Run To The Bus Breakfast

banana maple oatcakes

My kitchen was tea and jelly stained Saturday morning.  Trying desperately to get the “perfect” picture of these delicious little lovelies, I must have been leaning over to far and my darling little red step stool went flying out from under me.

You can only guess what happened then.  Yep. Tea, jelly, oatcakes, linens and dishes went flying as I slammed into them on my way down to the hardwood floor.  It was quite the scene.

A few minutes later, Suzie Q walked into the kitchen and announced I was making way too much noise.  I had woken Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty couldn’t be irritated for long because I had a delicious stack of Banana Maple Oatcakes on the counter for breakfast.  These were the oatcakes that managed to avoid the crash.

Banana Maple Oatcakes

Banana Maple Oatcakes

I’m constantly encouraging (most likely nagging) my family to sit at the counter and slowly enjoy breakfast.  However, a few of my family members (make that one in particular) would rather sleep until the last-minute and then eat breakfast walking out the door.  She calls these moist and tasty oatcakes “run to the bus breakfast”.  This is because many mornings she can be seen racing to the bus with a few oatcakes in hand.

Banana Maple Oatcakes look like a cookie but feel more like a pancake met a muffin.  They are perfect for breakfast, as a snack, with coffee or tea and with a little homemade jam smeared on top.

And as Tank, our feisty Cairn Terrier and general kitchen floor sweeper, would tell you if he could talk… they’re tasty eaten right off the hardwood floor.

Banana Maple Oatcakes


1 ½ cups flour (I used Jovial Einkorn Whole Grain Flour)

1 cup quick oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1/3 – ½ cup real maple syrup

2 eggs

¼ cup oil

¼ cup milk

1 large very ripe banana, smashed


Mix together the flour, oats, baking soda and salt.

Then whisk together the maple syrup, eggs, oil, milk and mashed banana.

Heat a griddle or large non-stick pan you use for pancakes on medium to medium low and lightly butter or oil the pan.

Ladle rounds of about ¼ cup each onto the hot pan and brown each side just like making pancakes.

Transfer to a platter and serve warm with jelly, almond butter, fresh fruit and Devonshire cream or anything else that tickles your fancy.

I love to make extra and keep them in a bag in the frig for a quick “on the go” breakfast.  Re-heat for just a few seconds in the microwave.

Add Ins:  Sometimes I add raisins, chopped nuts, chopped dried fruit and spices like cinnamon and fresh grated nutmeg.

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  1. It’s always bound to happen from time to time. It’s disappointing the most when the photo doesn’t even look that great at the end of the day. Glad that’s not the case here. I love the sound of this recipe and look forward to trying it soon 🙂

  2. These look good for this Sunday morning. I’m throwing pecans in there too because I’ve been on a maple pecan kick (just made muesli).
    Those crashing moments are serious growth opportunities… and just a pain in the rear- except for Tank’s bonus breaky.
    As for non-breakfast eating teen- I’m happy to get a chai tea in her with honey and milk. I do believe she snacks at ten and does have a healthy appetite otherwise. She just does NOT like getting up any morning of the week!

  3. peasepudding says:

    Oh dear, I have done things like, that too while photographing and made a mess everywhere. At least you rescued some!

  4. Love these oatcakes! I may have to give these a try next weekend. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  5. Michele Sevart says:

    Brilliant! I’m making these and sticking them in the freezer! Thanks for the great recipes!

  6. I have one son who can smell a banana from miles away. Any thoughts on a good substitute for them in the recipe?. I can always use ideas for school morning breakfasts!

    • How about pear? Or even applesauce. The banana not only flavors the oatcake but gives it some moisture too. I think mashed pear or thick applesauce would be fabulous. Delicious Wishes!

  7. I wish you had been my mother when I was growing up…I would’ve had the best mornings ever.

    • Thank you for the sweet compliment Ying! Not sure my two sassy gals feel terribly lucky to have me as their Mother sometimes, especially when I ask them to do the dishes. LOL! Happy Monday!

  8. Pancake perfection and not a spill of tea in sight. I love the title too and often feel that run for the bus breakfasts, they deserve more mention, more often! Oatcake are such a hearty thing, sometimes I like them with just a bit (or a lot) of butter! Ooo and honey. Ok, shall I just say I love them in general…

    • LOL! Well the spill of tea hadn’t happened yet and I thankfully got a snap I could use. And yes, butter and honey slathered on oatcakes is divine! Have a lovely week Alli!

  9. How gorgeous! I love oatcakes, I think they are so light but satisfying. And I adore that dollop of jam on top.

  10. Cakes served on a hardwood floor are the best! Hope the camera is all right – it takes beautiful pictures!

    • Thank you Anastasia! Yes, Tank loves most anything served on that hardwood floor. Camera survived jam, tea and the fall thankfully. 🙂

  11. I am in the mood for some pancakes. Yum

  12. So glad that you didn’t get hurt. Your photo is wonderful…so I presume that there was no jelly on the camera. 🙂

  13. Lovely breakfast! Our terriers are the best floor cleaners as well 🙂

    • Awww… you have terriers too! I LOVE terriers and miss my big boy Elwood. He passed a year ago, an airedale. But we still have our little buddy the Cairn. What kind of terriers do you have?

