Cottage Cheese Panckaes
Elevate your breakfast game with these protein-packed, delicious COTTAGE CHEESE PANCAKES that will leave your taste buds begging for more.
These wholesome cottage cheese pancakes offer a unique twist on traditional pancakes, delivering a delightful fluffy texture and flavor in every bite, while also offering high-quality protein and essential nutrients that are satisfying to help keep you full until lunch.
Customize these pancakes with your favorite toppings, or pair them with a Mango Green Smoothie to leave you feeling nourished, energized, and craving seconds.
These pancakes are absolutely delicious, with a subtle cheese-y texture, and layers of flavor, and because you fry them in a little bit of oil you get just the right combo of fluffy and crispy.
Why Make Cottage Cheese Pancakes
There are several reasons why you should love cottage cheese pancakes, but here are a few of my favorites:
- Kid-Friendly: I don’t care how great a recipe is for you, if my kids won’t eat it, I can’t serve it. Cottage cheese pancakes offer a creamy texture and mild flavor, and can be topped a number of ways, making them a nutritious breakfast that is also extremely Kid-Friendly.
- High Protein Content: My kids love pancakes, but I want them to have protein in the mornings so their meal will stick with them longer, and these cottage cheese pancakes offer a fantastic source of protein–the cottage cheese. Incorporating cottage cheese into the pancakes makes them more satisfying and nutritious. But they are still super easy.
- Creamy Texture: Cottage cheese adds a certain creaminess to the pancake batter, and gives you a moist, tender, slightly cheese-y texture with a crisp exterior.
- Nutritional Benefits: Cottage cheese is not only high in protein, it is also an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, and B vitamins. Promoting bone health, energy metabolism, and overall well-being.
- Versatility: Cottage cheese pancakes are highly versatile, you can customize to your preference in how you top them, but you can also swap all-purpose flour for oat flour, sugar for a savory option like parmesan, and more. Try adding various ingredients like fresh berries, sliced bananas, chocolate chips, or spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, and see where it takes you. Let your preferences be your guide.
- Filling and Satiating: The protein in these pancakes makes them stick longer. While I love a good Buttermilk Pancake or Whole Wheat Pancakes, cottage cheese pancakes help keep you fuller for longer. Making them a more substantial and satisfying breakfast, and reducing cravings.
- Easy to Make: You just throw most of the batter ingredients in the blender and blend, so it is so quick and easy to make this recipe with minimal ingredients and effort. Very convenient for a busy morning. Nutritious with ease, that is a win.
Overall, cottage cheese pancakes offer a tasty and nutritious option for breakfast in lieu of a traditional package. It is a protein-rich breakfast with a creamy texture and endless customization possibilities.
What You Need to Make Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Making these cottage cheese pancakes is simple, and the ingredients are easy to find, most of which you likely have on hand and in your pantry regularly:
- Cottage Cheese
- Vanilla Extract
- Baking Powder
- Oil or Butter to cook pancakes in
- 8 inch or larger skillet – Anolon is a great brand!
- Heat resistant spatula
- Blender – I like Blendtec
How to Make Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Did I mention how simple these are to make?
Step One: Blend Wet Ingredients + Sugar Together
Pop everything but the flour and baking powder into your blender, and blend until smooth.
If you want a chunkier curd in your pancakes, which can actually be super yummy, as they become little pockets of melty delicious cheese, stir ingredients together instead of blending. You can blend in a blender or using an immersion blender, or don’t blend at all, and just stir, but I personally like it a little better blended.
So start by blending your wet ingredients: cottage cheese, eggs, vanilla, and the sugar together.
Pro tip: If you want savory pancakes instead of sweet, swap out the vanilla and sugar for spices, herbs, and parmesan cheese.
Step Two: Stir in Flour and Baking Powder
One of the keys to tender, tasty pancakes is not over mixing your flour in. Thus, after you blend together the wet ingredients, add in your flour and baking powder and stir until incorporated, but not over-mixed.
Step Three: Heat Skillet
Make sure your skillet is nice and hot on a medium-high heat, and that your oil is hot or your butter is melted. Once hot, it is time to get cooking. In lieu of the oil, you can spray the pan with cooking spray between pancakes.
