited the eggs because I ended up using 1/2 cup of chia seeds. I also increased the almond milk to almost 2 cups. I only had quick steel cut oats, so I added the oatmeal and chia seeds to the blender first and ground them up before adding the wet ingredients. Oh and since I didnt have bananas, I added 1/2 tbsp of extra honey. I also added a little nutmeg to help the flavors out. They came out so good! This is now my meal prep breakfast for this week.

Thank you for developing this recipe!

Have you ever tried making the blended mix the night before as prep? I wonder if the mix would hold until the next day.

Hi Lucce! I don’t recommend making the whole mixture the day before, because the baking soda will lose its power in the fridge overnight (think flat, tough pancakes!) What you can do though, is mix together the dry ingredients the day before, and then you have a quicker time blending up the batter in the morning.

Hi Anh-Thi, that’s a neat idea but unfortunately I think the baking powder in the recipe would get totally flat during the freezing/defrosting phase (which would translate to flat, dense pancakes!) However, you CAN make extra batter, cook up the extra pancakes, and freeze them that way. They you can just defrost them in your toaster when you’re ready to eat.

Hi, these look amazing but what could I replace the oats with (As they are not tolerated well) and it also needs to be gluten free. Thanks so much.

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My dairy free son (and rest of the family!) loved these. Thank you! We didn’t have any flaxseed so had to use chia seeds and flour mix instead but still worked really well and got lots of goodness into everyone!

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Just made these today and they were a hit! Im trying to get my sons to have heartier/healthier breakfasts since one will not eat eggs. This did the trick. I found it easier to use my food processor than the blender.

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Super easy and very tasty! Of course it being healthy makes it that much better. Thanks for solving my daily “what to feed my toddler” puzzle.

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These were delicious! My husband and toddler devoured them. I don’t have a conventional blender (only an immersion blender) and so through trial and error of doing them in the cuisenart mixer I noticed it works much better if you do the oats on their own first to make more of a flour and then add other ingredients in. Otherwise the oats didn’t break down enough and I had a really thin batter.
So good though!

Hi, this recipe was as tasty as it was easy! I made it exactly as the recipe stated & they were perfect. My 4yr old has particular food preferences & she loved them. I appreciate others comments with the adaptations they’ve tried. This is such a great site – thank you!

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My Son is 16 months and he’s been having some tummy issues for a few days and hasn’t ate anything! I made him these pancakes with 1/3 cup applesauce subbed for the banana and he ate two whole pancakes very large ones! I was ecstatic to say the least! I will be freezing the rest. Thank you 😊