Protein Pancakes (gluten-free, whole grain options)

These protein pancakes get a nutritional boost from cottage cheese and Greek yogurt! The recipe makes enough for just two people but you can easily double or even quadruple the recipe. Can be made gluten-free or whole grain.

Protein pancakes don’t sound exactly appetizing but seriously… these are so good and you don’t need to be put off by the protein in the title! There’s lots of cottage cheese in these pancakes but all it does is make the pancakes less bready and more moist.

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I’m a terribly messy person. And this also applies to the fridge.

These delicious protein pancakes get a nutritional boost from cottage cheese and Greek yogurt! The recipe makes enough for just two people but you can easily double or even quadruple the recipe. Can be made gluten-free or whole grain.

I buy stuff intending to bake with it and then I get a different idea, buy more, get another idea, and so on. Today was get rid of the cottage cheese and Greek yogurt day.

I’m not really into thick pancakes. I always spread them out with the measuring cup I used to pour them into the pan.

These are SO soft. I don’t know if I would say fluffy, just because they’re so thin, but super soft. Just like my gluten-free Swedish pancakes and paleo buttermilk pancakes!

These delicious and easy protein pancakes get a nutritional boost from cottage cheese and Greek yogurt! The recipe makes enough for just two people but you can easily double or even quadruple the recipe. Can be made gluten-free or whole grain.

Something else that I love about them is how good they are cold. I ate these from the fridge all day and they were awesome. I just couldn’t get my mind off of them. To add even more protein to your breakfast, add these egg bites.

This recipe is easily doubled, which is how I prefer to make them. I like to have some for the week to make my mornings a little brighter. It’s nice to have something to wake up to early in the morning. :)

These have absolutely no added sugar of any type, but I didn’t even notice as I had some super flavorful strawberry sauce. If you want, you could add a teaspoon or two of honey or sugar or whatever you like. It shouldn’t affect the pancakes.

These easy and delicious protein pancakes get a nutritional boost from cottage cheese and Greek yogurt! The recipe makes enough for just two people but you can easily double or even quadruple the recipe. Can be made gluten-free or whole grain.

Most of my recipes these days are dairy-free and vegan but unfortunately I couldn’t find a way to veganize these. Chia or flax eggs might work in place of the eggs (though I’m not sure) and dairy-free yogurt would work for the Greek yogurt, but then there’s cottage cheese. And I can’t think of a good sub.

These banana pancakes can also be made gluten-free and also have a vegan option! I usually have a batch sitting in my freezer for emergency snacks.

Enjoy! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas (if you celebrate) and are having a great start to 2019. :)

Protein Pancakes (gluten-free, whole wheat options)

Rated 5.0 by 5 readers
Protein Pancakes (gluten-free, whole grain options)
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  • Yield: 6 5" pancakes


  • 2 tablespoons rolled or quick oats (make sure to use GF oats if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons 1-to-1 Gluten-free Baking Flour for a gluten-free version or whole wheat, whole spelt or all-purpose flour for a non-GF version
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large (50 grams each, out of shell) eggs
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) cottage cheese (I used full-fat)
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon oil of choice (I like coconut oil or olive oil)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Pour the oats in the food processor pulse about 5-10 times until they're chopped more finely.
  2. Then add all the other ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. There definitely shouldn't be any lumps.
  3. Heat a non-stick medium pan over medium heat. Make a 5" pancakes and cook for about 2 minutes before flipping over and cooking for another 1-2 minutes.

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  • Yasemin says
    October 14, 2019 @ 7:23 pm

    Omg so glad To find your website. I loved the idea of putting yogurt in it but I can’t eat cheese :( do you think it is ok to leave it off ?

    • Erin replies to Yasemin
      October 15, 2019 @ 7:31 pm

      Like I said in the post, I don’t know of a good sub. :( It makes up a big part of the recipe so you can’t leave it out. This recipe might work, though – paleo pancakes. I hope that helps!

  • Shams says
    April 5, 2019 @ 7:57 am

    Hello Erin,

    What the easiest way to show this recipe. It looks delicious, I will definitely try it as soon as possible.

    • Erin replies to Shams
      April 5, 2019 @ 1:17 pm

      Hello! What do you mean by show the recipe? I hope you’ll enjoy the pancakes! :)

  • Lo says
    January 23, 2019 @ 12:43 am

    Made these and they were delicious! I love how thin they are. I cooked them on medium/low for a little longer than the recipe said to so that they were not quite as mushy in the middle as my first batch. Served with maple syrup or blueberry jam. Thanks for the creative recipe!

    • Erin replies to Lo
      January 24, 2019 @ 8:35 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m glad that you enjoyed them. :) And good that you found a way to cook them so that they weren’t mushy. Mine weren’t but all stoves vary! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Mary Walton
    January 18, 2019 @ 10:51 am

    The color of pancalkes is so attractive. This definitely makes the cut! Thank you for sharing. Ccan’t wait to try it at home and report back with my results!

