Vanilla Spiked Protein Pancakes

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Sometimes a girl just need pancakes.

Today is one of those days.

Pancakes must be had!

I know we have talked before about how we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and well I think it’s pretty clear how much I just love it. Sometimes I go to bed early just so breakfast (and coffee time) can hurry up and get here.

Now I don’t know if its because I am feeling better and have kicked my weights and intensity up in my resistance training but I am soooo hungry.

All. Of. The time!

Like wake me up at 4am starving!

So when I woke up at 4am starving, still thinking about making these delicious little protein packed vanilla spiked pancakes I knew that pancakes must be had.

A big ol’ stack of light and fluffy, protein packed, vanilla spiked pancakes that are whipped into a delicious frenzy right there in your blender or food processor. No whisking, stirring, sifting required – LOVE!

These pancakes were so delicious the entire family loved them. Like could not get enough loved them. Next time I will make a double batch and keep them in the freezer so I can just pop them in the toaster and serve for future pancake craving emergencies.

They do cook up a little thinner than I usually like my pancakes but that is long forgotten once you take the first bite.

These pancakes are so light and fluffy its really incredible. I served mine simply with some freshly sliced strawberries and bananas and a good drizzle of maple syrup (the real stuff please) and you know what, they were everything I had hoped they would be and more.

I have to thank Rachel for sharing such an incredibly, healthy, delicious yet simple recipe. It is only of many I have bookmarked from the Ultimate Bundle I was telling you about yesterday. Girlfriend also has included one basic muffin recipe with over 20 variations! I guess I can now cross these pancakes off my list – oh how I love to cross things off my list. Sometimes I will add things to my list that I have already done just so I can cross it off again (←yes really)

These vanilla spiked protein pancakes are the perfect early morning treat. Your family will love you, parties will be thrown in your honour for serving pancakes for breakfast just because well . . . you wanted pancakes but they don’t need to know that. They just need to know that you made them, served them, shared them and that they are all kinds of delicious.

Those little pancakes just soak up that syrup like a dream.

Packed with protein so they double as an incredible pre-post workout snack.

Perfect for lunch box treats.

Perfect for a little late afternoon or after dinner indulgence.

Ah that’s what I love about breakfast foods, you can really eat them any time of the day. So no matter what time of day it is, special occasion or not you totally need these pancakes.

Simple, satisfying healthy and delicious. What more could you want?

PS – If you want to grab yourself a copy of Rachel’s book or get in on this incredible bundle you can click here , remember this offer is only valid until November 9th, time’s ticking

Vanilla Spiked Protein Pancakes
Very slightly modified and rewritten in my own words from the Whole Breakfasts and Breads Cookbooks
by Rachel who blogs at Titus 2 homemaker
Makes 12 vanilla spiked, light and fluffy, protein packed 4 inch pancakes

Ingredients –

3 eggs

1/2 cup cottage cheese

2 Tablespoons of milk

1 teaspoon of coconut oil, melted and cooled

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 cup wholewheat pastry flour (regular plain or oat flour will also work)

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

a pinch of salt

Optional but recommended for serving –

Strawberries, bananas and maple syrup or toppings of choice.

Peanut butter (or any nut butter really), 100% fruit strawberry jam, Greek yoghurt, honey any and all of these would be ah-mazing on these pancakes.

Method –

1 – Place all ingredients in a blender/food processor and blend/process until smooth and well combined. It will appear pretty runny but thats how it should be, go with it – delicious things be happening.

2 – Heat a medium size frypan over medium heat, add a little coconut or olive oil and swirl around the pan to ensure a even coating.

3 – Spoon a small amount of your batter into your heated fry pan and cook until bubbles form on the top and edges appear slightly dry. Carefully flip and cook for a minute longer. Transfer to a plate or wire rack to cool of not inhaling consuming right away. Repeat until all batter has been used. FYI – I got 12 delicious little 4 inch pancakes.

4 – To serve, top with fresh strawberries and bananas and a generous drizzle of maple syrup. Or whatever toppings your currently into.

Enjoy xoxo


Question of the day –

What is your fave thing to have on your pancakes?

49 Comments on Vanilla Spiked Protein Pancakes

  1. Rachel R.
    November 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing (and linking back)! Your pancakes look amazing! (And your photography is fab. I’m pretty sure I’ve never gotten that good a picture of these guys.)

