Protein-packed Berry Cottage Cheese Pancakes with sweet and tart raspberries! The perfect way to start your day!
Soooo I just had twins. Have you seen them?? You can see a zillion and one pictures of their adorable little squishy baby faces over on Instagram – I dare you to resist their cuteness. Talk about insta-family right? All in a day we went from a family of two to a family of four and we are love-ing it. One of these days I may share the whole story of how our little twinzeez came to be.
One of my primary concerns when I was growing these little munchkins was making sure I ate enough good foods to support their growth. I knew I needed to have more of all the good stuff but I was floored to learn that experts recommend I get 25-30 grams of protein at each meal every. single. day. WHAT?! How does one even eat that much protein?? I mean you can only have steak so many times a day you know?
So after a little research and a whole lot of label-checking at the grocery store, I started up-ing my intake of protein in the morning. When you’ve got two humans stealing all of your stomach space though, you can’t just eat more more more of everything. Shocker right? So it came down to carefully choosing foods and finding ways to pack as much protein into each bite as I possibly could. Enter: protein-packed cottage cheese pancakes. And don’t let the cottage cheese throw you for a loop here, these pancakes do not taste like cottage cheese, it gets blended into the batter and you’d never even know it was in there, it’s awesome.
The thing is though, I realized that I wasn’t getting nearly the amount of protein in my diet I should have been even before I became pregnant with twins. I should have been aiming for 25-30 grams in my breakfast alone and I’m going to tell you right now that my routine granola bar was not cutting it.
I was absolutely thrilled when Milk Life reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in creating a few high-protein breakfast recipes to pair with a glass of milk to help people like you, friends, aim for 25-30 grams of protein before noon. I’d already been focusing on protein content in my breakfasts for 9 months so I was 100% on board.
And get this – between a single serving of these pancakes and an 8-ounce glass of milk, we’re talking about 31 stellar grams of protein in just one meal. And this recipe doesn’t even have any meat! It’s vegetarian-friendly, pancake-lover friendly, kid-friendly – it’s basically a home run where breakfast recipes are concerned. Try it! I know you’ll love how easy and tasty it is. To check out other high-protein breakfast recipes like this one head over to MilkLife.com!
Berry Cottage Cheese Pancakes
- 1 1/2 cups small curd low fat cottage cheese
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup fat free milk
- 1 cup whole fresh or frozen (thawed) raspberries, slightly mashed
- optional: powdered sugar, honey, or additional raspberries for topping
- In a small bowl, slightly mash raspberries with a fork. Preheat a large skillet or griddle to medium heat (275 degrees).
- In a large bowl combine cottage cheese, oats, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla and mix to combine.
- Transfer mixture to a blender along with milk, blend until smooth. Gently stir in mashed raspberries.
- Lightly grease your preheated skillet. Pour 1/3 cup of the pancake batter onto the skillet. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes until bubbles begin to form around the edges. Flip and allow to cook 1-2 more minutes until cooked through. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve pancakes warm along with an 8-ounce glass of milk. Top with additional berries, powdered sugar, or honey if desired.
This recipe has been sponsored by my friends at MilkLife – thanks for letting me work with the brands I love to keep this here blog going! To learn more about protein-pairing and why an 8-ounce glass of milk with 8 grams of high-quality protein with your breakfast is a great way to get more protein in your diet click here.