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November 15, 2009


Pancake Sunday! This morning, I tried a new version of Katie’s Brownie Batter Pancakes. They tasted kind of weird, but I’ll share the recipe with you anyway.


1/2 cup teff ground into flour in the Vita-Mix…hence the weirdness. I was aiming for a gluten free batter. Stick with buckwheat or gluten free baking flour. P.S. Dear Bob’s Red Mill, please start selling teff grains in Nashville. Oh, and while you’re at it, add guar gum to the list as well. Thank you.

1 scoop (30 grams) Jay Robb Chocolate rice protein powder (I always throw the scoop that comes with Jay Robb out and use a smaller one)

Pinch of Celtic sea salt

1/2 square Baker’s unsweetened baking chocolate crushed in food processor

1/8 cup canned pumpkin

1 egg white

1/3 cup water


Mix dry ingredients, including chocolate. Mix wet ingredients and add to dry. Cook pancakes in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.

HEAB’s toppings of choice today:

1/3 TBSP soy-free Earth Balance

1 heaping spoonful PBU (Trader Joe’s crunchy peanut butter, So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir, stevia)

1 tsp maple syrup (365 brand Grade B)

Yeah, so the first bite was weird, but that didn’t stop me from eating them. Things got much better when I would get a mouthful of pancake, melted chocolate, PBU, and maple syrup. Heavenly! According to Katie, the recipe yields enough pancakes for 2. Um, not in my house Katie. I ate them all while Chris was out doing his long run. Sorry CD! 🙂

I try not to count calories, but I usually have a running total going in my head throughout the day. However, lately I have been tracking most of my daily eats since I’m trying to increase my protein (more about that soon). For most of my recipes, I never figure up calories, etc. per serving, but I was curious this morning…read, I was kind of freaking out since I ate the entire batch of pancakes and had to know how many calories I just consumed in under 5 minutes. So, I thought I’d share. (Totals include toppings)

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Hmm, a bit more than I like to have at breakfast, but oh well. Those bites o’ heaven were totally worth it!

Don’t forget to send me your Katie inspired POM Wonderful pomegranate recipes by tonight at midnight. 2 winners will receive a shipment of 5 POM Wonderful pomegranates each.

P.S. Not only is it Pancake Sunday, but it’s also my sister-in-law’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TABBY!!!!

53 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2009 10:05 am

    Stelllllllllar Sunday brunch fare 🙂

    And happy birthday to your sister-in-law!

  2. November 15, 2009 10:05 am

    oh if I were you , I probably do the same thing ! they looks just so brownie-ish!!! I really like the recipe for the topping, btw:-))) because I am a big fan of TJ’s peanut butter!

  3. November 15, 2009 10:06 am

    Perfect way to start a Sunday!! Enjoy it 😉

  4. November 15, 2009 10:06 am

    Hehe, I love how you always experiment with different ingredients/combinations. Your exploits are always so fun to read about 🙂

    Happy Sunday!

  5. November 15, 2009 10:06 am

    Oh do not worry, dear Heather! I eat one serving (oh ok, 1 and 1/2…), but I ALWAYS have something else too, like scrambled tofu-veggies, a banana smoothie, or what have you ;).

    P.S. Jay wants me to let you know that he was very excited to be included in your breakfast today. He very much enjoys your company.

    P.P.S. Please tell me you’re stocking up on kabochas for when I change my permanent residence to Nashville. Also, if you could arrange a meeting with your bud Keith, I’d be very appreciative.

  6. November 15, 2009 10:07 am

    From a girl who doesn’t like chocolate, I gotta say, those look pretty good!

  7. November 15, 2009 10:11 am

    You just made me have a really big craving for some pancakes. I never give myself enough time in the morning to whip up a batch from scratch, but yours look so good that I may have to wake up a few minutes early to get some going!

  8. November 15, 2009 10:11 am

    That breakfast sounds great! And if ever there’s a meal to eat too much during the day, it’s definitely breakfast, so no worries 🙂

  9. November 15, 2009 10:15 am

    Yum, pancakes. I usually have the *open pancake box, add water* thing going through…no patience for all that food processing 🙂
    Funny you are upping your protein…different strokes for different folks…I like have meals often with virtually all-carbs, no joke 🙂
    Oh, and only 600 cals for breakfast ??? Do not sweat it, I can beat you on that one easy anytime!…and a snack soon after to boot 🙂

    2 things to know:
    – serving sizes are never right in my book…
    – chocolate chips are a must for pancakes

  10. November 15, 2009 10:20 am

    Katie, The kabocha is stocked, and both Keith and Scottie are waiting…;)

  11. Chelsea Ward permalink
    November 15, 2009 10:21 am

    The calorie content of your breakfast isn’t all that hefty when you factor in the awesome amount of protein you got out of it. And, hey, they were pancakes! That’s a dense breakfast that’ll keep you chugging with a happily content stomach all day.

