Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  160
  • Protein  9 g
  • Carbohydrates  20 g
  • Fat  5 g
  • Cholesterol  30 mg
  • Sodium  242 mg
  • Potassium  119 mg
  • Phosphorus  122 mg
  • Calcium  50 mg
  • Fiber  0.4 g

Palacsinta (Dessert Pancakes)

For your next dessert experiment, try the kidney-friendly recipe for Palacsinta (Dessert Pancakes). DaVita renal dietitian Anne from Pennsylvania shares her family recipe for Palacsinta which she’s adapted to be more heart-healthy and kidney-friendly. Palacsinta are Hungarian pancakes similar to crepes, and ours are made from flour, sugar, salt, eggs and non-dairy creamer.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Anne from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 16     Serving size: 1 palacsinta with filling


    • 4 cups low-fat cottage cheese
    • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
    • 6 tablespoons sugar, divided use
    • 1/16 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 cups liquid nondairy creamer
    • non-stick cooking spray
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar


    1. To make filling place cottage cheese into a cheese cloth and twist into a ball.  Place in a colander, place colander into a mixing bowl, and refrigerate for safety. Allow liquid to drain for at least two hours. 
    2. Mix flour, 1 tablespoon sugar and salt.
    3. In a separate bowl beat eggs lightly and add the non-dairy creamer.
    4. Combine flour mixture and egg mixture and whisk until it is a smooth, thin batter. Allow batter to rest for an hour.
    5. Heat an 8" omelet pan and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
    6. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot pan and flip when bubbles appear in the center.
    7. Stack the pancakes onto a dinner plate and keep in a warm oven until ready to assemble.
    8. Mix drained cottage cheese with raisins, 5 tablespoons sugar and vanilla.
    9. Fill each palacsinta with 1/4 cup filling and roll it up. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 meat
  • 1/2 starch
  • 1/2 high calorie


Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • This is Anne’s family recipe, modified to be more heart-healthy. Traditional Palacsinta are prepared with a filling of cottage or pot cheese, sugar, and raisins; however, this is not the most renal-friendly filling due to the sodium in cottage cheese.  Other fillings such as apple, cheery, or blueberry pie filling are excellent alternatives. Look for no-sugar-added pie fillings if you have diabetes.
    • Compare brands and buy the lowest sodium cottage cheese without phosphate additives.
    • Alter the sugar to your taste.  Splenda® or other sugar substitute may be used to replace the sugar to reduce carbohydrate to 16 grams.

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Palacsinta (Dessert Pancakes)

mmcpower says:


I am Hungariuan and am so glad to see the palacsinta on here. I know this is really great and can fill it with so many dessert items. Thanks

Apr. 28, 2011, 11:39 PM - Inappropriate review?

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