Happiness is….

Happiness is seeing the first flowers of the season poking their noses out of the ground.


Happiness is wearing flip flops on a sunny day.


Happiness is meeting a giant turtle on your bike ride in the sun.


Happiness is Protein Ice Cream after working out.


[frozen blueberries, frozen peaches, protein powder, xanthan gum]

Happiness is a Larabar on said bike ride….


…enjoyed with your feet dangling off the side of a dock.


Happiness is green grass.


But most of all, happiness is waking up the first morning of spring break and realizing that you have an entire week to do nothing but sleep, eat, and watch Jersey Shore.

And make pancakes.

Or should I say….a Bancake?


Power Protein Bancake

Serves 1


  • 1/4 cup buckwheat, quinoa, or amaranth flour
  • 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I roll with Vega Sport Vanilla)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. stevia
  • liquid of choice (water, non-dairy milk)


  1. Preheat your oven/toaster oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a cake pan with coconut oil.
  2. Mix all of your dry ingredients together, and then add liquid until you reach a pancake-battery consistency (not too thick, but thin enough to spread out).
  3. Pour your batter into your cake pan and bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes, and then plate and serve. Top with chia seed gel, nut butter, whateva suits your fancy:)


I topped mine with Chia Seed Jam made of…

[1 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 tbsp. carob powder, 1 tsp. maca, 1 tsp. acai, and 10 drops of vanilla stevia]

And defrosted frozen blueberries and blackberries:) See the one on the bottom right? It was HUGE. Biggest blackburry I have ever seen.


Get ready to be obsessed. It’s the pancake for all of us when we’d rather not bust out a pan and risk burning perfectly good batter. Or, when we want cake for breakfast.

Hence, the Baked Pancake = the Bancake.

This stuff tasted and smelled like Nilla Wafers. And vanilla cake.

It was love at first whiff.





The stats? 37 grams of protein [with toppings] in this mother effer. Sorry if that language offends you, it’s something to embrace.

Talk about a protein punch.

I’m off to go on my long run with the Padre and his work buddy – who is a Harvard grad. Whatwhaaaaat

See you tomorrow babydolls! Coming up is a reader’s request. The topic? Why I chose this school.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday chickadees:)

Finish this sentence:

Happiness is…




Filed under Gluten-Free, Recipes, Vegan

45 responses to “Happiness is….

  1. applesnoats

    Happiness is this post….and the Beautiful sunshine today!!that bancake looks seriously yummy!have a good run girl

  2. That is a crazy amount of protein!!! Awesome!

    Have a great spring break!

  3. I agree that Happiness is seeing the first flowers of the season poking their noses out of the ground! Unfortunately instead I woke up this morning to FLURRIES coming from the sky. I think my day is thoroughly ruined…but your post definitely lightened my mood…that turtle is so cute!

  4. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!

    Happiness is readng wonderful posts like this! Fabulous Katelyn….I agree that Happiness is all of the above! Especially pancakes…pancakes always equal happiness! 🙂 And now I really want to go for a long bike ride in the sun!

  5. Happiness is eating pancakes while reading about pancakes.

  6. Molly @ Mollyrunsfresh

    That Bancake looks right up my alley! I need to go out to walmart and buy some gluten free flours (go walmart for adding a new GF section!). Oh yah, if you google the definition for bancake, you are in for quite a surprise. I started cracking up!

  7. oh bancake! I always love your clever names. And that is perfect for my plate of happiness. Right up there with green grass and long runs! YEs!

  8. movesnmunchies

    WOAHAHHAH so much protein!!! lov eyour larabar on da bike ride :D!

  9. Meg

    Happiness is DEFINITELY ice cream 😉 Loving the protein ice cream!

  10. Isnt it amazing how even the slightest bit of warm weather can make you so happy! Enjoy your sb 🙂

  11. This post is adorable, glad you’re finally able to whip out the sandals. To me, happiness is having a big bowl of warm oats with lots of pb 😀

  12. I will definitely be coppin’ that recipe, girl! That thing looks delicious!!

  13. Vanessa

    Yay! I can’t wait until tomorrows post. 🙂

  14. Your bancake looks delightful!
    I hope you’re not outside running right now—it is super windy!

    I was going to take a break from my work and go do a weight workout later today…maybe a little less on the kb’s (since my inner thighs are still screaming)…if you wanna come and get buff with me, let me know 🙂

  15. Abby

    Happiness is this post…it definitely cheered me up! 🙂

    It is also being able to walk to the coffee shop on a cool, crisp spring morning. Seeing the first signs of flowers on the way there. Hearing birds chirping as a wake up call. (this is only the pretty sounding birds though not the loud cawing ones! :P)

  16. Striving for Strides

    Hi, I’m Stephanie! I’ve been following you for awhile through google reader, but I finally made a blog of my own! I figured I’d leave a comment so I wasn’t a stranger anymore 🙂

    Anywayyyss your bancake looks scrumptious and I hope you have a great run with your dad and his friend!! I can’t wait for your post on Syracuse! I was thinking about going there but then the size of it freaked me out :p

  17. I like your idea of happiness, very similar to mine 🙂

  18. Is the turtle real? He looks somewhat ceramic, but totally cute. I love turtles!

  19. funkyryan


  20. Whoh girl! 37 grams of protein?! That’s insane! 🙂 YUM!

  21. I am soooo with you on the flip flops! Happiness to me is wearing a cute sun dress with flip flops and being at the beach with family/my boyfriend 🙂

  22. Happiness is the sun after rain for a month straight.

  23. I love the theme of this post!

  24. Oh, I wish those bancakes would magicly appear out of the computer screen right now…the fruit on top looks fantastic and is making my belly gurgle. Spring is such a lovely time, it makes me feel so happy to see flowers poking up and to start thinking about planting a vegetable garden (I want to plant tons of kale!)
    I’ve tried the cherry pie lara bar flavor, and i agree — it’s pretty darn good! I’m on break from teaching now, and it feels good not to have anything to do for the whole week!
    Enjoy the sunshine!

  25. I want warm and sunshine! You are so lucky, girl! Glad you had a great day, and those pancakes look delish!

  26. That bancake looks amazing. holy nomm!

    I love this post. Happiness is so many different things and I’m extremely nice of your weather down there because it was cold and rainy up here sadly.

  27. Happiness is cuddles with Phil before work and dancing till I can’t dance no more!

  28. runyogarepeat

    Aw love the turtle! Happiness is a long run on a sunny day followed by a giant smoothie!

  29. Happiness is winning Chelsey’s give-a-way … I was so thrilled when I saw your face as the winner.
    Have fun sipping your figgy smoothies with a beautiful eco friendly straw!

  30. Happiness is having a super productive day that allows me to feel all ready for the week!! A little sunshine wouldn’t hurt either. 😉

  31. feerlessfood

    Great post! I found happiness in a ton of different ways today as well. And congrats on choosing Syracuse! That’s really great and fantastic school. My little sister is a senior to and has decided to go to UVA… I can’t believe she’s growing up, ahh!

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