A light and creamy oven baked puffed pancake, a great healthy breakfast, to get in shape for summer.
Spring has finally sprung in full force and Hubby is already talking about turning on the central air. We've had many gorgeously sunny and hot days this past week. The warmer it is outside, the more I long for the beach. After such a cold winter and a being in hibernation mode, many of us feel as though our bodies aren't warm weather ready. I personally have been trying to incorporate more protein and vegetables in my diet, and cut back on sugars and carbs. One way I've been increasing my protein is with Gay Lea Nordica Cottage Cheese. With 15g of protein in every half cup of cottage cheese, it's a great and healthy way to get that extra energy boosting protein into your diet. And I just love how thick and creamy Gay Lea cottage cheese is, compared to other brands!
I now top my baked potatoes with cottage cheese and salsa, which is a delicious and creamy twist. Recently I decided to try adding cottage cheese to my puff pancake recipe. I love puff pancakes! They aren't as heavy as regular pancakes and have little to no sugar, or flour in them. So I went into the kitchen and made my recipe, subbing in some cottage cheese for most of the milk, in my recipe. My first attempt was a total FAIL. My pancake did not puff at all, though it tasted great.
|Sometimes our flops still taste yummy. Especially with Nutella!|
So, back to the drawing board I went. This time I decided to mix everything in my food processor and I added in an extra egg. Perfection! The pancake puffed beautifully in the oven. Queenie was a little upset that puffed pancakes don't stay puffed when removed from the oven, but she devoured a good portion of this one. It was light and the inside was slightly creamy and salty. Topped with fresh berries and a drizzle of honey, this pancake is a great light breakfast, that will give you the fuel you need to start your day, and is a great way to start getting your body beach ready.
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Oven Puffed Pancakes
1/4 C 2% Gay Lea Nordica Cottage Cheese
2 Tbs low fat milk
2 large eggs
1/4 C flour
1 Tbs butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add butter to an oven safe 8 inch non-stick skillet and place in the oven to melt the butter.
Place cottage cheese and milk into a blender, or food processor; blend until smooth and creamy. Break in the eggs and add the flour, and blend until completely smooth and bubbly.
Pour batter into the hot skillet and return it to the oven for 17-20 minutes, until nicely puffed and slightly golden. Remove from oven and dust with 1 tsp powdered sugar (if desired) and top with fruit. Serve with a drizzle of honey.
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