Protein Pancakes*

I am going to confess something to you guys. I am a comfort eater. Which should come as no surprise considering I have a food blog and call myself a Foodie. I have been a “comfort” eater all of my life. When I am bored, my first thought is to go bake or pour through my cookbooks. Get togethers with friends or family always somehow are surrounded by food. Before moving to Jacksonville I was doing such a good job on weight watchers and loosing weight. I was motivated and happy with my life and was doing so well at sticking to my diet. But then we moved to Jacksonville. And my best friend, Jorge is gone 50% of the time. This month he has spent 2 weeks of it traveling for work. Next month, May, he will spend 2 1/2 weeks traveling for work. Which leaves me alone in a city where I know a handful of people. I try to keep myself busy and I try to go back home to Tampa as much as I can…but we have pets and they require my attention at home. So since moving to Jacksonville, I have done a really crappy job of sticking to  Weight Watchers. So I wanted to share with anyone else out there struggling, you are not alone. I am here fighting the urge to eat the Little Debbies I bought for my niece and nephew with the rest of you. But I am hoping by announcing it to the interwebs that I will do better tomorrow…and the day after that…and the day after that too.

So to help fight the good fight, I have Protein Pancakes. These pancakes are different from any other pancakes I have ever had. The three main ingredients are cottage cheese, oats, and egg whites. I have heard about them a few times before and kind of ignored them. But this week Jorge is in Boston for work and I needed a healthy breakfast that felt like it wasn’t healthy. These Protein Pancakes did an excellent job of that! I will not lie to you like some other bloggers and tell you these taste just like the real thing. They don’t, but they are extremely close. And while they taste a little tangy if you try them plain…once you give them a healthy dose of sugar free syrup, they are a great substitute!


Protein Pancakes

Yield: 8 large pancakes

Recipe Note: You can swap the Truvia for Splenda, or regular sugar if you would rather! :-)


2 cups egg whites
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups low fat cottage cheese
2 packets truvia
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt


Combine everything in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Heat a griddle pan or non stick skillet over medium heat. Add a spritz of olive oil (or pam).

Add 1/3 cup of batter to the pan. Heat until bubbles form and start to pop. Carefully flip over and cook through.

Place cooked pancakes on an oven proof plate and let rest in a 200 degree F oven while you cook the rest of the pancakes.

Top with your favorite sugar free syrup.

Per 2 Large Pancakes: Cal 266, Fat 3, Carb 30, Fiber 4.5, Protein 32
Weight watchers Points Plus: 7 Points

Inspired by: Spark Recipes


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34 Responses to “Protein Pancakes”

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    notyet100 — April 21, 2011 @ 5:51 am

    ummm deliciopus,..feel like eating one now,

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    Chiara — April 21, 2011 @ 6:03 am

    I wish I could find oats around here… I’m struggling with my breakfasts so it would help a bunch!

    • Jessica replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 3:33 am

      I can’t imagine not being able to find Oats! It’s such an every day thing here.

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    Sam LaM — April 21, 2011 @ 6:14 am

    Hang in there! My boyfriend spends a lot of time away from home as well, something like 21/31 days a month he’s out of town, staying at a hotel. We both have been having trouble with eating habits, me especially. I just moved from Sarasota to Orlando to live with him, so I’m also two hours away from all of my family. You’re not alone! Keep at it!

    By the way, these pancakes look like something I would want to eat. Do they keep well? Can I freeze them and send them off with boyfriend?

    • Jessica replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 3:34 am

      Thanks Sam! It’s nice to know that there are other people out there fighting the same crappy odds too!

      And I really am not sure how they would freeze. The texture is different from a normal pancake and I am not 100% sure they would survive the freezer. :-(

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    Stephanie — April 21, 2011 @ 6:50 am

    not bad at all… reminds me of my protein pancakes but those were ready made! these look way better and as you say, great substitute!
    def making one of these…

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    kerri — April 21, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    i know how you feel jess, i’m the same way. and i did the exact same thing when rick and i were apart. i know you have it in you. :) i miss you guys tremendously. <3

    • Jessica replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 3:35 am

      I miss you too pretty lady! 😉

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    Kim @ Feed Me, Seymour — April 21, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    My comfort food of choice in college was poptarts… I’m ashamed to admit it, but if I had finals or a huge paper due, I’d turn to my trusty friend, the frosted poptart, for help. Embarrassing, yes.

    Now, however, I can turn to these awesome looking pancakes!!!!! They deserve a lot of exclamation points. I can’t wait to try them out this weekend for Saturday breakfast!

