Banana Bread Protein Pancakes

Boy do I have a recipe for you this morning!

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But first we must back up to last night.

Just after I published my evening blog post, our furniture was delivered.

Hooray! After living on the floor for nearly three weeks, it feels so good to sit on a couch.

I think Sadie agrees.

sadie couch

She’s such a little sassafras. She hates sitting on floors (she flat-out refuses to sit or lay on hardwood or tile floors) and jumped on the couch within about three minutes of its delivery.

The delivery guys just laughed at her. She, in turn, refused to let them pet her.

dog on couch

That big white blanket is currently serving as our Sadie couch protector. We heard a bunch of different advice about what kind of couch to buy when you have a dog. We heard “definitely leather” because it’s easy to clean but then we heard “definitely not leather” because dogs’ nails can scratch it.

My parents and Ryan’s mom have leather couches that have remained in tact despite Sadie crawling all over them, so we’re hoping ours lasts forever as well. If she ruins it, we’re taking the money out of her treat fund.

the horror


Today’s workout included a 20 minute cardio session on the elliptical, followed by this upper-body weights workout:


Exercise Reps Sets
Chest press 20 3
Bicep curls 15 3
Tricep dips 15 3
Upright rows 15 3
Lat pull downs 15 3
Tricep pull downs 15 3
Overhead press 15 3
Front shoulder raises 15 3
Bicep curls Non-stop for 3 min. 1
Tricep extensions 15 3
Pushups (on my knees) 15 3

The pushups at the end of this workout were killer. I guess that shouldn’t surprise me seeing as how pushups own me, but doing them at the end of this workout really made my arms shake.


Breakfast this morning was one of the best meals I’ve had in a while. And it was healthy to boot.

I present to you, banana bread protein pancakes!

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Oh baby.

The recipe is very similar to the pumpkin protein pancakes I made earlier this week, but I was actually even more enamored with this creation. The pancakes honestly tasted like banana bread.

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Banana Bread Protein Pancakes

Serves one

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


    1. Spray pan with cooking spray and heat to a medium heat
    2. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and blend with an immersion blender until batter is relatively smooth and all ingredients are fully mixed
    3. Pour batter onto the warm pan to form four medium-sized pancakes
    4. Allow to cook until edges start to harden, about three minutes
    5. Flip pancakes and allow to cook until batter is no longer runny, about two more minutes
    6. Top with syrup, pumpkin pie spice and banana slices and enjoy

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For those of you who are terrified of cottage cheese, rest assured you cannot taste it in these pancakes one tiny bit and all the lumps are annihilated from the immersion blender. And yes, I just used the word “annihilated” when referring to making pancakes. What is this? Some kind of a video game?

Off to tackle today’s to-dos.

Happy Friday!!!


  1. says


    But for realzies: now that the beau (who’s deathly allergic to bananas… I know, right?!) is off to school, I’ve been going bananas for…. well…. bananas. Thanks for addressing my paralyzing fear of the cottage cheese, though.

    (ps that last picture of Sadie looks like she’s ready to annihilate SOMETHING!)


  2. Briana says

    Hey Julie! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and this is the first time I’ve commented (I’ve always been a little intimidated). Just wanted to say I LOVE your blog! Your exercises and recipes are an inspiration to me, and somehow you read my mind because pancakes sound PERFECT right now, haha!


  3. Michelle says

    Our vizsla is the same way! We just bought a new leather couch a couple of weeks ago. When we were shopping I used my nail to scratch as hard as I could to test the couches out. It was actually a sales guy that told me to do that, so I didn’t feel TOO bad when I left scratch marks on a couple of the couches. Oops!


  4. says

    You read my breakfast mind this morning! I was wanting an easy recipie for banana pancakes, and I am terrified of cottage cheese, but it seems that shouldn’t be a problem! Thanks!!


  5. says

    Our couch is a distressed leather couch so any scratches that may accidently get on it blend right in. But we actually have a leather oil that we use on it and it buffs a lot of stuff out…you’d be surprised.

    Glad Sadie (oh and you and Ryan) now have a place to chill and relax. 🙂


  6. Amy says

    Julie, I would love to see what your house looks like when you are done decorating all of the rooms. Maybe a house tour on the blog? lol Good for a blog post!


  7. says

    Haha! I love the captions on Sadie’s pictures! She is so cute. My family dog is like that. He loves to sit on the sofa especially if a blanket or pillow is near. He will plant himself either next to it or right on top of it. Spoiled dog he is! 😉

    Those pancakes look amazing! I’m going to have to try them this weekend since I have all the ingredients!


  8. Tina says

    i will be making these pancakes this weekend:) Also, wanted to say that I love how you post your strength training workouts on here. I followed the upper body one from earlier this week this morning and my arms are so fatigued!! I could hardly lift them up to put my mascara on this am!! I love the strength train, but have been slacking for the past few months and you are helping me get back into it! Thanks!!