  14. These look delicious for a quick breakfast!

  15. These look awesome! I hate to admit but I’m like your daughter and would probably eat these running out the door!

  16. Yes… I love these! Going to treat myself and make them with a little homemade jam on the side!! X

  17. I hope you’re ok after that fall! All the things that we do to get “that shot” 🙂 I have never thought of oats in oatmeal but they make so much sense and definitely make it so much healthier. Thanks for the inspiration and be careful in that kitchen! 🙂

  18. These look awesome Karista and I just love this story. I am with you and luckily my girls seems to be doing the sit down thing these days – but that could change!! Also love the story of the mess …. taking pretty pics of food certainly has its hazards & quirks when mixed int our real life 🙂 XO!

    • Thanks Shira! I may not get my way at breakfast but at least I get everyone to sit down for dinner. 🙂 The picture taking seems to take more time than the cooking and writing the post. LOL!

  19. Hmmm…might have to see if the Muffin Hater would eat these…she’s on a steady diet of cinnamon toast right now. I don’t keep quick oats around – if I make the batter up the night before, do you suppose regular oatmeal would work? Or maybe a quick chop in the food proccessor?

    • Hahaha! The little muffin hater. I bet the little muffin hater is absolutely adorable. Well, I too love cinnamon toast. Yep, I think letting the rolled oats sit in the batter to soften a bit would be great. I keep the quick oats around because my youngest loves making those quick chocolate oat cookies with them. 🙂 Have a fabulous week!

  20. Karista – can I come to your house for breakfast? I promise I’ll sit at the counter and eat oatcakes nice and slow. 😉 Glad you didn’t hurt yourself in that breakfast-making incident!

    • Hahaha! Jess, if you came to my house for breakfast we’d all be sitting at the table with my best dishes. 🙂 No broken bones and not even a skinned knee which is miraculous. Just feeling rediculous for falling. So glad no one was around for the show. Have a fabulous week!

  21. Hello Karista, I am so glad you saved a few from the perished fall and glad you have come out of the incident okay, No broken bones, right? Beautiful and hearty these are and from the ingredient list sound very similar to a Welsh cake- minus the oatmeal. Have you ever tried a Welsh cake? Another version of grab to the bus breakfast. I am most certainly going to give your version a try. Take Care, BAM

    • I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never tried a Welsh cake. But I was just at your blog and they look divine! I’m going to have to try them. Love those little grab and go goodies. 🙂

  22. I like to sleep as much as possible in the morning 😀 – I think these are a great, quick to grab breakfast!

    • You and the rest of my family 🙂 Yes, sleeping late in the morning is a favorite in the Bennett House. Except me. I’m up before dawn. Cup of coffee in hand on the sofa in the quiet. Before everyone gets up. This is my favorite.

  23. Karista this looks so delicious. Bananas and maple syrup together sounds like such a great combination of flavors. We too are always, late running out the door for the bus. I may try and do what Jodi is going to do too. Anything to have a good quick healthy start. Feel a bit guilty with all the cereal they consume.. 🙂

    • I think Jodi has a great idea! I’m going to try that next time I make these. My kids won’t eat cereal. In fact, no one in my house will eat cereal. So I’m always looking for a quick breakfast. Have a great week Maria!

  24. Gorgeous oat cakes – I can’t wait to try them Karista. A great way to start the day!

  25. These look beautiful and such a wonderful start to the day. Can’t believe you’d just had a kitchen disaster before taking these photos! Really can’t wait to try these out on my family – thanks Karista 🙂

    • We do love these and sometimes I’ll make them bigger like a pancake. But for the most part, I make them small, like a cookie so they are portable. Have a lovely week Vanesther!

  26. Everybody needs a good run to the bus breakfast Karista, and this one could barely be beat! (actually, I’m not sure it Can be!) (and luv, if it’s any consolation at all, i think you caught the perfect picture!)

  27. Wow, Karista, what a crash and tumble…I can imagine you had one sticky (and delicious) kitchen. These oatcakes look fabulous and tempting – I appreciate all you did to share them with us! Grabbing one on the way out the door is an ideal portable breakfast, too.

    • Hannah I found jelly on the window this morning. Not sure how I missed that. LOL! Thanks, these are delicious and mostly healthy. I do love the Einkorn ancient wheat as it boasts a cool 9 grams of protein per serving.

  28. These look amazing Karista! I wish someone was up early before me cooking up a batch – your family is lucky 🙂

    • Hahaha! Alyssa I’m usually the last one to bed at night and the first one to rise in the morning. Something is wrong with this picture. LOL! Truly though, I dawdle around the house picking things up, straightening, folding quilts and reading before bed. In the morning I hop out of bed early to have coffee so I can let the chicken girls out at first light. I might as well live on a farm. 🙂

  29. Jodi Boatright says:

    Karista, these sound amazing! I was thinking of making a batch and put them in the freezer. Do they have the texture that I could pop them into the toaster from the freezer?

    • I do! I was just thinking Saturday they would make a great freezer item and then popping in the toaster to warm. I haven’t tried it but I think it would work. Let me know if you try it. Both the girls love these but I think Craig loves them more. 🙂

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