ECD Protein Pancakes (+ giveaway!)

by Christina @ The Athletarian on July 30, 2012

Our Sisters in Iron Veggielicious Contest continues!  That means another amazing recipe  for you to try and another chance to win an Eat Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook!  If you missed the first two recipes, you can check them out here and here.  Thank you to all of you who submitted your photos!  They all looked delicious!

Today’s recipe is one of my long time favourites: Cottage Cheese Pancakes (I call them Protein Pancakes because I omit the cottage cheese;)!  This was one of the first recipes I ever tried from The Eat Clean Diet and it never gets old!  I actually posted this exact recipe sometime last year but it’s so good that I wanted to share it again.


PREP: 10 minutes |COOK: 12 minutes| YIELD: 12 pancakes


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (I use oat flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp maple sugar flakes (I use Xylitol)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese (I omitted this and doubled the yogurt instead!
  • 1 cup fat-free plain yogurt (I used Greek)


  1. Combine first five ingredients in a medium bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  2. Combine eggs, cottage cheese and yogurt in a small bowl. Pour into well. Stir until just moistened.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan or griddle or prepare a skillet with cooking spray. Heat should be medium high. Use 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook until lightly browned on both sides. Keep warm in oven until all the batter has been used up.
  4. Serve with fruit.


Calories 81| Calories from Fat: 2 | Protein: 7g | carbs: 12g | Total Fat: 0.3 g | Fiber: 1 g | Sodium: 112mg | Sugars: 3g



Answer and email these 2 questions plus at least one photo of your recipe to by Monday, August 6, 2012.

1.) What did you like about making this recipe?

2.) Will you make this recipe again? Why or why not?

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alex @ therunwithin July 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I love cottage cheese, this recipe is awesome.


2 Christina @ The Athletarian July 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm

You NEED to try them!!


3 Gemma July 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I always make those pancakes! Love them!!! Good choice :) How is cross fit going?


4 Christina @ The Athletarian July 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Aren’t they amazing??? CrossFit is going well!! It’s challenging but loads of fun! I will probably scale down to 3x a week now that I’m training for Scotia :)


5 Carly July 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm

How many servings do you think this recipe made for you?


6 Christina @ The Athletarian July 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

It makes 12 pancakes so it depends on how many you eat. I usually have three so it would make four servings for me!


7 Kim July 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Dumb question but where can I find maple sugar flakes? This sounds delicious!


8 Christina @ The Athletarian July 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm

NOT a dumb question!! I was able to find the maple sugar flakes at a health food store. They’re not easy to find (here, at least) so most of the time I will just use another sweetener. The flakes definitely take them to another level though. Maple goodness!


9 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm

These look awesome! have you ever tries to sub some of the flour or protein powder or peanut flour? I wonder if it would work without messing up what looks to be a great fluffy texture.


10 Alexandra July 31, 2012 at 6:34 am

Ooh man those pancakes are droolworthy! I wonder if you could make them with coconut flour….I’ll have to do some experimenting! ;)


11 Brittany @ Barr & Table July 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

This recipe sounds great! How many pancakes are in 1 serving?


12 Christina July 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I love that it’s not a lot of ingredients for a homemade pancake. I also love that it has the extra protein content! A lot of times I’ll make pancakes and they aren’t all that filling because there isn’t much protein involved. I usually add eggs to my mix but cottage cheese is a great addition.


13 Ali Mc July 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm

love this! I’ve been making lots of pancakes lately so I’ll try this one tomorrow. ALSO – Thanks for putting the sugars :D


14 Danielle @WorkItWearItEatIt July 31, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I’m freaking obsessed with these. You should totally try these WITH the cottage cheese– I also hate it but you can’t even taste it!


15 Electra @ Vanilla Bean Lean August 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Love cottage cheese in pancakes! You don’t do it b/c of the dairy? Those look delicious, cottage cheese or not ;-)


16 rachael February 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I just want to thank you so much! My daughter has spd (sensory processing disorder) and eats very little (her diet consists of fruits,nuts,cheese, yogurt, carb items:muffins,pancakes,waffles etc absolutely no pasta,soups,meats,pizza, anything really aside from her norm) well she (and her sister and myself) is not a meat lover/eater, dd with spd never eats it:rare occasion a chicken nugget (which is so yuck!) I am so glad to have found this recipe that we all love to pack in the protein, so I dont feel so worried! We added peanut butter (natural) on top and drizzle of honey, nuts and strawberries on side! Devine!!! Hoping they freeze well to make weekly batches to grab n go! Testing it as I type!


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