  12. Carolyn permalink
    November 15, 2009 10:21 am

    By noon that 596 will seem small for a days total… 😉 Great combo…

    I need to get some of that butter wanna-be Earth Balance… Adds a wonderful visual

  13. November 15, 2009 10:29 am

    you go girl!! that looks awesome!

  14. November 15, 2009 10:36 am

    Perfect Sunday breakfast!

  15. Lauren permalink
    November 15, 2009 10:47 am

    Hey Heather! I eat almost the exact same as you- veggies, eggs, protein powder, gluten-free grains, legumes and no fruit, sugar, soy, gluten or processed stuff! I also had a pancake this morning and for my flour, I ground up 1/2 cup of gluten-free oats + tablespoon ground flax + water. Then I cooked it in a pan with some coconut oil. Turned out fabulously!

    Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  16. November 15, 2009 10:59 am

    Mmm gotta love pancake Sundays! I am admittedly a sucker for all recipes that start out with, “They tasted kind of weird, but I’ll share the recipe with you anyway.” 🙂 Bring it on!

    Happy Birthday to Tabby!

  17. November 15, 2009 11:16 am

    brownie flavored pancakes are an amazing way to start your Sunday morning 🙂 Have a great day, Heather!

  18. November 15, 2009 11:39 am

    What a great start to your day. At 100 calories a minute, I think that’s a great way to get your tummy feelin’ groovey all day. Hey, at least it was chocolate. I have done shots at the rate of 1 per minute and 5 mins and 500 calories later feeling less than ideal 🙂 LOL

    Cant wait to hear what this whole protein thing is about. I have this feeling you are making an announcement…but then again I really don’t. You’ve got me wondering!


  19. November 15, 2009 11:51 am

    I, too, have a feeling you have some sort of announcement… hmmm, what are you up to HEABs?! 😉

    Those pancakes sound/look amazing!! 🙂 Enjoy your Sunday!!

  20. November 15, 2009 12:00 pm

    Sorry the taste was a little off- they look totally delicious though! Hope you’re having a relaxing Sunday

  21. shelby permalink
    November 15, 2009 12:48 pm

    I had a pancake sunday here too! I made Banana Cream pancakes with almond butter and maple syrup. So good. I wish I had some soy free earth balance to round out my meal though 🙂

    I’ve been trying to get more protein too, I got some tempeh in the oven, getting ready to be made into that chicken salad you posted!

  22. November 15, 2009 1:53 pm

    Oh I freeeak when I have too many cals before lunchtime. But ya know my friend, I’ve heard you worry about this before and yet you aren’t gaining weight and look fab. Guess it all evens itself out.


  23. The Pancake Girl permalink
    November 15, 2009 2:14 pm

    Gotta tell you Heather, I was actually EXCITED to check out your blog today because I knew it was Sunday, aka pancakes haha makes me feel like I’m looking at my own kitchen table. 🙂 I understand the minor freak out, btw, but don’t worry- pancakes are guaranteed to fill your belly for a loooong time.. and they’re happy food, I promise!
    -joelle (the pancake girl)


  24. Carrie permalink
    November 15, 2009 2:20 pm

    I like the pancakes! And HEather you have to eat 3500 calories extra to gain one pound, relax 🙂
    I think the protein announcement is that you are going to be a spokesperson for Jay Robb ! 🙂

  25. Dawn permalink
    November 15, 2009 2:45 pm

    We love the way you tell a pancake story! :)d

  26. November 15, 2009 2:47 pm

    Oh Heather, I am so behind on HEAB. I am so embarrassed. I hope we can still be friends 🙂 What have you been using to track your intake? These pancakes look fabulous. Worth the calories…and look at all that protein and fiber!

