WW Recipe of the Day: Skinny Cottage Cheese Power Pancakes
I made the yummiest cottage cheese pancakes Sunday morning. Made with ground oats, cottage cheese, and egg whites, my friend, Tricia, calls them "Weight Watchers Power Pancakes."
I love the taste of pancakes, but traditional light and fluffy pancakes made with 100% white flour, topped with syrup, are terrible fuel for my body.
All those refined carbohydrates give me a sugar rush—quickly followed by a crash—that leaves me cranky, shaky, and feeling ravenous. It's a roller coaster ride I try to avoid.
Why did it take me so long to realize that pancakes are essentially flat cakes, made from the same ingredients as cake, but in slightly different proportions?
But cottage cheese pancakes or "Power Pancakes" packed with protein, that's another matter entirely. I was excited to test them out.
And hoped they wouldn't taste "too healthy," if you know what I mean.
Processing the ingredients in a blender (affiliate link) resulted in a smooth batter with no trace of cottage cheese. These cottage cheese pancakes are not as light and fluffy as traditional pancakes. They are thinner and a little chewy.
But they didn't scream "healthy" either. They tasted enough like "real" pancakes to be truly satisfying and because they are high in protein, they kept me full for several hours.
This healthy pancake recipe doesn't have any sugar in the batter, which is fine for me. The fruit and drizzle of syrup on top provided enough sweetness.
But if you like sweeter pancakes, you may want to add a tablespoon of sugar to the batter, just remember to adjust the Weight Watchers Points accordingly.
To find the balance between what is good for your body and what tastes good can be tricky. For me, these cottage pancakes do a great job of satisfying my body's need for a morning dose of protein and my taste bud's desire for pancakes.
How Many Calories and WW Points in Cottage Cheese Pancakes?
According to my calculations, each serving (4 4-inch pancakes) has about 276 calories and
7 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
7 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
7 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Cottage Cheese Pancakes Recipe
- ¼ cup oats, pulsed in the blender to make "oat flour"
- 2 heaping tablespoons Heart Smart Bisquick
- 2 egg whites
- ½ cup non-fat cottage cheese
- 3 tablespoons non-fat milk or more if necessary
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to achieve a nice pancake batter consistency.
- Scrape the mixture out into a bowl.
- Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lightly coat the pan with nonstick cooking spray. The pan is ready when a drop of water sizzles in the pan.
- Pour a ¼-cup portion of batter into the pan. (You should have enough for 4 pancakes, which may or may not all fit in the pan at once. If not. Cook them in batches.)
- Cook until the batter begins to look set, and the underside is lightly browned 2 - 3 minutes.
- Gently flip and continue to cook until both sides are lightly browned and the insides are cooked through, 2 - 3 more minutes.
- Repeat with any remaining batter.
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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What is heart smart bisquik please and can l buy it in England. And please don't keep calling me Katharine l am always called Kay ! ! !
I don't the Bisquick is a pancake/baking mix available here in the US. I don't think you can buy it it England. I would substitute self-rising flour, which I think is much more common in England that it is here. If you don't have self-rising flour, substitute flour and a pinch (1/8th teaspoon) baking soda. Hope this helps.
Please forgive me, I hope this isn’t a dumb question; but can the pancakes be made ahead of time and frozen? Or will that compromise the taste and/or texture when it comes time to heat and serve the pancakes?
Hi Liz, I haven't tried to make them ahead and freeze them, but I think it should work fine. Please let us know how it works out for you should you decide to try it. I have microwaved leftover refrigerated pancakes with good success.
Martha, could I substitute Bisquick for Kodiak mix?
Peggy, yes you can substitute Bisquick for Kodiak mix!
I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN USING FLOUR EGGS AND MILK TO MAKE THEM T HE WAY I MAKE T HEM, INSEAD OF USING ALL THE STUFF LISTED ON HER TO MAKE THESE PANCAKES..LOOK LIKE THEY WOULD HAVE MORE POINTS..THANK YOU..
I used this recipe with gluten free bisquick (available in Michigan). They were the lightest, most delicious pancakes EVER! Thank you so much.
Hi Beverly, Thanks for letting us know! ~Martha
I have made these several times. I eat 2 of the pancakes & refrigerate the other 2 for a quick & easy breakfast warmed up in the microwave the next day.
Excellent....my husband loved them
I made them this morning using regular Bisquick, they were delicious, I'm afraid I'm hooked now. Please give them a try, exactly as the recipe states, you won't be disappointed.
Thank You Martha
The best ever, without guilt.
I love them
Save yolks for pasta dough!