We have great news: You can have your cake and eat it too. While cake batter may not seem like the healthiest way to fuel your body (let’s be honest, lean protein and fresh produce are always better for you), a world in which you can eat cake for breakfast is within reach. And no, it isn’t in your wildest dreams.
From overnight oats to protein shakes to pancakes and beyond, these healthyish cake batter recipes will make your childhood dreams come true—sans the sugar crash. And since they’re on the healthier side, we say add extra sprinkles.
energy bars are equally good with dried fruit, chopped nuts, or coconut. Rice Krispies give the bars the perfect crunch, and cashew butter binds it together for that creamy cake consistency that keeps us coming back for more.
Greek yogurt, almond milk—this meal is as healthy as cake-inspired dishes get. Use vanilla Greek yogurt and a little extra extract for dessert-like sweetness.
sweet tooth but don’t want to reach for the sweets? Try this protein shake. Sweetened with vanilla pudding mix (we like using sugar-free), vanilla protein powder, and vanilla extract, and buttered up with none other than butter extract, this recipe isn’t totally guilt-free, but it is worth the (mini) splurge.
breakfast—why not? The base of this incredible breakfast is made with oats, almond flour, vanilla extract, and a touch of sugar (we like subbing in maple syrup), and it’s topped with a legit healthy “frosting” that’s made with yogurt and protein powder. T Swift likes to shake it off; we like to bake it off.
nut butter for extra protein, and as with every recipe on this list, sprinkle to your fancy.
cake batter-flavored MuscleEgg and PEScience gourmet vanilla protein powder—but it’s super simple to, well, simplify. Instead of MuscleEgg, try yellow cake mix, sugar-free vanilla pudding powder, or the healthiest option, vanilla and butter extract. Use whatever vanilla protein powder you have on hand, and boom: frozen pro-yo awaits.
With only six ingredients, this recipe may just be the easiest way to achieve cake batter dreams. Mix together rolled oats, oil (coconut works best), cake batter mix (or vanilla protein powder), honey, and sprinkles; bake; and enjoy. To keep it natural(ish), use maple syrup in place of Karo.