Healthy Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Healthy Cottage-Cheese Pancakes

Anyone here with New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and be fitter? I am raising my hand. You are welcome to join the club. You see, those happy holidays beginning from Thanksgiving and ending with New Year’s eve – all involving lots of delicious food  - took a toll on my weight. Not much, but still visible to my critical eye. And I am determined to go back to my pre-holidays routine - eating healthier, without overindulging, keeping in mind that moderation is key, and exercising.

Let’s start from today’s recipe. Healthy pancakes. It is possible? Yes, it is! I got the recipe from a new e-cookbook, just published by my friend, fitness and healthy living coach Ayka. She is a rock and so is her book! Check it out - 100 healthy recipes!

Back to pancakes. It’s a great recipe. No flour, no sugar is used here. Good ingredients only – oats, cottage cheese, banana, and egg whites. The result is absolutely amazing. The pancakes are tender to the bite and flavorful. Just right. Makes it easier to stick to my resolution.

Healthy Cottage-Cheese Pancakes

Healthy Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Adapted from Ayka’s 100 Healthy Recipes

Makes 8 small pancakes (1 pancake – 42.5 cal, 4 pancakes -170 cal)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup reduced fat cottage cheese *
3 large egg whites
1/2 small banana
1 teaspoon baking powder (do not use baking soda)
Drop of vanilla extract
Cinnamon to taste (optional)

Method:
Put the ingredients into a blender and blend until well mixed, a few seconds. Your pancake batter is ready. It will be pourable but not too runny.

Heat  a non-stick frying pan or a griddle pan over medium heat and spray it with fat-free cooking spray or use any oil of your choice (coconut oil works great).

Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake into the pan, cover with a lid and cook until the pancakes hold their shape are have slightly puffed up (do not expect them to puff up dramatically – a little puffing is normal), and have browned on the bottom, about a minute, then flip and cook the other side for another minute or so.

Serve the pancakes immediately, drizzling them with honey.

* You can substitute cottage cheese with curd cheese or farmer’s cheese. Note, however, that the three ingredients have a different texture, cottage cheese being softer and watery, curd cheese being less watery, while farmer’s cheese dry and dense. If using curd cheese or farmer’s cheese, add 2-3 tablespoons or more as needed of milk to the batter.

Healthy Cottage-Cheese Pancakes

Introducing the All-New AZ Cookbook!

All New Azcookbook

Happy New Year, guys! Hope you  had a wonderful celebration and are ready to start another beautiful year.

I have great news to share with you. AZ Cookbook has a brand new design now! The new blog is clean, easy to navigate, and mobile friendly. A big thank you goes to my husband Murat and the team at Meltem Technology for working day and night to produce what you see and what I really like.

Also notice our brand new logo, designed by one amazing designer, Alina Bayramova. I am in love with it.

So, here  are some useful features the new blog  offers for your convenience:

1. You can browse the recipes by Ingredient, by Type, and by Monthly Postings.

2. Also note our Picture Gallery – my favorite addition to the blog!

3. Check out our Resources: How-To, Conversion, and Where to Find Ingredients.

4. Our new series – the AZ Cookbook Tablescapes - has its own place on the blog, too.

5. Don’t forget to join AZ Cookbook on social media. Click on the icons in the header to do so. Let’s keep in touch.

Please browse the blog and let me know what you think. We are still working on eliminating some small  glitches here and there and doing minor touch-ups to the design. But overall it is ready.

If you come across any broken link, please let me know  and we’ll fix it. We all know broken links are a curse of a website transfer:)

The brand new AZ Cookbook has a lot of recipes in store to share with you in the new year. Stay tuned! Enjoy!

 

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