Icelandic Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal pancakes (lummur) are the traditional food served in Iceland for Old Norse New Year. On the 3rd Thursday in April, Iceland celebrates the beginning of summer and end of winter. It is the last breakfast where Icelanders make lummur crafted from leftover oat porridge to mark the transition from heavier foods into the light time of year. These oatmeal pancakes are often served with savoury toppings, such as smoked fish, but they can be served with jam or syrup if you prefer.


+ 1/2 cup flour

+ 1 tbsp sugar

+ 1 tsp baking powder

+ 1/2 tsp cardamom

+ 1 pinch salt

+ 1 1/2 cups cooked oatmeal

+ 1 egg, beaten

+ 1 cup milk


  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Add in cooked oatmeal, egg, and milk. Whisk until combined.
  3. Cook oatmeal pancakes on a hot buttered griddle for 1-2 minutes each side.
  4. Serve with savory smoked fish and veggies, or with sweet jams.


If you do not have leftover cooked cold oat porridge, you can make lummur with raw oats. This is not the traditional way to prepare lummur, but a modern adaption for kitchen where leftover oatmeal isn’t something you save.

Simply combine 1 1/4 cup flour, 3/4 cup rolled oats, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 cup milk, 1 egg and a pinch of salt.  Mix into a batter and cook on a pancake griddle.

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Recipe Credit: adamantkitchen