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Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Strawberries

Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Strawberries

Easter is on Sunday and I am pretty excited. I have always enjoyed the holiday. When I was a little girl, I would wake up super early to try and find the Easter bunny. I never found him, but my dad always did a great job at hiding the eggs and baskets filled with candy and toys. I also loved getting all dolled up for church. My sister and I always picked out frilly Easter dresses with bonnets, gloves, lacey socks, and cute shoes.

We would also celebrate by eating a special Easter brunch. My dad usually made French toast or his famous cinnamon rolls. I don’t think I will wear a bonnet this year or go on an egg hunt, but we will make Easter brunch. Josh requested Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Strawberries-they are his favorite. I am sharing the recipe today in case you want to make them for your Easter brunch.

The pancakes are easy to make, so if you are having company over, don’t worry. You can whip these pancakes together in no time. The cottage cheese keeps the pancakes moist, but not dense, they are light and delicate. The lemon zest and juice adds a nice burst of spring to the pancakes. I love that these pancakes are good for you too-an added bonus. I use whole wheat flour, egg whites, and the cottage cheese is a great source of protein. There is no butter or oil involved, but you will never know. These pancakes are a real treat.

Don’t forget to top the pancakes off with fresh strawberries. I like to cut up the strawberries and dress them with fresh lemon zest and juice. It brings out the lemon flavor even more. If you want to splurge a little-go ahead and add whipped cream too.

I am looking forward to lemon cottage cheese pancakes on Sunday. I hope you will be making them too.

Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Strawberries

Yield: Serves 4


1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 Tablespoon sugar
Zest of 1 large lemon
2/3 cup skim milk
3/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Fresh strawberries
Lemon zest
Fresh lemon juice


1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and lemon zest with your fingers. This will bring out the lemon flavor. Add the sugar and lemon to the dry ingredients. Whisk again.

3. In a small bowl, add the milk, cottage cheese, egg whites, vanilla extract, and fresh lemon juice. Whisk until smooth. The cottage cheese will still be somewhat lumpy and that is ok. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined. The batter will be a lumpy.

4. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle. When the pan is heated to medium spray well with cooking spray. Add about a 1/4 cup of batter to the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes. You want to see bubbles all over the pancake. Flip and cook the other side for a couple of minutes. Repeat until batter is gone. Make sure you spray the pan in between each pancake.

5. Combine fresh cut strawberries, lemon zest, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Stir.

6. Serve pancakes hot with fresh strawberries. You can also use syrup and a little powdered sugar.

You can freeze these pancakes. Let cool and wrap well. I like to put parchment paper in between the pancakes so they don't get stuck. Place in freezer.

If you like these pancakes, you might also like:

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes from Two Peas and Their Pod
Oven Berry Pancakes from Two Peas and Their Pod
Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes from Two Peas and Their Pod
Banana Pancakes from My Baking Addiction
Baked German Apple Pancake from Cookin’ Canuck
Carrot Cake Pancakes from Picky Cook

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82 Responses to “Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Strawberries”

  1. Rosa — March 29, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    Perfect pancakes for Easter!



  2. Jessica — March 29, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    I love Easter, too – I have amazing memories from it! These pancakes sound delicious. They are perfect for Spring!

  3. Erica — March 29, 2010 @ 4:39 am

    YUM! These look way fluffier than your typical pancake. I used to love getting dressed up on easter too. I can still remember putting those little lacy socks on :)

  4. Peter — March 29, 2010 @ 5:26 am

    I want this for brekkie on Easter Sunday!

  5. Cookin' Canuck — March 29, 2010 @ 5:54 am

    Maria, these sound and look fantastic – no wonder they are Josh’s favorite! I am definitely going to try this version next weekend.

  6. Elle — March 29, 2010 @ 6:24 am

    So pretty! Cottage cheese makes such a great substitute in so many things, doesn’t it? Very nice!

  7. Michelle — March 29, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    I’ve been eating strawberries all weekend and your pancakes sound like a perfect treat!

  8. bellini valli — March 29, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    They sound delish and a perfect way to start any morning!

  9. kat — March 29, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    I do this with ricotta but cottage cheese sounds fabulous too!

  10. Kalynskitchen — March 29, 2010 @ 6:59 am

    I love the idea of pancakes with cottage and lemon zest. They sound just lovely.

  11. Heather @ Side of Sneakers — March 29, 2010 @ 7:06 am

    What a beautiful breakfast!!!!

