These fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes are protein packed, quick to make and absolutely delicious. Take your breakfast routine to the next level and start your morning feeling satisfied and energized to take on the day ahead. The best part? Kids love them too!

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Why I Love These Cottage Cheese Pancakes

  • Healthy: Packed with protein thanks to the cottage cheese, these pancakes are a great breakfast that will satisfy your cravings for pancakes while keeping you sustained for the day ahead!
  • Easy to Make: There’s no extra fuss when it comes to making this Cottage Cheese Pancakes recipe. They’re just as quick and easy to make as classic pancakes. 
  • Kid-Friendly: Even kids who may have an aversion to cottage cheese love these pancakes. You’d never guess they have cottage cheese in them. The taste and texture is masked entirely. It’s always a win when a pancake recipe can be part of a healthy and balanced breakfast for kids.
  • Versatile and Customizable: A cottage cheese pancake is the perfect canvas for adding your favorite toppings or mix-ins. Customize them to suit your tastes.
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Ingredients

  • Large eggs: Eggs keep everything together and add some richness to the pancakes. Plus, they also contribute some protein and essential nutrients.
  • Cottage cheese: The star of the show! Cottage cheese adds creaminess and a subtle tang to the pancakes. It’s also a great source of protein. Feel free to use full fat or low fat cottage cheese. 
  • Vanilla extract: Adding vanilla extract enhances the flavor of the pancakes.
  • Honey or Agave: These natural sweeteners add a touch of sweetness to the pancakes without overpowering their flavor. You can use either one you prefer.
  • All purpose flour: Flour serves as the base of the pancake batter. I haven’t tested other flours, but I’m sure you could substitute whole wheat or a gluten free cup for cup flour if you want.
  • Baking powder: Baking powder helps the pancakes rise and become light and fluffy.
  • Kosher salt: A touch of salt helps balance out the overall flavor of the pancakes. 
  • Oil or Butter: You only need oil or butter to grease the pan.
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How to Make Cottage Cheese Pancakes

1. Whisk Wet Ingredients:

  • In a bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients—eggs, cottage cheese, vanilla extract, and honey (or agave). Whisk until combined.

2. Prepare Dry Ingredients:

  • In a different bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients—flour, baking powder, and salt—until evenly mixed.

3. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:

  • Pour the dry mixture into the bowl of wet mixture. Stir gently until just combined, being careful not to overmix. The batter should be slightly lumpy.

4. Preheat and Grease:

  • Heat a large sauté pan or griddle over medium heat. Lightly coat the surface with oil or butter to prevent sticking.

5. Cook Pancakes:

  • Pour about 2 tablespoons of the batter onto the preheated griddle for each pancake. Cook for approximately 2 minutes on the first side. You should see bubbles on the surface before you flip.

6. Flip and Cook:

  • Carefully flip the pancakes using a spatula and cook for an additional 2 minutes on the other side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.

7. Serve:

  • Once cooked, transfer the pancakes to a serving plate. Serve warm with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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The Right Cottage Cheese for Pancakes

Like I mentioned before, cottage cheese is a good source of protein – about 25 grams per cup! When it comes to choosing which kind of cottage cheese for pancakes, there’s no right or wrong answer. You can use full fat or low fat, small curd or large curd. Pick your favorite brand and get to making these pancakes ASAP!

Tips for Making Cottage Cheese Pancakes

  1. Mix Gently: Combine your wet and dry ingredients gently until they’re just mixed. A few lumps are okay! Overmixing the batter can leave you with tough, chewy pancakes. 
  2. Let the Batter Rest: Allow the batter to rest a bit before making the pancakes so that baking powder has a little time to activate. This will ensure you get light, fluffy and delicious pancakes. 
  3. Grease the Pan Between Each: Use any oil you prefer to grease the pan – olive, avocado, or vegetable work great. Just make sure you keep reapplying between each batch of pancakes to prevent sticking, ensure even cooking and get those crispy edges we all love. 
  4. Flip Carefully: Cook your pancakes over medium heat, and don’t flip them until bubbles form on the surface for that perfect golden brown finish.
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Toppings

Pancakes, in general, have always been a blank canvas for adding delicious toppings, and these pancakes with cottage cheese are no different. Here are some topping ideas:

  • Maple syrup, a tried and true classic pancake topping
  • Fresh berries
  • Sliced bananas
  • Greek yogurt or a drizzle of nut butter for an extra bump of protein

Additions You Can Add to Your Pancakes

Get creative by adding in additional ingredients to your pancake recipe with cottage cheese. Here are some ideas:

  • Chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts
  • Chocolate chips for a little extra sweetness
  • Shredded coconut
  • Your favorite fruit like blueberries or bananas
  • Lemon zest
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Storage and Reheating

To Store: Leftover pancakes can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

To Freeze: Allow pancakes to come to room temperature, place in a ziploc bag, label and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To Reheat: To reheat pancakes, warm them in the toaster, oven or microwave until warmed through.

