I grew-up with a mother who was a health-nut, long before eating healthy was the in-thing to do. She made me eat some seriously un-tasty foods like dry, thick, dense buckwheat pancakes. My mouth is pastey just thinking about them. Way on the other end of the spectrum, she made these healthy, cottage cheese pancakes that were light and rich. I loved them.
I’ve been making these cottage cheese pancakes for the kiddos in my life for 20 years. When the nieces and nephews come to visit they always request these funny little pancakes. Through the years, I’ve tweaked the recipe and now MacGyver and Miss Enigma are learning how to cook them.
As part of our homeschool curriculum, the children are learning how to cook. They now have a number of breakfast recipes under their belt. My plan is to get their breakfast recipe guides all nice and pretty for you and post a series on FREE Printable Breakfast Guides for Children. We’ll start with these crepe like pancakes. I like them because they pack less “fluff” and more protein and dairy than traditional pancakes. You can find the FREE printable recipe guide at the end of this post.
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 tsp. real maple syrup
- ½ cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- pancake turner
*I start heating the griddle before we began mixing the pancakes so it is nice and hot.
Step 1: Blend eggs, cottage cheese and syrup (honey or agave can be used in place of the maple syrup).
- You can use a blender or a hand blender. I’ve used both through the years. The hand blender equals less clean-up for me.
Step 2: Add flour, baking powder and salt to egg mixture and blend gently.
- I use whole wheat pastry flour.
- Don’t over mix or it will get rubbery.
- If batter is too thick add a bit of milk.
Step 3: Spoon pancake batter onto hot griddle and flip when bubbly.
- I like the pancakes thinner, so I spread the batter out a little.
- The second side cooks very quickly.
I lightly grease my griddle with grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is heart healthy, high in antioxidants and cholesterol-lowering properties. It has a mild flavor and has a high smoke point, making it perfect for pancakes.
Step 4: Serve with fruit and maple syrup.
You can even make easy heart shaped pancakes with this recipe. It’s not too late to serve breakfast for a Valentine’s dinner treat.
The children can make pancake animals out of the heart shaped pancakes.
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