Happy Friday everyone! I am so excited that it’s finally the end of the week, and that my sister will be in Chicago within the next three hours (as I sit writing this at 7 in the morning…). As Friday is one of the best days of the week, I thought I’d share one of my new found favorite recipes with y’all.
After starting the book Wheat Belly by William Davis–I’ve been trying my best to avoid wheat and all that jazz because of the detrimental effects it can have on your health. I was doing fine eating as little wheat products as possible–except when it came to pancakes. For some reason I have wanted pancakes for practically every meal for the past few weeks, and all the recipes I have found that are gluten free have left something to be desired.
I attempted the “banana egg” pancakes every fitness guru promotes and found those to be an epic fail, with them ending up a large pile of burned mush. All the “oatmeal” style pancakes I’ve tried have literally tasted like oatmeal–making thick, mushy, lumpy pancakes. The rest of the recipes called for like five different flours which are expensive and as a college student I don’t have the time or energy to create my own gluten free flour mix.
I was about to be super discouraged until I read somewhere that cottage cheese works well as a base for pancakes. I was desperate enough to give it a try–even though I absolutely hate cottage cheese, and I was extremely surprised and happy with the results.
These pancakes make enough for one hungry college student and are a mix between a crepe and a pancake–perfect for filling with Nutella at three in the morning. And the best part? The batter is made in a blender, so little to no mess! Too good to be true, right? 😉
Blender Oatmeal Pancakes
- 1/2 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats — this recipe can be made completely gluten free if you use gluten free oats, I don’t have a gluten allergy so I’m okay with basic quaker oats
- 1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk or other Milk substitute
- 1 Egg
- 1 T Honey, Maple Syrup or Agave — these pancakes aren’t particularly sweet because I don’t understand having sweet pancakes with also sweet syrup on top, but you’re welcome to sweeten the batter with more to your liking
- 1/2 t Baking Powder
- 1/2 t Cinnamon
- Any other toppings or add ins like bananas, syrup, chocolate chips, Nutella, peanut butter, nuts, etc. — the possibilities are endless here!
After gathering all your ingredients, add everything to your blender or food processor. I am using my Ninja which is wonderful at destroying just about anything. I 100% recommend this thing to anyone who wants a multipurpose blender/food processor for smoothies and chopping vegetables into bits. It’s a powerful little monster.
Now, just pop on the lid and start blending! Make sure you let everything combine and blend for a good 2 minutes or until it looks smooth–don’t skip this step or you’ll end up with a lumpy mess in your pan. You may need to open your blender and scrape the sides a few times to get everything completely combined.
Once your batter is finished, grease your pan and heat on High heat. I have found that greasing with a little coconut oil in between every or every other pancake works the best to get a beautiful golden brown finish. Once hot, add about a 1/4 cup of batter to the skillet–or eyeball it like I am here. Make sure to spread your batter around in a decently thin layer–they will cook better this way.
Be sure to let them cook a little longer on the second side–as they have an oat and egg base it will take them a little longer than a normal pancake. Try not to burn them, but also make sure to cook them all the way through. If you have an issue with this, just microwave them for a good thirty seconds and that’ll for sure cook them through.
Your pancakes should come out a beautiful golden brown, and ready to be topped and filled to your delight. Go nuts with the toppings–I stayed safe today, but I can promise you these have seen crazy amounts of Nutella, strawberries and chocolate chips and were absolutely superb.
I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and have a wonderful weekend! I should have another post up Monday morning or even this weekend if I’m feeling like writing in between entertaining my little sister 🙂