Saturday, May 7, 2011

Recipe: Powerhouse Pancakes

I woke up today craving pancakes. Most pancake recipes aren't that healthy though, because they contain a good amount of sugar and no fiber. I then remembered a recipe for healthy pancakes that my dad used to make a lot. I like to call them Powerhouse Pancakes (or waffles). They're super easy, healthy and yummy! Plus they're a great recipe to make for your mom on Mother's Day!

Powerhouse Pancakes or Waffles


  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Small handful walnuts or almonds (optional)
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • Toppings: agave syrup, pure maple syrup, 100% all fruit preserves or fresh fruit

Place cottage cheese, egg, cinnamon, nutmeg into blender or food processor and add oats and baking powder last. A hand blender works best. Blend until smooth, the consistency of thick pancake batter. Heat griddle or medium pan on medium heat, add butter to pan. Pan/griddle is ready when you place a few drops of water onto it and water sizzles immediately. Pour batter onto griddle/pan to make pancake. Cook until bubbles appear on top of pancake and edge of pancake appears dry. Flip pancake and cook about 2 more minutes until batter is cooked through. Serve with topping of your choice. This batter can also be cooked in a waffle maker. One pancake is full of fiber and protein which will keep you feeling full for a while. One powerhouse pancake topped with agave syrup is very low on the glycemic index and is great for diabetics. This means the sugar in the agave syrup releases slowly in the bloodstream, instead of spiking really fast like other syrups. My Pa is diabetic and he loves these pancakes.

Yields: 1 serving, double ingredients to make two pancakes


  1. This recipe sounds wonderful! We will give it a try.

  2. Thank you for trying it! I love taking classic recipes and giving them a unique and healthy twist. -Lizzie

  3. delicious!...i'm on a low carb, low fat diet and used fat free cottage cheese and sugar free syrup...thanks so much lizzie for the healthy alternative to a breakfast favorite

  4. This is a great diabetic friendly recipe! If you don't mind, I would like to share this with a link to your blog on my site for Sole Food Friday where I share food recipes and ideas to keep diabetics healthy and on their feet! Thanks for your wonderful ideas.

  5. Your pancakes put IHOP to shame!