This one is a winner. Literally.
Call me goofy but I do this sometimes - we have family cook-offs. About a year ago I was looking for the best tasting and healthiest pancake recipe I could find. I looked around and found four different pancake recipes to try. I made them ALL and we tried them all. We had a unanimous winner and I'm about to share that recipe with you.
I was shocked that this recipe was the winner. Believe it or not, it was by far the easiest and healthiest recipe of the bunch!
I originally found the recipe on allrecipes.com. Thankfully I printed it off because it no longer exists on the site. I've looked several times. The original recipe credits the South Beach Diet. I want to give credit where it is due but unfortunately, I can't give a more specific link.
We have changed this recipe and over the past year and have made it our own. So the recipe I am sharing with you is a variation on the one I once saw.
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1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese (I use 1%)
1/3 cup ** liquid egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
** Be sure to use plain liquid egg whites - NOT an Egg Beater type of product that contains seasonings that would be nasty in pancakes!!
Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Pour the pancake batter into a bowl and let it sit for five minutes.
Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add batter and cook over medium heat until both sides are lightly browned.
This is one generous serving. Multiply the recipe to serve the correct number of people.
Immediately once it's blended I pour the mixture into a bowl and let it sit on the counter for about 5 minutes. This was not in the original recipe. I've tried to make the pancakes right away and they're too runny. I've also tried to skip the bowl and let them sit in the blender instead but because it thickens as it sits it was hard to get the batter out of the blender.
I've blended 1/3 of a banana per serving into the batter. It makes a thinner pancake.
The kids love mini-chocolate chips!
Fruit is wonderful mixed in to the batter - especially blueberries.
Walnuts make a nice addition.
As an FYI: these pancakes are much denser and heartier than a typical pancake. They are definitely not the fluffy floury kind of pancake. To me, that's a good thing. Those flour filled pancakes tend to give me a tummy ache. Not these bad boys. ENJOY.