I'm posting the original version of this recipe first, followed by my 'improvements'.
From The South Beach Diet Book
1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese (or tofu)
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1. Process the oatmeal, cottage cheese, egg whites, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a blender until smooth.
2. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add the batter and cook over medium heat until both sides are lightly browned.
I found the pancakes as presented in Dr. Agaston's book to be very dense, almost rubbery. I made a few modifications to create light, fluffy pancakes which won't leave you missing the 'real' pancake experience. Here's how:
Mix everything BUT 3 of the egg whites in a food processor. (Can use a blender, but the mix is too thick and doesn't blend well. If you use a blender, add up to 1/4 cup 1% or skim milk to loosen it.) Add a packet of Splenda to sweeten the mix. Put the oatmeal mixture into a mixing bowl.
Beat the remaining 3 egg whites to soft peaks, add a packet of Splenda, then beat just until the whites firm up to hard peaks. Take 1/4 to 1/3 of the beaten whites and mix it into the oatmeal mixture to loosen it. (Adding it all will deflate the whites.) Then gently fold in the remaining beaten egg whites. Cook as usual, (I used a generous 1/3 cup of batter per pancake) and you have delicious, light, airy pancakes without the carbs!
For a 'syrup', I put some fresh or frozen fruit (Phase 2-friendly) into a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Sprinkle on one packet of Splenda and heat so it releases juices, usually mashing the fruit a bit to extract more. Heat until the juices thicken and keep warm until pancakes are done.
For an added touch of richness, I'll add a small dollop of butter to melt into the fruit at the end. And it's easy to play with this 'syrup'. With blueberries, add some grated lemon peel. With peaches, add a little orange peel. Have fun with different flavors and enjoy some good-for-you, 'decadent' pancakes!