  • jenna urben says
    January 17, 2019 @ 1:41 am

    These look so good!! I love that they’re made for two :)

  • Kelly says
    January 15, 2019 @ 1:20 am

    Now this is a great way to start the day. Love how fluffy and delicious they look!

    • Erin replies to Kelly
      January 19, 2019 @ 1:50 pm

      Thank you! Hope you can give them a try. :)

  • Alisa Fleming says
    January 14, 2019 @ 4:53 pm

    It’s been ages since I’ve made pancakes for breakfast. They always sound a little too indulgent in the a.m. So I love the idea of going protein-powered with them!

    • Erin replies to Alisa Fleming
      January 19, 2019 @ 1:48 pm

      I’m with you! I always end up in a carb coma. But not with these!

  • Kortney says
    January 13, 2019 @ 8:08 pm

    I wonder what a sub for cottage cheese would be? I wouldn’t be surprised to see something come on the markets this year… the tricky part is to ensure it is as protein packed as cottage cheese. I will definitely need to try these next time I need to clean out the fridge! Seriously would have loved this two weeks ago when we had 3 containers about to expire.

    • Erin replies to Kortney
      January 14, 2019 @ 1:02 pm

      Aww, I just hate it when that happens. Hopefully you found a good use for them! :) And you’re right… they’re always coming up with great dairy alternatives. Hopefully there’ll soon be a sub for cottage cheese!

  • Nicole Dawson says
    January 8, 2019 @ 6:25 pm

    Those pancakes look quite yummy and yes, it is more tricky to sub for cottage cheese when looking for a vegan option. I have to make my own, which is a few extra steps. My fav thing is watching your videos…they are just too fun.

    • Erin replies to Nicole Dawson
      January 14, 2019 @ 12:41 pm

      Thank you! I’m happy you like the videos. And do you have a recipe for cottage cheese? I can link to it in my post!

  • Cassidy @ Cassidys Craveable Creations
    January 8, 2019 @ 5:54 pm

    These look delicious! I’ve never added cottage cheese to my pancakes, can’t wait to try it!!!

  • Dreena Burton says
    January 8, 2019 @ 5:55 am

    I’d love to try and veganize these, they look so wonderful stacked up in your photo!

    • Erin replies to Dreena Burton
      January 14, 2019 @ 12:39 pm

      If you figure it out, please let me know! :)

  • Jules Shepard says
    January 7, 2019 @ 7:06 pm

    We adore pancakes for breakfast and dinner and theres nothing better than making things a little healthier right? Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Natalie
    January 7, 2019 @ 8:35 am

    These pancakes look so delicious and perfect for brunch!

  • Charlotte Moore
    January 7, 2019 @ 6:01 am

    YUM! These are making me want pancakes. It has been a long time since I ate pancakes. I make them every Sat. during hunting season for our grandson and his other grandfather. Which is also our son’s father in law and our pastor. HA!! They are not healthy pancakes by any means.

    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      January 14, 2019 @ 1:04 pm

      Haha. Well maybe give these a try! They’ll give them the energy they need. :)

  • Paul Consolini says
    January 7, 2019 @ 1:55 am

    Think these would work with ricotta substituted for the cottage cheese?

    • Erin replies to Paul Consolini
      January 7, 2019 @ 12:54 pm

      I think it could but since I’ve never tried that sub, I really can’t say for sure. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it comes out. :)

  • Diana says
    August 5, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    I made these pancakes and like you said, they are ultra soft! I served them with your strawberry sauce, which was also really fantastic. We didn’t have any left-over, but I have a question for next time- you said that they taste good cold and I’m curious about whether they taste good reheated. Thank you very much!

    • Erin replies to Diana
      August 9, 2013 @ 10:39 am

      Hey Diana! I’m so sorry for my slow reply. I didn’t notice this comment until now. :( I’m really happy to hear that you liked the pancakes and the sauce! They taste great reheated so feel free to double or quadruple the batch next time. :) Thanks for your feedback!

  • Brian ochieng
    May 10, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    cooking is my life and this is what i do for life i love cooking very much

    • Erin replies to Brian ochieng
      May 10, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

      I’m happy you liked the pancakes, Brian. :) Thanks for the rating!

  • Becca says
    January 8, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    I tried these pancakes tonight :) They were really nice. I didn't get six 5" pancakes, but I did get eight 3-3.5" pancakes. I could taste the yogurt just a little bit, but I couldn't taste the cottage cheese at all, just like you said :) I'll be making these again soon.

