Pumpkin “Carrot Cake” Oatmeal Pancakes with Protein

Yes, I did just say Pumpkin “Carrot Cake” Oatmeal Pancakes. Is your mouth watering yet?

pumpkin carrot oatmeal protein pancakes

One of my most favoritest websites is Dashing Dish. Have you ever visited there before? Her site is gorgeous, the food is meticulous, her photography is superb, and I want to eat one of everything she creates because she finds healthy ways to make the evilest of things. LOVE THAT! I am REAL big on finding healthier alternatives to everything we eat (especially desserts).

I have successfully prepared and eaten her fantastic Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes before as a healthy delicacy for me when I’m craving something sweet (plus it’s a kickass breakfast to boot). I have tweaked it, though, by added raw honey and vanilla extract, adding a bit more spice into mine because I looooove cinnamon so much. I eat it in some way everyday.

pumpkin carrot oatmeal protein pancakes

As I prepared to make more of these for myself, I reached into my pantry and found a full can of pumpkin staring at me, begging to be used. So I asked myself, “What if I infused pumpkin into this recipe somehow?”

OH YES I DID.

pumpkin carrot oatmeal protein pancakes

Pumpkin “Carrot Cake” Oatmeal Pancakes with Protein

Pumpkin "Carrot Cake" Oatmeal Pancakes with Protein
 
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This fantastic pancake recipe uses no flour, protein powder and protein-packed Greek Yogurt and tastes delicious with both carrot and pumpkin paired together.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) vanilla protein powder (I use Spirutein)
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) low fat vanilla Greek yogurt (or plain vanilla yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 egg whites or one whole egg
  • 1¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 packets of Truvia, (or sweetener of choice to taste)
  • ½ cup finely minced carrots (best if done in a food processor)
  • ¼ cup grated carrots (to be stirred into the batter
Cream Cheese Frosting Syrup:
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) low fat cream cheese
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and Truvia to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender, save for a little bit of finely minced carrots (for garnish) and saving the grated carrots for later.
  2. Blend until well mixed together.
  3. If your mixture is too thick, you can add additional water to reach desired consistency.
  4. Blend in grated carrots, stir until well mixed.
  5. Pour onto heated skillet, approximately ¼ cup of mixture at a time.
  6. Cook until sides are browned and spatula can slide under easily, then flip.
  7. Cook for a minute or two, and remove from heat to plate.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting Syrup
  1. Blend the ingredients with a whisk well, until clumps are gone.
  2. (You can choose to heat up your cream cheese slightly in the microwave, 20-or-so seconds, to make it easier to blend.)
  3. Place approximately one teaspoon on per pancake, layering gently with the back of the spoon.
  4. My preferences is to the drizzle a little more syrup on top and sprinkle a little minced carrot over top for garnish.

I promise you, you will NOT regret making these for yourself. These have such a fantastic, cake-like quality to them, particularly with that delicious ‘frosting’ on top.

pumpkin carrot oatmeal protein pancakes

It almost seems illegal, doesn’t it?

pumpkin carrot oatmeal protein pancakes

Just promise me you won’t eat them all at once. Share, okay?

Like this recipe? Check out my other pumpkin recipes: Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin LattePumpkin Oatmeal Cookies, Pumpkin Muffins, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and others in my full recipe list!

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