Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes

Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes - a perfect healthy breakfast for pancake lovers! each pancake has just 60 calories and 5 grams of protein. |

THESE! FOREVER! I’ve fallen in love.

You guys, I know you get this: I am majorly predictable at breakfast. Oatmeal for Breakfast Every Day is my rock solid permanent habit, which is about to make things interesting because we’ve got some new equally healthy, equally filling, and even more pretty breakfast yums in food blog town and I love it so much that I’m alllmost ready to kick my standby oatmeal to the curb.

Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes - a new breakfast staple! |

Yeah, that good.

Wait wait hold on because I just remembered –> these have oats IN them. Of course I would be the person who finds a daily oatmeal replacement that swaps out my daily oatmeal with something that is actually made with oatmeal. I’m all of a sudden having flashbacks to those muffins and the oatmeal that snuck in there with the caramelized bananas, too. It’s like a breakfast food cycle and I’m stuck in it. GEEZ oatmeal. Leave me alone already.

Except don’t.

Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes - a new breakfast staple! |

These pancakes! FYI every time I type that I am saying it in a desperately happy voice. Youuuu guyyyys. They’re so good.

Let’s review why they’re awesome. Obviously and most importantly because they come from a good friend (if you’re wondering if this is the Shredded Chipotle Chicken friend: yes. I’ll keep her.) who also happens to be the mother of the most yummy little two year old of all time.

And now you will look at this photo and smile back at Peanut because it’s Friday and you’ll feel good. It’s a requirement of getting the recipe so no skipping.

Toddler Cuteness

HEY. No skipping.

Also why these Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes are great: they’re healthy. Like 60 calories and 5 grams of protein per pancake. So for my stack of 12 pancakes with fruit and almond butter and syrup and chia seeds, that means… um… boo math. More importantly and less mathematically, that means yummy, delicious, fresh, and pretty.

Will I eat these every day for breakfast from now until infinity and beyond? Obviyes.

When you make these and put amazing toppings combos on them, I hope you’ll comment or tag me or hashtag #pinchofyum to give me some inspo because sometimes I get obsessed with strawberries and blueberries and if I’m going to be eating these for the rest of all time, I’d like to try yer new ideas, too. XOCinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes - a simple and pretty breakfast for pancake lovers! each pancake has just 60 calories and 5 grams of protein. |

4.8 from 8 reviews
Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes
Serves: 12 pancakes
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds until the batter is mostly smooth. Preheat a griddle to medium high heat.
  2. Pour about ¼ cup pancake batter onto the hot griddle and cook for about three minutes or until bubbles form on top. Flip to the other side and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve topped with fruit, almond butter, chia seeds, and of course, maple syrup.
Store the extra pancakes in the fridge or freezer, or store the batter in the fridge for 1-2 days to make it last for several breakfasts.

Nutrition Pancakes

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  1. We are total brain twins! because:
    1. I eat oatmeal everyday. Predictable. Delicious. I LOVE IT.
    2. But, yesterday, I made some pancakes and I seriously thought that they would make me not eat oatmeal forever. Forever may be a strong word, but for a long time.
    So, obvi I need to try yours…and there’s peanut butter. <3 Pinned!

  2. I’m majorly boring. Well, boring cook at least. We just get into eating ruts.

    So I love this because my kids love pancakes, oatmeal and fruit.

    I gotta feeling the 2-year-old & 4-year-old are giving this 2 thumbs up!

  3. 1st: Cute kiddo! I totally didn’t skip.
    2nd: I have ground oats in my Vitamix right now, leftover from a recipe yesterday. I would think it’s a sign, except my little nursling is allergic to eggs and not terribly fond of dairy either. But I’ll be filing this away for the future!
    3rd: I’m digging the whole fruit/almond butter combo lately. I’ve been LOVING it in your Rainbow Salad!

    • So glad you didn’t skip! :) And yes to the rainbow salad! I rarely re-make recipes (just cause I have to always be making new things for the blog) but that one is one of my rare repeats!!

  4. I am like you I eat oatmeal for breakfast almost every day, but on weekends pancakes and waffles. I love you used wheat flour and rolled oats. Besides adding more fiber, I bet it gives it great flavor. Pinned!!

