Recipe Friday: Barb’s Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes

My sister, Barb, is visiting with us for a whole week. 😁 I inherited several tubsful of photos and albums from my parents when they moved. My plan has always been to sort through them, scan all the pictures and put them on thumb drives, then bring those and all the pictures to the next family reunion to distribute. They’ve sat, collecting dust for several years.

Barb has been such a blessing! Together, we’ve been sorting and organizing and scanning. (The photo is from mid-progress in our project.) There’s been a considerable amount of sleuthing involved, as we try to figure who is who in many unlabeled pictures. [Note to those who have photos: LABEL while you can, so future generations don’t have to guess.] It’s been interesting to look through photos from the early 1900’s. One album, that my grandmother created, is 100 years old, given to her for Christmas by her father in 1921.

Thank you, Barb! I could never have done this without you!

One day Barb made pancakes for dinner. (I love breakfast for dinner, don’t you?) These were not only delicious, but free of gluten and sugar! The recipe makes a small batch (3-4 pancakes, depending on size), but it doubles (or triples, I suppose) well.

The original recipe is from . I added “Barb’s” to the title because she is the one who made them.

The only substitution when Barb made them was rice milk for the almond. We used quick oats, but they were still organic and gluten-free.


  • 1/2 cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large egg whites (or 1 egg)
  • 1/4 cup fat free (or low-fat) cottage cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Optional add-ins:

  • Fresh berries, chocolate chips, peanut butter


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth, about 30 seconds.
  2. Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with butter or cooking spray and heat over medium low heat. Drop batter by 1/4 cup onto skillet. Add desired toppings such as chocolate chips or blueberries. Cook until bubbles appear on top. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside. 

Wipe skillet clean and repeat with more cooking spray and remaining batter. Makes 3-4 pancakes.

12 thoughts on “Recipe Friday: Barb’s Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes

  1. Glad you explained the photo! From the title I thought you were looking for her recipe, but then from the first line, I thought Barb must be a mess! 😂
    Glad to know she is helping you process all the old photos. Hopefully, we will get to see digitized versions someday? Send her to Kentucky if she knows how to organize a gazillion photos on a hard drive! But only if she will make pancakes!! 😋
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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  2. If I decide to make this pseudo retirement permanent, maybe I’ll hire myself out & travel the country as an organization expert! It has been really interesting going through the pictures & fun staying with them. They are so welcoming & I have to say tolerant since I was just getting over a cold & had a nagging cough the whole time I was there 😣.
    BTW, I don’t have a blender so I make these pancakes in my little Ninja processor & it works great!

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    1. Well, it’s sure been great having you here! We are likely to take you up on your invitation to visit your neck of the woods soon.
      And your organization business idea is valid. 😊


  3. When my mother passed, we had mountains of photos to sort through and scan. How wonderful it is, all these years later, to still be able to look at and share (electronically) photos of treasured memories. Kudos to you!

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