Protein Pancakes for Two (100% Whole Grain, Gluten-Free)

These protein pancakes get a nutritional boost from cottage cheese and Greek yogurt! The recipe makes enough for just two but you can easily double or even quadruple the recipe.

Protein Pancakes for Two - no added sugar, 100% whole grain with a gluten-free option!

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. 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 used cottage cheese in my grain free protein pancakes and found a way to use them in whole grain pancakes. Like I’ve said before, you just can’t compare wheat and almond flour pancakes. Whole wheat wins. And they win here. These are amazing!

Protein Pancakes for Two - no added sugar, 100% whole grain, and with a gluten-free option!

I’m not really into thick pancakes. I always spread them out with 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. They’re now my favorite pancakes. By far.

Protein Pancakes for Two - No added sugar, 100% whole grain, gluten-free and good for you!

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.

Protein Pancakes for Two - no added sugar, 100% whole grain (with a GF option) and good for you!

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 for, other than work, 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.

100% Whole Grain Pancakes for Two

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Protein Pancakes for Two (100% Whole Grain, Gluten-Free)
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  • Yield: 6 5" pancakes


  • 2 tablespoons quick (gluten-free, if needed) oats (if using traditional rolled, pulse the oats longer)
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat or whole spelt flour (or a gluten-free baking mix)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) cottage cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Pour the oats in the food processor and give it a few pulses. You want them to be a little finer is all.
  2. Then add all the other ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. There definitely shouldn't be any lumps. Because we're using cottage cheese here, I don't recommend making these without the help of a food processor or a good blender.
  3. Cook in a medium pan over medium heat. For me, it took about two minutes before I flipped them, and then another minute on the next side.
  4. They were really easy to flip, but if you normally use cooking spray, go ahead and use it here.

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26 comments on “Protein Pancakes for Two (100% Whole Grain, Gluten-Free)” — Add one!

  • 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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