“Cheese. Cheese. Cheese. Cheese.” is a common refrain heard in this household. Stacey’s toddler loves his cheese. Considering he flat-out refuses to eat beans and meat, cheese is one of his few protein sources. He’s fallen in love with cottage cheese in particular.
And pancakes! How this child loves pancakes! Buttermilk, pumpkin, if it’s a pancake, he’ll eat it.
So when our friend Britt posted a recipe for Weekday Protein Pancakes, we figured it would be worth a try. And, whoooooo boy, this recipe was a hit! We’ve made it many times and the ingredients vary from time to time. The quantities below yield some of our favorite pancakes, but you can easily change the consistency of the batter with more or less cottage cheese. We also tripled the recipe to have plenty of pancakes on hand for those times when the toddler MUSTEATNOW!!! (You mamas know how it is.)
It’s not unusual for toddlers to begin to shun some protein sources, especially meat. The key is to continue offering a variety of foods for exposure and balance, but allow them to choose whether they’ll eat it and how much. Finding alternatives for protein allows for some creativity, like the recipe for these pancakes, that includes protein in a familiar, and more readily accepted form. But don’t stop serving the meat, beans and other protein foods your family enjoys.
The VeggieVore’s Protein Pancakes
Yield about 20 silver-dollar pancakes
1 1/3 cups rolled oats
12 oz. cottage cheese
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons honey (or more, to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat nonstick skillet on medium. Put oats in blender and process to a fine powder. Add remaining ingredients and blend until combined. Spray skillet with cooking spray. Drop a dollop (or two, depending on size of your skillet) of batter in the pan. When bubbles begin to appear on the top of the pancake and edges appear cooked, flip pancake and cook on other side. Adjust heat as needed to achieve desired browning (or burning, if that’s your thing.)
Do you have a recipe for pancakes that sends your family over the moon?