  9. April says

    1) We have leather couches and a dog who likes to jump and play on them and they have stayed in tact for years now, so I think that your couches will be fine 🙂

    2) I’ve tried making pancakes before with a similar recipe that used cottage cheese and oatmeal but mine looked nothing like yours – they looked like blobs of mush 🙁 Any advice?


  10. Kelly says

    I’m not a usual commenter but I just had to comment today to say I loved this post! This was a great way to start my day by giggling to myself about Sadie’s musings… 🙂


  11. says

    lol @ the bring it on reference!! loves me some sparky polastri 🙂 so glad you posted up this recipe cuz i just so happen to have one disgustingly ripe banana begging to be used!


  12. says

    Ugh I started doing push-ups again last night and today my arms are screaming! We bought a new leather couch at the beginning of this year and my dog will crawl up on it during the day when we’re not home, and we haven’t seen a scuff yet!


  13. Elizabeth says

    julie–how do you think yogurt would sub in for cottage cheese? I’m thinking of trying with plain yogurt. Also were the pork chops lean/boneless? e


  14. Mallory @ It's Only Life says

    those pancakes look amazing, and definitely something I’ll be trying out tomorrow morning for saturday breakfast 🙂 Thanks, Julie!

    Quick question- once I tried making pancakes without a thickening agent, like baking soda/powder, and it did not go well. Do you think I should add some or were these fairly easy to flip?


  15. Caree @ Fit-Mama says

    good to know about not being able to taste the cottage cheese, before I read that part I was wondering what other cheese I could substitute since the thought of cottage cheese grosses me out!


  16. Karen says

    A few weeks ago, I made biscuits and sausage gravy, and because I didn’t have whole milk, only skim, I beefed the gravy up with cottage cheese (blended first), and it did a great job. So I can see how it would work for pancakes. They look delicious.


  17. Steph says

    Love your blog!!! Those pancakes look fantastic. Id love to try to make them but unfortunately cannot eat cottage cheese because of a dairy allergy. 🙁 Any ideas what I could substitute instead? Is applesauce a crazy idea?


  18. says

    Pancakes are my all-time weakness. I cannot eat sweets for breakfast, though. For some reason it makes me sick-feeling.

    I love that you’re including more recipes in your blog!


  19. skinnyrunner says

    if this was a video game, my husband would be all over it. so watch out, if you see him staring at you through your windows, dont think its weird or anything.


  20. says

    I love this recipe idea! I just started reading your blog a month back, and I love it! You’re recipes are always so great- I forward them to my mom/sis all the time. Thanks for being such a rockstar and brightening up my googlereader


  21. says

    I’m making these sometime today, so you should know you’ll be thought about, appreciated, and loved by someone sometime today! Lol. My tummy thanks you 🙂

    Oh, and push-ups are also my foe. Even when I try to do the girly push-ups I struggle more than my mom trying to use a computer. It’s THAT bad.


  22. says

    Those pictures and captions of Sadie made me laugh out loud for real this morning. She is too cute! So glad you got your furniture delivered finally! Now your new place can start feeling more homey! And these pancakes look great! I actually don’t like bananas (i know, i know) but I really like banana bread type things so this might be the perfect way for me to eat them!


  23. Yolie @ Practising Wellness says

    Oh my gosh, those pancakes look mouthwateringly delicious 🙂 so yummy – great recipe, Julie!
    I did a twist on your recent lower body workout this morning and was so wobbly afterwards, it was intense! Loving those 100 squats at the start – sooo effective 🙂
    FYI, my mum and dad have leather sofas and our (three) dogs haven’t scratched them – love your couch, it must be so nice to have something smooshy and cosy to sit on now!
    Have a great Friday! <3 xyx


  24. Alison says

    For those who are interested, I just plugged in this recipe into Spark People’s Recipe Calculator. Here it is:

    Calories: 323
    Fat: 8.9g
    Carbs: 44.5g
    Dietary Fiber: 5.6g
    Sugars: 9.4g
    Protein: 18.9g


  25. says

    These sound great! I’ve never thought of using cottage cheese in my pancakes- I love cottage cheese in other dishes so it isn’t a texture/ taste thing, just never thought of it! I also love using oat bran in place of oats 🙂


  26. Kimberly says

    I love the last Sadie picture! Priceless. I have a Viszla mix, and he also refuses to sit/lay on anything that is not soft or will not provide ultimate comfort for him. 🙂


  27. Dana H says

    Hi Julie! You always put your strength training workout – Im just wondering if you could add an what – or an estimate – of what weight you do with each… like how much you do on the lat pulldown etc . . . ? I know everybody is different and needs to start out @ a weight that works for them.. But now that your workouts have changed Im just wondering where you are along the lines of that instead of body pump, and if you keep around consistantly the same weights? Thanks~


  28. Hannah says

    I made these for my brother for lunch and he said they were the best he’d ever tried! Swapped out the cottage cheese for sour cream (since I didn’t want to dirty up a blender, and wanted to get it ready fast)… and then spread a little PB on it 🙂


  29. says

    I may officially have to try those darned pancakes!! Those look seriously delicious.

