Sinless Pancakes

Contrary to popular belief, I do not sit at home, eating home-baked treats all day. Oh, how I wish I could.

Ninety percent of my meals are pretty strictly healthy, and, dare I say, maybe even  boring. Watching what I eat quite closely, coupled with the 25-30 miles I run, helps me justify eating one to two indulgent treats each week.
Oh, how I wish it was eight or nine.

This recipe is one of my secret weapons. I eat it almost every morning for breakfast. It was given to me by my ultra-fit sister-in-law. It tastes decadently "carb-y", but actually provides an average woman with 63% of her daily protein (just over 50% for a man). I can eat this right after a run and feel satiated until lunch time rolls around.

Heather's Cottage Cheese Pancakes
1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup oats
(I use "Old Fashioned Quaker Oats")
3 egg whites
2 packets Splenda
(If you're opposed to artificial sweetener, use sugar. It will alter the calorie count)
Splash of Vanilla Extract (I use about 1 teaspoon)
Sprinkling of Cinnamon
(about 1/2 teaspoon)
pinch of salt (my addition...I find it boosts the flavor a bit)

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Cook on a hot griddle, sprayed with non-stick spray.

I think these are sweet enough to eat plain, but you can serve them with any syrup (sugar-free if you're watching your waistline), jam, or fresh fruit. I love to add blueberries to the batter (1/4 cup will only add 15 some extra fiber and antioxidants). I've also experimented with flavor a little bit. When I'm feeling spunky, I add a pinch each of nutmeg, ground ginger, allspice, and cloves and get gingerbread pancakes. 

This makes one serving. I usually get six average size pancakes out of one batch.

290 calories
4.5 g fat
0.5 g saturated fat
15 mg cholesterol
33 g carbs
4.7 g fiber
29 g protein

This is probably the only time I'll post nutritional info. With desserts, ignorance is bliss.


Heather said...

I eat this every morning for breakfast as well! I love it! Thanks for the shout out btw. I will have to try all the other ingredients you experimented with. Gingerbread pancakes... yum! I actually just make one humongous pancake when I make mine... haha!

jvds said...

i don't know why i didn't find a recipe like this earlier in my life. pancakes for breakfast every day is MY kind of living... made them this morning... delicious! thanks!

Jacqui said...

I made this recipe in my professional belgium waffle maker and it was divine. 1/8 c. sugar free syrup adds only 15 calories. Truly delish. Thanks for sharing.

Ali T said...

Made these for dinner tonight. My cottage-cheese-hating husband LOVED them. These are definitely making it onto a hand written recipe card.

Jacqui said...

Just thought I'd add one more comment.

I made these for my #1 daughter, and as she watched the ingredients going into the blender she commented, "Ew."

As soon as she took the first bite she said, "Amazing!"

I also made them for a slew of company this week and they got rave reviews. I think you may have a few more followers on your blog soon!

The Burbank Family said...

I was skeptical about them based on what is in them. Tried them this morning and forgot to add any sweetener or sugar. Added raspberries to them. They were great. Never been in love with buttermilk pancakes but these are yummy. Even my 5 year old loved them. Thanks for the recipe. It is yet another great recipe I have gotten from your blog!