Celebrate your special day with these Healthy Cake Batter Pancakes! Made without gluten, oil, eggs, or refined sugars, these healthy cake batter pancakes are also dairy-free and vegan.
It’s a special day in the Katalyst Health household.
Today is Ninja’s birthday! That’s right friends, this hunk of a man is another year older today – and what better way to celebrate a birthday than with some birthday cake in the form of pancakes?
Now I will [begrudgingly] admit that I really wanted to bake Ninja a cake [or at least cupcakes!] for his big day, but he informed me that all he really wanted for his birthday was his favorite chocolate ganache cheesecake from Costco. I can’t really say no to the birthday boy, so I let him choose his own cake – but I still wanted to make him something. Wait – does that make me selfish?
Anyway, these healthy cake batter pancakes are the perfect solution. Fluffy, sweet and with a taste similar to funfetti birthday cake, these pancakes are literally a celebration on a plate. Oh and don’t fret about an early morning sugar coma. While these cake batter pancakes are sweet, they aren’t loaded up with any processed sugars. Well unless you count the sprinkles, but who on earth counts the sprinkles? We have to be allowed some free calories, right? 😉
Now even though Ninja isn’t gluten intolerant he still supports my needs to be free of it, so these cake batter pancakes are made with gluten-free flour which can easily be swapped out for regular white flour if you prefer. I’d imagine even oat flour would work in these cakes, but don’t take my word for it. Maybe just make them and discover for yourself 🙂
Another quick note about these pancakes is that they are egg-free and dairy-free as well as vegan. While I have more than enough eggs in my fridge right now [thanks Costco!], I’m actually using roughly 9-12 a day for my big freelance project. Long story short – I need those eggs to get paid! So yes, these cake batter pancakes are eggless, but if you feel the need to up the protein content then go right ahead and throw one in there!
Now I know it’s a bit hard to tell, but there is actually a delicious coconut cream frosting on these cake batter pancakes [which makes them even more cake-like!], so there is no need to reach for the maple syrup bottle with these cakes. Unless of course you want to go into a sugar coma, then by all means, pour away!
In all honesty though the coconut cream has a touch of maple syrup to it already, so there really isn’t anymore needed. There’s also plenty in this recipe to cover both batches of pancakes. When the frosting gets warmed up it’s much easier to pour, though it would also be fun to frost the top layer of pancakes to resemble a cake even further! [can you tell I really like cake?]
You know what always seems to surprise me? The fluff factor of egg-less pancakes! Just look at these beauties!
So while I didn’t get to make Ninja a birthday cake like I wanted, I guess I went for the next best thing with these cake batter pancakes. I mean they look like a cake and they taste like a cake, so that basically makes them cake, right? Sound logic 😉
- 1 cup gluten-free flour blend
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon butter extract
- 3 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
- 2 tablespoons coconut cream
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- sprinkles [for top]
- Heat a pan over medium heat.
- In a bowl, mix together the mashed banana, almond milk, extracts and maple syrup if needed.
- Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir until no lumps remain. Fold in the sprinkles.
- Cook pancakes in a hot pan by 1/4 cup at a time. Continue until no batter remains.
- While pancakes are cooking, mix together the frosting ingredients. Heat for 30 seconds to melt or keep thick and use as a frosting.
- Divide the pancakes between two plates. Drizzle on frosting then add sprinkles.
- If you want sweeter pancakes, simply add 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
Tonight we have plans with my parents and siblings to celebrate Ninja [with his beloved ganache cheesecake]. While I’m still semi-bummed I won’t be getting any cake [the Costco one isn’t gluten-free], I’ll get over it thanks to the movie on schedule for tonight: Kung Fu Panda 3!
Linking up with Vegetarian Mamma today!
Do you like to make birthday cakes/cupcakes/pancakes for your loved ones?