    And DEFINITELY leather!! I have found it VERY hard for puppy claws to scratch, and if they do, very EASY to rub out with a little leather conditioner. As long as I have puppies, I will always have leather couches.


  30. says

    I love making protein pancakes when I need a pancake fix. I’ve never tried mixing banana in the batter…what a novel idea! I love banana bread, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t be good. Usually when I make protein pancakes, I add in 3 egg whites to the 1/2 cup oats.


  31. Lindsey says

    Made them this AM, and…. HOLY &@%#*^ amaaaaaazing!!!! Also realized I actually do like cottage cheese! would never try it prior because, forgive me, the look of curdled milk aghhh.Thinkin about tryin the pumpkin ones tom!!!


  32. Mel says

    Made these tonight – very good! Do you ever put peanut butter on your pancakes? When they are hot it gets melty, yum-o and especially good on these!
    Love your blog. I like how your recipes are small/single servings.
    Keep up the good work!


  33. Grecia says

    Hi Julie, love your blog!

    I made these pancakes today using a regular blender, but the ingredients wouldn’t blend at first so I added a splash of milk and they turned out just fine. Thanks for the great recipes, can’t wait to try the pumpkin pancakes!


  34. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous says

    These look AMAZING! I can not WAIT to try them!!! Mmmm. And I love cottage cheese! So that shall not be a problem (:


  35. says

    Merci pour votre site, je l’ai trouvé très éducatif. J’y ai appris plein de choses, de plus, il est bien construit et attrayant à consulter. Excellente continuation à vous et vive les petits déjeuners! Pacale.


  36. Nicole says

    I have been lusting after your pancake recipes for weeks now and finally decided to make these today. Why I waited so long is beyond me and I am so mad at myself for not trying these sooner! I used greek vanilla yogurt instead of the cottage cheese but they were still amazingggg. 🙂
    Topped with a little peanut butter and syrup action of course!
    Love your blog so much Julie, thanks for sharing this recipe!!


  37. says

    Hey! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!


  38. erin says

    I just made these with 0% greek yogurt, a pinch of nutmeg, and my banana was frozen (just chopped into tiny pieces).

    SO GOOD! mine made 3 decent sized pancakes 🙂


  39. says

    Hey Julie. I finally got around to making these! I made a few modifications and they came out tasting delicious. I love the chewy texture. Thanks for the awesome recipe. 🙂


  40. Cindy says

    Checking out all your amazing recipes today. Would LOVE to try these, but my bf cannot eat any dairy… any suggestions for replacing the cottage cheese and still have them fluffy and delicious?
    Thanks so much!


    • Kristen says

      @Cindy, I just made these – they were delicious! I can’t eat either gluten or dairy, and these were perfect and easily modifiable to what you need. I used gluten free oats and coconut yogurt (so delicious brand) in place of cottage cheese. Vanilla almond milk would work too – just decrease the amount and maybe up the amount of oats to get the right consistency. But these pancakes really are sooooo good!


  41. Karen says

    Your banana bread pancakes were amazing. My husband and I were having a stressful Sunday morning. Once we sat down with these pancakes, we instantly felt comforted. The rest of our day was great. I am training for a boxing match, so having a nice start to my one rest day is def. a good thing. Thanks!
    -I added a splash of vanilla
    -1 tsp truvia
    -1/2 tsp baking powder


  42. Lans says

    These pancakes were amazing! I made a batch after a baby five mile hike and they were just what my body was looking for. Now I want to try all the different versions. Who know I could immersion blend my cottage cheese? Well, heck, I never tried it before. Really good recipe. Thanks for sharing.


  43. Diana says

    Tried ’em and loved ’em:-) Used a 1/4 cup of egg whites instead of a whole egg and added a little vanilla. Also tried a version with apple sauce in place of the banana which worked well. Thanks for sharing!


  44. Tiffany says

    Yum! I made these for breakfast today and they were delicious (were delicious because there aren’t any left over)! I topped them with MaraNatha peanut butter & a little honey and have now found my new favorite breakfast. Thanks for the recipe!!!