    Because they rely so little on the flour, the pancakes are easy to make gluten-free, too – just sub the flour. (Actually, that’s true of the muffins, too, for anyone reading who might need to know that. I’ve had to cut gluten since writing the book and every variation we’ve tried thus far will work just fine with the muffins if you’re using rice flour instead of wheat.)

    • Emma
      November 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh you’re very welcome. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe Rachel and those tips for subbing flours too. Great info 🙂

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes
    November 10, 2013 at 9:22 am (4 years ago)

    A wholesome pancake recipe, Emma. Healthy food can look this beautiful and tempting! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Katie
    November 24, 2013 at 2:13 am (4 years ago)

    I just made these for dinner. SO GOOD! I didn’t have any cottage cheese, so I used a 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt instead, and it worked great. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Emma
      November 24, 2013 at 2:20 am (4 years ago)

      Great idea Katie, so glad you like them as much as we do 🙂

  4. Jeannie Elias
    June 21, 2014 at 3:52 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve been trying some healthy pancake recipes out and these are the BEST TASTING AND HEALTHY. THANKS FOR A GREAT RECIPE!

    • Emma
      June 21, 2014 at 11:38 am (4 years ago)

      Yay Jeannie, thank you so much for letting me know. I am so glad you like them as much as we do 🙂

  5. Todd
    June 27, 2014 at 2:48 am (4 years ago)

    I have been looking for a healthier version of pancakes… I will give these a try and see how they are. Thanks for posting, and thanks for the work you put into the blog….

    • Emma
      June 27, 2014 at 2:49 am (4 years ago)

      I hope you like them Todd, let me know what you think 🙂

  6. Seth
    August 29, 2014 at 2:58 am (3 years ago)

    I know this article is s little old, but do you know the total number of calories, fat, protein, carbs, and fiber (if any) there are in these pancakes per serving?

    • Emma
      August 29, 2014 at 3:50 am (3 years ago)

      It would depend on what brand of flour (wholewheat/regular/oat) and cottage cheese you choose (regular or low fat).

      I would suggest you check out a website/app such as or where you can get the nutritional info relating to the brands you use 🙂

      For me personally I use bob red mills wholewheat pastry flour and a low fat cottage cheese and the info is approx (1 of 12 pancakes) –

      Calories – 37
      Fat – 2
      Protein – 3
      Carbs – 2
      Fibre- 0.5

  7. My Blog
    October 4, 2014 at 5:48 am (3 years ago)

    Hey there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay.
    I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

    • Emma
      October 4, 2014 at 9:20 am (3 years ago)

      Hey there, thanks for the kind worlds, sure you can follow me on twitter @EmSwanston 🙂

  8. amber
    October 12, 2014 at 7:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi! I made these pancakes yesterday and they were wonderful! Thank you so much for the recipe! I was wondering if you can substitute egg whites for the whole egg and if so, how much egg white would I use?

    • Emma
      October 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Amber,

      Thanks so much for stopping by, I am glad you liked them!

      I haven’t made this recipe just using egg whites but I’m sure it would work. I would try 2 egg whites per egg (so 6 egg whites for this recipe).

      Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  9. Arielle
    October 17, 2014 at 9:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow! These are absolutely amazing and loved by everyone! Definitely my top go-to pancake recipe now!

    • Emma
      October 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay so glad you like them 🙂

  10. Jreb
    February 18, 2015 at 5:56 pm (3 years ago)

    These tasted pretty eggy, other than that they were pretty good. I microwaved strawberry jam and made a strawberry syrup for them.

    • Emma
      February 18, 2015 at 8:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Glad you enjoyed them, great idea on the strawberry syrup too 🙂

  11. Bernie Colson
    June 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm (3 years ago)

    These are fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

    • Emma
      June 27, 2015 at 10:02 pm (3 years ago)

      My pleasure, enjoy 🙂

  12. Jeanne
    September 14, 2015 at 5:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello, I was wondering how many carbs and protein are in your Vanilla Spiked protein Pancakes?

    • Emma
      September 14, 2015 at 9:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Jeanne,

      I don’t actually have a break down of the specific nutritional information sorry. You could get it by importing the recipe to a calorie/macro counting app like my fitness pal though.

