Protein Pancakes (gluten free)

I feel everyone loves those diner pancakes on a late Sunday morning or late at night with friends. The only problem with this type of pancake for me is that they make me feel like a heavy brick is in my stomach the rest of the day. So I set out to try creating pancakes that don't leave me feeling sluggish and could also give other benefits (how this one has a high protein content).


I also enjoy trying to make food recipes with not that many ingredients, which reduce costs and pantry complexity! I usually like to make these if I work out in the morning because it helps give me that protein boost that a shake would also do.


I would recommend serving these with fruit on top like in my picture below. They taste so yummy when paired with the natural sugars of the fruit. If you are feeling really crazy, you can put the blue berries in a small sauce pan with a little water and a small amount of sugar or honey and cook them slightly to make a blueberry sauce!






Recipe:

Servings: 2 (makes 4 pancakes)


Ingredients:

1/2 cup cottage cheese (I used whole milk, but it can also work with skim)

1/2 cup rolled oats or oat flour!

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp honey

1 egg

Spray cooking oil for cooking


Optional:

chocolate chips

blueberries


Directions:

1. I made my own own flour using a food processor with a 1/2 cup of oats, but you can skip this step if you have oat flour on hand. If making the flour, pour the oats in a food processor and process for around 1 min, or until it looks powder-like.


2. This next part can be done using a hand mixer, food processor, or a blender. Combine all the ingredients in the machine of choice (except cooking oil) and process until uniform in consistency.


3. Heat a medium skillet with cooking spray on medium high heat. Using a spoon, drop your batter into 4 medium-sized pancakes onto the skillet. Cook for about 2 min and then you can add whatever toppings you want in the pancakes. After about another 2 minutes, carefully flip your pancakes. You may need to add a little more cooking spray to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium/medium low and cook for 4 minutes, or until when you press down with the spatula, the insides feel cooked/firm.


4. Serve with butter, syrup and/or fruit!



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