    • Erin replies to Becca
      January 9, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

      Yay! Thanks for leaving feedback. I'm happy that you enjoyed them and that you want to make them again. And you have a food processor?! I'm impressed. :)

    • Becca replies to Becca
      January 10, 2013 @ 2:21 am

      I have a mini food processor, but it was back in my room in South Carolina so I used a blender. It took a little coaxing, but I got all the chunks blended together. :)

  • Erin says
    August 2, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    prairiesummers – Haha. Good that I'm not alone!

    ceekee19 – Thanks for leaving feedback! :) I'm so happy that you and your husband enjoyed them. And you're right… these aren't sweet at all. Perfect for smothering in maple syrup, if that's your type of thing. :)

  • ceekee19 says
    August 2, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    Made these pancakes for my Hubs and me. He's not a sweet tooth really so we had with sausage and egg. They were incredible. A great idea for using up cottage cheese (which is unfairly maligned by many). A great easy start to a lovely Sunday. Yuuummmmmmm!!!!

  • prairiesummers says
    July 16, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    LOL you are my long lost twin. You should see my fridge and if you could see the inside of my head sometimes :-)

  • Erin says
    July 11, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    Rachael – Haha. Well I hope he'll make them for you! Let me know if you try them out. :)

  • Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} says
    July 11, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    Erin, I'm dying over your healthy pancakes. I'm going to print this off and force my husband to make them… since he's usually the breakfast maker in our house! YUM!

  • Erin says
    June 29, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    Sonia – Ahaha. What the heck is a blueberry pancake batter smoothie? That sounds absolutely amazing!

    Thanks again for the picture comment! I got this black slate (I guess that's what it's called) thing and I love it. I want to see the smoothie recipe! And they give you needs? Haha. You leave the best comments.

  • Sonia! The Healthy Foodie says
    June 29, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    Oh Erin, you are killing me! Now I want pancakes big time!

    I was gonna make a Blueberry Pancake Batter Smoothie this morning, but I'm thinking I'll skip the smoothie part and just make blueberry pancakes!

    It's your pictures that did it. They are totally mouth watering… they give me needs! ;)

  • Erin says
    June 29, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Heidi – Thanks! I hope you can give them a go. :)

    Chung-Ah – But it's nice to have pancakes during the week, isn't it? :) Or maybe a little variety is nice too! Thanks for your comment. :)

    Sarah – Yeah! I don't like the big fat ones cold but these were so soft and… hmm. Difficult to describe but they were perfect cold. :)

  • Baking Serendipity says
    June 29, 2012 @ 4:50 am

    I love these! I make giant batches of pancakes and keep them in the fridge for the week. My husband thinks I'm nuts for eating them cold, but I think they're best that way, with just a little bit of peanut butter :)

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
    June 28, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

    Love these! It's absolutely gorgeous, and I love that it's for two servings! When I make pancakes, it's usually a serving of 6-8 and there's only me and Jason!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    June 28, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    Yum! I don't often have cottage cheese but I have to remember these for when I do. They look so good :)

  • Erin says
    June 27, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    Becca – Yay! I'm sure you'd love them. They really don't taste healthy and they're so soft. Let me know if you try them. :)

    Miryam – Yup! I made mine on medium. Exactly on medium. But I can't even imagine burning these. Different batters burn differently, at least with me. I've made pancakes before where it's difficult to flip them before they're already burned, if that makes sense. Good luck with your pancake making! Or you could make these, see that they don't burn, and then have a recipe from your good old pal Erin in your cookbook. :D Just kidding!

    Amy – Yeah! The big ones are just too bready. Blah.

    Kathryn – Thank you! The recipe is quite boring but oh well. It tastes quite good. :)

  • london bakes says
    June 27, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    Your pancakes look perfect Erin! And I love the idea of topping them with that strawberry sauce, can't wait to see the recipe for it :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    June 27, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    yum, these sound wonderful! i prefer thin pancakes over big 'ol thick ones, too, so i bet i'd love these!

  • says
    June 27, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    These are the ones you posted on FB a few days ago :-) They look perfect. My recipe also uses cottage cheese and Greek yogurt, although I use egg whites and some other things in it!!

    I love how little flour this has though and how great they turned out. They say that the trick of making perfect pancakes is the temperature at which you cook them. Maybe that is my mistake because mine always turn sort of burnt. What temperature did you cooked them at? I think medium to low is what is recommended but I am not sure.

    I think I will master my recipe until I can get them to turn golden brown and not burnt and added them to the book :-)

  • Becca says
    June 27, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    Oh boy oh boy oh boy! These look possitively amazing! I've never had cottage cheese in anything (let alone on it's own) but I don't care these look fantastic! These are going on my "To Bake" list :)

  • Erin says
    June 27, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    Katrina – I hope you like them!

    ytxrose – Thank you! I'm afraid that I don't have a waffle maker (and sadly have never had one!) and therefore can't get you any advice. I could go and google it, but then I wouldn't know if it actually worked for this recipe. They're reaaally delicious pancakes, though. But I get it – when you want waffles, you want waffles. :)

  • ytxrose says
    June 27, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    Erin, these look great. Wonder what we might do to make these into waffles besides a waffle maker, of course.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    June 27, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    I love this recipe! It's so simple and the pancakes look super pretty. I'm totally trying it :)


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