Cottage cheese pancakes were one of my very favorite breakfast dishes my Mom made growing up; they were comforting, delicious and little did I know, full of protein. I remember thinking they might sound weird to others so I would always quietly give my friends a disclaimer when they’d stay over night and join us for breakfast. I would always tell them, “You have to try the cottage cheese pancakes, trust me, they’re SO good!” Some would look at them apprehensively, but after trying them, they were always going for seconds or thirds.
Today, I think most people have heard of cottage cheese pancakes or tried them in some shape or form; whether it be during pregnancy, after reading a what to expect type book or the health conscious who know they’re full of protein and a nice way to enjoy a comforting breakfast food that gives you a fuller tummy for a busy morning or pre-workout.
Fluffy & Creamy Version
This recipe is a fluffier version of the healthy cottage cheese pancakes. My Mom made a crispier version for us growing up; crispy on the outside, (sometimes too crispy as my Father joked when my Mom burned them) chewy and creamy on the inside. I will post a recipe for the crispier cottage cheese pancakes at a later time. I’m posting this version of my cottage cheese pancakes recipe now because it seems to be the type my boys prefer at this point. Hopefully when they’re a little older they’ll appreciate the crispy pancakes as I did, but now it’s not as pleasurable for their palettes.
My husband and I love the chunks of cottage cheese in these pancakes, but the kids don’t care for them (even though they love cottage cheese on it’s own…..kids….). So, to make everyone happy I do use an immersion blender on just a few pulses to smooth out the lumps once I finalize my wet mix, just before adding it to the dry flour mix. This gives these pancakes a smooth and creamy texture that pleases the masses.
The Zest Factor
I highly recommend you add lemon zest to this recipe as written. It takes these cottage cheese pancakes from good to great! When I add the lemon zest instead of just lemon juice all 4 of my boys rave about them and I hear a lot of “Mmm mmm’s” coming from the table. If you don’t own a microplane yet, get one! It makes a world of difference for a recipe like this. It’s so fast and effortless adding your zest this way.
Serve with Real Goodness
As with any pancakes on this site, I will always recommend real maple syrup, honey or jam on these. Don’t let those fake syrups full of high fructose corn syrup come near your homemade cottage cheese pancakes. Add real berries too. These are great with fresh blueberries or strawberries.