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Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes

24 reviews / 4.7 average

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.

Pancake batter on a skillet.

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.

Pancake on a skillet and berries in a bowl.

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 smiling.

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. XO

Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes with berries.
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Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 pancakes 1x

Description

These Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes are so simple to make and will keep you full all morning.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  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 1/4 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.

Notes

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.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: whole grain pancakes, cinnamon pancakes, healthy cinnamon pancakes

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      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. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      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. 🙂

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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.

    🙂

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Farah @ The Cooking Jar

    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!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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?






    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi Isabel,

      I used Vanilla Yogurt instead of the Cottage Cheese and added a touch more oats to make up the thickness that the Cottage Cheese would’ve added.

      Just whipped up a batch and can safely say they were delicious.

      Lottie x

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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






  12. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Samantha

    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!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo
      Samantha

      Oops, just saw on the pinned link that it’s for 1, never mind! I can pretend its for 2 😉

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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 🙂

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!






    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Protein powder – bleh. I am not a fan. Bjork likes it but I just can’t do it, so mine use a creamy dairy protein instead 🙂 🙂