I stumbled across the original version of this recipe on a delightful blog: weelicious.com. (If you’re a mom, especially to younger kids and haven’t checked it out – Woah! Mind blown. It’s a treasure trove of delicious and creative ideas.)
On Thanksgiving morning the last thing you want (read: need) is a massive bring-out-your-fatted-calf meal taking up much-needed T-day stomach space. However, if you skip breakfast all together you’ll gorge yourself later and risk becoming quite the spectacle, or even need to change into that backup mumu in your trunk. (Plus you won’t have room for all of dem PIES!)
Ah, the Thanksgiving Paradox.
See, you’ve gotta plan and think smart to maximize your Thanksgiving feastivities.
It’s all about the protein, hence the need for sneaky protein pancakes. Nothing strange or special-trip-to-the store in these lovelies. They’re mostly eggs, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese and pumpkin. Simplicity at its best! (I’ve tried both Greek yogurt and cottage cheese – both protein powerhouses – and they each make for scrumptious pancakes in different ways.)
However, don’t limit these pancakes to only Thanksgiving! I make some variation of these like clockwork, every week, year-round. I always double the recipe with the idea of freezing a batch but they rarely make it to the freezer. My kids wood chipper these flapjacks (quite literally leaving pancake shrapnel everywhere). They happily polish them off with no toppings or syrup, fresh off the griddle.
Behold out the glee!
Have fun with these!
Throw in some chocolate chips!
A spot of jam or fruit
Or dried cranberries and nuts
Add a mountainous pile of whipped cream straight from you childhood and let that joy rain down unrestrained.
They’re perfectly, snackably, delicious yet quite nutritious! Another kitchen conundrum solved.