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Pumpkin Egg White and Oatmeal Protein Pancake + Blog Design Help Needed!

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I am coming at you this Sunday morning with a super quick spur of the moment post.  Why, you ask?  Well, I have two reasons.  One involving food (shocking, I know), and one involving blogging.  Basically, I am in need of your advice when it comes to blog design.  But before we get to that, I am going to attempt to bribe you for your advice with a quick and tasty breakfast recipe that I inhaled this morning.

Oh, and remember when I said this was a “spur of the moment” post?  Yyyyeaaaah, that explains the very obvious spur of the moment pictures.  They aren’t very pretty.  But the deliciousness of this recipe will make up for that!

pumpkin eggwhite pancake

Today’s breakfast consisted of a Pumpkin Egg White and Oatmeal Protein Pancake, which I adapted from Julie’s recipe.  Her recipe sounds incredibly tasty on its own, but let’s be honest, I needed some pumpkin in my life this morning.  Good decision?  You betcha!

Pumpkin Egg White and Oatmeal Protein Pancake

Servings: Makes 1 GIANT pancake

Ingredients

1 cup egg whites (about 8 egg whites), beaten
1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/3 cup whole rolled oats
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 packet Stevia or 2 tsp sugar
pumpkin pie spice, several sprinkles
cinnamon, several sprinkles
cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray)

Optional toppings:

peanut butter (I used peanut flour to make it into a peanut “sauce”)
fresh fruit (I used banana slices)

Directions

1. Combine egg whites, pumpkin, oats, baking powder, Stevia, and spices in a medium bowl.  Stir until well-combined.

2. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 10 minutes.  I kept mine in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  This helps to soften the oats and thicken the batter.

3. Heat a medium to large skillet over medium heat.  Spray the skillet with cooking spray.

4. Pour the batter into the pan in the form of one giant pancake.  Cook for approximately 5 to 7 minutes, or until the bottom is golden brown.

5. Carefully flip the pancake.  This is the most difficult part.  I actually used two spatulas in order to accomplish this, which worked out pretty well.  It also helps if you have some super quick flipping moves, otherwise things may get messy!

6. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until the bottom side is golden brown.

7. Plate the pancake.

pumpkin eggwhite pancake 3

To give you an idea of just how GIANT this pancake really is, that is a full-sized dinner plate.  Basically, this thing is huge.  And in my book, a giant pancake equals an amazing pancake.

8. Finally, if desired, top your pancake with your favorite yummy toppings.  Nut butter is a must for me.

pumpkin eggwhite pancake 2

Oh, and I just have to share that this pancake (with the toppings) clocks in at around 38 grams of protein.  Crazy, right?  And to think people are worried about my protein intake! 😉

So…now that I have shared a tasty recipe with you, it is your turn to share your blogging advice!

Essentially, I am after your thoughts/opinions/recommendations when it comes to blog design.  Now that I am switched over to self-hosted, it is time for me to get a new spiffy design for the blog.  I am a little unsure of how to even get started with this process, though.  So, for those of you who have custom designs on your blog, can you help me out?

1. Did you design your blog yourself?  If so, what site(s)/tools did you use to help you?

2. Did you hire someone else to design your blog for you?  If so, who do you recommend?

3. If you hired someone else to design your blog, how costly was the process for you?

Thanks so much in advance for your help fellow blogging buddies!  I sure do appreciate it.  Have a great rest of your weekend! 🙂

