Protein Packed Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

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Banana Protein Pancakes are a healthy, filling breakfast with 20 grams of protein. Made with natural ingredients in the blender! No protein powder needed.

288 CAL 43g CARBS 5g FAT 20g PROTEIN 5

Protein Banana Pancakes are a staple in our house since they easy to make, really filling, and healthy. Plus they freeze great so I usually keep some stored away for quick breakfasts on the go.

Pancakes are one of my favorite things to enjoy for breakfast but often I am hungry an hour later since most pancakes don't offer much in terms of protein. Luckily these protein pancakes with banana and oats are packed with protein from two secret ingredients - cottage cheese and egg whites. Don't worry if you don't like cottage cheese, you won't even be able to tell it's in there but it adds some much needed protein that will keep you energized all morning. The bananas add all the sweetness you need and they taste great topped with nut butter, fresh fruit, maple syrup, or a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

Since we could all use more time in the morning, I love the idea of having homemade, good for you options at your fingertips. With that in mind, I always make a double or triple batch of these easy banana protein pancakes and freeze the extras. I have found the best way to freeze pancakes is to first let them cool completely. Then once they are cooled, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet or piece of parchment paper. Place them in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Once they are mostly frozen, you can store them in a freezer bag or container. Then just pop them in the toaster to reheat. The microwave also works, but I prefer the consistency you get from the toaster.

How do you Make Banana Protein Pancakes

The best way to make protein pancakes is with the blender. That way your pancake batter comes out smooth each and every time. Here's how to make

  1. Add your oats to the blender and pulse them until they have a flour-like consistency. (You can skip this step with a high powered blender.)
  2. Add the bananas, cottage cheese, egg whites, almond milk, cinnamon, and baking powder. Blend until they form a batter. If you like thinner pancakes, you can add extra almond milk.
  3. Heat a nonstick griddle over medium-high heat. 
  4. Add the pancakes, using about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. Once bubbles form and begin to burst, flip the pancakes and cook for about two minutes on the opposite side.
  5. Serve warm with pure maple syrup, honey, yogurt, nut butter, fruit, or any topping you like.

Banana Protein Pancakes on a plate with sliced bananas and cashews.

Tips for Making these Protein Banana Pancakes

  • If you prefer whole eggs to egg whites, just use half the amount. They will still turn out great and have the added nutritional benefits of the yolk.
  • Although you can't taste the cottage cheese at all, if you are opposed to using it you could substitute in ricotta cheese or Greek yogurt. Both will add protein to the pancakes.
  • If you don't like banana, these can be made with pumpkin puree or apple. However, you will probably need to add some sweetener as well. Honey, maple syrup, or Stevia would all work.
  • For a gluten free version, make sure to choose gluten free oats.
  • When doubling or tripling the recipe, I recommend blending things in batches to prevent the blender from overheating. 
  • I have found the best way to freeze these pancakes is to let them cool and then flash freeze them for an hour on a baking sheet or plate. Then you can place them in a ziploc bag or storage container and they won't stick together. To reheat, pop them in the toaster or microwave for a couple minutes. They can also be reheated in a skillet.
  • Add chocolate! Love chocolate. You can add some unsweetened cocoa powder, chocolate chips, or carob chips as well.
  • Add fruit! We love adding things like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and even chopped mango to these protein pancakes. 

Can I add protein powder to the pancakes?

These pancakes are made with natural sources of protein like cottage cheese and eggs. If you want to use protein powder to add even more protein you can, but it isn't really necessary. However, if you decide to add a few scoops of protein powder, you will need to add some extra almond milk as well.  And look for a protein powder that is low in sugar. 

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  • Skillet: I am in love with this pan that I use to prepare this dish but you could use any heavy bottomed pan or cast iron. A wok would also work great for this recipe.
  • Blender: Personally I love my Vitamix and feel it is worth the investment since it is such a powerhouse in the kitchen and lasts forever. I use it all the time for smoothies, soups, salsa, and all kinds of recipes.

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This recipe was originally shared in 2013 but has been updated with new photos and tips.

The Recipe
Banana oatmeal pancakes served in a stack with sliced bananas and maple syrup.

Protein Packed Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

288 CAL 43g CARBS 5g FAT 20g PROTEIN 5
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  • 2 cup oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup reduced fat cottage cheese
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

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Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth.


Spray a skillet/griddle over medium high heat with cooking spray. Add the batter and cook until bubbles begin to burst and edges firm up. Flip and cook for 2-3 minutes. Repeat until all pancakes are cooked.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 3 pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288
Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 6mg
Sodium 401mg
Total Carbohydrate 43g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 10g
Protein 20g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Shelly Strauss
June 6, 2022 - 12:48
Can I use Oat flour instead ? Also what type of oats are you using?
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October 4, 2022 - 18:50
I haven't tried these with oat flour before. I use old fashioned rolled oats.
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Stephanie Young
March 25, 2020 - 21:51
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So easy to make and delicious.
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February 5, 2020 - 16:12
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Hi, my oats say 170 calories for 1/2 cup dry. After doing the math each pancake would be around 150 calories??
I did make these anyway, and they turned out yummy
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Diane Lanken
November 23, 2019 - 12:25
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Can I use Greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese?
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Julie Matisz
January 5, 2019 - 15:54
Can I use 2% milk?? I have a tree but allergy so almond milk is out.
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January 8, 2019 - 10:49
Definitely! Any kind of dairy milk would work great.
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July 28, 2018 - 05:17
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My new favorite pancakes! Very filling and delicious!
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January 8, 2019 - 10:50
Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed them.
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Nelly Steele
July 20, 2018 - 09:32
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Delicious! We substituted 4 whole eggs for 8 egg whites, not an issue with consistency and taste. They were tasty and easy to make. My old Ninja blender made the batter with no issues. We went ahead and cooked the whole batch and store in the fridge for other breakfasts. I'll heat in the microwave a few seconds for a quick breakfast.
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January 8, 2019 - 10:50
We make it with whole eggs quite a bit as well. Glad to hear you are enjoying them.
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Kathleen Kelly
February 16, 2017 - 13:48
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These are fantastic! Word of warning, when the recipe is scaled for leftovers you may want to prepare the batter in batches. Or maybe grind up the oats before adding the other ingredients. I put everything in my Vitamix at once as the recipe indicated, and my Vitamix overheated from the strain. All was fine once it cooled off (phew!), but I was worried I'd made $500 pancakes.
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January 8, 2019 - 10:51
Eek! So happy the Vitamix survived!!
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