Birthday Cake Protein Pancakes & Waffles

I think that one of the toughest choices in life is deciding whether to eat an elephant ear or funnel cake at the fair every summer. Second runner up is choosing between waffles and pancakes.  I say have them both! These make you feel like you are eating something naughty but pack a ton of protein + fiber so you are satisfied for hours.

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  • 1/2 cup Old fashioned oats (ground into oat flour)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 scoop (or 2 tbs) Vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 3 packets Stevia (or 2 tbs of a sweetener that measures like sugar)
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 1/4 cup Almond milk (or skim)
  • 3 tbs Applesauce (no sugar added)
  • 1/2 tsp Almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp Butter extract (if you can’t find this, use vanilla but butter extract really makes the “cake” flavor)
  • 1 tbs Rainbow sprinkles

For Pancakes: Blend all ingredients except for sprinkles OR mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and create a well in the center. Add the wet ingredients and mix. Preheat skillet on medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and pour the batter depending on a desired size of a pancake (2-3 tbsp for a medium 1/4 cup for larger ones). Add sprinkles to each pancake. Cook for a couple minutes until you see the edges turning brown and bubbles start to form on the top. Flip with a spatula and cook until browned on the other side. Serves 1

For Waffles: Same mixing directions. Pour half of the batter into a waffle iron greased with non stick spray. Add sprinkles to the batter or just put on top after cooking. (Makes 2 waffles)

Top with some light whipped cream or – to make a frosting topping : Mix 2 tbs nonfat greek yogurt, 2 tbs protein powder, 2 tbs Unsweetened almond milk, and 1 packet of Stevia.

Nutrition Stats: For entire recipe, without topping

Cals: 330

Protein: 26 grams

Carbs: 40 grams

Fat: 6 grams

Sugar: 15 grams

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Funfetti Protein Bars

I love Funfetti so much I that I considered having it as my wedding cake flavor.  I rely on protein bars during busy work weeks and as much as I love my Quest bars, they are a little spendy.  I turned a cupcake craving into these when I was food prepping for the week. Hope you love them as much as I do! 

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P.S. These are amazing in cupcake form too! Just make sure you use silicon or foil cupcake liners as the paper ones will stick. Top them with light whipped cream or Protein Frosting (Mix 2 tbs vanilla protein powder, 1 tbs greek yogurt, 1 tbs almond milk or milk of choice and a little stevia to taste.

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  • 1 Cup Oat Flour (I ground 1 1/4 cup oats in a Magic Bullet to make 1 Cup of Oat Flour)
  • 2 Scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Stevia (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 Cup No Sugar Added Applesauce
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (or skim)
  • 1 tsp Butter Extract
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Tbs Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together. Whisk the egg whites, almond milk, extracts, and applesauce together in a separate dish. Mix the dry and wet ingredients and pour into an 8×8 Pyrex pan sprayed with cooking spray. Pour sprinkles over the batter and stick in the oven. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until center looks firm. Cool completely before cutting into 9 bars. These have zero preservatives in them so store in the fridge. Serves 9.

Nutrition Stats: (for one bar)

Cals: 93

Protein: 8 gams

Carbs: 12 grams

Fat: 2 grams

Sugar: 3 grams

 

 


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MyOatmeal.com Round 2: Cake Batter Oats & PB Lean

To continue from my previous post – I don’t have a recipe to share with the Cake Batter flavor of MyOatmeal.com oats because honestly I couldn’t get enough of eating it as is with PB Lean on top for breakfast. I realized I was out this morning and I’m already planning my next order. (I’m thinking Red Velvet or Dulce de Leche flavors are next)

Initially, it took me probably an hour to choose which flavors I wanted but I settled on Cake Batter – specifically because I thought it would taste good with the Vanilla Frosting flavored PB Lean. I definitely recommend the Smash Blend on the oatmeal options; the texture is the best I’ve ever had.

The PB Lean is wonderful! If you don’t know what peanut flour is, its dehydrated peanut butter with 85% less calories from fat. You add water to turn the dehydrated peanut butter powder in to a low calorie, low fat, low sodium, gluten free substitute. While I had been using PB2 for years in baking and protein shakes, I didn’t like the taste of it as a peanut butter substitute by itself. I could eat spoonfuls of PB Lean. There are just as many options of flavors to customize for this product and you can even add nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

To make your own custom oatmeal – click here.

The Promo Code is still good! To save 15% of your order, enter Promo code: healthy15 when you check out.

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First Things First

I just need to get this out there – I hate the words ‘blog’ and ‘blogger.’ Fitness is just one of my many passions in life. Another is cooking; specifically coming up with healthy new recipes (mostly treats, many with sprinkles) because balance is essential in a healthy life.

I’ve tried my hand at distance running, triathlons, and most recently a bodybuilding competition. Lately I’ve had friends ask me a lot about nutrition, strength training, and competing. I certainly don’t consider myself an expert but I love to share information and encourage others on their road to health so it made perfect sense to put it all into a blog.

I’ll leave you first with my favorite protein shake recipe. (Adapted from Dashingdish.com)

Cake Batter Protein Shake

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  • 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein
  • 2 Tbs Sugar Free Fat Free Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1/2 tsp Butter Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract (Both extracts can be found in the baking aisle)
  • Pinch of Xantham Gum (Optional – it gives a milkshake consistency to any protein shake)
  • Rainbow Sprinkles

Directions: Blend with ice and 1 cup of water or unsweetened almond milk. Top with sprinkles!

Thanks for reading friends!

Rachel