Healthy Apple Pancakes

Healthy apple pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. They taste decadent, but are packed with protein and fiber. Great for meal prep!

I started realizing that more often than not, when we got out for brunch Isaac always orders sweet options like pancakes or waffles. I think it’s because I rarely make those for him at home. Realizing this got my wheels turning and I decided I need more sweet breakfast recipes to add to the countless oatmeal recipes I already have here on EBF.

And that’s is exactly how these healthy apple pancakes came about! I used my banana cottage cheese pancake recipe as a guide to come up with a recipes for apple pancakes and omg, they’re delish!!

Stack of healthy apple pancakes topped with cinnamon apples. Behind the plate are some Granny Smith apples and cinnamon sticks.



The batter for these apple pancakes is made in the blender, which makes it super easy to whip up, and easy to pour directly from your blender into the skillet for cooking.

Stack of apple pancakes on a plate with a bite taken out of the stack. The pancakes are topped with cinnamon apples with some extra apple chunks on the plate along with a fork. Maple syrup, apples and cinnamon sticks are in the background.

And honestly, the cinnamon apple topping is legit the best part. For the cinnamon apples, I use the same quick microwave method that I use for my apple pie overnight oats and it works like a charm. It’s like instant baked apples!

Stack of healthy apple pancakes, topped with cinnamon apples and a drizzle of peanut butter. Two apple and two cinnamon sticks are behind the plate.

I can not wait for you to try these healthy pancakes for yourself. They’re sweet, they’re comforting and they feel indulgent even though they are 100% healthy in my book… loaded with protein and fiber. One serving (4 pancakes) has 15 grams of fiber and 18 grams of protein. Boom, perfect way to start your day!

Bird's eye view of a stack of apple pancakes. Pancakes are topped with cinnamon apples, pecans, and a drizzle of peanut butter. A fork is resting on the plate. Maple syrup, apples, and cinnamon sticks surround the plate.

If I make these pancakes on a Sunday, I like doubling the recipe so we have leftover pancakes for the week. For meal prep pancakes, I just cook the pancakes, let them cool completely, place them in a storage container and reheat them in the toaster oven or microwave in the morning. If serving with the apples, I’ll make more cinnamon apples the morning of. I’ve also been known to eat the pancakes cold, straight from the fridge because I’m a freak and like cold pancakes.

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If you make these healthy apple pancakes, be sure to leave me a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other readers!

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Stack of healthy apple pancakes topped with cinnamon apples. Behind the plate are some Granny Smith apples and cinnamon sticks.

Healthy Apple Pancakes

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pancakes


Healthy apple pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. They taste decadent, but are packed with protein and fiber. 


  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup diced apples
  • maple syrup, for topping

Cinnamon Apples

  • 1/2 cup diced apples
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Add oats, egg whites, cottage cheese, applesauce, baking powder and cinnamon into a blender and process until the batter is relatively smooth with a thick consistency. Stir in diced apples.
  2. Heat pan or griddle to low-medium heat and spray with non-stick spray.
  3. Once hot, scoop out about a quarter cup of batter at a time and pour onto pan. You should be able to make about 8 small pancakes.
  4. Cook until little bubbles form and the edges of the pancakes are solid enough to put a spatula underneath. Flip the pancakes and cook for one to two additional minutes.
  5. While pancakes are cooking, prep cinnamon apples by adding diced apples, maple syrup and cinnamon in a microwave safe bowl. Stir to combine and microwave for 30-60 seconds or until apples are soft and look similar to baked apples.
  6. For serving, place four pancakes on each plate, top with warm cinnamon apples and drizzle with maple syrup and/or nut butter.


  • For meal prep pancakes: make pancakes as instructed in the recipe. You can also prep the cinnamon apples, but store those in a separate container. Let pancakes cool and place in a sealed storage container in the fridge for up to 4 days. When ready to eat, eat cold with toppings of choice OR reheat the pancakes until warm in the microwave (should only take 30 seconds or so), in a toaster oven or on the stovetop.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 4 pancakes, 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 278
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Sodium: 438mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Protein: 18g

Keywords: apple pancakes, healthy apple pancakes, protein, cottage cheese pancakes, protein pancakes

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    1. Nicola
      February 14, 2021 AT 2:45 pm

      Looks so yummy!! I’m a huge fan of oatmeal. Can I ask what you use for applesauce?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 14, 2021 AT 7:13 pm

        Hey Nicola – Do you mean what brand I use?

    2. Melissa
      December 14, 2020 AT 10:43 pm

      What kind of apples do you suggest?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 14, 2020 AT 11:32 pm

        Any types of apples will work, but I prefer Honeycrisp, Fuji or Pink Lady.

    3. AZwannaBecook
      December 11, 2020 AT 6:53 pm

      I loved these pancakes! They are totally satisfying even though they are sugar free! Love it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 12, 2020 AT 12:35 am

        Ahh yay! So glad you’re a fan of these pancakes. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Jason Wood
      December 9, 2020 AT 10:30 am

      Love this recipe! This weekend we mixed it up a bit and added a quarter cup of shredded carrots and a dash a ginger. Then topped with toasted coconut flakes, walnuts and raisins. Turned out to be the perfect carrot cake pancakes to start the day!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2020 AT 12:35 am

        Woo! So glad this recipe was a hit. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Christine
      September 10, 2020 AT 4:26 pm

      The whole family enjoyed these this morning. It was so nice that everything just goes into the blender. My daughter said that these should be in a restaurant which I think means she liked them!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 11, 2020 AT 1:06 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Christine. I’m so glad these pancakes were a hit with the family! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    6. Wendy
      January 13, 2020 AT 11:51 am

