blueberry oat pancakes

blueberry oat pancakes | movita beaucoup

These pancakes were inspired by Mr. Rutherford.


blueberry oat pancakes | movita beaucoup

If you’ve been hanging out here for any length of time, you know that The Rutherfords are my sworn enemies. Possibly the single greatest threat to my sloth-like existence. They are attractive, physically fit and tremendously talented – all traits that I find deeply offensive. Also, they are friendly. I bet they don’t even hide when people ring their doorbell. They probably lure those people in with a hair toss, and then make ‘em do pilates with the whole family.

blueberry oat pancakes | movita beaucoup

Every Sunday, Mr. Rutherford makes pancakes for his family. And though not his exact recipe, these pancakes are a pretty good knock off. Mr. Rutherford likes to ensure that the entire family has energy to survive his regularly planned weekend activities. Crap like: soccer, hiking and camping. I don’t give a monkey’s ass about any of those things, but if you’re a Rutherford, you’re really into that sort of nonsense.

blueberry oat pancakes | movita beaucoup

These pancakes will fill your belly and give you the energy to be a Rutherford or, as I prefer, hide from a Rutherford. These pancakes have substance without being heavy or dense. They aren’t a light, floofy, do-nothing-for-you pancake. Nope. They’ve got oats to lower your cholesterol and boost your immune system, and some flax which helps kick inflammation to the curb. I’ve put some blueberries in there to help you fight free-radicals – and I don’t mean the teenagers at your local tattoo parlor. What’s that? Why, yes, you’re very astute – there is some fibre in there. That outta keep things running smoothly, don’t cha think?

blueberry oat pancakes | movita beaucoup

Now, just in case you’re sad/concerned that I shared a Rutherford-inspired recipe, I’ll leave you with this little gem:

Mrs. Rutherford threw up on Mr. Rutherford on their honeymoon.

Yup. They were on a boat, there was seasickness, Mrs. Rutherford was on the upper deck of the boat, Mr. Rutherford was on the lower… shiz got real.

blueberry oat pancakes | movita beaucoup

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Note: These are not a light, fluffy buttermilk type of deal. These are a hearty sort of pancake, made for belly-filling. I sometimes add a little more milk to this recipe if I find the batter too thick, but generally stick to the measurements below.

Blueberry Oat Pancakes

recipe: inspired by Mr. Rutherford – print and make

Yields about 6-8 pancakes.

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats (not the quick cooking kind)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a generous pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk (I use skim)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries, to taste
  • oil/butter for grilling

Mise en place – begin by getting organized. Read through the entire recipe before beginning. Measure out all of your ingredients. Preheat your skillet on medium low or slightly warmer – the pan should be well-heated before grilling. Cooking the pancakes just under medium heat will take longer, but ensures they cook evenly and are golden without getting overly crisped.

Preheat a skillet as indicated above. Brush with oil/butter when ready to grill the pancakes, and re-grease between batches.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, ground flax, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon and salt.

In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, milk and canola oil.

Stir the milk mixture into the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.

Brush your pre-heated skillet with butter or oil, then scoop/ladle the batter into the skillet – about 1/3 cup per pancake. Sprinkle blueberries over the top of each pancake. Do not overcrowd the pan – it makes flipping difficult. Flip when you see lots of bubbles forming and popping over the surface of the pancake – the bottom should be nice and golden. If batter or blueberries escape during the flipping process, use your spatula to gently push it back in. Cook until the second side is golden. Serve immediately or keep warm in the oven set at about 150°F. Serve warm with maple syrup or topping of your choice.


  1. wee eats on February 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I’m torn between my desire to make these pancakes and the realization that you posted a recipe that is… dare i say… “good for” me?

    Totally making these this weekend (confession: I’m lazy and usually use a packaged mix! and yes, I can feel your judgment from here).

    Seriously, Movita, These. Look. AMAZING.

    • movita beaucoup on February 19, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Dude, there’s nothing wrong with making stuff from a mix! But just so ya know – these are super easy to throw together, so you don’t even really need to be awake to make ’em.

      Also, I’ve got some seriously unhealthy stuff comin’ yer way, so buckle up!

      • wee eats on February 19, 2014 at 6:19 pm

        CAN’T. WAIT.
        I think maybe I’ll still cheat and mix all the dry stuff together the night before so I have slightly less mess to clean up after for breakfast. EVERYBODY WINS.

  2. sublimedelights on February 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    These look divine! Hilarious story makes them even more interesting

  3. ChocolateChilliMango (@ChocChilliMango) on February 19, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Gosh, is this verging on the edge of healthy?
    Flirting with the darker side of the pancake genre????
    LOL the Rutherfords. Why has nobody blown them up yet?

    MB, I must know. I’m neither attractive nor in the least bit talented but I am reasonably physically fit. Does this mean you only hate me 0.3333 times as much as you hate this Rutherford clan? :O

    lovely recipe. I adore blueberry pancakes <3

    • movita beaucoup on February 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      I figured I should post something almost-healthy every year or so. It wasn’t easy.

