Who doesn’t love a stack of fluffy pancakes with warm maple syrup? This girl. They taste good going down, but the crash and then the immediate hunger from the simple carbs usually aren’t worth it for me. Though my family usually prefers waffles over pancakes for a morning treat, fluffy buttermilk pancakes from scratch still make appearances a few times a year in our house – usually when sleepovers happen or there is a special request. What you’ll never find in our house is traditional store bought pancake mix (chemicals and additives for breakfast, no thank you) and Log Cabin “syrup.” Yuck.
I made almond flour pancakes for years before seeing cottage cheese being used in pancakes and have been a fan ever since. They are reminiscent of our house favorite Dutch Baby Pancakes or Birthday Crepes. The cottage cheese combined with fresh lemon zest, a bit of sweetness from the banana, a handful of blueberries scattered on top and you have yourself a delicious, satisfying dish. Top it off with some butter and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. One of my favorite ways to enjoy these pancakes and increase the protein and fiber even more is to add a dollop of raspberry chia seed jam. Yum!
High Protein Pancakes
I have long been a fan of pancakes that include fiber and protein to avoid that post meal crash. High protein cottage cheese along with almond flour will keep you satisfied much longer than traditional pancakes and are just as tasty and easy to make. Add some fiber rich blueberries and you have yourself a delicious start to your day.
- 6 pastured eggs
- 1 banana
- 1 lemon, zested
- 1½ cups cottage cheese
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¾ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Optional toppings: Kerrygold butter, pure maple syrup, blueberries, chia berry jam
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle on medium-high heat. Add a little coconut oil and spread around with a pastry brush or paper towel. Add the pancake batter in batches, cooking for a few minutes on each side, or until golden. Top as desired.