It’s been an oatmeal kind of autumn around here – there’s something about the cooler weather that calls out for the warmth and earthiness of hot oats, don’t you think?

Recently I was having a taste flashback to the bannocks we used to eat when I was a kid living in Sitka, and decided to try and make them for the boys – but there were so many recipes out there . . . I didn’t know where to start. I wanted simple and oat-y; I wasn’t interested in adding flour to make them bread-like. I also wanted to capture all the flavors of a bowl of oatmeal in a simple round patty. So I did what I always do – read a handful of recipes and then make up my own. After a few weeks of tweeking, here I present (drum roll, please!) the perfect oatcake! Oats, egg, and banana are really the only ingredients you need; everything else just dresses the oatcakes up a bit. And if you use leftover cooked oatmeal, you can omit the egg and make it vegan. Seriously, don’t these look scrumptious? And did you ever think you’d see the words “scrumptious” and “oatmeal” together???


The boys LOVE these oatcakes – seriously love them, like a kid might love a chocolate chip cookie. Ok, they are way too old for me to worry about making kid-friendly food, but these totally pass the test. Kid One has even memorized the recipe so he’ll be able to recreate them when the day comes he has a kitchen of his own.


I love them because it’s a simple, fast recipe – really only 15 minutes tops from start to finish. Note that the batter is almost crumbly, almost the opposite of doughy. Don’t worry, just cook on low heat and and the bannock will stick together nicely.

Without further ado, here is the recipe:

Bannocks (oat cakes)

Life in a Skillet
This is a fast, simple, healthy, and delicious meal, especially tasty served with yogurt and fruit.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 4


  • 1 1/2 cups dry rolled or steel-cut oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt


  • Place all ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix well by hand or with an electric mixer.
  • Put a skillet on medium-low heat.
  • Drop heaping tablespoons of your mixture onto the skillet.
  • Gently press each one to form a patty-shape.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Flip gently!
  • Serve with butter, honey, jam, or syrup.
  • Enjoy!


Drizzle with honey and serve warm.

oat cakes with honey