  13. Gina
    January 7, 2016 at 11:09 am (2 years ago)

    My kids and I love these pancakes! I use vanilla yogurt instead of cottage cheese (sometimes greek) and I use 1 cup of whole wheat flour and the come out fluffy! Thank you for the great recipe!

    • Emma
      January 7, 2016 at 8:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh nice Gina, I am so happy to hear that. Thank you so much for taking time to come and let me know. Day = made 🙂

      Great substitutions too – yum 🙂

  14. Nikki
    February 7, 2016 at 1:15 am (2 years ago)

    Hi. I was just wondering if there was a specific order that we need to put the ingredients in? Thank you 🙂

    • Emma
      February 7, 2016 at 1:20 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Nikki,

      I don’t think it really matters but I tend to put the wet ingredients in first followed by the dry, I find they tend to blend a little better this way but that’s just my personal preference 🙂

  15. James
    April 21, 2016 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)

    I have used this recipe a couple of times and each time it has never gone wrong. Follow the directions and they are perfect! The only thing I did differently because I was low on white sugar is I used brown sugar. Tastes great! 

    • Emma
      April 21, 2016 at 9:18 am (2 years ago)

      Hi James,

      So glad you like them, they are super simple and so yum that’s for sure.

      Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  16. Benny
    May 4, 2016 at 6:58 am (2 years ago)

    What a great simple recipe. Cooking them was even more easy. They browned so wonderful. Everyone in the house was more than pleased. I did not change nothing it just does not need it. Thank You 

    • Emma
      May 4, 2016 at 7:54 am (2 years ago)

      Oh how awesome, so glad you and your family enjoyed them. Thanks so much for taking time out to let me know 🙂

  17. Saad
    November 19, 2016 at 4:25 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Emma
    I was searching for my post work out protein packed snacks. Just found this recipe. I’m gonna try it on Monday morning. Does your recipe provide enough proteins for post work out ?

    • Emma
      November 19, 2016 at 9:11 am (1 year ago)

      It really depends on how much protein you need personally and the total protein in these pancakes would depend on how much protein your cottage cheese has in it but you could certainly have these as a great post workout snack.

      You could import the recipe into an app such as myfitnesspal to get the macro breakdown which would tell you how much protein your pancakes contain.

      To boost the protein you could add a scoop of your fave protein powder, some collagen peptides or great lakes gelatin. You could also serve them spread with extra cottage cheese or Greek yogurt and berries.

      They really are super yummy though and a great choice post workout 🙂

  18. Amber
    November 20, 2016 at 7:06 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Saad, I use these post workout and the calories for the whole batch are 358 and protein is 38.8 grams which to me is very good. If you wanted to have half the batch that is still a pretty good amount of protein. I hope this helped 😊

    • Emma
      November 20, 2016 at 8:05 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Amber ❤️

  19. Amber
    November 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm (1 year ago)

    Oops sorry, I have to add that I replace each egg with two egg whites. This is the best pancake recipe I’ve ever found, because they taste like pancakes and you don’t have to add protein powder to them , but they’re still so high in protein. Thank you Emma so much for posting this recipe. I couldn’t live without it!!

    • Emma
      November 21, 2016 at 7:22 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh thanks Amber, double egg whites would add extra protein for sure, great idea!

      And, you’re very welcome. I’m so glad enjoy them as much as we do 🙂

  20. Maddie
    April 26, 2017 at 5:07 pm (10 months ago)

    I just tried this recipe and I can’t believe how great they taste considering they are so healthy and low calorie compared to “normal” pancakes!

    I sprinkled mine with some raw sugar and cinnamon, they are so delicious! I found myself satisfied after 3 smaller sized pancakes, the batch made 16 of these pancakes for me.

    I’m so happy I found this recipe, thank you so much, they’re perfect 😀

    • Emma
      April 26, 2017 at 7:35 pm (10 months ago)

      Oh Yay Maddie, that sounds absolutely delicious!

      I am so glad you like them, thanks so much for letting me know 🙂

  21. Edwina at The Equipped Cook
    July 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm (7 months ago)

    These look so good. And I love using cottage cheese in recipes so I always have it handy. I’m going to try these. I just need to get some strawberries to make them really tasty and colorful. Yum.

    • Emma
      July 17, 2017 at 2:33 am (7 months ago)

      Yay Edwina, strawberries go so nicely with these pancakes! Yum.

      Enjoy 🙂


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