  12. Gaby — March 29, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    I do these with ricotta and they are fantastic!! Come to LA tomorrow and we will make both recipes :) Miss u!

  13. Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 29, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    They sound delicious. I’ve always wanted to do ricotta pancakes… had never heard of cottage cheese pancakes until now!

  14. Connie Weiss — March 29, 2010 @ 7:40 am

    These sound perfect! I’m going to make them. Thanks!

  15. Double Dipped Life — March 29, 2010 @ 7:57 am

    These look great! I love strawberry season!

  16. Rachel (S[d]OC) — March 29, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    They not only look delicious, but they appear to actually be good for you – no easy feat! I’m afraid I’ll be grabbing breakfast on the go for Easter as I probably will try to squeeze some riding in before Easter dinner in the evening (we had to push back the celebration till the evening as my brother will be returning from a spring break trip to Florida that day). I’ll be dreaming of what I could be having though.

  17. vanillasugar — March 29, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    you have so many pop ups on your blog? wow.
    love these pancakes though!!

  18. HoneyB — March 29, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    Very nice photos! Looks very delicious and springy!

  19. Natalie — March 29, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and for your nice comments! I never thought to use cottage cheese in pancakes! Nice way to boost protein :) Thanks for the idea. Your blog is wonderful!

  20. Bridgett — March 29, 2010 @ 9:03 am

    This is a great recipe for an Easter breakfast. I will have to keep this one in mind come this Sunday. The strawberries would definitely be my favorite part.

  21. No Bonnet???? Why??? OK, we can leave that out, but not the bunny!
    I have been meaning to try cottage cheese pancakes….great addition to the breakfast rotation. I tell ya we are on the same page with our eats! Great job, love the lemon addition :)

  22. shelly (cookies and cups) — March 29, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    These sound amazing! I love Easter morning breakfast :)

  23. Kate @ Savour Fare — March 29, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Yum! I always forget about cottage cheese, but it’s such a great ingredient — I made a spinach pie last night that included low fat cottage cheese and it added this great creaminess.

  24. I love cottage cheese… but don’t purchase it often because my children don’t like it (yet). This recipe is a great way to introduce it to them, once more. Thanks!

  25. Joanne — March 29, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    Easter is one of the more low-stress holidays and is therefore more fun! These pancakes look delicious. I might have to have them for dinner this week.

  26. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — March 29, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    Ooh… great minds think alike! These pancakes look amazing. And, lemon with cottage cheese? That is so perfect for spring. I love citrus/cheese combos this time of the year.

  27. lo — March 29, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    Lemon is the perfect flavor for a spring breakfast — and the cottage cheese makes these feel decadent, I’ll bet. Lovely breakfast food!

  28. Judy — March 29, 2010 @ 11:44 am

    Those look perfect Maria. I can’t wait to make them for the girls!

  29. Pam — March 29, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    Nice! I’ve never had pancakes like this – they look really terrific.

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  31. grace — March 29, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

    delightfully fluffy pancakes, maria! i’d eat these every single morning if i weren’t so lazy…unless cinnamon rolls were also available. they take precedence. :)

  32. Wendy — March 29, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

    Those pancakes look so delicious. And lemon + strawberry is wonderful!

  33. Fuji Mama — March 29, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

    Ok, these look absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious! Your pictures practically FORCE me to want to make these this weekend!

  34. Jamie @ My Baking Addiction — March 29, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

    definitely perfect for sunday brunch…yum!

  35. Cate O'Malley — March 29, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

    Wouldn’t have thought of using cottage, but they look scrumptious!

  36. Nastassia — March 29, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

    you have me drooling! i would have never thought of using cottage cheese in my pancakes but these pancakes look moist and perfect. I love strawberries on pancakes and lemon is certainly a spring time flavor.

  37. Meeta — March 30, 2010 @ 2:50 am

    yum! i love adding cottage cheese to my pancakes. these are so wonderfully flavored – everything for a perfect easter brunch!

  38. Lori — March 30, 2010 @ 5:26 am

    Easter is one of my very favorite holidays. These pancakes sound so great. I’ve not used cottage cheese in them before. I do love a good cheese blintz though so I have a feeling these would be to my liking. :)

  39. Aimee — March 30, 2010 @ 7:53 am

    We love pancakes every way around here, although I’d have to work hard to convince my kids to eat strawberries–crazy, I know.

    These look delicious!

  40. Cathy — March 30, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    I love pancakes and these look really wonderful! I can’t wait to try them.

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