High Protein Cheesecake Pancakes-GF
It’s no secret that I’m a pancake snob. Alright, not a snog but very particular. I am a breakfast lover and truly believe that this meal should contain some protein, deliciousness and nutritionally dense fuel. And sometimes, that comes in the form of pancakes (like this peanut butter banana ones, just sayin’). Want the perfect morning meal to break your fast? Opt for these high protein, cheesecake pancakes!
To be perfectly honest, I adore breakfast, but I dislike a heavy one. I prefer to have veggies to start the day off and some sort of protein (plant based or otherwise).
However, my daughters are pancakes fanatics. Seriously, FANATICS. And since there is no way I am going to let them have nutritionally void, boxed pancakes for breakfast, I’ve come up with a lot of options!
We go through phases as to which ones are our favorites (these chocolate pancakes being mine) so I always like to try new recipes out and see what happens.
These gluten free, cheesecake pancakes are jam packed with protein and are a sure-fire way to keep you fueled until snack time.
The downside (for me!) is that they’re very dairy dominant. Since I’m dairy free (womp womp) I made these literally just for my girls and took a digestive enzyme to try them ß which still sucked fyi! You can read more about how to go dairy free here.
They however, devoured them and asked for more. They’re little tanks. So, I am completely sure of what I’m missing!
One of the reasons I made these for my girls (dairy issues aside) is because I am a firm believer in starting the day off which protein.
Breakfast really does “break the fast” and to break a fast with poor quality “food” is just setting your day and your body up for failure.
Our bodies need to replenish protein stores daily to function. Yes, function. Not just build muscle but boost our immune system, develop enzymes and much more. While these proteins don’t have to come from a dairy or animal source they still have to be replenished.
Quick tip: using an ice cream scoop makes the pancakes perfect size for toddlers!
On top of that, high protein meals help keep up full. When we’re full, we can focus and learn. It seems to obvious to me that kids struggle in school so much now-a-days when they’re living off sugar cereal and pop tarts first thing in the morning. By the time they GET to school the sugar crash is setting in and the body is poorly powered.
And yet we expect them to be alert and functional. Quality breakfasts help kids in more ways than filling their tummies.
Plus, these protein cheesecake pancakes are an easy make ahead breakfast also! It’s just good planning to make a big batch, freeze them between some parchment paper and pop in the toaster oven while getting dressed. It keeps mornings simple and stress free.
Plus, these protein pancakes taste like cheesecake. So, if you don’t love cheesecake, we can’t be friends 😛
Lastly, you may be wondering about the love circle shape! Do your pancakes always come out as blobs? Mine always did. I eventually suckered in and bought one of these egg molds and now everything looks pretty and unified. So simple and silly but I love this damn thing.
Now, go make pancakes!
Ingredients In The High Protein Pancakes
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup cottage cheese
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup regular oats
- ¼ cup blueberries/diced strawberries
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How To Make The Cheesecake Pancakes
In a bowl, combine the syrup, yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs and vanilla until smooth.
Stir in the coconut flour and oats and mix until combined.
Let set so the flour absorbs the liquid- about ten minutes.
Spray a pan with non-stick and heat to medium.
Finally, add in the berries. I like to smash them in the bowl to make them cook easier (and not explode in your mouth).
Use an ice cream scoop to portion the batter into 7 pancakes. Then, use a fork to flatten them out evenly (or use a pancake mold like the photo below)
Alternatively, you can use a pancake mold to get a perfect circle which would only make 5 pancakes.
Cook covered for seven-10 minutes until outside are turning brown.
Cook another 2 minutes covered and then 2-4 minutes uncovered or until cooked.
Top with your favorite jam or syrup!
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A decadent breakfast recipe these high protein pancakes are gluten free and filled with fuel for a healthy morning. Makes 5 large or 7 small depending on the mold you use.
A decadent breakfast recipe these high protein pancakes are gluten free and filled with fuel for a healthy morning.
Makes 5 large or 7 small depending on the mold you use.
Starting the day off with pancakes may seem like an indulgence (and these definitely taste that way!). But pancakes, when made properly can be healthy, and part of a delicious, protein packed start to the day.