Breakfast / Brunch / Dessert

Gluten-free Pumpkin Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Sunday Breakfast

This recipe is an adaptation of a four generation family favorite. Small things make it extra special: oven roasted pumpkin puree, fresh grated nutmeg, browned butter, and cottage cheese that has a robust tangy flavor like Nancy’s Organic Cottage Cheese, and cooking them in Stonybrook Pumpkin Seed Oil.  Willing to guild the lily? Dot the pancakes with Vermont Creamery Sea Salt and Maple Butter before drizzling on the warm maple syrup. These little “cakes” are so delicious you can serve them with a side of cinnamon whipped cream for dessert, an unexpected treat for guests.

You won’t make a mistake by using organic canned pumpkin puree, a teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice, regular cottage cheese, and cooking them in (bacon fat). These are still going to float your fall-Sunday-morning boat. GF pancakes are easy to digest, an added bonus whether or not one eats a gluten-free diet!

Pumpkin Cottage Cheese Pancakes (Serves 2-3, but double and double again for big ol’ family breakfasts.)

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1/3 cup (2 oz.) gluten free flour mix (yours, ours, or Trader Joe’s)

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

2 tablespoons browned butter

scant 1/2 cup cottage cheese (if you’re quadrupling this recipe it’d be 1 pint minus 1 tablespoon)

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup milk

Pumpkin Seed Oil for cooking the pancakes (or use clarified butter, organic grape seed, canola, or light olive oil)

Serve with melted salted butter and warm maple syrup


1.  Combine the dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

2.  Melt the butter and set aside to cool slightly.

3.  Separate the egg(s) into two bowls, a larger mixing bowl for the white(s) and small one for the yolk.

4.  Combine the milk and cottage cheese in a medium sized mixing bowl.

5.  Whisk the egg yolk(s) until light in color. Add the butter, stirring constantly so the butter doesn’t cook the yolk. Add this mixture to the milk and cottage cheese, stirring to blend.

6.  Add the dry ingredients to the cheese, milk, egg mixture.

7.  In the larger bowl, whisk the egg white(s) until stiff, but not “dry”. Gently fold the batter into the egg white(s).

8.  Heat a large skillet over a medium heat. Using a spatula, spread a teaspoon of vegetable oil over the hot surface.  If the oil smokes, remove the pan from the heat for a minute to let it cool a bit.

9.  Drop small spoonfuls of batter onto the hot skillet.  Remember pancakes are like children the first batch can be slightly burned or undercooked), until the pan is tempered; then they’re just right!  The batter will puff slightly, like a souffle, and small bubbles will appear at the edges. Use a small metal spatula when they’re ready to flip.  Even misshapen experiments will be delicious!  Add more oil to the pan as necessary, possibly only once.  The melted cheese might stick to your spatula. If so, take the time to clean it to insure easy flipping.


6 thoughts on “Gluten-free Pumpkin Cottage Cheese Pancakes

  1. My body doesn’t seem to like the starches in GF flour mixes … Thoughts about nut flour and arrow root as a substitute for the usual potato and/or tapioca starch?

    • The Pumpkin Cottage Cheese Pancake recipe calls for so little flour you can fairly confidently experiment with a blend of other than (tapioca, potato, and rice). My original Cottage Cheese Pancake recipe includes almond flour. Other alternatives are quinoa and garbanzo bean flour, though the flavor of bean flours can be off putting. Arrowroot and mantioc (starch from cassava) are also options. Let us know how you make out.
      ~ Gus’s Mom

    • We prefer to make our own for three reasons. First, the primary ingredient in cup4cup is cornstarch. GMO corn is problematic, finding its way into almost everything. We don’t want to bake with a product that is largely non-organic, highly processed (corn.) Second, like Pamela’s Baking Mix, cup4cup contains xantham gum and milk powder. We prefer to add our own of each or use alternatives. Lastly, it’s expensive. You can make your own using organic ingredients for a lot less.

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