Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cottage cheese pancakes are a fluffy, protein-boosted twist on traditional pancakes. Serve them up sweet or savory!

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

A number of you were curious about the cottage cheese pancakes I mentioned (in passing) a couple posts back. They're pretty great, and a nice alternative to pancakes that are predominately flour-based. There are never enough pancakes and waffles over here. Lol.
a stack of cottage cheese pancakes on a white plate

Cottage Cheese Pancakes: Ingredients

The best thing about these protein-rich pancakes is how easy they are to make using common ingredients. Beyond that, they’re wildly adaptable.

  • Cottage cheese: Cultured cottage cheese is a great choice here, it’s a bit tangy and the curds tend to be larger. That said, I’ve had good results with every type of cottage cheese I’ve used for these pancakes.
  • Milk: You can use the milk of your preference. I’ve had good results with both dairy, homemade oat milk and almond milk.
  • Flour: As far as choosing flour goes, I like to use a mix of whole wheat pastry flour with all-purpose flour for this recipe. If you don’t have any whole wheat flour, no problem. Unbleached all-purpose flour is a-ok. And, if you’re avoiding gluten - I’ve had great results using oat flour in place of the flour called for. The 100% oat flour pancakes are more tender, and a bit trickier to flip, but they’re just as delicious.
  • Eggs
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Add-ins: See below

ingredients for cottage cheese pancakes arranged on marble counter

Cottage Cheese Pancakes: Add-ins

Here's the thing with these pancakes. I'm going to share a version I make that incorporates minced cauliflower. The added nutritional bump you get from it is nice, and if you chop it finely enough, no one is the wiser. That said, you can take these in a completely different direction if you like. Work something with added texture, flavor, and nutritional oomph into the base batter and you’re set. If it's not cauliflower try chopped spinach, blanched/chopped nettles, broccoli, dill, finely shredded carrots, etc. It's hard to go wrong, and it's fun to experiment.egg yolks and cottage cheese in a white mixing bowl

Play With Scale

The pancakes you see here are standard size - roughly 4-5-inches or so. That said, you can do, smaller blini-sized versions of these.


There are so many options here! You can serve these pancakes topped with roasted strawberries, vitamin C honey, or blackberry saffron honey. They’re fantastic topped with the dill butter from Super Natural Every Day (page 99), even better with the spiced nori butter from Near & Far (page 172). Both of those are on the savory side, or experiment with just about any of these compound butters. Seriously, blank canvas. Have fun with them!cottage cheese pancakes cooling on a rack

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Cottage Cheese Pancakes

4.75 from 4 votes

To those of you who aren't cauliflower fans, yes, you can absolutely leave out the cauliflower. Or swap in an comparable amount of any the following: blanched nettles, broccoli, or spinach. With the spinach or nettles - blanch quickly in salted boiling water, drain well, and chop (nearly) into a paste. If all you have is unbleached all-purpose flour, no problem, use it in place of the flour blend called for. To make these gluten-free, swap out the flours for 1 cup / 110g / 4 oz oat flour. And you can use dairy milk, oat milk, or almond milk for the liquid here.

  • 1 cup / 7 oz / 200g cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup / 180 ml milk
  • 4 room temperature eggs, separated
  • 1 cup / 4 oz / 115g raw (or quickly blanched) cauliflower, chopped into rice-sized bits
  • 1/2 cup / 75 g whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup / 75 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • butter or oil, for cooking
  1. In a large bowl mix the cottage cheese, milk, and egg yolks until smooth. Stir in the cauliflower.
  2. In a separate (clean) bowl, beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks.
  3. Combine the flours, baking powder, and salt into another bowl. Add the flours to the cottage cheese mixture, and stir until just barely combined. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a spatula.
  4. To cook, warm a griddle or pan over medium heat, melt a bit of butter or oil in it, then spoon a little scoop (say, 3-4 tablespoons) of batter into the pan for each pancake, working in batches. You want to cook these relatively slowly, until each pancake is deeply golden on one side.
  5. Flip each pancake, and wait until the other side is golden, and the pancake is cooked through. Continue until you've worked through all the batter.
  6. You can keep cooked pancakes in a 225F oven until you finish, to keep them warm. They're great simply with a pat of butter and a sprinkling of salt. Or, if you want to get a bit fancy, whip up a bit of harissa, saffron or pesto-swirled salted yogurt, or any of the toppings suggested in the above post.

Makes ~2 dozen medium pancakes.

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
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ooh - another clever way with cauliflower!! It's printed and put on next weeks meal plan! Last week I came over a recipe (on another blog) that uses cauliflower as "rice" in a "Cauli-otto" - delicious and nutricious!!


Great photos. I love the use of cauliflower here - great way to add something something!

Belinda @zomppa

Do you have a preferred brand of cottage cheese? Is 2% ok?

HS: Hi Darien - should be fine.


Which flour can I substitute to make them gluten free?


I love cottage cheese pancakes and have been making them for years. We serve then with lemon curd, or fresh raspberry preserves. But I have always struggled with them sticking to the pan. My most recent effort has been to use coconut oil instead of butter. etc to grease the griddle. Tastes lovely, but still not totally effective. What do you recommend?

Diana Bonyhadi

Pancakes that are healthy. A dream come true. Love love love it.

Skye from Skye Loves...

Uh oh. Cottage pancakes. I'm in trouble now.....I LOVE cottage pancakes.

Elissa |

I've been experimenting with savory ricotta and cottage cheese pancakes lately as well! A version with roasted winter squash and sage has been making frequent appearances. I was trying to make a muffin out of it originally but found that the cheese would stick and I'd lose half my muffin to the tins or liners, so I gave up on muffins and switched to pancakes. Thanks for sharing this version!


I love the sweet-breakfast pancakes but I've never tasted a salty version of them. I've just some cottage cheese in the fridge. I'll try this recipe! thanks! :) best regards from Italy Irma


I have to try out those pancakes but I might use spinach instead of cauliflower as you suggested! Thanks you for this fantastic recipe

Mike @TheIronYou

I am Russian and one of our staples is a farmers cheese pancake called a Syrnik. It's traditionally made with farmers cheese, flour, egg and sugar. I make these for my kids every week, as they are perfect for breakfast or lunch on the go. I never considered making them savory, but this looks interesting. Do you think its important to use cottage cheese? We use farmers cheese because its less runny.


The cottage cheese doesn't surprise me, but the cauliflower does! That's a unique ingredient, but I'm sure it's delicious. I love when sweet meets savory.


I'm too distracted with how GORGEOUS the light is in your kitchen. DANG. Ok now i'm gonna go look at the pancakes. *yum*


I make cottage cheese pancakes with grated apples. The cauliflower sounds delicious, and would be great for dinner pancakes. I have cauliflower but not cottage cheese right now. I might have to make a trip to the store tomorrow.


I can't really think of anything that wouldn't be delicious with that dill butter. I recently had to buy dead-of-winter dill to make it because I couldn't face waiting until summer to have it again. These pancakes look like another great excuse to whip up a batch.


yum, so pretty!


I love cottage cheese pancakes but never make them at home. Looking forward to trying this recipe this weekend!


I've never heard of adding chopped cauliflower to a pancake batter... and only rarely have I heard of cottage cheese pancakes. These sound delicious though! Next time I make pancakes I'm trying out this type of version.


I was just wondering what to do with leftover cauliflower- perfect! what a great new recipe- thanks!

Simply Life

I never thought of putting cottage cheese into the pancakes! 35 years ago, I used to make oatmeal pancakes for my sons, topped with cottage cheese and grated apple. A substantial meal for growing boys.


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