Banana Vanilla Protein Pancakes

This weekend kicked off with one heck of a good breakfast.

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But we’ll get to that in a minute!


I arrived back on Ocala yesterday evening to enjoy a nice dinner with Ryan and lots of playtime with Sadie.

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It feels so good to be home. I missed those two!

Ryan and I awoke nice and early this morning and headed to the gym to get our workout of the day out of the way.

We began with 20 minutes on the elliptical, before Ryan and I went our separate ways and I did the following total-body workout:

total body workout

It was quick and changed things up enough to keep my boredom at bay. It also made me work harder because I knew I’d be done with each exercise in just one minute!


Now for the highlight of my day so far!

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Banana Vanilla Protein Pancakes!

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Banana Vanilla Protein Pancakes

Makes six large pancakes


  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg


  1. Heat pan or griddle to a low-medium heat and spray with cooking spray
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and blend with an immersion blender
  3. Pour batter onto griddle and cook for approximately two minutes per side
  4. Top with syrup, fresh fruit, nuts or chocolate chips and enjoy

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Oh my gosh, these were so good.

If you’re worried about the cottage cheese, please don’t be! You can’t even taste it. The pancakes taste like doughy banana pancakes and I couldn’t stop “mmm-ing” my way through this breakfast.

(If you’re looking for a single-serving banana protein pancake recipe or a recipe that doesn’t require protein powder, my banana bread protein pancakes are very similar.)

Time to hang with Ryan and Sadie. We’re hoping to hit up some hiking trails and then tonight we have a hot date on the books!


  1. Caroline @ After Dinner Dance says

    Those look so good! I’ve never used cottage cheese in pancakes – I’m a little weary but maybe I’ll give them a try!


  2. Jeannie says

    I am definitely making these tomorrow! Do u file the workouts and recipes so we can refer back? Enjoy your hot date! 🙂


  3. says

    Aw, lately I’m finding myself wanting a dog so I can go on runs with the dog! Or perhaps a treadmill would serve that purpose 😉
    anyhow, those pancakes sound perfect for afterwards. I’ve never tried CC in pancakes, but I’ve heard great things about it!!


  4. Olivia says

    this pancake recipe looks so good!! do you think i can omit or substitute anything for the vanilla protein powder though?


    • says

      I know I’m not Julie… But I bet that you could omit the protein powder and just add more vanilla extract or even a tablespoon or two of vanilla Greek yogurt to keep the protein and vanilla flavor.


  5. Kerry says

    These pancakes look delicious! I make protein waffles with cottage cheese all the time, and I love them. You’re right about not being able to detect the cottage cheese. I wish I hadn’t told my husband that it was in there because now that he knows, he refuses to try them! I love banana pancakes, so I’ll have to try your recipe soon!


  6. Hannah says

    Just made these for breakfast, and they were delish!!! I used vanilla Greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese, almond milk for the regular milk, and 1/3 cup all whites in place of the egg and they turned out perfect, even my mom who is not so crazy about protein powder or Greek yogurt raved how much she loved them, and that she never wants “regular” pancakes ever again! Thanks for all of your great advice, I’m so happy I happened to stumble upon your blog!


  7. says

    OMG…It’s 11 o’clock at night and after reading this, I am soooo ready for breakfast! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.
    You Matter! Smiles, Nancy


  8. Glo says

    Depending on which ingredients you use, whole milk /skim milk/ almond milk, etc. The difference in calories is not that great. On the high end 138 calories on the low end 122 calories per pancake. Keep in mind you, you may want to save some calories for the toppings!


  9. says

    I have been looking at these pancakes for like a week now! I think I’ll have to give them a go this weekend lol only no bananas for me– sadly I’m allergic :/


  10. Lisa says

    Just wanted to let you know how much I adore your blog. It’s uplifting, inspiring and a great resource for food and fitness. I made these pancakes this morning for my hubby before our morning workout, and they were a huge hit. I added an extra half banana and some cinnamon and nutmeg. So delicious. Thank you for being a genuine, happy presence on the web and in our lives!


  11. Sanna says

    Oh my god! I made those for breakfast today and it was soo delicious.
    Thank you for this amazing recipe – I will definitely make them again soon 🙂


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  14. Nikki Lane says

    I found your recipe today and had to go out to get the cottage cheese so I can make these tomorrow. Looks so yummy! Even crazier I saw you mention Ocala andthat is where I’m from and currently live. Thanks for the recipe!


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