  5. These look like not only the healthiest pancakes ever but also the most delicious! My pot of oatmeal is simmering on the stove as we speak, but I’m wishing it could magically turn into a stack of these pancakes!

  6. Looks amazing and super healthy. I am making these!

  7. I make something almost identical to these, just minus the cottage cheese. It makes me feel so good to eat something so healthy and decadent at the same time. I pour almond butter over mine and whatever fruit we have in the house. YUM!

  8. I love the flavor of hearty grains! These would be delish with a helping of warm chunky apples.

  9. Oh so yum!
    I love oats for breakfast too- specially in pancake form! These look amazing!
    I have a question – this recipe has baking soda only – was wondering if I could pick your brain for baking soda vs baking powder vs a combination of the two?

    • For this recipe, you could do both – the soda doesn’t really react strongly with anything acidic (that I can think of, at least?) so some baking powder might fluff them up a bit more. I’ve been trying to teach myself more about baking soda and baking powder and when to use one over the other, but it seems like it really varies from recipe to recipe. But I think generally, acid + baking soda will fluff up, and baking powder alone will fluff up, so mix and match and use as you think fits. :)

  10. OK, now I’m just jealous. My pancakes always turn out super ganky, like I’m trying to make some sort of weird shape but just failed.

    Unfortunately, that “weird shape” I was attempting was, you know, a circle. Blast you and your perfectly perfect pancakes, Lindsay!

    And if you’d like to use that as the name for your side blog, I’m totally cool with it.


  11. So glad I stumbled on your blog! I love your images and writing! Can’t wait to try out these pancakes!

  12. OMG little Peanut just made my day!! AAAAND pretty sure these pancakes are going to make my weekend/life. YUM!

  13. I love your in-the-making shots. They should be bigger! Heidi was right about you being the master of pouring and shooting. Write a tutorial about it?

    I don’t do oatmeal or pancakes but those calories look good!

  14. I had to pin these. Delish. I love the guilt free healthy part of one of my favorite dishes—-PANCAKES. Cottage cheese is great addition to the dough.

  15. Any ideas to substitute the cottage cheese? I’ve been looking all over for a healthy pancake recipe but the cottage cheese is the only downfall in my opinion. Greek yogurt maybe?

  16. Tried this recipe out already and can confirm that they were absolutely lovely.

    Substituted the Cottage Cheese for a cup of Yogurt and added a touch more oats.

    Lottie x

  17. The pancakes looks really good! Love it!

  18. Just curious, but that doesn’t look like maple syrup drizzled over the pancakes? Is it? Am I just crazy?

  19. Samantha says:

    Just curious, is the serving size on the nutrition label for 1 pancake or 2? I don’t have a gram scale so not sure about the 51 grams!

  20. Yummy! I made up a recipe for White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pancakes. These look a little healthier and I’ll give them a try. Great post!

  21. I’m not keen on deviating from my favourite bowl of morning oats either, so I’m totally loving the fact that these have oats in them 😀 Pinned for a future breakfast… or dinner 😉

  22. Cool!! These pancakes look awesome!

  23. Oh yeah! A sneaky way of getting the kids to eat oats. I like it!! You asked for other topping ideas? How about coconut and white chocolate – with the strawberries of course! or some sliced peaches (cooked on the griddle too) with a little honey. ooh ooh and maybe a few crushed pistachios on there for good measure :-)

  24. I try to have pancakes at least once a week. They make the weekends so much better.

  25. I love protein pancakes. Nothing keeps me full like they do- including nice big bowl of oats. I like that these don’t rely totally on egg whites or protein powders! Yum. My favorite “I don’t want to cook” dinner!

