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3 Ingredient Cottage Cheese Pancakes (High Protein & Gluten Free)

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Cottage Cheese Pancakes made with eggs, oatmeal and cottage cheese.

Here is my prediction: this Cottage Cheese Pancake will soon be one of the most popular breakfasts of humankind.

I know it’s a bold statement, but there are six strong indicators pointing to it. Let me elaborate:

First, it’s super simple to make. The basic recipe just calls for three ingredients: Cottage cheese, eggs and oats and from start to finish you need a maximum of 12 minutes.

Second, eggs are celebrating a huge comeback.

After being looked at suspiciously for decades, a new study has shown that there is no link between eggs and cardiovascular disease.

In other words eggs are super nutritious and not bad for you.

Third, these cottage cheese pancakes are gluten-free, which is very important these days, haha (note: make sure your oats are labeled gluten-free, because they’re sometimes processed in the same factory as gluten-containing grains!)

Fourth, this pancake – because of it’s ingredients – is a 100% natural, no extra powder added, protein powerhouse.

Next to gluten-free, high protein products are the rage nowadays and these tasty pancakes definitely tick that box. How about 26g of protein for breakfast? You’re welcome.

Fifth, all three ingredients help with weight loss because of their satiating effect, making these pancakes an excellent breakfast, even for people on a diet.

Sixth, they taste bloody good. Period.

Eggs are surging through on a comeback, and gluten-free and high protein are taking over the world.

To top it all off, convenient, great tasting weight-loss recipes are an evergreen and always will be.

See the puzzle falling into place? I do. Since the cottage cheese pancakes are riding high on all these trends, they’re a sure bet to become the world’s most popular breakfast from 2016 on (and I bet these cottage cheese bites will be up there too!).

I even ditched my long time favourite the Banana Egg Pancakes for this one!

In case you’re still harbouring any doubts, let’s move to the health section.

Cutting into a stack of oatmeal cottage cheese pancakes

Ingredients

Cottage cheese

Cottage cheese belongs to the healthiest cheese groups out there, being low in carbs, low in fats and loaded with proteins ( no wonder we love cottage cheese recipes).

On top of that, cottage cheese is also high in micronutrients like calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin B2 and lots of other nutrients. Dang!

Oatmeal

Oats are one of the healthiest grains mother nature came up with. They’re high in fiber, proteins and a whole host of other nutrients.

As a further example, oats have been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Oats can also keep you feeling full for longer which can help to stop you reaching for an unhealthy mid morning snack.

Eggs

Eggs raise HDL, the “good” cholesterol. HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein. Higher levels of HDL can lower risk of heart disease, stroke and various health problems. Check out our other high protein egg recipes for more eggy inspo!

Not too bad for a breakfast pancake, right?

So tell us:

  • Do you think these pancakes have the potential to be more successful than breakfast cereal?
  • What is your favourite breakfast dish?
  • In general, what was the last dish you’ve been extremely excited about?
  • Could you imagine having a smoothie with raw eggs for breakfast?

Edit: Since we released this recipe, they have become my absolute, no doubt favourite breakfast of all time. I seriously love them – Howie was right all along. Dave.

Health benefits

These cottage cheese pancakes are high in protein, low in carbs, gluten free (if that sounds good, you need to check out our vegetarian low carb breakfasts!). we could go on! The reason this dish is so healthy is because of the amazing qualities of it’s individual ingredients.

FAQ’s

We’ve covered some of the most common questions about this recipe, but if you can’t find an answer to yours let us know in the comments section.

Can you freeze cottage cheese pancakes?

Yes, simply let them cool and freeze either flat, or with grease-proof paper between each pancake to stop them sticking together. 

Can you make the mixture ahead and store it in the fridge?

You can definitely blend the mixture up and keep it prepped in the fridge for up to 2 days. 

How many carbs do they have?

32g per serving – a lot less than their traditional flour based counterpart.

What about protein?

These cottage cheese pancakes are super high in protein – 26g per serving in fact!

Are these cottage cheese pancakes gluten free?

Yes, just make sure to choose oats labelled as gluten free.

Do I need to cook the oats before using them?

Nope, just pop them in the blender and you’re good to go.

Will this mix work for waffles too?

Whilst we haven’t tried it ourselves, our awesome readers have reported back that this recipe does indeed work for waffles!

Cooking tips

If you want to become a cottage cheese pancake flipping master, then try out these tips to achieve a fluffy golden pancake every time. 