  45. Desiree says

    Just made these, they are yummy; perfect Saturday morning breakfast. I used just egg whites instead of a whole egg and topped with cinnamon and sugar free syrup. Delicious! Tomorrow i’ll try the banana vanilla pancakes. Thanks for the recipe


  46. Sophia d says

    I just made these for breakfast and they are awesome! I never would have thought to use the oats and cottage cheese. Ty so much for the recipe and the fabulous blog! 🙂


  47. shawn says

    i am now gluten-free and have been craving pancakes. i found this recipe through pinterest and had to try it. i doubled the recipe since i have teens at home (it’s summer!) and i threw in vanilla, a little brown sugar and a tablespoon of flax seed. we didn’t use any topping at all, they were soooooooo good! we only had two each and still have two left over. i scooped them into the skillet with my cookie dough scoop. this recipe goes in the binder! thanks!!


  48. says

    Hey Julie,
    Just wanted to let you know I made these this morning and LOVED them. I made them in a regular blender (no issue with liquid amount or anything) and they cooked and flipped perfectly. While they cooked I sliced up the other half of the banana and added it to a small saucepan with maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon. The bananas cooked down a little and made the most delicious syrup topping for the pancakes, I highly recommend doing this!! I am going to repost on my blog and credit PB Fingers. Holy moly what a delicious Saturday brunch!

    Thank you! 🙂


  49. Joni says

    Your pancakes look delicious, I’m definitely going to make them this weekend. What I’m really writing a comment about it your sweet Sadie. Is she a Vizsla? I just want to cuddle her on the couch! We have a German shorthaired pointer named Heidi. Those two breeds have the same body type, different colors. Thank you for posting those Sadie pix. What a love!


  50. Andrea says

    Made your pancakes this morning! You’re right! You can’t taste the cottage cheese at all! They were so delicious! Thanks!


  51. says

    This recipe is awesome! I just came across this on pinterest and pinned it. Well, we tried it this morning. I followed the recipe exactly but then added blueberries once the other ingredients were blended. Thanks for sharing!! The pancakes were amazing!


  52. says

    Just made these pancakes for my Sunday morning breakfast and they are my new favorite! I used vanilla greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese…I can’t believe I waited this long to try this recipe! Love it 🙂


  53. Danielle says

    I made these and found that they stuck to the pan and came apart while I was trying to cook them – I added one egg white and a scoop of protein powder and they held together nicely.


  54. Kaylyn says

    First time I got to use my new immersion blender I got for Christmas- and I couldn’t be happier I picked this recipe!! YUM! Thanks for sharing- they were incredible!


  55. Emily says

    Just made these pancakes and I am obsessed! I now realize why you make pancakes frequently… they are healthy and soooo simple to make! Thanks for the great recipes!


  56. cheri says

    Hello I wanted to tweet your recipe but the link didn’t work but I’ve shared the page. Now in the process of making thanks for the recipe 🙂


  57. Jen says

    I made these for the second time today. They are delicious!!! I love them! I did as another poster said and added 1/2tsp of baking soda and vanilla the second time around, and put some sliced strawberries on top. Awesome recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Great blog! 🙂


  58. Jordan says

    These are easily some of my favorite pancakes. Yumm 🙂 I love people’s reactions when I tell them they have cottage cheese. So healthy.


  59. Linsie says

    Hi Julie- This is the dumbest question, but I don’t have an immersion blender and I would really love to make these pancakes…is there any other way to make these? Thank you!!


  60. says

    spojrzenia, ażeby mieć pojęcie, dokąd My pójdziemy oryginalne, chociażby a jucha podziękować,
    Za nieczęsto. W miejskim gwarze nie nasłuchiwała zbytnio precyzyjnie, nie rozglądała
    się dostatecznie cierpliwie.
    Tabun wypełniający uliczkę zaczął się nagle rozstępować, ludzi usuwali się wobec
    ściany mieszkań. Pragnęła odprowadzić owe samo, spojrzała wszak na początku, co jest
    nogą zamieszania.
    Z przeciwka jechał rycerz. Prosty w.


  61. says

    Yes! Finally someone writes about behrden.


  62. Amy says

    I make these all the time, but without an immersion blender, and they’re great! I’m wondering if you think it would work to make a huge batch and freeze them?


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  64. meg says

    These look great & I love how easy they would be for a nice change to my normal breakfast routine of yogurt & granola … but I don’t like bananas. Would anything else work? Blueberries? Applesauce? Thanks!


    • Kaitlyn says

      i’m also lactose intolerant and the cottage cheese actually doesn’t bother me, somehow. i know there are varying levels of lactose intolerance, though. cottage cheese is kind of a “secret” ingredient to make the pancakes super moist and fluffy, so i’m not sure what you could replace them with!


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  66. Michelle Barclay says

    I just discovered your blog, and absolutely LOVE it!
    I tried these banana bread protein pancakes this morning, and they were amazing! I wasn’t hungry all morning! I’m going to try the oatmeal protein pancakes next!
    Thank you so much for posting all these yummy recipes!


  67. Kara says

    These were so yummy!

    I hard a hard time flipping them though -any tips?

    Still tasted amazing though; I love the chewy texture that the oats add!



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