Cottage Cheese Pancakes are the ideal way to start your day! They're packed with protein, a touch of sweetness and a hint of cinnamon. Plus, they're super easy and ready in minutes.
In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, we often neglect the importance of a hearty breakfast.
I used to be guilty of this too, rushing out the door with just a coffee in hand. That was until I discovered these Cottage Cheese Pancakes. They changed the game for me, and now, I make it a point to enjoy this delightful breakfast as often as I can.
What I love about this recipe is how it is not only super easy, but it combines the familiar comfort of pancakes with the wholesomeness of cottage cheese. Lots of protein, but without protein powder.
So, start your day with a burst of energy by indulging in these fluffy and protein-rich pancakes.
Cottage cheese is a type of fresh cheese crafted from the curds of cow's milk. It's characterized by its mild, slightly tangy flavor, and a unique, crumbly texture.
One of the notable features of cottage cheese is its high protein content, which makes it a popular choice for those looking to add a protein boost to their diet.
It's a versatile ingredient used in both savory and sweet dishes, ranging from breakfast recipes like pancakes and omelets to salads and desserts.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Each serving has 368 calories, and 22 grams of protein.
- Protein-Packed: Cottage cheese is the star ingredient here, adding a hefty dose of protein to your morning. It keeps you full and satisfied, helping you power through your day.
- Kid-Friendly: If you have little ones at home who are picky eaters, these pancakes are a great way to sneak in some nutrition. They won't even know they're eating cottage cheese!
- Quick and Easy: This recipe is a breeze to make. In no time at all, you'll have a stack of golden, fluffy pancakes ready to enjoy.
- Versatile Toppings: You can customize these pancakes with your favorite toppings. Whether it's fresh berries, a drizzle of maple syrup, or a dollop of yogurt, the possibilities are endless.
- Low in Sugar: Unlike many pancake recipes, these have just a touch of honey for sweetness, keeping your sugar intake in check.
- Great for Leftovers: You can make extra pancakes and refrigerate or freeze them for busy mornings. Just reheat and enjoy!
You only need simple pantry ingredients for this recipe!
- Cottage Cheese: The star of the show, cottage cheese lends creaminess and a protein boost. You can use low-fat or full-fat cottage cheese, depending on your preference.
- Eggs: Eggs act as the binding agent and provide structure to the pancakes. If you're vegan, you can try using flax eggs or other egg substitutes.
- Milk: Milk adds moisture to the batter. Any milk of your choice will work, whether it's cow's milk, almond milk, or soy milk.
- Honey: A touch of honey sweetens the pancakes. You can replace it with maple syrup or agave nectar for a different flavor profile.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the overall flavor. If you don't have it on hand, vanilla essence is a suitable alternative.
- All-Purpose Flour: Flour is the base of the pancakes. If you're looking for a gluten-free option, you can use a gluten-free flour blend.
- Baking Powder: Baking powder adds leavening, making the pancakes light and fluffy.
- Olive Oil: Olive oil is used to grease the pan for cooking the pancakes. You can substitute it with other cooking oils like canola or vegetable oil.
- Cinnamon: A pinch of cinnamon gives the pancakes a warm, comforting flavor. Feel free to adjust the amount to your taste.
See the recipe card for quantities and method.
How to make Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Follow these step-by-step instructions, then scroll down for the full ingredients list and method.
In a mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese and eggs.
Add honey, milk, vanilla extract, and olive oil. Stir to combine.
Gently fold in the flour and baking powder until well mixed.
Heat a pan and lightly grease it with olive oil. Pour the pancake batter and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden.
Scroll down for the full ingredients list and method.
- Fresh Berries: Top your pancakes with a generous pile of fresh berries. The natural sweetness and vibrant colors make for an appealing presentation.
- Maple Syrup: Drizzle a generous pour of pure maple syrup over your pancakes for that classic, comforting sweetness.
- Greek Yogurt: A dollop of thick, creamy Greek yogurt adds a tangy contrast to the pancakes' sweetness and richness.
- Sliced Bananas: Add some thin banana slices for a mellow, fruity twist that pairs wonderfully with the cottage cheese.
- Chopped Nuts: Sprinkle some chopped nuts, such as almonds or pecans, over your pancakes for a delightful crunch.
- Berry Bliss: Add fresh or frozen berries to the pancake batter for bursts of juicy goodness. Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries work wonderfully.
- Nuts and Seeds: Boost the nutrition by incorporating chopped nuts (like almonds or walnuts) and seeds (such as chia or flax seeds) into the batter.
- Chocolate Chip Delight: For a decadent treat, fold in chocolate chips into the batter. It's a surefire way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Savory: Make them savory by omiting the cinnamon and honey, and using a savory flavored cottage cheese, such as onion and chive. Then serve topped with a poached egg for even more protein.
If you find yourself with leftover pancakes or want to make a batch in advance, here's how to store them for freshness:
- Refrigeration: Place the pancakes in an airtight container or zip-top bag and refrigerate for up to 2-3 days.
- Freezing: For longer-term storage, individually wrap the pancakes in plastic wrap and place them in a zip-top bag. They can be frozen for up to a month.
- Reheating: To reheat, you can use a microwave, toaster, or oven. Microwave for 20-30 seconds, toast until warm in a toaster or toaster oven, or bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-10 minutes.
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- Low and Slow: Cook the pancakes over medium-low heat to prevent burning and ensure they're evenly cooked all the way through.
- Proper Greasing: Use a small amount of olive oil to grease the pan. You want enough to prevent sticking but not so much that it creates a greasy finish.
- Serve Right Away: Pancakes are best enjoyed fresh off the griddle. Serve them immediately for the ultimate fluffy and warm experience.
- Protein: Kick up the protein by substituting the honey with a scoop of vanilla protein powder.
Cottage Cheese Pancakes
- Frying Pan
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- 4 eggs
- 5 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for frying
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- Optional: Fresh berries and maple syrup or honey
- In a mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese and eggs.
- Add honey, milk, vanilla extract, and olive oil. Stir to combine.
- Gently fold in the flour and baking powder until well mixed.
- Heat a pan and lightly grease it with oil. Pour the pancake batter and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden.
- Optional: Top the pancakes with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.