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  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 3, 2013, 11:11 am
    I love pumpkin in my eggs! It's my go-to pan-lette these days. Unfortunately I'm no blog design help... I need to redesign too! Calee did my logo, and I love it. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted...StrangeBut Good: Curry Sweet Potato BurgerMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 6:25 pm
      This was the first time that I combined pumpkin and eggs...it definitely won't be the last!
  • Jessie November 3, 2013, 11:26 am
    Even though I find egg white "pancakes" to be delicious, they never seem to keep me filled for long. Do you experience the same feeling, or no? Ha Ha! I love that you added in some pumpkin. I mean it should almost be a law that pumpkin is included in at least one of your dishes throughout the day. Jessie recently posted...Chocolate Chip Cornbread MuffinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 6:26 pm
      Pumpkin should DEFINITELY be included in every day! :) And I found that it kept me pretty full, but I am sure adding in the oats and topping it with PB didn't hurt. MAJOR protein!!
  • Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate November 3, 2013, 11:51 am
    Pancakes, what a great recipe for Sunday morning! As for blog design, I put mine together myself. I just tried to keep things as clean as possible, using sites like "add this" and "link within" to add widgets for Facebook, Twitter, etc. I looked into having it professionally designed but as I am a student, it wasn't really in the budget to pay upwards of $1000 dollars for web design, a logo, etc. This was through local graphic designers in my area but I have heard that you can get online companies to do it for cheaper. My worry with that is that they essentially just give you a generic template. I would rather work with someone in person, but that's just me. Hopefully that provides some insight! Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate recently posted...Cranberry Pomegranate SpritzersMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 6:27 pm
      Yes, I am a bit worried about the cost, so I may have to attempt to do something myself! :/
  • Emily @ More Than Just Dessert November 3, 2013, 12:03 pm
    I have looked through a lot of templates on themeforest.com and then googled the ones I liked to find out more about them (to see if they needed a lot of computer coding skills which I dont have haha). I also have used Katy Widrick's site for a lot of my blog design questions! Emily @ More Than Just Dessert recently posted...My 5 Essentials for Cold Weather RunningMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 6:28 pm
      Thanks for the advice!! Yes, I have NO skills in the computer coding area...so I have a feeling I'll definitely be needing some assistance, haha.
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life November 3, 2013, 12:35 pm
    I don't know how to code or anything, so I don't have much advice for that. But, Minimalist Baker has a lot of info on blogging with self hosted, and Bess Be Fit offers blog design services (she did her own blog, and personally I think it's adorbs). Her prices are also reasonable. Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...National Peanut Butter Lovers Month + Friday FavoritesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 6:28 pm
      Awesome! Thanks so much for the recommendations!
  • Leigha @ Minougirl November 3, 2013, 1:09 pm
    I am in the process of redoing my blog design! I'm going to go through Aimee at In A Daze Blog Designs. I know absolutely nothing about coding! Now this pancake... I LOVE IT! I would much rather have one big one than a bunch of small ones. I love how easy it is!! Leigha @ Minougirl recently posted...Fashion Friday {10/28 – 11/1}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 6:30 pm
      Thanks so much for the recommendation. I'll have to check out her site!
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness November 3, 2013, 1:49 pm
    I'm going to be no help with blog design, sorry! This pancake however does sound amazing! I love adding pumpkin to my eggs since trying it after seeing Laura do it. Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...Advocare 24 day challenge – my experiencesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 6:30 pm
      This was the first time that I tried pumpkin in my eggs...I am loving it! It WILL be happening again.
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles November 3, 2013, 2:09 pm
    Too funny because I have been on the egg white pancake breakfast thing now for over a week and not only am I full, it tastes good too! I have been doing the two-ingredient pancake where you do the egg or egg white with banana. Delish...As for the blog, I am currently making changes to mine once again. Design never ends for me. I did a lot of googling and paid Designer Blogs for a template and design plus some extras. I actually just decided to redo the header logo myself using Pic Monkey but I get clueless on coding and stuff so will pay to have that part done lol. I am willing pay for the techy stuff because it really isn't my area. It really is a learning process that I am figuring out as I go. meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Speed Work on the Treadmill and Helpful NYCM AppsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 6:32 pm
      I am totally not a techy person either, so paying to have some of it done will most likely definitely have to happen. I still need to try the egg white/banana pancake. It sounds tasty!
  • Casey @ Salted Plates November 3, 2013, 2:55 pm
    I had Kristy from Ohksocialmedia help me with a few things. She was great to work with put together a package of things I needed for a very reasonable price. Casey @ Salted Plates recently posted...Summer CSA Pick Up #21My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 6:32 pm
      Awesome! Thanks so much for the rec! :)
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine November 3, 2013, 4:21 pm
