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Post-run Pancakes

Posted in: Breakfast ♦ Sunday, July 18th, 2010, 3:21 pm ♦ 21 Comments
Post-run Pancakes

This morning towards the end of my long Sunday morning run, I started thinking about what I wanted for breakfast (which leads me to wonder whether I run to eat, or eat to run?) I started thinking through some of the usuals: protein shake, eggs, yogurt and granola, but nothing seemed too exciting. Then the idea of protein pancakes popped into my head, so I made a quick stop at the grocery store (drenched in sweat) to grab the ingredients I didn’t have.

I got home, took a much needed shower…and grabbed the blender.

My amazing sister and her equally awesome husband gave me this recipe awhile back and I have been meaning to try it, but always forget! Kyle is more of a waffle guy, so I seldom get me some pancakes ☺ Today, however, was my day for breakfast. After all, I’m the one who ran ten miles instead of sleeping in, right?

From what I’ve been told, my sister’s husband Nick developed this recipe when she was training for a bodybuilding/physique competition. They are a great alternative to traditional pancakes since you use oats instead of flour and the addition of cottage cheese and egg whites make them protein packed!

Health benefits

Cottage cheese- low in fat, high in protein, high in calcium
Egg whites- high in protein, low in cholesterol and fat. Contain riboflavin and selenium along with essential vitamins such as folate, B12, niacin betaine and choline
Oats- high in fiber, cancer fighting phyto-chemicals, blood glucose and insulin regulating properties, and lower bad cholesterol.

The original recipe is for plain pancakes, but I threw in some blueberries, vanilla extract, and lemon zest just to spice it up! They turned out amazing. I loved them, AND Kyle loved them. Now if I can just convert them into waffles….

Try these pancakes today! They are so good you won’t even believe they are healthy!
Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes

(makes 8-10 small pancakes)
12 egg whites (I used a carton of organic because we had it)
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups lowfat cottage cheese
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
Blueberries (optional)
Honey (optional)

In a blender combine egg whites, oats, cottage cheese, lemon zest, vanilla, and pinch of salt. Blend until smooth.
Meanwhile, heat 8-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Pour batter into skillet in batches. Sprinkle a few blueberries on batter if desired. Flip and cook other side.
Transfer to a plate, top with more blueberries, lemon zest, and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!

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21 Responses to “Post-run Pancakes”

  1. Posted by: Erica L.
    July 18th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Am I allowed to subscribe to your blog even if I’m not a “house-wife?”

  2. Posted by: Healthy Housewife
    July 18th, 2010 at 4:10 pm


  3. Posted by: angela
    July 19th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    These look AMAZING. Our kids take turns making breakfast (and other meals!) and I will be passing this recipe on to them. Yum!!

  4. Posted by: Marti
    July 22nd, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    These look amazing! I have been craving pancakes, but not the carbs and agony. I’ve got a pile of old-fashioned oats in the cupboard. I’m headed to Costco tomorrow and can grab the cottage cheese! And there are blueberries in the fridge-a-roo!

    You’ve solve my dilemma and now I can look forward to breakfast again!

  5. Posted by: Maria
    July 22nd, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    What a great breakfast treat!

  6. July 22nd, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    These look awesomely delicious! I’ll have to make them and see if my pancake-obsessed younger son will like them.

    I love the look of your blog and your photos are fantastic! I saw you over at Tasty Kitchen and your Green Monster post drew me in and over here! :-)

  7. Posted by: Healthy Housewife
    July 22nd, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks so much for your comment! Hope your son likes them :)

  8. Posted by: Healthy Housewife
    July 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I appreciate your comment :) I’m honored you visited my blog! I’ve been following yours for awhile and love it!

  9. Posted by: Healthy Housewife
    July 22nd, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Great to hear! Hope you enjoy!

  10. Posted by: Nicole
    July 23rd, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I made these for breakfast this morning and they were quite tasty (the husband and teenage son agreed), although mine weren’t quite as beautiful and fluffy as yours. I think next time I’ll add some baking powder to make them fluff up a bit. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Posted by: Amanda
    July 26th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I think you could modify this for smaller amounts. I usually eat breakfast on my own, so I think it would be possible to do this with 2 egg whites, 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, and 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese (or Greek Yogurt), with the other ingredients to taste. Very cool recipe though. Thanks!

  12. Posted by: Healthy Housewife
    July 26th, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Absolutely! I doubled the original recipe because the hubby can eat ALOT. For a single serving I would try 4 egg whites, 1/4 cup of oatmeal and 1/4 cup cottage cheese. Let me know how it turns out! Thanks for your comment

  13. Posted by: Susan
    August 20th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I’ve been looking for something to feed my 14 year old son for those days when he has sports practice after a long school day. This looks perfect. Thank you.

  14. Posted by: Danielle
    September 6th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I tried these pancakes and I can’t seem to stop making them! SOOO good I got tired of the blueberries so I did bananas and then I ate that every day for a week haha and then I added PEANUT BUTTER! So good! They come out thicker but are delicious

  15. March 23rd, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    [...] I discovered this fabulous recipe on the below blog and only tweaked it a little (I used less egg white and added baking powder) [...]

  16. Posted by: afracooking
    March 23rd, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Since I discovered this fabulous recipe about a year ago it has been a regular on my breakfast table. I like it so much that when I recently started my own blog I just had to post it. Thank you so much!

  17. Posted by: Cassidy
    October 5th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    These look perfect for our breakfast tomorrow morning! If I wanted to make them cinnamon flavored, do you have suggestions on how much to add? Would you still add the vanilla? (I am TERRIBLE at adapting recipes! :) ) Also, its too funny that I stumbled upon this page while looking for recipes and actually know Angela who posted back in 2010! Small world!

  18. Posted by: zephra milde
    March 3rd, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Does anyone think these could be made without egg whites? Maybe flaxseed eggs instead? Any other suggestions for a vegan?

  19. Posted by: Christina
    March 3rd, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Wow! These sound so delicious. Gluten free is an added plus in my book. I am always looking for GF recipes that I think my family will enjoy – pancakes + blueberries – that works. Just wonder if we could do dark chocolate chips instead of the berries. We are a family of chocolate lovers! Can’t wait to peruse the rest of your blog.

  20. Posted by: Healthy Housewife
    March 6th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    You can add in any ingredients you would rather! I’m sure chocolate chips would be delightful :)

  21. Posted by: Healthy Housewife
    March 6th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    The egg whites are what help them puff up since they do not have flour

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