    • Jessica replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 3:36 am

      Girl!! You don’t even know! I used to eat Poptarts every morning for breakfast in highschool. Seriously, every morning. You have no idea how disappointed I was when I actually learned how fattening they were. Lol!

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    elle marie — April 21, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    I’ve always loved to bake, cook when I was young, but I was still TOO skinny, I think it was me tasting my work, by the time it came to actually sitting down and enjoying it, I didn’t want any, when I got older, and metabolism became slower, and after recovering from breaking my knee TWICE, which resulted in weight gain, I still, while dieting was very much interesting in baking, cooking, and my other hobbies, but what worked for me was to just “have one”, or a small slice, if its cooking, just a small portion, I could still, and do enjoy my food and desserts but in very controlled portions, BUT all bets are off during any holiday DAY… like Easter, while I got back to my goal, I sill enjoyed what a baked but in small portions. That’s what has, is working for me.

    • Jessica replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 3:37 am

      That’s a great tip Elle! Portion control is always super important and I really need to work on getting better with it 😉

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — April 21, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    These look SO good! I make a version with oats and egg whites…but I always feel like it’s dry…perhaps it’s cottage cheese or skim ricotta that I’m missing!

    • Jessica replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 3:38 am

      Oh yes! I would definitely try adding in some Cottage Cheese (or ricotta or even Greek yogurt)! :-) Oats and Egg Whites just sounds plain! haha

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    Chris Pedersen — April 21, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    Awwwwwww! You sweet thing… I want to hug you and make it better.

    • Jessica replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 3:38 am

      I’ll take all the hugs I can get 😉

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    Amber Lewis @ Caleigh's Kitchen — April 21, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    1- I am right there with you, I was doing great losing weight on WW also..then winter came around, and I started my food blog…and I if I am going to spend a lot of time in the kitchen…I want it to be real good food…not real healthy food. It is a constant struggle for sure!

    2- I am also extremely over the top happy that Glee is 90 min next week…I am a Gleek and proud of it!

    • Jessica replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 3:39 am

      1. So glad to hear I am not alone!

      2. Team Rachel! If you are Team Quinn we can’t be friends. 😉

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    Shannon O'Connell — April 21, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    Hi Jessica! I am with you! If you need a WW buddy (in Delaware, but still a buddy) I’d be happy to help. I’ve been on it since New Years. It’s tough. People who aren’t doing it don’t understand. So, you are welcome to email me any time. I know I need the motivation, too. : )

    • Jessica replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 3:40 am

      Thanks so much Shannon! I am so lucky to have so many amazing ladies like you offering support! :-)

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    Don — April 21, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    I was playing with making healthy pancakes as well. I used 6 oz vanilla yougurt, 1/2 cup 2% milk, combo of whole wheat flour and oat flour (that I made by food processing oats). They came out very close in texture and taste to buttermilk pancakes. I left out sugar becuase of the yogurt. Neext I am going to try adding fruit.

    • Jessica replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 3:40 am

      Oh that sounds great Don! I think next weekend I will give these another go with that equation!

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    mom — April 21, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    Those look yummy let’s make them next week 😉

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    ErinsFoodFiles — April 22, 2011 @ 1:00 am

    Girl I have not been doing so great with the WW either! My biggest downfall is drinking! I mean, I am not an alcoholic, I don’t drink every day, and I most often don’t even get “drunk”. But DAMN those points add up FAST when it’s alcohol. :(

    Your pancakes look beautiful!

    • Jessica replied: — April 22nd, 2011 @ 3:43 am

      “I mean, I am not an alcoholic, I don’t drink every day” -That made me LOL

      WW are totally party poopers when it comes to points and alcohol :-( However I have found that OceanSpray Diet Cranberry Pomegranate Juice and 3 Olives Pomegranate vodka make an amazing low cal/low point grown up koolaid! Just please don’t blame me when you wake up the next day with no idea where you are. 😉

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    Lynne — April 23, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    yummy! these look delicious!

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    Danielle — April 23, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    What a great pancake recipe to start the day! I love having pancakes but they just don’t cut it for me with so little protein. I will have to try these sometime soon!

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    Fiona — May 10, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    They look delicious! I also love the fact that they are very healthy.

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    Eliana — May 13, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    These look delicious Jessica. Now I know what I will be having for breakfast tomorrow morning.

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    Marcia — April 9, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

    These are my favorite~!! eat them all the time!

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