      Though being physically fit puts you in good company with The Rutherfords, I’m sure you aren’t as horrid.

  4. thekalechronicles on February 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Wonderful shots, Miss B.: syrup pouring, syrup pooling around the edges. They look so good I might have to make them, but I don’t have any blueberries. Might make them anyway — I have frozen peaches, dried cranberries, cherries and apples. The cardamom is irrestistable. Oh, I don’t have any flaxseed either, except in my peanut butter. Too bad…

    • movita beaucoup on February 19, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks, lady! I think these would be great with any fruit – and if you leave the flax out, it just means you won’t be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. It will take three or four bounds.

  5. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    The energy of a Rutherford? Seriously? I’m definitely going to give these a try then because those people have given me the shits for years.

    • movita beaucoup on February 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Aaaaaand I just snorted out loud…

  6. bocafrau on February 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    These look and sound delicious! And they are healthy to boot! 🙂

  7. Stephbo on February 19, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    So I’m the weirdo who has been presented with a lovely, healthy recipe with an exotic ingredient like cardamom, and all I can think of is why were Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford on separate decks on their honeymoon? Are they so obnoxious that even *they* don’t like each other?

    • movita beaucoup on February 20, 2014 at 6:58 am

      They were on some sort of sight seeing boat – so it wasn’t very big. I believe Mr. Rutherford was telling Mrs. Rutherford to come down to the lower deck, and she was all: I don’t think I can, and he was all: come on, and she was all: I really don’t feel well… and then there was hosing.

      But yes, they are that obnoxious.

  8. cheri on February 19, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Great story. love these pancakes!

  9. Beth on February 19, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Gorgeous shot of the pour!!

    • movita beaucoup on February 20, 2014 at 7:00 am

      The pour was a challenge, as I asked 2.0 to help out, and he does not do well in these situations. He gets oddly nervous. Can you see how thin the stream is? I was all: pour, pour, pour! And he was all: I will create the tiniest, slowest pour in history.

      We’re working on it.

      • mellissa @ ibreatheimhungry on February 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

        This cracked me up because I have had Mr. Hungry assist with “the pour” and it’s the same thing – he gets nervous and either pours too little, or after I start complaining that it’s not enough he panics and then a Niagara Falls worthy splash drenches the entire dish. Either way it rarely ends well, ha ha! I thought 2.0’s petite pour was very refined and elegant looking in the end – he’s got pourer potential, that guy…

  10. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen on February 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I think we all know those people;) Love love these, not just because their healthy but because you took that super wicked photo with the maple syrup pouring down. It felt like I was right there, waiting for you to stop pouring it so I could devour It must be that time of year.. I’ve been craving pancakes like crazy!xx

  11. marianhd on February 20, 2014 at 10:19 am

    These look delicious! The husband and I prefer oatmeal-based pancakes because they are more satisfying than the light and fluffy white flour pancakes. These may be happening this Sunday while we sort through vacation photos. Thanks for sharing!

  12. emma on February 21, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I adore pancakes but if there’s one thing that makes me want to retch (other than a story about someone else retching), it’s the sight of butter sitting atop pancakes. I just can’t go there. I’ll choose to think of that as a big plop of mascarpone up above.

    Also, you can’t hide your healthiness. Look at you, using skim milk. WUT.

    • movita beaucoup on February 22, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Yes. It is mascarpone. Because you don’t like butter atop pancakes (?!?!?), so I went with something else.

      Also, we only drink skim milk around here. Anything else makes us… retch. So, though it makes us seem healthy, it’s really just an anti-retching thing.

  13. thatskinnychickcanbake on February 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    At my house, most pancakes are made with Bisquick (hubby’s specialty which I avoid like the plague). Your pancakes look much more my style…even if you had to use the Rutherford’s recipe 😉

  14. Renee on February 22, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Pancakes for breakfast tomorrow it is!

  15. Jennie on February 23, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I’ll take a stack. However, there will be no physical activity going on after the last bite. I prefer my pancakes with lots of laziness and loads of coffee.

    • movita beaucoup on February 23, 2014 at 9:51 am

      RIGHT?! Exercise is for suckahs.

  16. consuelohoneyandfigs on February 23, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Aaahhh girl, these look unbelievably amazing! And your shots are truly gorgeous, I’m in awe!
    I so need to make these next weekend <3

  17. Beth Somers on February 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    This is too funny. We all have a Rutherford or 2 in our lives. Thanks for telling it like it is!

  18. Nancy @ gottagetbaked on February 25, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Ugh, I don’t know the Rutherfords but I hate them. I hate everything that they stand for. They’re probably all shiny and pretty, with sparkling teeth, perfect hair, and enviable physiques from long hours of hard work and exercise. They disgust me. These pancakes, however, do not. They are delightful. And so thick and fluffy. Beautiful photos, Movita!

  19. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) on February 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Oats in pancakes!?! I love it!

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    Mmm, these look tasty. Definitely something my whole grain loving hubby would love. I love your syrup-pouring shots 🙂

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