Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes

I haven't had real pancakes in a long time.  Actually Nick recently reminded me that it has literally been months (maybe even a full year) since I made pancakes.  I used to make them just about every weekend.  I think I got sick of making them.  I prefer higher protein breakfasts now, so pancakes (conventional) just don't do it for me anymore (sorry Nick).

Imagine what Nick said when I told him I'd make pancakes, then handed him these.  Muahaha.

I lied.  I never made these for Nick.  I think the carrots and yogurt would freak him out too much.

Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes
Serves 2 (each serving is 2 pancakes)

1/2 cup egg whites (~ 4 eggs)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup pumpkin puree or carrot puree (baby food)
5 drops liquid Stevia
 Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

For topping/layers
4 Tbsp. plain nonfat Greek yogurt
Liquid Stevia and cinnamon to taste
Shredded carrots (~ 1 carrot worth)

** NOTE: If you are following a low FODMAPs diet, this recipe is free of FODMAPs (other than a tiny bit from the lactose in the Greek yogurt, but there shouldn't be enough in this recipe to cause issues).  Make sure your protein powder is free of chicory root or inulin (fibers that are known as oligosaccharides).


1.  Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl (minus the ingredients for the topping).  Allow to sit for about 15 minutes at room temperature.

2.  While mixture is sitting, make the topping by mixing the yogurt, Stevia and cinnamon.

3.  Heat a large skillet to medium and spray with Pam (or whatever you typically use so pancakes don't stick).  Pour 4 pancakes onto the skillet and cook for ~2 minutes on each side.

4.  Put one pancake on each of two plates.  Top each pancake with a layer of the yogurt mixture, then top that with a second pancake.  Add more of the yogurt mixture and then add the shredded carrots.  Enjoy!

Allowing the oats and eggs to sit for about 15 minutes will cause the starch to be released from the oats a bit, making for a better texture of pancake, in my opinion.

Who needs carrot cake when you can have carrot cake protein pancakes???  Ok, I need carrot cake, these don't quite "take the cake" (haha) but seriously, very close.

I don't think I will ever make "real pancakes" anymore after trying these (and my Buckeye pancakes too, yum).  I just really enjoy the higher protein pancakes, and with nutrition facts like this, how could you not fall in love?!

Estimated Nutrition Facts for 1 serving (2 pancakes)

NOTE: You could definitely make this a one serving recipe and still be just under 400 calories for breakfast.  Have you been paying attention to the latest news on weight loss and calorie distribution?  Research is showing that eating most of your calories in the morning and afternoon is proving to be best for weight loss, vs. eating small breakfasts then eating large lunches and huge dinners (as most of us do). So, why not make this a 1-serving recipe? You'd also reach your 30 gram protein goal that way!

Nutrition Highlights:  Under 200 calories, good source of fiber and calcium, excellent source of protein, and vitamin A.

QUESTION:  Which do you prefer, pancakes, waffles or French toast? Just curious....

Thanks for reading!  And, Happy Hump Day (can you believe it's already Wednesday?!  I love short weeks!)

The Candid Rd


  1. haha, i would devour these but my husband would also be a bit too frightened to try them :)

  2. SERVING SIZE = ONE!!! p.s. what are the dates you're coming to NY?! Can't waitttt!

  3. Maybe Nick would try these without the shredded carrot on top? In any case, they look delicious! I love the idea of carrot cake at breakfast, mmm :)

    1. haha, not with the yogurt on top (the carrots seemed strange at first but actually worked with these....I'm not sure how but they were good!).

  4. I love short weeks like this one. these pancakes look delicious!!!

  5. Dessert for breakfast.. I'm in!!

  6. Waffles first, then pancakes, and finally French toast. I'd love to dig I to a batch of these! I haven't tried adding protein powder to my pancakes yet, but on my list of things to do. We are big Dutch Baby pancake eaters in our house too :-)

  7. So late at seeing this post but these look so yummy! :)
    I haven't made pancakes of any kind in a long time, perhaps this weekend is the time to start?!