Fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes | Ambitious Kitchen

Having a little nostalgia moment here as I rework and reshare this incredible pancake recipe from 2017. Yes, FIVE whole years ago! Before Tony and I even got married let alone had 3 amazing little boys. For perspective, here’s a little snapshot from 5 years back:

“Listening to the new Drake album gives me pure inspiration to get my booty out of bed in the morning, throw around twenty pound dumbbells at the gym (not literally throw) and make some legit protein pancakes topped with all da berries and nut butter. Yesterday Abra and I went through and did a major brainstorming session for May. We’ve got our content calendar all mapped out including recipes and videos. The most trouble I have when it comes to blogging is deciding on which recipes to share because if I had it my way (and enough time), I’d share a recipe every single day because well, I love food, obviously.”

It’s safe to say the days here at AK (and my workout routine) look quite a bit different, but the recipe testing and planning is very much the same. That’s why we’re bringing back this fluffy stack of cottage cheese pancakes that are flourless, naturally sweetened with banana, packed with 20g of protein, and perfect for piling high with your fav toppings.

drizzling maple syrup on a stack of cottage cheese pancakes topped with berries

Cottage cheese pancakes: your new favorite breakfast

Besides being incredibly fluffy and delicious, you’re going to fall in LOVE with this healthy cottage cheese pancakes recipe because it’s:

  • Easy to make right — the pancake batter is made in your blender!
  • Packed with 20g of protein per serving (thank you, cottage cheese!)
  • Naturally gluten free and flourless
  • Great for both kiddos and adults!

Ingredients in these fluffy cottage cheese pancakes

These cottage cheese protein pancakes are made with 7 super simple ingredients (including baking powder) and seriously taste like your fav banana bread. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • Rolled oats: these pancakes are nice and hearty thanks to old fashioned rolled oats. No flour needed! Be sure to use gluten free rolled oats if you want to keep the pancakes gluten free.
  • Banana: you’ll need just half of a banana to naturally sweeten the pancakes.
  • Egg: this recipe calls for 1 egg to give the pancakes the right texture.
  • Cottage cheese: the key to fluffy, protein-packed pancakes!
  • Baking staples: you’ll also need baking powder, vanilla extract and a little cinnamon.

two stacks of cottage cheese protein pancakes on two plates topped with berries

What do cottage cheese pancakes taste like?

Whether you’re a big cottage cheese fan like our whole team or it’s not your thing, you won’t even be able to taste it in these protein pancakes. The banana gives these cottage cheese pancakes a lovely banana bread flavor, and you can feel free to add fun mix-ins in toppings (ideas below!)

Make them ahead & keep the pancakes warm

Feel free to make these cottage cheese pancakes ahead of time (or store leftovers) and keep them warm in the oven! Simply place your oven at 200 degrees F, add your pancakes to a baking sheet or oven-safe plate, and place them in the oven until you’re ready to serve.

Have fun with mix-ins & toppings

The best part about pancakes? All of the delicious mix-ins and toppings you can add! Here’s what we like to add to our cottage cheese pancakes:

  • Fresh berries
  • A dollop of yogurt
  • Nut butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts
  • A drizzle of maple syrup

fork sticking into cottage cheese pancakes topped with berries on a plate

Freeze them for later

If you want to make these healthy cottage cheese pancakes ahead of time and serve them at a later date, you can place the pancakes on a baking sheet so they aren’t touching and place in the freezer for 30 minutes (this is called a flash freeze), then place them in freezer safe bags or an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Once ready to reheat, simply add pancakes to a plate and microwave for 30-60 seconds or until warm.

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I hope you love these amazing cottage cheese banana oatmeal pancakes! If you make them be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked them. Enjoy, xo!

Cottage Cheese Banana Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

stack of protein pancakes topped with berries

Delicious cottage cheese protein pancakes made right in a blender with ingredients like potassium-rich banana, creamy cottage cheese and hearty rolled oats! These fluffy, easy cottage cheese pancakes pack 20g of protein and make the perfect satisfying breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1/2
    cup
    old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten free if desired
  • 1/2
    medium banana
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 1
    teaspoon
    baking powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    cinnamon
  • 1
    egg
  • 1/4
    cup
    low fat cottage cheese
  • Optional add-ins/toppings: Fresh berries, chocolate chips, peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth, about 30 seconds.

  2. Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium low heat. Drop batter by 1/4 cup onto skillet. Add desired toppings such as chocolate chips or blueberries. 

  3. Cook until bubbles appear on top. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside. 

  4. Wipe skillet clean and repeat with more cooking spray and remaining batter. Makes 3-4 pancakes

Recipe Notes

See the full post for storing tips and easy ways to customize your pancakes!

Nutrition

Servings: 2 servings

Serving size: 2 pancakes

Calories: 324kcal

Fat: 7.7g

Saturated fat: 1.3g

Carbohydrates: 42.3g

Fiber: 5.5g

Sugar: 10g

Protein: 19.6g

Recipe by Monique Volz | Ambitious Kitchen, Photography by: Sarah Fennel

This post was originally published on April 25th, 2017, and republished on October 27th, 2022.

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