Banana and cottage cheese pancakes with orange honey syrup

Quite a few things easily bringing joy for this sweet tooth of mine: a honeyed start, middle and end to the day. There are days, the call of the sweet tooth so strong that if I could I’d eat sweets all day long. Sometimes such wishes come true.

A cousin of mine came to visit me last weekend bearing the sweetest of gifts. Hidden behind wraps of rustic linen were three jars of golden honey. Eyeing them a childhood memory sprang to mind: a whopping clay pot, filled with slowly crystalizing honey, where every time coming back for spoon (or two) would be harder to scoop.

I’m guilty of sneaking out many of such spoonfuls. With freshly baked brioche a drizzle of honey promptly melting and dripping over the sides was an understated, but thoroughly enjoyable treat, reminding of an old proverb that happiness is but a spoonful of honey away.


I had thoughts of running and baking such brioche to enjoy for old times sake, but for deeply fragrant honey as this one, more exiting uses can be found.

A sticky orange syrup perhaps?


Mingled with bitterness of zest and sweetened just enough to make your heart swoon, a made in heaven pairing for pancakes.

But with syrup as this, regular pancakes just wouldn’t do.

They’d have to melt in your mouth, be light yet filling and perfectly suitable for dinner or any time of the day.

Such as those bringing together cottage cheese and bananas, resulting in soft, moist and most delicate pancakes.

Topped with fresh strawberries and a drizzle of orange honey syrup, they are addictive and divine.

Note: You will need very ripe ingredient bananas for this recipe and by very I mean nearly black. That’s the key to success for any banana-based pancakes. Not only do they give natural sweetness, but impart a gently banana flavour, we’re after here.

Don’t have ripe bananas at hand, but want to make these pancakes? No problem. Turn your oven to lowest setting, mine is at 50C/122F, place your bananas on a rack and leave them for one hour.

After an hour they will be black and very ripe inside, perfect for pancakes or any baking recipe using bananas. Enjoy!

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Banana and cottage cheese pancakes with orange honey syrup
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Lightest pancakes that will instantly melt in your mouth.
Recipe type: Breakfast, dinner, sweet,
Serves: 2-4
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup/250 grams cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup/120 ml milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ - 1 cup flour/ 90-120 grams flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut or vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
Orange honey syrup
  • 2 orange zest, shaved
  • 2-3 orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Fresh strawberries
  1. In a food processor pulse together bananas, cottage cheese, eggs and salt.
  2. Add milk, honey, oil and vanilla extract and blend for another 15 seconds.
  3. Finally add flour mix with baking powder and blend to combine.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Dip a corner of paper towel in oil a brush your skillet with it. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons per pancake and bake for 1-2 minutes (until starts to bubble) then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Both sides should be golden brown. Do not overcrowd your pan.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  6. To make the syrup, in a small sauce pan combine shaved and thinly sliced orange zest with juice and 2 tablespoons of honey, bring to boil and simmer till reduced by half – two thirds.
  7. Serve pancakes with fresh strawberries and a drizzle of syrup on top.

33 thoughts on “Banana and cottage cheese pancakes with orange honey syrup

  1. O ne..tokio lietuvisko medaus nevalgiau jau kelis metus :) nors kazkodel su blynais medaus nevalgydavau.. :/

    • Man anksciau blynai tik su namine uogiene valgomi budavo, bet su medaus sirypu irgi nieko :)

  2. Orange honey syrup on the pancakes made me soooooooooo hungry! I have never tried adding cottage cheese in pancakes (and didn’t even think of that as an option), but I would love to give it a try!

    • That’s the thing when you come from a cottage cheese loving country. We add it to everything, literally :)

  3. These pancakes look amazing! Where do you find cottage cheese in The Netherlands? I know you move around a lot so maybe you find it in another country. As an American in Eindhoven, I love to find cottage cheese.

    • Hi Jody, I buy most of the cottage cheese in AH, you can find it in the section close to cream cheeses. I think it’s written in large letters Huttenkase and in smaller it will be written cottage cheese. That’s the one I used to make these pancakes. Cheers 😉

  4. I have never made pancakes, but something tells me these are particularly original. It’s a wonderful way to tackle the eternal “too ripe bananas” problem. I also love the orange and honey syrup. Excellent idea!

  5. Now THAT’s a stack of pancakes… what a wonderful breakfast (or lunch or dinner), Gourmantine! Orange-infused anything is wonderful (don’t we know…) ;), but orange honey syrup sounds sublime. I, too, love slightly crystallized honey better than the pour-able version. I also love the orange zest you sprinkled around your photo shoot — creative & colorful!

  6. Yes, the orange honey syrup looks great on the pancakes…delicious breakfast!
    Hope you are having a lovely week :)

  7. I think honey is the best base for any syrup. It has such a vibrant taste that you never forget. These pancakes look very fluffy and I am sure they tasted heavenly!

  8. So what time is breakfast, I will be right over? Wow is that is one amazing pancake stack withe the addition of hearty cottage cheese that might even keep my hungry teenagers full, well for at least a couple of hours. I think that orange honey syrup would be good on so many desserts and other dishes too.

  9. My stomach is rumbling looking at these gorgeous pictures of this absolutely delicious stack of pancakes! WOW! I could easily eat that whole stack! Love the pancakes and that Orange Honey syrup is a MUST make!

  10. I’m an American so maybe I am just not understanding how you do things… but the recipe says “2 orange zest” and “2-3 orange juice.” 2-3 tablespoons? Or do you mean the juice from 2-3 oranges? Looks like a really yummy recipe!

    • Hi Treva, I’m so sorry for the late reply. I used the zest of 2 oranges, but the juice from 3. If your 2 oranges are very large and juicy, then only 2 could be enough. You could probably add the zest of the 3rd as well, but it adds bitterness and intensifies flavor, so with 3 orange zests it could be a really strong syrup. Have a good weekend :)

  11. Tried this recipe now. It made great fluffy pancakes. I made the mistake of substituting flax egg for real egg but the pancake didnt bind enough to form a cake even when it was browning. So, I added an egg and some more flour and got perfect pancakes. Although I made them thinner than regular pancakes. Also, I used whole wheat flour.

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