Real Food LUNCH BOX: Pancake Day — 3 ingredient pancake

Pancakes for dinner...OR LUNCH

Pancakes for dinner…OR LUNCH

So…it’s Shrove Tuesday…or better known as “Pancake Day”. And while traditionally a day to use up all the flour and milk and eggs in the house, it’s become a day in our house that means EATING PANCAKES FOR DINNER.

But honestly…pancakes make an unusually terrific lunch box item. I was interviewed once for a t.v. show about packing lunches for back-to-school. And the interviewer kept going on about sending pancakes for school lunch. Something that hadn’t honestly occurred to me before. And I’m not sure why because I send just about ANYTHING else (that’s real food).

So I began sending pancakes for school lunch. Growing up we always had pancakes for dinner on Pancake Day. And I have kept the tradition going. But they actually get fed pancakes at school, as well. It’s a pretty pancaked-packed day — maybe a bit overboard. But do kids honestly mind? I doubt it.

Pancakes for sausage + sauerkraut, pure maple syrup, veg and berries

Pancakes for lunchbox…plus maple smoked sausage + sauerkraut, pure maple syrup, veg and berries

This day always hits around Maple Syrup season, as well. How fitting!! Being the best pancake topping around! This month’s Lunchbox Kitchen episode (the Rogers Show I host) theme is MAPLE SYRUP, and I teach the viewers how to make these really simple pancakes (for placing under maple syrup). Though, in my household, we make a bazillion types of pancakes (fermented spelt, sprouted, almond four, savoury, banana, regular ol’) I think these are my favourite. Though not traditional…they are CRAZY-PACKED with protein, are fairly easy to digest, super easy to make, AND….my kids love ’em.

I so often get asked how to get more protein into a school lunch — with something they will ACTUALLY EAT. These pancakes may be your answer. Just don’t let them see what’s in there. Haha.


  • 1 cup minute oats (or whole oats pulverized a bit in the blender) – NOT INSTANT
  • 1 cup organic, full-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup farm-fresh eggs

Optional/Additional Items:

  • cinnamon, pinch or two
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ghee or coconut oil, for frying
  • fresh fruit, for topping
  • pure maple syrup, for topping
  • almond butter, for topping (not if sending to school)

Place first three ingredients in the blender. Blend at high speed until well combined. If using add cinnamon and/or vanilla now. Blend again.

3 Ingredient Pancakes - in the blender

3 Ingredient Pancakes — in the blender

Heat pan or skillet to medium-high heat. Melt chosen fat. Add desired amount of batter (1/4 cup is good for average-sized pancake) and cook. Lower heat if you suspect it’s started to burn a little. But don’t flip over until you see little bubbles form on the top of the uncooked pancake. This will take 2 or 3 minutes. Once you see the bubbles, flip over the pancake and cook the other side for another 1 or 2 minutes.

When to flip is when you see BUBBLES

When to flip is when you see BUBBLES

Keep batter in fridge and use as needed. OR store between pieces of parchment, wrap well and store in fridge for future use. Send to school at room temperature. Or heat in toaster if grabbing for breakfast.

Serve pancakes with topping suggestions above. If sending syrup is too messy consider adding it straight to the batter — it’ll be sweet and maple-y and not messy at all.

A perfect lunch for Pancake Day

A perfect lunch for Pancake Day

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9 Responses to Real Food LUNCH BOX: Pancake Day — 3 ingredient pancake

  1. Natalie March 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    I am wondering where I can find the lunch containers you use…I love them. I like how there are sections to separate food and that it is stainless steel. THanks! BTW …love your website!

    • Sara September 18, 2014 at 5:52 am #

      They are from And I LOVE THEM. They can only be ordered online and from the U.S., and are a tad pricey. But they are worth the investment. I’ve been using mine for 3 1/2 years.

  2. Heather Torrance September 17, 2014 at 6:35 am #

    I made these the other day and they turned out horribly, and I was wondering why…and then I realized that what I used was not oats, but rolled wheat flakes (or something like that). They looked sort of like oats but were thicker. So I’m feeling kind of dumb but I’m excited to try the recipe again using actual oats. 🙂

    • Sara September 18, 2014 at 5:51 am #

      Oh dear. Oh please try them again. They really are great. I have not tried with other flakes before, but I now know maybe I shouldn’t bother? haha. Let me know how they turn out…

  3. Heather September 18, 2014 at 2:19 am #

    I made these this morning for breakfast. I halved the recipe and it made 8 little silver dollar pancakes – perfect for two servings. Thank you!

    • Sara September 18, 2014 at 5:50 am #

      Heather, that’s wonderful.

  4. Selena February 17, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    Oh my goodness! why didn’t I think of that! My kids will LOVE it. What kind of lunch box is that in your pic. I must have one…or two 🙂

  5. Kim February 18, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    Ian made these for dinner tonight and they were incredible! The kids devoured them and we didn’t have to release the ingredient list. Thumbs up and thanks for sharing your great recipe!

    • Sara February 26, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

      Kim, music to my ears 🙂

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