  26. looks absolutely delicious. Its 4.45am here in South Africa, and cant wait for it to be a decent time to try these out. Its going to have to be an early breakfast

  27. I love when pancakes are healthy! These look amazing – I love cinnamon!!

  28. I always find it comforting to know I am not alone in some of (what I think are) my weirder food quirks. I too am an oatmeal-for-breakfast-no-deviations kinda girl but I have a weak spot for anything with oatmeal flour in it. I also love the fact the batter will store for a few days.
    As to toppings, pears are in season here at the moment so I am thinking maple syrup & vanilla roasted pears. With a large dollop of cultured cream (for the good bugs obviously 😉 )

  29. Was good, but could have used some salt, I think

  30. I totally relate to being stuck in a breakfast rut! For me it’s homemade Pumpkin bread, lightly toasted with a little butter – EVERY DAY! Haha, these look fab, maybe I’ll be started on a new favourite when I make these?!

  31. These pictures are completely blowing my mind! I just want to plant my face right on top of these (pie eating contest style). So pretty, and so delicious! :)

  32. These look AMAZING!!! I’m a total oatmeal gal aswell – literal lye very morning without fail! Definitely want to try these out, as the consistency looks amazeballs!

  33. Yum! These pancakes sound delicious :-)

  34. Oooh fantastic! I have a feeling these are going to become a staple!

  35. Second amazing pancake recipe I saw in one day. I think it’s a sign for what’s in store for breakfast tomorrow.

  36. Those look fantastic. I like the blend and pour method, too. Super simple!! My question is what do the additional 2 egg whites do? Are they necessary? Would the pancakes be ruined if I used 2 or 3 whole eggs and left out the whites? (My goal is simplification and frugality)

    • It would work out great! my friend’s recipe calls for actually four whole eggs, but I just didn’t have enough so I used an egg white mixture that I had to make up for the missing eggs in the original recipe. :)

  37. Wow… these look fantastic! And I love the photo – wow, do those berries look delicious :) I suspect fresh peaches would be pretty wonderful as well…

  38. These look great! I have just recently started putting oats in my pancakes and they are so fantastic! Can’t wait to try.


  40. Since they’re healthy, I can eat a whole stack… right?
    Because dayyyyuummmm they look delicious.

  41. great healthy pancakes!

  42. Wow, what a great idea to use cottage cheese to make pancakes! :) This recipe inspired me to make lemon-flavored cottage cheese pancakes this morning and not only were they super healthy but also really freaking amazing O_o Especially topped with mango-citrus yoghurt, coconut and banana. Yum indeed!

    I also tried your caramelized banana-oat muffins last week and they were a total home run at my house! I’m sure my parents don’t want me to move out next year, haha 😀 I also posted the muffins on my blog a couple of days ago but linked your blog to the post :)

  43. Hi Lindsay and all. I added all the ingredients in a blender and cooked up this recipe in no time. I wanted to let everyone know these pancakes taste as good as they look. We loved the hint of cinnamon. My family enjoyed them so much we’ll be making them again. Thanks for sharing. 5 Stars!!!

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  47. Am I not seeing it? What is that drizzled over the pancakes… looks peanut butterey but not really but maybe? I want to make them exactly like that!!! And the chia seeds, right? OMGosh, want these now.

  48. I make pancakes just like thes! Another option for a more savoury breakfast is to add some garlic and onion powder and some grated cheddar and feta cheese. Then top with some poached egg and tomatoes! Mmmmm! My little guy loves protein pancakes and they are a great snack for him when we are on the go. So easy to bring along.

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  50. Oh. My. Lanta. These are awesome!!! We love pancakes around here – and it’s something I can get everyone to eat. These are so easy and I love they whip up in the blender. We served with peanut butter and syrup on top. Yummy! I used white wheat flour and three whole eggs instead of two egg whites. Very tasty!!

  51. They look amazing!!! I love pancakes. In our family, we have pancake day every Friday morning. Why the cottage cheese for this receipe?

  52. What is the serving size of the nutritional facts you have here? Is it 1 of the 12 pancakes?

  53. Bonnie Taylor says:

    Best pancake recipe yet – healthy and yet fluffy, tasty, perfect consistency of batter, easy to make- superb breakfast

  54. Hi! So I am the same way and eat oatmeal All. The. Time. but I made these this morning and loved them and I am pretty sure I will be making this recipe for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for such a keeper! By the way, I absolutely love your blog! And your photography is beautiful. I am so glad that I recently found it.

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