5 Cool Things to do with Pumpkin and Protein Powder: Pumpkin Protein Breakfast Cake

Woops! This was supposed to be Monday morning’s post. Stupid Blogger, publishing too soon. Oh well, enjoy an early treat and check back Tuesday for Cool Thing #2!

Today I’m kicking off a series of five things to do with two of my favorite foods: pumpkin and protein powder. Sound crazy? Maybe it is. But lately, I’ve been eating some concoction involving pumpkin and protein powder almost every day, and believe it or not, it was rarely a protein shake. People are always asking what the heck to do with protein powder besides make shakes, and I know for a fact that many of my readers are just as big pumpkin-heads as me. So to you guys, I know it won’t seem all that crazy.

So let’s get started.
One day earlier this fall I found myself with a badass craving for a hot breakfast. Not oatmeal, I had enough of that, and besides, I always like breakfast to be heavier in protein to keep the mid-morning rumbles quiet. I could have gone for a veggie-packed omelet, but I wanted something sweet.

That’s how my Pumpkin Protein Breakfast Cake was born.

I too my chances and blended together some pumpkin, Eggbeaters and protein powder (meaning, with a blender – not just whisking with a fork). I sweetened and spiced it and dumped it into a bowl. Two minutes later, I pulled a steaming, puffed cake out of the microwave. Then I drizzled on some warm peanut butter – all-natural, of course. That time was the Peanut Butter Company’s White Chocolate Wonderful. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out. It seriously has the power to make anything better in life, including a Monday morning.

Anyway, I could barely wait for it to cool as I dug in. Cake for breakfast? Yes, please. Topped off with some warm gooey fat? Heck, yes! The combination of a protein-packed, hot, spongy, cake that’s almost like a thick pudding, combined with a satisfying good fat, is more than delicious – it’s incredibly satisfying too.



Pumpkin Protein Breakfast Cake

1/2 cup (120gm) pumpkin puree
1/4 cup liquid egg substitute, such as Eggbeaters (or 1 whole egg)
1/2 scoop (15gm) vanilla or cake batter flavored protein powder, such as Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard
1 packet Truvia All Natural Sweetener, or other sweetener to taste
a big dash of pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon all natural peanut butter*

Blend together the pumpkin puree, egg substitute or egg, protein powder, sweetener and pumpkin pie spice.

Pour into a microwave-safe bowl and cook on medium-high for 2 minutes, or until cake has puffed up and is set.

Warm the peanut butter in the microwave and drizzle over the cake.

Nutritional Info**
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 226.7
Total Fat: 8.8 g
Cholesterol: 15.0 mg
Sodium: 106.1 mg
Total Carbs: 16.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.6 g
Protein: 23.3 g

* Pictured here is Archer Farms (aka, Target Brand) dark chocolate peanut butter. Did you know they made such a thing? And that it’s all natural? And pretty cheap too? Yep, get in your car and go to Target.

** Nutrition facts are based on the use of liquid egg substitute and will be different if a whole egg is used. For those who want to eat more calories at breakfast, I would suggest using a whole egg and a whole scoop of protein powder.
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28 Responses to “5 Cool Things to do with Pumpkin and Protein Powder: Pumpkin Protein Breakfast Cake”

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    TPOX — November 8, 2010 @ 1:23 am Reply

    I am definitely going to have to try this! That PB looks SO good… it's going on my shopping list for my next trip to Target! Thanks, and I can't wait for the rest of the week's recipes!

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    AMY — November 8, 2010 @ 1:46 am Reply

    I am going to target too!so excited to try dark chocolate peanut butter.

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    Joanne — November 8, 2010 @ 3:42 am Reply

    This is some serious awesomeness. I really need to find a local Target.

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    JQ Bancroft — November 8, 2010 @ 3:35 pm Reply

    I don't own a microwave (I know–sad) so do you think this would would better flipped like a pancake or baked in the oven or cooked in a pan on the stove with a lid?

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      Gene — July 29, 2013 @ 12:10 am

      Lol, what a recipe. Seems extremely delicious. Optimum Gold standard nutrition does it for me at the moment, should be trying this soon!

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    Cara — November 8, 2010 @ 3:37 pm Reply

    @JQ – honestly I am not sure. I would say no to cooking it like a pancake. Maybe #3 would be your best bet? If you try it, let me know!

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    Shannon — November 8, 2010 @ 8:16 pm Reply

    ok i'm totally trying this tomorrow :)

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    Cynthia — November 9, 2010 @ 2:19 am Reply

    Wow! This sounds amazing!!! I am going to set my alarm early tomorrow, just to make it!!!

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    carascravings — November 9, 2010 @ 10:12 am Reply

    My, oh my!That looks like the perfect breakfast treat. I will have to see if it could work in a pan.Thanks for the inspiration :)

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    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — November 9, 2010 @ 12:17 pm Reply

    Love this Cara! Very inventive way to use protein powder. I have had eggs & pumpkin combo on the brain for some time now. Can't wait to see what else you will come up with :)

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    Di — November 9, 2010 @ 5:51 pm Reply

    Looks yummy! I'll have to try it! And love that I can get natural chocolate pb from Target. As if I don't already go to Target all the time.

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    Lindsey — November 10, 2010 @ 3:45 pm Reply

    What kind of protein powder do you use?

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    Cara — November 10, 2010 @ 3:49 pm Reply

    @Lindsey see today's post for the answer :)

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    health — November 13, 2010 @ 12:16 pm Reply

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    Lindsey — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    What kind of protein powder do you use?

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    Cara — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    @JQ – honestly I am not sure. I would say no to cooking it like a pancake. Maybe #3 would be your best bet? If you try it, let me know!

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    Stacy — May 27, 2011 @ 6:34 pm Reply

    Hello!! Pumpkin and protein powder are awesome.  I make a delicious baked mac n cheese using pureed pumpkin and cottage cheese as the base. Delicious, especially with whole wheat/whole grain pasta!

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    Keren — June 28, 2011 @ 5:37 pm Reply

    Um….yeah.  I don't think I'll say how many times I ate this yesterday.  Soooooo amazing!!!

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    Cara — June 29, 2011 @ 7:10 am Reply

    Glad you liked it!

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    Stacey — August 9, 2011 @ 6:44 pm Reply

    what brand and type of protein powder do you use?

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    Cara — August 9, 2011 @ 6:47 pm Reply

    Hi Stacey, I happen to like Optimum Nutrition 100% whey, but others might work too.

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    Maria — August 29, 2011 @ 5:14 pm Reply

    Bring on the pumpkin! Love this!

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    Sylvie — August 30, 2011 @ 6:45 am Reply

    Cake for breakfast?!  That's all you had to say, I'm sold!

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    Carolyn — August 30, 2011 @ 12:11 pm Reply

    LOVE THIS!  Can't wait until canned pumpkin is back on the shelves in my area.  I am so making this one!

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    Ray — April 19, 2013 @ 9:39 pm Reply

    I take protein powder all the time, usually with Gatorade, but I had no idea you can make a cake out of it! LOL. I need to so do this, and funnily enough, the recommended powder in the recipe–Optimum Gold Standard–is exactly what I have at home. Great article.

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    Gene — July 29, 2013 @ 12:12 am Reply

    Lol, what a recipe. Seems extremely delicious. Optimum Gold standard nutrition does it for me at the moment, should be trying this soon!

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