    OMG, that pancake!! And I always chuckle when people accuse vegetarians of not getting enough protein... #1, we don't need THAT much and #2, it is easy to get protein from non-meat sources :) As for blog design, I am not creative in the least so I did not design mine (I actually had it done before I even put up my first post...). I went with Julie from Deluxe Designs - she was pricey but did exactly what I wanted and I think it was worth every darn penny. Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...Margaritas, Chandeliers and Chocolate – A weekend recap!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 6:33 pm
      Yay for veggie sources of protein! :) And I hear you on not being techy/creative. I am fairly certain I will have to pay for some assistance if I want anything that looks halfway decent, haha. Thanks for the rec!
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 3, 2013, 6:49 pm
    I loved Julie's pancake and love your idea of the adaption with pumpkin. Unfortunately since pumpkin puree isn't readily available I've got to stick with the original for now :) Blog design I did myself but mine definitely has room for improvement. Picture programs you can use are PicMonkey for an Online tool or Gimp for one that you download to your computer. If you are going to do it yourself think about what you want to achieve out of it by looking at other blogs and deciding what you like and don't like about them. Also remember that you don't need to overhaul everything all at once but can just take little steps. I started out finding some free downloadable social media icons, then later found a tutorial for adding a pinterest side bar and sort of slowly just evolve things depending on how much time I have. - Hope this helps, always feel free to email me if you need :) Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted...Guest Post: Never bored treadmill routineMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 4, 2013, 12:14 pm
      Awesome ideas! That is definitely helpful. Thanks so much for typing all of that up! ;) I certainly may be e-mailing you for help!
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate November 3, 2013, 7:32 pm
    Oh yum, I am definitely trying that pancake out tomorrow, thanks for the recipe! I would also like some advice on designing a blog--I hear its pretty pricey but well worth it! Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently posted...Livin’ the DreamMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 4, 2013, 12:15 pm
      Let me know what you think!! :)
  • Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear? November 3, 2013, 8:06 pm
    Definitely bookmarking this recipe! Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear? recently posted...WIAW: New ThingsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 4, 2013, 12:15 pm
      Thanks!! :) Let me know if you give it a try!
  • Amy @ Long Drive Journey November 3, 2013, 8:24 pm
    I used Studio 10 Designs for my blog, and I thought it was VERY reasonably priced! Maybe one day I'll be willing and able to spend upwards of $1000, but that day is very far in the future. Amy @ Long Drive Journey recently posted...The Long…Walk? Endurance vs. EfficiencyMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 4, 2013, 12:16 pm
      Haha, I hear you! Things can get SO pricey! Thanks for the rec...I'll check it out! :)
  • Danica @ It's Progression November 3, 2013, 9:41 pm
    I would highly recommend talking to Laura (lauralikesdesign.com) - she didn't do my design, I didn't know her then, but if I could do it all over again I'd certainly hire her to do it :) Danica @ It's Progression recently posted...just listen…My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 4, 2013, 12:18 pm
      Yes, she is definitely on my list of people to contact. I love her work!
  • Khushboo November 3, 2013, 10:29 pm
    YUM- this pancake looks like the perfect Sunday morning start :)! Have you ever tried adding cottage cheese to your pancakes? Along with adding even more protein, the end-result texture is perfectly fluffy! Khushboo recently posted...Friday Favorites: 11/01My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 4, 2013, 12:18 pm
      I haven't, but I have heard of a lot of people who do that. The fluffier the better, right?? ;)
  • Marie @ Little Kitchie November 4, 2013, 6:02 am
    This sounds so good!! Never tried pumpkin and eggs, but I would love to try! A friend did my blog design and I love it! If you want her contact info, email me and I'll give it to ya! Marie @ Little Kitchie recently posted...toasted sesame turkey joes with #campbellsaucesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 4, 2013, 12:19 pm
      Pumpkin and eggs is a surprisingly delicious combo...who know it could be so good!
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies November 4, 2013, 8:14 am
    I never understand why people think vegetarians don't get enough protein! This sounds amazing. I'm probably not the best person to answer your bloggy questions, because mine is pretty plain. Josh figures out how to do anything and everything I need, but we try to take a pretty simple, clean approach (and sometimes I'm worried our blog looks a little jank in the process, ha). I volunteer him to help if you need any quick help with things or have questions -- if you want him to do any heavy lifting, he usually charges $10-15 an hour for freelance (He's actually designed a few websites and works sort of in this field) -- he could always use extra money to buy me fancy birthday presents ;-)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 4, 2013, 12:22 pm
      Haha, you crack me up!!! ;) I'll definitely let you two know if I need any assistance. Thanks so much. You all are so willing to help and I am very appreciative :).
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes November 4, 2013, 1:36 pm
    I used PicMonkey to design mine - cheap (free!) and I could do it the way I wanted to!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 4, 2013, 4:53 pm
      I definitely need to look into that...if I can figure it all out! ;)
  • Jill September 9, 2015, 7:30 am
    I just made this, very eggy.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 9, 2015, 8:10 am
      That it is! If you don't love eggs then this definitely is not for you!

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