  • Use a non-stick pan! This probably makes the biggest difference when making these cottage cheese pancakes.
  • Make sure you have enough oil or butter on the cooking area of the pan, it helps the pancakes to cook a lot smoother all over and they shouldn’t break apart.
  • Fry with a lid on when cooking the first side (around 9 minutes) and then flip and cook without a lid for a further 1-2 minutes to brown the other side. Check out the video in the recipe section for full details on this.
  • Try cooking multiple small pancakes to begin with, as they’re much easier to flip and control compared to one giant one.

What our readers are saying

Absolutely stellar! Thank you!! I made these as a special treat for Mother’s Day b’fast, and was amazed at how light and fluffy they were!

ineduc8r ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

You are God-sent. What’s more both of you are so humble replying to every query. Thank you. Tried it today as lunch and was amazing and so filling. I didn’t quite get the pancake right but the suggestions of others has been helpful. Great work guys!

Abbie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

OMG! Thank you soooooo much for the cottage-cheese-pancake recipe. I haven’t had pancakes in years (since being diagnosed as a Type II diabetic). Made this in the food processor, used coconut oil in the skillet. Gotta say they actually turned out better than any of my pre-diabetic attempts at pancakes!

Sheryl ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Cottage Cheese Pancakes
4.74 from 119 votes
26g of natural protein. Just three ingredients: Cottage cheese, eggs and oats. 12 minutes from start to finish. You won't be disappointed!
Cuisine:Vegetarian
Diet: gluten-free
Prep Time:3 minutes
Cook Time:9 minutes
Total Time:12 minutes
Servings:1
Calories:367kcal
YouTube video

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Get a bowl or, even better, use a blender.
  • Throw in all the ingredients and whisk/mix until smooth.
    ⅓ cup low fat cottage cheese, ½ cup rolled oats, 2 eggs, Salt to taste
  • Add the oil (or butter) to a pan and fry the batter on low to medium heat.
    1 tsp coconut oil
  • Flip with a spatula once bubbles start to appear. Cook until both sides are golden brown.
  • Simple as!
    Cottage Cheese Pancakes are ready to eat | Hurry The Food Up

NOTES

Nutri info: We used low-fat cottage cheese to reduce the calories and saturated fats for this pancake. Go for regular cottage cheese, if you like!
Tip: Any berries you like can be used. I definitely recommend whatever your fave is, or whatever is in season near you! Fave toppings can be used as well.
Make-ahead? Yes, just keep toppings separate.
Freezable? Yes! Again, either the batter or the pancakes.
Here are some ideas on how to pimp these pancakes up! (All optional of course)
Batter ideas:
 1 tbsp of coconut powder
* A small handful of hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts
* 1 tbsp of peanut butter
* 1 tbsp of protein powder
* 1 tbsp of raisins
* 1 tsp of cinnamon
* 1 tsp of vanilla extract
* A few thin slices of apple or pear
Topping ideas:
* Honey
* Maple syrup
* Cherries, strawberries
* Yogurt
* Sugar and lemon juice
EQUIPMENT & PRODUCT TIPS:
You’ll need a non-stick pan for successful pancake action, but that’s it. See what you think about this pan.
I recently started using coconut oil instead of butter for frying. It works great, especially for pancakes! If you want, give this one a shot.
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: Then you definitely have to check out our Banana Egg Pancakes! Probably even easier to prepare and absolutely delicious. Or if you’d rather like to go into no milk, no egg direction, check out our roundup of these 24 awesome vegan pancakes!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Amount per Serving
Calories
367
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
16
g
25
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Trans Fat
 
0.03
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
330
mg
110
%
Sodium
 
433
mg
19
%
Potassium
 
333
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
30
g
10
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
26
g
52
%
Vitamin A
 
506
IU
10
%
Calcium
 
116
mg
12
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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If you liked this, you should definitely try our cottage cheese fritter recipe too!

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  1. I wonder if it could be used to make waffles?

    1. It’s a nice idea, but I don’t think it will work. These take a little care to cook softly and I have the feeling a waffle machine would be too intense for them. You could give it a try though! I think I will too 😀

  2. 5 stars
    Just browsing (healthy) recipes and came across these pancakes. So I decided to give it a go based on all the great comments. Well they weren’t wrong. Simple and quick and they taste FANTASTIC! I will be making these on a regular basis.

    1. Aww, thank you Barbara! That’s made my day. I appreciate you writing, really glad you enjoyed them!