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I love breakfast meals.  They’re filling, nutritious, relatively fast to make, and usually cheaper than other meals.  Why not eat the most important meal of the day (breakfast!) for any meal?


The recipe below is for one serving, because I’m sad to say my husband doesn’t like breakfast foods (aside from eggs, sunny-side up or scrambled), but also because this makes it easy to adjust for any number of people.



Oatmeal Ricotta Pancakes with Cherry Topping


(Yield:  1 serving)


2/3 c rolled oats (I used Quaker Old-Fashioned)

¼ c plus 1 TB ricotta cheese, divided

1 egg

½ small banana, mashed

1 tsp vanilla

Dash salt

1 c fresh cherries, pitted and halved

Cooking spray


In the blender, pulse the oats until powdered, and transfer them to a separate bowl.  In the blender, purée the cheese, egg, banana, vanilla, and salt, then add the oat powder and blend until just mixed.  Heat a small 6” pan over medium heat, lightly spray it with cooking spray, then add half the batter.  Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the pancake is golden on the bottom; flip and cook for another 2-4 minutes or until the pancake is golden on the second side.  Repeat with the remaining batter (you will end up with 2 pancakes, each 4-5” in diameter).  For the cherries, lightly spray a separate pan with cooking spray and cook the cherries on medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until they start to soften.  Top the pancakes with the cherries and 1 TB of ricotta cheese.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Shrinking Lady says:

    I haven’t had these pancakes in forever! I had a craving for them and so decided to look up the recipe and found yours. I never added the half a banana before, I used to use applesauce. I tried it with the banana, and I really like the combination. Thanks for the twist. the only other thing I added was one packet of sweetner, I didn’t add the cherries or extra ricotta on top. Fabulous!

  2. Evil Pixie says:

    Found this recipe last night and noticed that it didn’t have a leavening agent. I decided to make these this morning. The only tweak I did to this recipe was add 1 tsp. of baking powder with the oats(only because i really like fluffy pancakes) and it was fantastic! This is a new favorite recipe for pancakes.

  3. I happen to have all the ingredients on hand… I think I know what I’m going to have for lunch! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. OH WOW! This looks great!!!!! I love breakfast too… it’s even better for dinner :)

  5. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    The pancakes sounds so delicious with ricotta and oatmeal and I just love the fresh cherry topping – yum!

  6. What delicious looking pancakes.. love it with the cherries and ricotta.

  7. Wow, this is a nice pancake…oatmeal and fresh cherries? Cannot go wrong…great for a weekend brunch!

  8. This is amazingly healthy! I’ll bet it has a nice chewy factor from the oats, but still light and fluffy from the ricotta cheese! Can I sub cottage cheese do you think?

    1. Sophia, I think cottage cheese would work well as a substitute for the ricotta, especially since everything is pureed together. If you make it, let me know how it turns out with the cottage cheese! :)

  9. This is heavenly with Ricotta and fresh cherries. What a lovely combo!

  10. Yummmm… I really want to have it for my breakfast now! :)

  11. Yes, it is certainly wonderful! I love cherries!

  12. I think I need to make these tomorrow! They sound great….

  13. I could for sure eat breakfast for every meal–I love it! And this looks soooooo good!

  14. OMG, that looks so scrumptious! A wonderful combination…



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