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  • Makes 12 small or 6 large pancakes

These oatmeal pancakes rise nicely and fill your kitchen with a wonderful lemony aroma. Top pancakes with walnuts and a fruit syrup naturally sweetened with dates. Use any leftover syrup on fruit or oatmeal.

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Oatmeal-Lemon Pancakes with Raspberry-Date Syrup


  • 4 oz. pitted dates, chopped (7 to 8 Medjool or 14 to 16 Deglet Noor)
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries, or chopped peeled kiwifruit, peach, or mango
  • 2 cups unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk, plus more to thin batter as needed
  • 2 oz. pitted dates, chopped (3 to 4 Medjool or 6 to 8 Deglet Noor)
  • 1½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1½ teaspoons regular or sodium-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Fresh raspberries (optional)


  1. For syrup: In a blender combine Raspberry-Date Syrup ingredients and 1½ cups water. Let stand at least 15 minutes to soften dates. Cover and blend until smooth and pourable consistency. Set aside. (Syrup will thicken as it sits. If needed, add more water to thin.)
  2. In a small bowl combine milk and the remaining 2 oz. dates; let stand 15 minutes to soften dates. Place oats in a blender; cover and blend until oats are ground to a flourlike consistency. Transfer to a medium bowl. Whisk in cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon; make a well in the center.
  3. Pour milk-date mixture into the blender; cover and blend until smooth. Add mixture to dry ingredients along with lemon zest and juice. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Heat a griddle or extra-large nonstick skillet over medium until a few drops of water jump and sizzle. For each pancake, pour ¼ to ½ cup batter onto hot griddle. Cook pancakes 1 to 2 minutes or until surfaces are bubbly and undersides are medium brown. Flip pancakes and cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until surfaces are bubbly and undersides are medium brown. Flip pancakes and cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until Browned. (If batter gets too thick while it sits, stir in a little more milk as needed.) Serve pancakes with Raspberry-Date Syrup, and, if desired, chopped walnuts and raspberries.

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Cathy Fisher

Cathy Fisher is the creator of StraightUpFood.com, a website offering free recipes and information on eating a whole-food, plant-based diet free of salt, oil and sugar. She is also a cooking instructor, teaching classes at TrueNorth Health Center and the McDougall Program, both in Santa Rosa, CA. Cathy began eating a plant-based diet in 1999, and in 2016 published her first cookbook, Straight Up Food: Delicious and Easy Plant-based Cooking without Salt, Oil or Sugar.

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