  27. eaternotarunner permalink
    November 15, 2009 2:52 pm

    Well those look awesome! Pancake sunday is an awesome idea 🙂

  28. November 15, 2009 3:01 pm

    Lauren, I love using ground up oats in pancakes…trust me, it works much better than teff! Glad you enjoyed Pancake Sunday as well. 🙂

  29. November 15, 2009 3:05 pm

    Lara, Justine told me about this site: I love it – they have EVERYTHING in their database. So much better than Fitday. Never feel bad for getting behind on HEAB! I know you’ve been busy with your mama in town. 🙂

  30. November 15, 2009 3:06 pm

    Thanks Smoothie Girl Deb. You’re so right…as always. 🙂

  31. November 15, 2009 3:07 pm

    Shelby, Your pancakes sounds amazing, and I think you will love that chicken salad recipe. Thanks for the reminder that I need to pick up some tempeh and make it again!

  32. November 15, 2009 3:09 pm

    Ohhh yum! Those look so good! I had been doing Pancake Sunday for a while this summer and think I need to bring it back.

  33. November 15, 2009 4:11 pm

    I want to hear about protein! Also how avoiding grains might be good (though I don’t think I would try that again – too hard). P.S. Going to WF later tonight and will check on Teff!

  34. November 15, 2009 4:17 pm

    Awesome way to start out a Sunday! I need to remember this for next weekend…better yet, how ’bout Pancake Monday? It has a nice ring to it, I think. 😉

  35. November 15, 2009 5:08 pm

    Sweet Cheeks, Pancake Monday…I like it. 🙂

  36. November 15, 2009 5:46 pm

    Looks delish! And that’s not too much at breakfast girl!! That sounds just about right 🙂 Good fuel for the mind and body.

  37. November 15, 2009 5:59 pm

    Recovery from my food issues has been so slow going. I get worried if I feel like I go “over” my breakfast calories, but that’s because I will sit there and dwell and stress until I finally can’t take the anxiety that I go eat MORE (blew it, might as well).

    Ugh, eating healthy, wonderful foods should NOT be stressful, but I let it get to me. As soon as I feel like i screwed up, it’s all over. You’re really an inspiration, HEAB!

  38. November 15, 2009 6:12 pm

    THose look incredible!

  39. November 15, 2009 6:57 pm

    It was pancake Sunday for us too! WHOOHOO! Of course, every day is pancake day….in my bra!

  40. November 15, 2009 6:59 pm

    Thanks for providing such a good attitude toward food and indulgences like this. It means so much!

  41. Kate permalink
    November 15, 2009 7:07 pm

    I enjoyed pancake Sunday too. Yum. Only mine were blueberry… not nearly as exciting as Brownie Batter, eh? I still have to try those!

    Don’t sweat the calories. That’s how much I have for breakfast every day, and trust me – that would NEVER count as two servings here at my house. Hahah. Have a great day!

    ~ Kate (

  42. November 15, 2009 7:23 pm

    I think it should be pancake day every day 😀

  43. November 15, 2009 7:34 pm

    Mama Pea, I just spit out the water I was drinking when I read your comment. I’m sending you the repair bill. 😉

  44. November 15, 2009 7:39 pm

    Awesome Protein in those babies. Jay Robb is sending me some protein to sample I am really excited. I know how you love them.

  45. November 15, 2009 7:41 pm

    Holy cow, that pancake breakfast looks good! I may have to concoct some kind of pancakes for myself very soon.

    Loved your response to Mama Pea! Cracked me up!

  46. November 15, 2009 7:44 pm

    what a great way to start a sunday morning!!! i want pancakes now!

  47. November 15, 2009 7:53 pm

    Organic Ashley, Love love love Mr. Robb. 🙂

  48. November 15, 2009 10:58 pm

    Oh man! I can’t wait until Thanksgiving break when I’ll finally have some time in the morning to make pancakes!!

  49. November 15, 2009 11:47 pm

    Mmm…I love pancake Sunday. It was waffle Sunday in my house. Love relaxing and delicious Sunday breakfasts!

  50. November 16, 2009 7:33 am

    I love pancakes and would always overeat on them, so my thing is for pancakes calories and all do not count!! I think they look yummy, I would have inhaled them too ; )

  51. November 16, 2009 10:23 am

    Thanks for the link! Not sure if I have checked that one out yet. I’ve been using Spark People, which is really good. I’ll see how this compares 😉

  52. November 17, 2009 8:11 am

    Brownies for breakfast?! Yesss please 🙂 I always am trying to fit more protein into my diet as well, and iron because I am always low on iron.

  53. November 17, 2009 1:32 pm

    Oh I have enjoyed the Brownie Batter pancake recipe more than once, and not because the portion lasted me for two servings! I hear ya – it’s definitely a recipe for one. 😉

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