Light and Fluffy Pancakes

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Pancakes aren’t typically considered “healthy” foods, but with a few alterations in the ingredients, it is possible to have delicious fluffy pancakes that give you sustained energy (without any crashes) and keep you feeling full and satisfied. In this recipe I use cottage cheese in place of the usual oil and eggs and replaced white flour with whole grain oats.  This added protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates are a much better way to start your day, or end it for that matter!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 15 Minutes.


Put all of the ingredients together in a blender  and mix until smooth. (I use an immersion blender; but if you use a regular blender, be sure to put the wet ingredients in first).


Pour approximately 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto heated griddle or non-stick pan (check to see if it’s hot enough with a splash of water-if it sizzles, it’s hot enough).


When pancakes bubbles, flip and cook the other side until golden brown on both sides.


Top with topping of choice and serve!


1/2 cup Egg whites
1/2 cup Oats (old fashioned oats, not quick cooking kind)
1/2 cupLow-fat cottage cheese
1 tspVanilla
1/8 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tspCinnamon
1 tsp Sweetener of choice that measures like sugar

Nutrition Breakdown

2 Servings
150 Calories Per Serving
2.5 g Fat
16 g Carbohydrate
2 g Fiber
0.5 g Sugar
15 g Protein
3 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


lisa said:

it looks really good. i have been looking for a recipe that won’t make me feel guilty after eating and somethings my kids will still love. I made the mistake of making them Fiber One pancakes & they still haven’t forgiven me.

March 13th, 2010 — 9:08am  |  Reply

alyssa said:

could you use greek yogurt in instead of cottage cheese?

December 27th, 2010 — 5:12pm  |  Reply

Caroline said:

I used plain stoneyfield yogurt which replaced the cottage cheese. However, it wasn’t thick enough so I added about 1/8 scoop of vanilla protein powder which sweetened it and fixed the problem. You could also try Dannon Light and Fit Vanilla which would help sweeten it a little bit.

August 6th, 2013 — 7:28pm  | 

alyssa said:

i’ll try it out tomorrow with the yogurt ! thanks ( :

December 28th, 2010 — 9:04pm  |  Reply

Jolene said:

I’m wondering how the yogurt worked? I’d like to use it to replace the cottage cheese also.

March 14th, 2013 — 10:55am  | 

Frannie said:

I made these this morning – and they were delicious! I was only able to make 4 pancakes instead of 6 (I measured each 1/4 cup). Any advice? Thanks :)

February 21st, 2011 — 8:56am  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

These pancakes were awesome! I love pecans and i love pancakes, so it’s a perfect breakfast!

March 17th, 2011 — 8:47am  |  Reply

Hannah (mindrunningwild) said:

I love pancakes. healthier the better!

March 17th, 2011 — 6:05pm  |  Reply

Andrea M said:

my husband and i both love these pancakes – and when my husband is all about them it says something :D!

March 18th, 2011 — 8:04pm  |  Reply

Lisa A said:

I just made these for the first time and they are fantastic!! I make pancakes for my family every other Saturday so we are pancake snobs and we all loved them. Thank you for the awesome recipe!!

May 21st, 2011 — 7:14am  |  Reply

Rose A said:

Can I just say I LOVE your blog! After stumbling upon it a couple of days ago I’ve tried a few of your recipes and every single one was absolutely fabulous (everyone in my family agreed as well!). These pancakes especially were to die for though =] I can’t wait to try more thanks!!

August 22nd, 2011 — 6:10pm  |  Reply

The Texas Peach said:

These pancakes look and sound delicious! I’ve been wanting to try making pancakes with oats instead of flour, so I will definitely have to give your recipe a try. I love the idea of substituting cottage cheese for the oil and egg yolks.

October 7th, 2011 — 9:11am  |  Reply

Melissa said:

I just made these pancakes this morning and they were delicious!

February 19th, 2012 — 9:32am  |  Reply

Haleigh said:

Can’t wait to try these tomorrow! What happens if I use instant oats instead? Only kind I have at the moment

April 4th, 2012 — 10:41am  |  Reply


how many would be per serving?

April 27th, 2012 — 4:55pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

3-4 pancakes depending on size

April 27th, 2012 — 7:48pm  | 

Jennifer said:

Made these this morning! Instead of the Splenda I used brown sugar because I don’t like sugar substitutes. They were okay, not very fluffy, the batter was pretty runny. But I would make them again. :)

June 16th, 2012 — 3:14pm  |  Reply

Jessica Davis said:

I try to eat low carb. I almond flour a lot. Do you think I could substitute almond flour in your pancake and baked good recipes without much trouble?

July 8th, 2012 — 6:25pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

that should work… haven’t tried it so i can’t say for sure, but i think it would

July 9th, 2012 — 6:37am  | 

Jessica Davis said:

I tried last night… it didn’t work :( But, that’s okay. Oats are much lower in carbs than flour, so I will make the original recipe. Thanks Katie!

July 9th, 2012 — 6:56pm  | 

Joann santos said:

I just wanted to say that you have made my morning! I have been thinking about making these pancakes for days now because all of the recipies that I tried in the past were awful. These were fluffy and delicious! I HIGHLY recommend them and I LOVE Your site. Thank you and God Bless

August 19th, 2012 — 11:21am  |  Reply

lisa spirito said:

These were amazing!! I used the quick-cook oats and grinded them in a food processor to make the oat flour, before mixing in the wet ingredients, and then the rest of the ingredients and they turned out perfect!

May 20th, 2014 — 3:08pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Lisa! I hope your kids love could even add a few mini chocolate chips to each pancake for your kids..I guarantee they will be a hit! :) Let me know how they turn out!!!

March 14th, 2010 — 2:31pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

you could alyssa.. however i wonder if it would be a bit sour… i would try adding some sweetener to combat that! :)

December 28th, 2010 — 5:00pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

awesome rose! :) thanks so much for the wonderful kind words! :) i love comments like these, and hearing that i’m helping your whole family find new healthy foods that everyone loves! :)

August 22nd, 2011 — 6:32pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

sorry haleigh, instant oats wont work :(

April 5th, 2012 — 1:39pm  |  Reply

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