Step Four: Cook Pancakes
Cook your cottage cheese pancakes in batches. Spoon 3 tablespoons of batter into your pan at a time to form once pancake. Then watch as it cooks, when the edges are starting to look dry and browning, flip, you want to cook until it is browned on each side, and looks like a traditional pancake.
Repeat until all batter is all used, this should be about 16 pancakes.
Step Five: Top and Enjoy
The last step is to top your pancakes with your favorite toppings. I love creating a topping bar and letting my kids go to town, topping them as they like. But good old fashioned syrup and butter works well too!
One of the things i love about these cottage cheese pancakes is they can be made sweet or savory, and can be topped as you like. Here are a few ideas:
- Fresh Fruits: Top these delightful pancakes with fresh fruit and berries. I like to set out an assortment of fresh fruits like sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and banana slices, and let each kid customize to their preference.
- Maple Syrup: Classic and timeless, this is what pancakes are all about, so whether you are pouring the pure maple syrup over your pancakes, or option for the sugary fake stuff (delicious), it is going to taste great.
- Nut Butters: Spread a generous amount of your favorite nut butter over your pancakes. Almond butter, cashew butter, or classic peanut butter are all great choices.
- Whipped Cream: Try light and airy whipped cream, and even consider pairing it with berries.
- Chocolate Sauce: Drizzle warm chocolate sauce over these cottage cheese pancakes to make them extra decadent.
- Honey or Agave: Want just a touch of extra natural sweet? Try a light drizzle of honey or agave.
- Greek Yogurt: More protein, and added creaminess, a dollop of Greek yogurt might be the perfect addition.
- Nuts and Seeds: A sprinkle of chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans can add crunch and a boost of healthy fats and added protein to your pancakes. Do the same with seeds like chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp seeds for extra texture and nutritional benefits.
- Cinnamon Sugar: Think cinnamon rolls, brush the pancake lightly with butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
- Savory Options: these can also be enjoyed with savory toppings. If you make the savory version, consider topping them with a dollop of sour cream, crumbled bacon, sliced avocado, or a fried egg.
Tips and Tricks
Making this recipe is Eazy Peazy, but here are some tips for making cottage cheese pancakes:
- Use a non-Stick Pan: This will help you get that nice brown finish you want on your pancake, and keep it from sticking.
- Spray with Oil : These pancakes can stick to your pan, so use canola oil, cooking spray, or coconut oil to fry up your pancakes, spraying the pan between go arounds if needed.
- Cook on medium heat. Do not turn it up, medium heat is what you need so they will cook through, won’t burn, and gives you that perfect brown color.
- Blend curds: When it comes to the cottage cheese, you can use non-fat, low-fat or full-fat cottage cheese. Get the right texture by blending your ingredients together. Or use small curd cottage cheese to get a more consistent pancake batter.
- Use your favorite flour: This recipe works well with just about any flour. I used all-purpose, but also tested it with whole wheat and oat flour, and it works great.
- Measure Batter: Each pancake should be roughly 3 Tbs or 1/4 cup in size, so measure it out so they turn out the same.
Make Ahead and Storage
How to make this recipe ahead of time: This recipe is best served fresh, as you get crispy fried edges, and a soft, gooey, melty cheese like center without the undercooked batter feeling. So cook right before serving, But you can prep the batter early, and refrigerate it overnight. Just be sure it is covered.
One tip is to wait to add the flour and baking powder until right before cooking, as this will result in fluffier pancakes. I suggest mixing everything else up and refrigerating, then stirring in the baking powder and flour while your pan heats.
- Refrigerating: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
- Freezing: Place pancakes in between layers of wax paper in an airtight container, and freeze for up to 3 months.
Reheat pancakes in the microwave, or for best results, heat in a skillet with a bit of oil.
Other Great Recipes:
- Buttermilk Pancakes
- Whole Wheat Pancakes
- Citrus Ricotta Pancakes
- Keto Pancakes
- Raspberry Cheesecake Pancakes
Cottage Cheese Pancakes
- 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 cup flour oat flour works well
- Cooking oil or cooking spray
- In a blender add cottage cheese, eggs, vanilla extract, and sugar, blend well.
- Stir in baking powder and flour. Do not over mix
- Preheat a skillet over medium heat, and spray with cooking spray, or add and heat some cooking oil.
- Spoon in 3 Tbs of batter for each pancake, and fry in the oil on each side until golden brown in color.
- Serve warm with the toppings of your choice.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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