Nutella oat pancakes

The ongoing quest to expand my pancake recipe repertoire continues today with Nutella oat pancakes!  I once again have Erika at Southern Soufflé to thank for this recipe.  I couldn't resist the sound and look of these pancakes made with a little Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread and I just wanted a taste as soon as I saw them (I also love her five year old son's adorable artistic rendition of an ice cream cone made with the pancakes, and it really made me smile).  
We always have Nutella on hand but I didn't have the quick-cooking oats needed for this recipe.  So I put it on my grocery list and then with oats in hand, made a batch of these Nutella oat pancakes for my family this past long weekend.  It didn't disappoint and we all give it two-thumbs up!  

The buttermilk-based pancakes are moist and fluffy.  Two tablespoons of Nutella stirred into the batter essentially takes the place of butter and sugar typically included in a pancake recipe.  The quick oats (I realized that I'd never had/made pancakes with oats before and I was concerned that they'd be too overbearing in pancakes) easily soften in the liquid and meld right into the pancakes.  
At first bite, my 11-year old said it tasted like an oatmeal cookie, which I thought was a very good sign.  My husband and I thought they were fantastic - pancakes with a familiar fluffy texture, but with a subtle hint of Nutella flavor.  The only thing that could make them even better was a little more Nutella spread over each pancake.  I don't know about you but at our house, Nutella gets spread on top of pancakes often so it's a familiar routine.  In this way, we get more of our favorite thing!
For that true diner vibe, we often deploy the whipped cream in the canister, too. That's my husband's preferred way to roll when pancakes and Nutella are involved.


There is no better place to be than the breakfast table on the weekend. Pancakes are certainly a great make-ahead to heat up in the morning for a quick breakfast during the week but my favorite thing is a leisurely breakfast at home on the weekend.  We had some great family breakfasts this past Labor Day weekend, starting with these awesome pancakes!
I love getting into the kitchen and cooking weekend breakfast for my family. Pancakes (and bacon) happen often since they're my son's favorite.  I was a little nervous about what he'd think of these pancakes - because of the oats - but it was definitely worth the trip to the supermarket to get the quick-cooking kind; I now know they work perfectly in pancakes.
After whisking the dry ingredients together (I might substitute some of the all-purpose with white whole wheat flour next time), make a well and add the wet ingredients. Aside from buttermilk and 2 tablespoons of Nutella, there's an egg hidden in there!
When I first looked at the recipe, I thought the butter was missing...then I realized the Nutella was taking their place. That's a great substitute in my book! 
I started whisking in the center, working the Nutella into the buttermilk and egg, then finished by bringing the wet and dry ingredients together.  I do like looking at the process pictures and seeing how the food comes together. 
Looks a bit like chocolate oatmeal when it's first combined.  Then, start ladling the batter and flipping those pancakes.  Before you know it, you're filling a plate with these wonderful Nutella oat pancakes, ready for the breakfast table. 
The weekend breakfast table is another one of my happy places.  And it's even more fun when my family and I are trying something new and we talk about what we think as we eat (what's more fun than a taste-test!). They're always curious (and sometimes a little dubious at first in the case of my little guy) and it's fun to see how things go over.  These pancakes went over quite well; I enjoyed them very much and will be happy to flip these any morning for breakfast...though I'm not opposed to pancakes for dinner, either!

Recipe:

Nutella Oat Pancakes
From Southern Soufflé

- For 6-8 pancakes, depending on size - 


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons Nutella (plus more, for serving, if desired)

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the bowl.  Add the buttermilk, egg, and Nutella into the well.  Whisk, starting in the center, then working your way to combine the ingredients together.

Heat and lightly grease a griddle or non-stick pan over medium-high heat.  Spoon batter onto the griddle (I used about 1/3 cup or so for each but follow your own preference).  Cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pancakes.  Flip, and cook for another minute or so, until the other side is golden.  Plate, and continue to remaining batter. 

Serve with a little extra Nutella spread on top of each pancakes, if desired.





30 comments:

  1. This sounds so easy and looks absolutely wonderful! I was thinking about pancakes last night. I am putting Nutella on the grocery list. And maybe a can of whipped too! Hope you have a lovely weekend Monica!

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    1. So, so easy, Tricia! I'm always happy when we are thinking similar thoughts - definitely get the Nutella and whipped cream, too. Weekend breakfasts call for a splurge. ; )

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  2. That's a wonderful pancake recipe! I love how fluffy they are despite the addition of oats and of course, who can say no to Nutella

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  3. They look so fluffy and wonderfully delicious with nutella!

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    1. Yes, buttermilk pancakes are so great and those 2 tablespoons of Nutella give them such a nice twist. I wouldn't have thought to add it to the batter but it sure works.

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  4. Tastes like an oatmeal cookie??? Sign me up! Want to come make me a batch this weekend?? ;) haha I wish! I hope you have a wonderful weekend Monica!!

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    1. I kind of want them again so I'm happy I have plenty of quick cooking oats in the pantry now. Good luck with settling in! Hopefully, you'll have time to leisurely flip pancakes again soon!

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  5. Nommmm.... Double nutella pancakes! They sure look really fluffy. I desperately need these for breakfast tomorrow. :D

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  6. Nutella pancakes sound like the BEST thing ever. And the oats tooootally make them health food, right?

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  7. Oh my goodness, I love the oats in here! Oatmeal cookies are my favorite and in pancake form with Nutella?! They look SO delicious, Monica and such a special treat! Weekend breakfasts are my favorite and I can definitely see why your fellas loved them :) Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

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    1. I now realize I also love oats in pancakes - who knew! Hope you're having a good weekend, Kelly. Things are a little crazy here but it'll calm down very soon. : )

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  8. Pancakes that tastes like oatmeal cookies would be dreamy... Loving your nutella topping and whipped topping. I am sure this made your 11 year old smile.

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    1. Gotta have just a little extra Nutella with the Nutella, right! ; ) My fellas are happy to try all new pancake varieties and these are easy to like!

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  9. Yummy! I love pancakes. And oats with Nutella also! :)

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    1. I now love the combination, too. ; )

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  10. ANYTHING with Nutella is something I will make over and over. These pancakes look amazing!

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  11. I love pancakes and this one looks so delicious and interesting. Can't wait to try this out. WOW!

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    1. I'm so glad I tried it...the oats nearly soften all the way so it's not a big impact. If you like Nutella, it's a safe bet.

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  12. Yes please! Oat pancakes sound like a great twist on 'ordinary' ones, would love this for breakfast.

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    1. Thanks, Caroline. I had the same feeling.

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  13. Anything with Nutella is a win for me. Oat is such a fun and healthy addition. Love these pancakes with oats are so healthy and so delicious. I can see myself digging into these for breakfast tomorrow. Yum!!!

    Anu
    http://www.mygingergarlickitchen.com/

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    1. Digging into a plate of pancakes is always nice...and it's an extra special treat with Nutella. The oats are good, too. ; )

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  14. Oh Monica, what a treat for breakfast...I love the idea of nutella every where...and it sound easy...great recipe and thank you so much for sharing it.
    Have a wonderful week :)

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    1. Yes, Nutella everywhere, please! ; )

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  15. My daughter grew up on nutella, Monica. Its the best thing to have on hand. I love your smart idea of adding oats.

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    1. Your nutella-loving daughter just might enjoy this, Balvinder! And it was certainly smart of Erika to incorporate the oats; I can't take any credit except that I was "smart" enough to try her recipe. I'd never eaten pancakes with oats til now. I'm a fan!

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