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pancake purist.

February 27, 2011

breakfast food is my favorite genre of food.  is that the right term? genre? sure.. i am going with it.

i could eat breakfast for, well, breakfast. and lunch. and dinner. and a midnight snack. it’s just the best.

one of my favorite breakfasty things to eat is pancakes.  thin ones, fluffy ones, plain ones, topped ones.. i love pancakes.

guess who doesn’t love them?

my husband.

guess who had to work yesterday?

my husband.

guess who made pancakes for breakfast because she had the day off and the house to herself?

this girl.


saturday morning, i whipped up a personal sized batch of my favorite protein pancakes.

i have tried lots of protein pancake recipes, but this is my favorite:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup eggbeaters (or egg whites)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

simply blend all ingredients and cook on a 350° griddle. simple!

whenever i am cooking pancakes, i spend the whole time thinking about what toppings to put on them.

some of my favorite topping combos are:

  • peanut butter & raspberry jam
  • maple almond butter & bananas
  • strawberries & powdered sugar

…to name a few.

but sometimes.. just sometimes.. i have to be a pancake purist.

what’s a pancake purist, you ask?

plain pancakes topped with two things: butter & syrup.


yesterday was one of those times.


side note: i am in love with my new mini boat from crate+barrel!


it makes pouring more syrup on as you go such a breeze..


oh man. what is it about the combination of butter and syrup?! match made in breakfast heaven.

what are you waiting for? go make some pancakes.


what goes on your pancakes?

xo. janetha g.

63 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2011 5:16 am

    I’m a big fan of mixing bananas and cacao nibs in the batter, then topping with coconut and any kind of nut butter. That’s my current favorite way to eat pancakes. :)

  2. February 27, 2011 5:27 am

    The photos on this post are awesome, Janetha. And now I’m feeling inspired to make pancakes!

  3. February 27, 2011 5:40 am

    My favorite pancake topper is I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray. Seriously. Growing up, my grandparents would make us pancakes for breakfast every time we were at their house, and they ALWAYS gave us spray butter to top them with. I love the stuff now because it’s got so many memories attached to it…even if I did spray until the top of my pancake was covered in bright yellow chemical liquid :)

  4. February 27, 2011 5:43 am

    i like them naked. hehe! that way you can dip them into anything. Melted almond butter, yogurt, jam, etc.
    Pancake purist at heart here!

  5. February 27, 2011 5:44 am

    I honestly like sugar free syrup on them. It’s one of the few splenda filled things that I still eat but I like the way it tastes. Regular syrup is too thick for me.

    • February 28, 2011 12:47 pm

      yep, this was sugar free. that is like the ONLY sugar free thing i like. syrup and ketchup.

  6. February 27, 2011 5:59 am

    Those look perfect. You know I’m a breakfast freak as well :) What goes on my pancakes? Syrup or syrup and berries- SO good!. Enjoy your Sunday

  7. February 27, 2011 6:04 am

    1) I use the exact same recipe. Love.
    2) I’m sure we’ve discussed this before, but butter + syrup (table, not maple) are my favourite pancake/waffle toppings too. Boring, maybe. But it’s a classic combo for a reason!
    3) Growing up, I also loved molasses on my pancakes.
    5) I had a dream last night that we were on a road trip together.
    6) Heart you!

    • February 28, 2011 12:48 pm

      1. it is the simplest one. and the best! 2. agree. this was table syrup. sugar free, in fact. 3. i need to try that! i haven’t used molasses as a topper, only a cookie ingredient. 4. i am still waiting to hear the results from the insane asylum. 5. can we make that dream a reality? please? 6. likewise! love you!

  8. February 27, 2011 6:05 am

    PB and banana all the way ;)

  9. McIntosh permalink
    February 27, 2011 6:22 am

    Breakfast for every meal… it. Especially cereal combos.

    My mom always made crepes from scratch, rolled one up and poured Karo light syrup on it or sometimes jam in the middle. I didn’t even know there was another “pancake” type until my friend’s mom pulled out Bisquick at a sleepover and made a stack of small pancakes. Just not the same…

  10. February 27, 2011 6:23 am

    I have that recipe, too and they are great pancakes!!! I’m with you…nothing better than butter and syrup!

