Protein Pancakes

Unlike most protein pancake recipes, this one does not contain protein powder. All the protein comes from cottage cheese and egg whites.

02-01-09 pancakes

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup egg whites (or 4 egg whites)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • sweetener of choice (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour into heated and greased frying pan, cooking until browned on each side.

You can also get creative and add blueberries

02-13-09 pancakes

Chocolate chips

Apple butter or jam


Or you can dip them in a nut butter syrup

A mix of 1/4 cup table or maple syrup (I use E.D. Smith sugar-free) and 1/2 tbsp nut butter.

Why stop there? Pancake batter can also be used for waffles!


Enjoy!! :)

  1. These sound awesome! (The link from the Eats page for yogurt oatmeal parfait leads here!)

  2. I tried these for the first time this morning – absolutely incredible! I was surprised at how fluffy and soft they turned out! Thanks for the great recipe :)

  3. i’m eating these right now and theyre amazing! thanks for the super easy recipe :)

  4. These are amazing!! They were quick to make and to add to it I have been looking all over for a protein pancake recipe that works for me! YUM!! Thanks for putting this up!!!

  5. this recipe looks great! i’m super excited to try! a questions for SUSAN!

    1. how many servings does it make for pancakes and/or waffles

    2. do you know calorie count/protein in grams per serving?

    3. is it a big deal if i omit the flax seed?


    • Hey!! Great questions ;)

      1. I get four medium-sized pancakes or two belgian-sized waffles from the recipe. 2. With the flax seed it’s 340 calories, 35g protein, 36g carbs and 6g fat. Without the flax it’s 310 calories, 34g protein, 34g carbs and 4g fat. 3. Yes, but I’ve convinced myself the extra fat in them make my pancakes fluffier. Not sure if this is true or not – they’re still tasty without :)

  6. Hey! I just created a wordpress account yesterday to be able to get involved more with the ”foodie” blogging community a bit more. I’ve stumbled upon your blog and this recipe a while ago and got super excited when I realized that even though the recipe includes the word protein it doesn’t include any protein powder or other ”unusual” stuff, lol. I’ll be making these tomorrow and I can’t wait! Although I must say I’m a bit nervous, as being European I’ve never used a recipe that uses cup as measuring system and our pancakes (crêpes) are a bit different. By the way, is the nutrition data you’ve given above calculated for the whole thing? Thanks for sharing this recipe. :)

    • Welcome to the foodie community Jessy!! First, I know one cup is 250 ml if that helps at all. I have a lot of measuring cups with both methods of measurement. Secondly, this is a recipe for one so the nutrition info is for the whole recipe. They don’t turn out quite as fluffy as regular pancakes, but I’m so used to them now I actually like them better!

      • Thanks a lot for your reply and the welcome! I’m so glad I discovered the foodie/health community, now I can’t stop checking the blogs out. :) So you actually use volume of the cup (ml) to measure, you don’t convert it to grams, right?

      • Just to let you know that I’ve made the pancakes – success! I ate them with banana pieces and a bit of peanut butter. I still can’t believe I’ve actually made pancakes without using flour. :O Thanks again for sharing this with us! :)

  7. great recipe missy! lovely start to my morning today!



  8. Awesome! I added just a bit more oatmeal as I prefer thicker batter/pancakes. My fussy 10 yr old who will eat healthy if need be, but prefers the taste of less-healthy food said these taste better than regular pancakes! I plan to make batches on the weekend and freeze for quick reheating on hectic school mornings! Thx!

  9. Susan, I’ve been using this recipe to make pancakes for a while now and I love it! I’ve never even tried waffles let alone made them, but today I bought a waffle maker and I hope to make these soon. How many waffles does it make? My waffle maker can also be used to make ice cream scones you think it would work with this batter?

    • Jessy, was going through my recipe pages and realized I never answered this question! By now you’ve probably figured it out ;) What kind of waffle maker is it? So cool you can make cones! Although, I suspect these waffles would get soggy with the addition of ice cream. Sugar is probably needed to make them crunchy.

  10. can you tell me what kind of cottage cheese you use?

    • Yup! Usually Scotsburn low fat, 50% less sodium kind. That’s a regional dairy though. But it’s the same as any other low fat cottage cheese in a container.

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