Breakfast for Dinner? Yes, Please!

My kids’ favorite dinner is actually, in fact, breakfast.

I don’t always have the energy at 6AM to make them fancy breakfasts, but we certainly do enjoy bacon and eggs (often), quiche (rarely), cereal and toast (hey, it’s happened once or twice) or pancakes (frequently) for dinner.  They love it and I never have to hear anyone whine about what I’m serving – and in my family that’s a big deal.  It feels like almost every meal produces some sort of grumbling from at least one, if not several, parties.

I’ve altered a basic pancake recipe to include a chunk more protein, so at least when the kids are shoveling themselves full of the fluffy, sticky-sweet goodness I don’t have to feel quite so damn guilty about it.

Erin’s Protein-Packed Pancakes

  • 4oog cottage cheese (one small container)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (feel free to modify but I can’t guarantee it’ll taste good!)
  • 1/8 cup baking powder
  • oil (I prefer grapeseed oil) for frying, enough to very slightly coat the bottom of the pan with each batch.
  • maple syrup and/or peanut or almond butter as topping

Separate yolks from whites.  Mix together yolks and cottage cheese.


Add 1 tsp Vanilla and 1/4 tsp Salt…

…hmmm… that looks more like a third tsp in actuality…

1/4 cup Brown Sugar…

1/4 cup Wheat Germ…

1/8th cup Baking Powder…

Add 2 Cups of Flour and 1.5 Cups of Milk…

The batter will be quite thick at this point.

Beat the egg whites with a blender or mixer until very stiff…

…by the by, “stiff” is such a naughty word isn’t it?

…fold egg whites into batter…

…mix it all up...

Heat up your pan for several minutes (I set my timer for 5 minutes) on medium heat.  If you’re using a teflon or green non-stick frying pan, add your oil prior to heating up and allow it to heat up for longer on a slightly lower temperature (so the pan doesn’t get damaged and the oil doesn’t begin to smoke).  If you’re using a cast iron or cast aluminum pan, I would add the oil after pre-heating.  Make sure you’re using a oil that has a higher smoking point such as peanut, sunflower or grapeseed and use caution.

If the oil ever starts smoking, discard it, wash the pan and start again.  

…Batter up!

Added some sliced bananas…

…Flip ’em…

…plate ’em and enjoy!

This recipe makes about 16 x 4″ pancakes.  Each pancake has approximately 125 calories (not including oil and toppings), and 7 grams of protein.

1 Comment

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One response to “Breakfast for Dinner? Yes, Please!

  1. They look delicious!! I’m going to have to figure out a gluten-free version for my house.

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