  11. February 27, 2011 6:26 am

    Ever since I was a little girl, pancakes have been one of my favourite things in the world. (Although here we make crêpes instead of American thick pancakes.) I always had them with hazelnut chocolate spread. Chocolate+fruit is obviously another super yummy combination, but I only had those a few times when I ate crepes in a restaurant. Now I make thick pancakes (similar recipe to yours) and I usually top them with blueberries and quark; well, I actually put layers of quark+blueberries between pancakes, so it’s more like a cake. :D I’d really like to try them with syrup once, though! I assume that’s maple syrup?

  12. kristine permalink
    February 27, 2011 6:34 am

    i’m a syrup girl. and i was going to have a spinach smoothie for breakfast but now i just want those pancakes!!!!!!!!!!

  13. February 27, 2011 6:37 am

    How can you NOT love pancakes?! He’s crazy, clearly…haha! I agree, nothing’s better (and easier!) than maple and butter…yes ma’am!

  14. February 27, 2011 7:15 am

    I love them with honey or with sugar sprinkles

  15. February 27, 2011 7:18 am

    Those pancakes look delicious!! I love adding blueberries, chocolate chips, and then drizzle with maple syrup. Yum! :D

  16. February 27, 2011 7:29 am

    Any mixture of pb banana and syrup


  17. February 27, 2011 7:29 am

    I’m really intrigued by your recipe since it has cottage cheese – I’ve never seen that. I’d buy cottage cheese and then have to eat pancakes everyday until it was gone because heaven knows I won’t eat it plain! :)

    Your little syrup thingy is so cute!

    I like butter on my pancakes with just a teeensy amount of pure maple syrup. I never liked syrup on my pancakes or waffles growing up – just butter.

  18. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) permalink
    February 27, 2011 7:34 am

    I love the mini boat too! I also really like powdered sugar on pancakes, plus agave or a little bit of maple syrup, and some fruit. I’ve never been a big syrup lover, but I like agave because it’s a lot lighter. Your pancakes look amazing though — beautiful pictures!! How can Marshall not like them?! :)

  19. February 27, 2011 8:02 am

    I love pb + a bit of syrup together. Had some this morning actually. :D

    And those pictures look so great!

  20. February 27, 2011 8:04 am

    i’m a purist too…the only thing that changes that is my mom’s homemade applesauce with butter on top!

  21. February 27, 2011 8:07 am

    Oh my gosh, those pancakes look delicious! Almost like something out of those fancy shmancy food magazines. You should definitely try uploading one of them to
    Glad you had a wonderful pancakes breakfast Janetha. Have a great Sunday! :]

  22. February 27, 2011 8:41 am

    That syrup boat is really cute. I want to pour it straight into my mouth.

  23. February 27, 2011 8:54 am

    these look decadent! i LOVE Pancakes- ultimate comfort food!

  24. February 27, 2011 8:59 am

    i often use greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese depending whats on sale that week! (frugal, I know).
    Lately I’ve been loving pancakes with mandarin oranges and strawberries.I had it at some joint in LA and now I’m addicted.

  25. February 27, 2011 9:10 am

    I like my pancakes best with just butter, but sometimes I go for maple syrup too :)

  26. February 27, 2011 9:34 am

    I absolutely love pancakes!!! These sound divine! :D


  27. thedelicateplace permalink
    February 27, 2011 9:37 am

    what a pretty stack of pcakes! i love crate and barrel too :) my fave toppings are real maple syrup & blueberries

  28. February 27, 2011 9:44 am

    I dig peanut butter and fruit, with a dollop of yogurt and drizzle of syrup! But I always like them better when they’re made for me ;)

  29. February 27, 2011 9:48 am

    i absolutely LOVE pancakes, i haven’t had any since in Mexico, and there i topped mine with just cinnamon and sugar, it was freakin good, never thought of that combo before. I normally just added maple syrup

  30. February 27, 2011 10:05 am

    I’ll put almost anything on my pancakes lol, eggies, sausage, syprup, a little butter…but mostly I’ll do some form of nut butter coconut and honey :-) mmmmm

  31. February 27, 2011 10:35 am

    I like my pancakes plain or just with fruit and a little SF syrup.

    I’m weird, I cannot stand the smell of syrup, especially the real deal!

  32. sarahsouth permalink
    February 27, 2011 11:47 am

    those look so great! what kind of oats do you use (quick oats?) also, there is no flour in these? just wanted to be sure!
    teri’s friend in winston-salem :)

    • February 28, 2011 12:41 pm

      oh and P.S. i am glad you read my blog! i am jealous you get to hang with teri z.

    • February 28, 2011 12:44 pm

      i use slow cooking (old fashioned) oats, but i am sure any would do!