More Tasty Pancake Recipes

Incorporating cottage cheese into your favorite recipes is a really easy way to get some extra protein into your diet! These pancakes are a great recipe to start with as they’re easy to make, tasty and super kid-friendly so the whole family can enjoy them! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and tag me on social media if you make these healthy cottage cheese pancakes! 

Images by Gerry Speirs

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Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes are fluffy, protein packed delights that are quick and easy to make. Plus, kids love them! 
4.84 from 6 votes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 pancakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Equipment

  • Large saute pan or griddle

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • In a bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients—eggs, cottage cheese, vanilla extract, and honey (or agave). Whisk until combined.
  • In a different bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients—flour, baking powder, and salt—until evenly mixed.
  • Pour the dry mixture into the bowl of wet mixture. Stir gently until everything is just combined, being careful not to overmix. The batter should be slightly lumpy.
  • Heat a large sauté pan or griddle over medium heat. Lightly coat the surface with oil or butter to prevent sticking.
  • Pour about 2 tablespoons of the batter onto the preheated griddle for each pancake. Cook for approximately 2 minutes on the first side. You should see bubbles form before you flip.
  • Flip the pancakes and cook for 2 more minutes on the other side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.
  • Serve warm with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

To Store: Leftover pancakes can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
To Freeze: Allow pancakes to come to room temperature, place in a ziploc bag, label and freeze up to 3 months.
To Reheat: To reheat pancakes, warm them in the toaster, oven or microwave until warmed through. 
Mix Gently: Combine your wet and dry ingredients gently until they’re just mixed. A few lumps are okay! Overmixing the batter can leave you with tough, chewy pancakes. 
Let the Batter Rest: Allow the batter to rest a bit before making the pancakes so that baking powder has a little time to activate. This will ensure you get light, fluffy and delicious pancakes. 
Grease the Pan Between Each: Use any oil you prefer to grease the pan – olive, avocado, or vegetable work great. Just make sure you keep reapplying between each batch of pancakes to prevent sticking and ensure even cooking.  
Flip Carefully: Cook your pancakes over medium heat, and don’t flip them until bubbles form on the surface for that perfect golden brown finish.

Nutrition

Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

  1. Would it work if I baked the whole batter? What would be the best temperature and for how long? My toddler and I love this recipe!! However, when I freeze the excess I feel like it hardens around the edge. I thought maybe baking would get rid of that. Thank you for your awesome recipe!!

  2. These are really excellent! – so grateful to find this recipe! I add a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg and my son says they taste like “French toast pancakes” – and has no idea he’s eating protein-filled eggs and cottage cheese, things he wouldn’t eat by themselves. Wonderful taste and texture and low carb:)

  3. These are really excellent! – so grateful to find this recipe! I add a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg and my son says they taste like “French toast pancakes” – and has no idea he’s eating protein-filled eggs and cottage cheese, things he wouldn’t eat by themselves. Wonderful taste and texture and low carb:)

  4. These are absolutely delicious! I couldn’t believe it! I’m so glad I found your recipes. I’ve tried your chicken nuggets and these pancakes so far and I’ve been so excited with how they’ve both turned out! Thank you!

  5. A favorite in our house! When I’m out of cottage cheese, I sub Greek yogurt. Turns out great and still loaded with protein!

  6. This was so yum. My daughter, recovering from a knee injury, just loved it. The recipe made 5 large pancakes and she had 4 !!! Imagine the protein.

    We dont get store-bought gluten free here in India. Do you think I can make with plain rice flour instead? Or even oats, since I dont want to use refined flour?

  7. Is the baking powder teaspoon or tablespoon? I followed the directions exactly and the pancakes were very very thin. Any ideas?

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