Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Protein-Packed Pumpkin Pancakes

I had a can of pumpkin in my pantry that I have been anxious to use, and since fall has pretty much set in, it was time! After a long run or workout session, I try to eat a good helping of protein to repair my muscles. I don't usually crave eggs, so these pancakes are a great substitute. I adapted an oatmeal pancake recipe slightly by adding pumpkin to it.

Pumpkin Pancakes
adapted from the South Beach Diet Cookbook, by Dr. Arthur Agatston

1/2 c. old-fashioned oatmeal
1/4 c. low fat (or fat free) cottage cheese
4 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp.pumpkin pie spice (OR add 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg)
1/2 c. pure pumpkin puree

1. Preheat griddle.
2. Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
3. Cook 1/4-1/2 c. at a time over medium heat, flipping half way though, until lightly browned and cooked though.

Love these! This whole recipe serves 1 - so it is VERY filling, and contains 328 calories and is packed with 30 grams of protein, plus 10 grams of fiber. Since this recipe contains virtually NO sugar (just a tad from the pumpkin), I topped with some light Cool Whip and sugar-free syrup to satisfy my sweet tooth. If this isn't your style, try adding some pumpkin puree to your favorite pancake batter - the puree is a little think, so thin your batter slightly if necessary.


  1. Those pancakes look so good!! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  2. Is the oatmeal cooked before you add it to the batter?

  3. Bart - no, the oatmeal isn't cooked. I use Quaker old-fashioned oats, but the quick cooking kind would work too. Since you blend the batter, the oats get broken down a little.

  4. Sounds great! I make pumpkin-protein pancakes with protein powder and have yet to try the cottage cheese version. Sounds like a great healthy treat!

  5. I tried this recipe and they are pretty good! I had to keep the heat on the pan turned down so the outsides didn't cook before the center. The recipe is definitely filling! I could not eat the entire serving! I liked the suggestion of cool whip as a topping!