Fluffy Avocado Cottage Cheese Pancakes

January 20, 2012

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I love this recipe because I adore pancakes, but I rarely choose them because they can usually run up some serious calories. My boyfriend set out to make my favorite Cottage Cheese Pancakes this morning, but with a special twist. We decided it would be brilliant to add diced, ripe avocado to the recipe for extra moistness and creaminess. The result was a huge success.

Although an unlikely ingredient in breakfast foods (especially sweet ones), the avocado mixed in beautifully with the rest of the ingredients and provided a smooth and creamy texture. The cottage cheese panackes on their own are a healthy and satisfying treat. By adding cottage cheese, you are able to reduce the amount of flour and eggs, and add a healthy does of protein and calcium at the same time. The result is a delicious, tender pancake that is protein-packed and guilt-free! Even if you don’t care for cottage cheese or avocados on their own, you will still love these pancakes because it all comes together perfectly. Don’t forget to dust with powdered sugar and top with your favorite maple syrup.

Fluffy Avocado Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Makes 8 small pancakes

Ingredients
1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
1 1/4 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
3 eggs, separated yolks and whites
1/2 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 cup white, all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon white, granulated sugar
Dash salt

Cooking spray, canola oil or butter, for frying
Maple syrup, for serving

Directions
In a bowl, combine wet ingredients (cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and egg yolks). Fold in diced avocado, making sure not to crush or mash – they should remain distinct in the batter.

In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients (white flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, sugar and salt).

Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stirring only until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites by hand until frothy but not dry. Lightly fold egg whites into pancake mixture – egg whites should remain distinct in the batter (this is what makes the pancakes fluffy). Batter will appear very thick.

Heat a lightly oiled or buttered large skillet over medium-high heat.

Spoon 1/2 cup of batter for each pancake onto hot skillet and cook for about 1-2 minutes or until browned. Flip with a spatula and cook for another 1-2 minutes until browned on the other side.

Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and your favorite maple syrup.


Fluffy Avocado Cottage Cheese Pancakes
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2-4
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Avocado is the secret ingredient in these delicious pancakes.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 eggs, separated yolks and whites
  • ½ medium avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • ½ cup white, all purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon white, granulated sugar
  • Dash salt
  • Cooking spray, canola oil or butter, for frying
  • Maple syrup, for serving
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine wet ingredients (cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and egg yolks). Fold in diced avocado, making sure not to crush or mash – they should remain distinct in the batter.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients (white flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, sugar and salt).
  3. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stirring only until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites by hand until frothy but not dry. Lightly fold egg whites into pancake mixture – egg whites should remain distinct in the batter (this is what makes the pancakes fluffy). Batter will appear very thick.
  4. Heat a lightly oiled or buttered large skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Spoon ½ cup of batter for each pancake onto hot skillet and cook for about 1-2 minutes or until browned. Flip with a spatula and cook for another 1-2 minutes until browned on the other side.
  6. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and your favorite maple syrup.

 

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  • ciaolinda

    Love this!!….can’t wait to try it !!!

  • Darcie

    I made these for dinner last night and they were AMAZING! I substituted plain yogurt for the Greek yogurt and they turned out great. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

    • Janelle

      I am so glad you enjoyed! The Avocado is the secret ingredient! 😉

  • Maria

    My mother and I tried out this recipe and used vanilla yogurt instead of plain Greek. Boy are they sweet and delicious! After we cooked some at first we thought the insides weren’t cooking, but that wasn’t the case at all. It ended up perfectly. We will use this recipe again. 😀

    • Janelle

      That’s awesome, I’m so glad you liked them! Next time, I’ll have to try vanilla yogurt as well :)

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