      FANTASTIC! whole family loves them. I had to use cream cheese because I didn’t happen to have cottage cheese on hand and I couldn’t wait to make them! I will try with cottage cheese next time. Love love love this recipe!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 13, 2020 AT 2:36 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad these pancakes were a hit with the whole fam! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, I so appreciate it. 🙂

    7. Mindy Stephenson
      November 24, 2019 AT 8:04 am

      I made these this morning and they were delicious and sweet. I will definitely make them again but I will make a double batch for my family. I just noticed the serving size is half of the recipe! You will want to eat the whole serving!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 25, 2019 AT 7:50 pm

        I know, it’s very easy to eat the whole batch in one sitting. Haha! 🙂 I’m so glad you tried and enjoyed this recipe, Mindy! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it! <3

    8. Kori Daniel
      September 29, 2019 AT 8:51 am

      These are amazing! I love that they are made from a base of oats & do not require protein powder. I used whole eggs out of preference & pumpkin because we do not have applesauce. They turned out beautifully!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 29, 2019 AT 4:47 pm

        Yay! Thank you so much, Kori. I’m so glad that you liked them. Thank you so much for sharing on IG and for coming back here to comment and leave a star rating. It means so much to me and is so helpful. <3

    9. Lucy Williams
      September 21, 2019 AT 11:26 pm

      Hi, Looking forward to making these pancakes. Unfortunately, I live in Chengdu, China and I can not buy cottage cheese. What would be a good substitute? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 22, 2019 AT 2:10 am

        Hi Lucy! Someone else used buttermilk as a substitute for the cottage cheese and said they turned out well! You could also try yogurt, but I haven’t tried making them with yogurt so I’m not 100% sure that they’d turn out the same. Let me know what you end up using and how they turn out!

    10. Terry
      September 15, 2019 AT 1:08 pm

      Loved them! Perfect Sunday breakfast! Didn’t have cottage cheese, so used buttermilk! Could you suggest a dairy free option?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 15, 2019 AT 6:43 pm

        Oh, so glad to hear that they turned out well with the buttermilk as well. I haven’t tried it, but dairy-free yogurt might work well as a sub for the cottage cheese. You’ll have to let me know if you try it.

    11. Yomna
      July 8, 2019 AT 5:00 pm

      I tried these super yummy apple pancakes. The warm cinnamon apples on top take them to another level. Thank you for sharing your easy delicious recipes with us.

      Much love ❤

    12. Sheri
      May 27, 2019 AT 10:32 pm

      Can I use old fashioned oat flakes or does it have to be ground?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 28, 2019 AT 10:27 am

        Yes, you can use old fashioned oat flakes.

    13. Meagan
      March 23, 2019 AT 10:42 am

      Great recipe! I found they stuck to the pan though and were hard to flip. Any ideas why? Thanks!

    14. Maureen
      February 24, 2019 AT 7:29 pm

      Omg I have got to make these. I’m going to next weekend. They sound yummy

    15. Diane
      February 9, 2019 AT 9:50 am

      Under ingredients you list 1tsp cinnamon after the baking soda, but never told when to incorporate that into the recipe, with the batter ingredients in the blender?
      Then there is another 1/4 tsp cinnamon used in the cinnamon apples mixture.
      Thanks for your help.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 10, 2019 AT 2:39 pm

        Thank you so much for heads up on this. I’ll update the recipe.

    16. Sophie
      January 24, 2019 AT 1:17 am

      Hi! Iz there a possible substitute for the cottage cheese? I’m lactose intolerant.
      Hope I can try your recipe, looks good.

      1. Mariana Cremonte
        February 20, 2019 AT 8:43 am

        I was wondering about the same thing, I hate cottage cheese, maybe using one of those almond milk yogurt instead? I will use greek yogurt on mine

    17. Angelina
      November 10, 2018 AT 9:51 pm

      Delicious recipe! I made it for lunch today, and everyone loved it. The maple cinnamon apples on top were such a nice touch. I will definitely be making these again. Thank you! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 26, 2018 AT 2:16 pm

        Hooray! So so happy that you liked the pancakes, Angelia!

    18. Cynthia Cooperstein
      November 9, 2018 AT 6:20 pm

      Made these tonight for dinner…amazing! So delish and comforting on a damp, dreary night. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 26, 2018 AT 2:15 pm

        Ahh!! So thrilled that you enjoyed the pancakes, Cynthia!! <3

    19. Jen Jones
      November 6, 2018 AT 12:07 pm

      Hi Brittany. I was very excited to see this recipe. Your banana chocolate chip cottage cheese pancake recipe is my all time favorite EBF recipe and I make it almost every week. I was excited to see another oatmeal-cottage cheese protein pancake option. I meal prepped mine last night and had my first serving for breakfast this morning. Really enjoyed it!

    20. Beth
      November 4, 2018 AT 8:45 am

      Just made them! So. Good. This will definitely be my go to recipe for pancakes. Love that they have so much protein! I used two eggs instead of the egg whites and they turned out great!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 4, 2018 AT 12:13 pm

        Yay!! I am so glad that you liked them, Beth! Thank you for coming back to leave a comment letting me know how they turned out. 🙂

    21. rachel
      November 3, 2018 AT 9:26 pm

      do you think you could use whole eggs instead of egg whites?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 4, 2018 AT 12:18 pm

        Yes, I’d use 2-3 large eggs instead of the egg whites.

    22. Rhonda @ Change In Seconds
      November 3, 2018 AT 2:03 pm

      On list of new recipes to try this weekend!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 3, 2018 AT 4:15 pm

        Yay!! Enjoy, Rhonda.

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