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Five apple pancakes stacked on one another on a white plate with diced apples and maple syrup on top.
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Healthy Apple Pancakes

Healthy apple pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. They taste decadent, but are packed with protein and fiber. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pancakes
Servings: 8 pancakes



Cinnamon Apples


  • 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.
    Healthy apple pancake batter in a blender.
  • Gently, fold in diced apples.
    Diced apples in a blender with pancake batter.
  • Heat pan or griddle to low-medium heat and spray with non-stick spray. 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. 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.
    One pancake in a cast iron skillet.
  • 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.
    Diced apples mixed with cinnamon in a glass bowl.
  • For serving, place four pancakes on each plate, top with warm cinnamon apples and drizzle with maple syrup and/or nut butter.



  • Egg whites: You can use 2 whole eggs in place of the egg whites if needed. 
  • Cottage cheese: I haven't tried it, but Greek yogurt would probably be a good substitute for the cottage cheese. 
  • 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 5 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.


Serving: 4 pancakes, 1/2 recipe | Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 517mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 25g