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Cake Batter Protein PancakesI’m not big on New Years resolutions. Mostly because I no longer need to “start over” or do something drastic like I did in my dieting days. It’s awesome to feel in integrity with my goals and values daily, and not just in the first few months of the year.

However, I’ve noticed that some of my close friends like to have a word or phrase to use as their theme for the year, so this year I’ve decided to play along. One of the words for me this year is “fun” because honestly, I’ve been feeling a slight lack of fun lately in my life.

Don’t get me wrong, life with a tiny little one is awesome and amazing, but by the time he’s in bed, the dinner is cleaned up, and my writing and coaching is done, all I want to do is go to bed. So I’ve become kind of… well, boring. So I’ve decided to consciously add in more FUN to my daily life.

One way I’m doing this is by making more fun recipes. As you know, I’m not a big fan of “healthy treats” because I rarely find them satisfying, and I tend to crave more than I would if I just had the real thing. But there are occasions when I can make something that is both healthy and satisfying, (and fun!) and this is one of those occasions.

This recipe can be sugar free if you use a sugar substitute of your choice, can be gluten free if you use gluten free oats, and there’s a dairy free alternative listed below as well. Personally, I prefer to just use a small amount of sugar. It makes very little impact on the overall nutrition profile of the meal, and is a much better option for me than sugar substitutes, which tend to give me crazy cravings.

Funfetti Cake Batter Protein Pancakes

Funfetti Cake Batter Protein Pancakes


  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • cake sprinkles
  • coconut oil for cooking
  • Vanilla Protein Icing
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein
  • 1/4 cup milk (coconut, almond, cows)
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract


  • Blend all pancake ingredients except sprinkles and coconut oil in a blender until smooth.
  • Heat up a skillet or griddle to medium heat, and lightly coat with coconut oil
  • Pour batter onto hot skillet to make the size of pancake you want (1-2 inch rounds) and sprinkle with cake sprinkles while the batter is cooking.
  • Cook on one side for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown on the underside and slightly bubbling (these will bubble less than regular pancakes).
  • Turn and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Mix together icing ingredients, and top pancakes with icing


Dairy free version: swap out cottage cheese for an equal amount of apple sauce and increase eggs to 4. They won't be as fluffy, or high in protein, but still awesome.


Serves 2-4 depending on appetite (makes 4 large or 8 small pancakes).


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Ashley Palmer
Ashley is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. Ashley loves her son, her husband, and lifting heavy things then putting them back down repeatedly. She is a nutrition, fitness and weight loss coach and blogs at www.youtrition.net.


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