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Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes

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Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes

These cottage cheese protein pancakes taste like regular pancakes, just not as thick fluffy. Which is perfectly OK because the pancakes are fluffy enough, light and you would never taste the protein powder. And you know the protein pancake recipe is good, when it’s made with pea protein powder and is delicious.

Have you ever tasted pea protein powder? No?! Well, let me tell you, that stuff is nasty. It tastes and smells just like plain split peas. But ironically it’s super good for you.:)

And I love green split pea soup but not plain split peas. I remember as a kid having mashed split peas with liver patties at the daycare. And it was a communist country federal daycare, not your next door neighbour’s licensed daycare with Miss Jenny saying “I’m so sorry I hurt your feelings, Benny”. Just to clarify, you were not allowed to leave the table until the plate was empty. Yeah, I still have nightmares about mashed split peas.

Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes on plate

Anyways, these cottage cheese protein pancakes are delicious, meaty and moist. They are not dry at all. I do not share bad recipes, I promise. In fact, I have to give a full credit for this recipe to an amazing girl Missy who is a Beachbody coach. She is a founder of Rock It MOM Fitness and if you need a booty kick, she is your girl!

These protein pancakes contain only 1 g of sugar, 9 g of carbs and 11 g of protein. And they hit the spot and satisfy the sweet tooth craving. You know that feeling when you crave something sweet and loaded with carbs?! These are perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes ingredients

The ingredients. I did my best and I live by 80/20 rule. I used free run egg whites as to find organic ones are work. I usually go for full fat dairy but this time I grabbed low fat. I honestly don’t know why because at same time I grabbed homo milk and full fat feta cheese. Oh, wait, I had 2 kids in tow.:)

I’m obviously running out of “organic” vanilla that mom brought me from Mexico. Certified on the vanilla bean field by Pedro more likely.:) Just kidding.

I obviously forgot to include stevia and quick oats in the main ingredients photo above. You could use rolled oats as well or liquid stevia. Also if your protein powder is sweetened, use less stevia.

Despite the yucky taste of pea protein powder, I quite like it. Mostly, because I got another lb to use and it’s paid for. Seriously, I like it because it’s non-GMO and plant based.

Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes ingredients in blender

Blend all ingredients in a blender. Adding liquids first helps. Just until smooth.

Spray large skillet with cooking spray and cook just like regular pancakes. You always want to preheat the skillet for best results when making pancakes. When you see bubbles on top, it’s time to flip the pancakes. Do not try to lift the pancakes and peek underneath. It breaks the seal and is not a proper pancake cooking technique.:)

Cooking Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes on skillet

Then the pancakes are done. That’s it. They are so easy and tasty.

The most fun part is to dress them up. Seriously go for whatever you feel like. When it comes to protein pancakes I like to add some cottage cheese on top. When I’m not on a quest to see the abs, this is exactly the way I would eat my pancakes – with some organic maple syrup, sliced bananas and nuts. And coffeeeeeeeee. I’m addicted to coffee. It’s getting worse. But it’s not the worst addiction to have, right?!

Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes on plate topped with bananas and hazelnuts

These low carb cottage cheese protein pancakes are refrigerator and freezer friendly, which makes them perfect for meal preps. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months in an airtight container. You could also prepare a batter a day in advance, refrigerate and make the pancakes the next day.

These pancakes were approved by Alex. Before he would give me dirty looks when I was making egg whites+banana+protein powder pancakes and wouldn’t eat them. But now I have to share. Sigh. Okaaaaaaay, here is 1 pancake for you, Alex. Enjoy!

Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes topped with sliced bananas and hazelnuts

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Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes Recipe with egg whites, banana, oats and plant based protein powder, fluffy with no flour.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 pancakes
Calories: 101kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 1 cup egg whites
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 yellow banana if over ripen use less stevia, medium
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 scoops 66 g plant based protein powder (I used pea), unsweetened (if using sweetened reduce amount of stevia)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp stevia powdered
  • Cooking spray I use Misto


  • Add all ingredients, listed in the order above, to a blender and process until smooth.
  • Preheat large skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Pour some pancake batter on a skillet, I fit 4 pancakes on a 12" skillet, and cook for 4-5minutes or until you see bubbles on top. Do not lift to check for doneness otherwise you break the seal. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve hot with some fruit, nuts, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months in an airtight container.


    Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
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    1. Hello! These pancakes look great however I can’t eat oats or banana. I’m wondering what the purpose of each is (so I can attempt a substitute) or if you can suggest a substitute? Thank you!

    2. Hi Olena, I happen to come across a recipe of yours through the Yummly app and have ventured over to your blog to check out more of your recipes. With this recipe, what would you recommend for a cottage cheese substitute? We do not eat dairy in our household.

      1. 5 stars
        Lactaid makes cottage cheese for us lactose intolerant folks! It would be in the cottage cheese section as well. I’ve been using this to make my pancakes and still turns out DELISH!

    3. Hi Olena,
      I have been making protein pancakes before but I have never incorporate protein powder, nor have cooked with it. I have vanilla whey isoflex in the house instead of the one you used in this recipe. Could you please post it if you have it handy?
      Thanks Alot!

    4. Hi, I was wondering if you could use yogurt or sour cream instead of cottage cheese. Maybe add some baking powder if needed. Thanks

      1. Hi Debbie. Hmm, I haven’t tried that in this particular recipe, so I don’t know how the consistency will change. I know cottage cheese is quite thicker than yogurt, especially once blended greek yogurt becomes really thin. I haven’t cooked with sour cream for years because usually it has so many additives. Also I have this 4 Ingredient Protein Oatmeal Pancake with yogurt but it has to be made with whey protein powder. Hope this helps.

    5. Hi Olena, just stumbled upon your website through Instagram and wanted to say it all the recipes look so tasty, and most importantly easy! That’s a must for a busy body like me. Your split pea story was so funny, brought back my own memories of being forced to eat split pea school in school, except mine ended with me vomiting all over the table! Lol

      1. Simple and healthy is the way to go. I don’t have time for browning the butter.:) I think every child who grew up in the former USSR has a split pea horror story.:) Worse than split pea were liver patties and liver cakes. Oh my, you poor thing. Poor poor Soviet kids LOL

    6. These look absolutely delicious and super healthy. Never heard or tried pea powder…interesting. About the story….yeah…nightmares about school too. Where they would slap your hand,pull your ear…and so on.

      1. Hmm, I guess I was a good student. Just kidding. I don’t remember being abused except for mashed split peas lunch.:) It was strict for sure, which is not a bad thing in a way. Just don’t freaking feed me liver and peas LOL.

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