  33. February 27, 2011 12:23 pm

    Whoa. I just ate lunch and am full, but somehow I want pancakes. Yum!!!

  34. February 27, 2011 1:01 pm

    Ooooooooo those pancakes look melt in the mouth delicious! x x

  35. Kelly permalink
    February 27, 2011 2:23 pm

    I only like butter on my pancakes. No syrup, no fruit, no nut butter…I am a plain jane pancake kinda girl!

  36. February 27, 2011 3:36 pm

    mmmmmm pancakes!! I love jam and cream cheese on mine. With syrup of course.

  37. February 27, 2011 3:49 pm

    Beautiful Pictures! I tend to do cinnamon greek yogurt, strawberries, and peanut flour sauce. But sometimes simple is better! those look incredible!

  38. February 27, 2011 5:36 pm

    i’m getting so many good ideas for pancake toppers! great question, j!
    growing up, i thought that pancakes were a SUPPER food, not breakfast because that’s when my mom served them (and one of my fave suppers, they were)!
    are you watching the oscars?! have a great eve!

  39. February 27, 2011 5:54 pm

    Love your little syrup boat!!

    Also, my scuzzband doesn’t like pancakes either – AND he works on Saturday mornings, so it’s the perfect time for me to whip up a batch of the fluffy goodness. I like to top mine with PB and agave.

  40. February 27, 2011 6:36 pm

    Ooh! Loving that mini boat! C+B just might be getting a visit from this girl…
    I like to put syrup and nuts on my pancakes, and I usually mix the fruit into the batter itself:)

  41. February 27, 2011 6:43 pm

    ahh you may hate me but I am not a HUGE fan of pancakes. I think its because I have this OCD thing about having hot foods like really really hot. and pancakes get cold pretty fast…any tips??! those look SO SO SO good!!! i definately want to try that recipe, its delicious, healthy and right up my alley!

    last time I made pancakes I heated up some frozen fruit, so it got all hot and syrupy and poured that on top…oh it was good!

    • February 28, 2011 12:40 pm

      i got nothin’. my pancakes were luke warm after the photo shoot.. that hot fruit idea is a good one, though! they do stay a lot warmer now that i use a griddle instead of a frying pan, because i can cook them all at ONCE.. but still, photo sesh? yeah.. they cool off.

  42. February 27, 2011 7:19 pm

    Love those pancakes!! I like fresh fruit on my pancakes – usually strawberries, blueberries or bananas. Sometimes I have butter and syrup but not often.

  43. February 27, 2011 9:11 pm

    I love pancakes! Luckily, Ben made me a batch yesterday post-run.
    Not-so-luckily, I’m sure they were cooked in extra butter and had 6 extra eggs inside.
    Oh well, they were dee-lish!

  44. February 27, 2011 9:18 pm

    Pancake stack perfection. Mmm. I think I’m overdue for a pancake breakfast!
    I usually eat my pancakes with banana slices, plain yogurt, and syrup. Sometimes I get really crazy and eat them with jam.

  45. February 27, 2011 10:51 pm

    Peanut butter and syrup! Best combo ever!

  46. February 28, 2011 6:51 am

    Love love LOVE pancakes…well, any breakfast food actually, but pancakes are at the top, followed closely by oats! I have topped my cakes with just about everything under the sun: nut butters, coconut cream, cream cheese, syrup, greek yogurt…the list goes on and on! I guess it just depends on the mood I’m in. I’m not much for butter on pancakes, but sometimes it is nice to just go plain Jane with some pure maple syrup!! Mmm!

  47. February 28, 2011 8:49 am

    I like to spread peanut butter on them and then drizzle over the maple syrup… oh yes.

  48. February 28, 2011 9:10 am

    yay for vanilla bean paste!!!

  49. February 28, 2011 1:23 pm

    I love peanut butter and banana on mine! or agave nectar too. Yours look delicious!

  50. March 2, 2011 11:51 am

    your protein pancake recipe is the BEST. :)

  51. March 9, 2011 1:35 pm

    I can’t believe that no one has asked this! But, what if you don’t have vanilla bean paste? Vanilla extract as a sub? How much?

  52. April 2, 2011 12:05 pm

    Made these today after my hike. They are delicious :) Thanks for sharing the recipe. I like to eat my pancake roll-up style so that’s how I ate these babies. With flaked coconuts, peanut butter and chocolate. It.Hit.The.Spot.

    I think I’m going to make the chicken casserole next this week.


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