Cake & Ice-Cream For Breakfast

by HEAB on December 13, 2009

I’m still having a lot of fun experimenting with my almond flour. Thanks again Scott and Christina! On Friday, CD and I had both a Christmas party and a birthday party to attend. I offered to make the cake, and the birthday girl requested carrot.


Happy Birthday Cherie!!!! I made the carrot cake from Elana Amsterdam’s The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and covered it with a vegan vanilla buttercream frosting.


If you like carrot cake, and have gluten issues, YOU MUST MAKE THIS. Heck, make it even if you don’t have gluten issues. It was delicious.

Continuing with the almond flour theme, I celebrated Pancake Sunday this morning with a batch of chocolate almond flour pancakes…


I ate them with chocolate protein ice-cream. Look, pancake ice-cream tacos.


This pancake recipe is definitely a winner, and you can click here to read all about it. I loved eating them with the ice-cream – talk about a decadent tasting breakfast!

In reference to the birthday carrot cake, I’m always a little nervous about serving “healthy desserts” to a crowd. Normally, I just use white flour and sugar to make traditional cakes. However, why serve my friends food that I won’t even eat myself? Luckily the cake was a huge hit, and I’ll leave you with…

CD’s Random Comment of the Day…

The cake was really good. You didn’t Heatherfy it too much. πŸ™‚

It’s your last day to enter my Vita-Mix Giveaway!!!!!

Oh, and be sure to check out my guest post over at Love Veggies & Yoga for a veggielicious breakfast and a little yoga. πŸ™‚


glidingcalm December 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm

haha carrot cake is my favoriteeeeeeee

A blogger December 15, 2009 at 8:57 am

Hi Heather,

I love your revamped site. I hope it’s ok for me to ask you the following question. If not, please feel free to ignore me. I was wondering if you could tell me how much you had to spend for your new look. Or did Zestycook do it for free in exchange for a shout out?

I really hope it’s ok that I write this here. If not, feel free to delete it. I have a blog and normally comment on your site under my blog name, but I feel a bit weird asking this, so I wanted to remain anonymous. But in case you are uncomfortable discussing money on your blog, I’m leaving my question on an old post.

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm

A Blogger, I did pay Zesty, but I don’t feel comfortable posting how much as I’m not sure if his rates are the same for everyone. That would be something you would have to discuss with him. I will say that Zesty is awesome, and his work is worth every penny! πŸ™‚

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) December 15, 2009 at 7:55 am

Pancakes and ice cream for breakfast sounds like heaven! I must do it πŸ™‚

marla December 14, 2009 at 5:29 pm

This Carrot Cake looks delish!!! I love CC! Yes, the extra healthy ingredients can be just as tasty as the refined……better actually. I too get scared to make them for a crowd. Gotta get over it!

Jenna December 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm


Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) December 14, 2009 at 1:52 pm

That carrot cake looks beyond decadent. I have learned from places like Trader Joe’s etc (and my own kitch) that just because it’s healthy does NOT mean it’s low cal!!! πŸ™‚

Yummers on the pancakes.

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Deb, So NOT low cal, but oh so good. Just like the Oaties. πŸ™‚

Kim December 14, 2009 at 10:43 am

My mother-in-law is gluten intolerant, so I’m going to make this for Christmas day dinner!

Quix December 14, 2009 at 10:24 am

Yummy cake, and PANCAKE TACOS!!! Why didn’t I think of that? So doing that this week…

CaSaundra December 14, 2009 at 7:33 am

Ohh I would love the cake for my birthday–carrot cake is my weakness πŸ™‚

livingfreeforever December 14, 2009 at 7:14 am

I could go for some cake and ice cream πŸ˜€ I have GOT to get that cookbook! That cake looks amazing and it doesn’t look like a ‘healthy’ cake πŸ˜‰ Glad everybody loved it. I SO wish I already had the book because I have to go to a Christmas gathering this weekend and have NO idea what to make!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 14, 2009 at 8:09 am

LivingFree, Elana has the carrot cake recipe plus many others posted over on her blog: Very LivingFree friendly. πŸ™‚

Cali December 14, 2009 at 6:51 am

That cake looks… fantastic. I want to stick my head inside of it and bathe in it’s carroty, spicy goodness. And that frosting? Gah. I am out to get that cookbook (but now I just need a Vita-Mix to make some almond flour…). πŸ˜‰

Miz December 14, 2009 at 5:31 am

you are too freakin cute woman.
email me at some point if youd wanna do some kind of a joint post.
not sure what it could look like but I know it could be fun and WAAAY OUTSIDE my comfortzone πŸ™‚

Ashley December 14, 2009 at 3:51 am

That cake looks amazing Heather! WOWOW! I want to just make a batch of that icing and eat it.

Pancakes + ice cream = good idea!

The Pancake Girl December 13, 2009 at 11:44 pm

That cake looks great! I’m a big fan of carrot cake.. and pancakes, natch! Yay for pancake Sundays.

Jessica December 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Carrot cake is my all time favorite and that one looks FABULOUS!!!!

Mandy December 13, 2009 at 9:40 pm

That cake looks DELISH!!!

pureblissnutrition December 13, 2009 at 7:08 pm

I am going to have to make that carrot cake for someone!
Thank you for the helping me with those almond recipes on my blog.
That was wonderful!!!

Luv2CUSmile December 13, 2009 at 6:01 pm

LOL My kids would think I am the coolest mom if they were given cake & ice cream for breakfast! I think I might have to do that! They would talk about it forever! & I would never tell the secret! LOL The carrot cake looks so yummy! That is my absolute fav cake! I am going to have to try the icing you did! Looks delicious!

kathleen December 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm

haha nevermind. i see the click HERE for almond pancakes button. yes i do.

kathleen December 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm

that cake looks awesome! i am drooling. really.

how did you make the almond flour pancakes? i tried a simple gluten free pancake with hazelnut flour the other day. they looked decadent but were too “hazelnutty” tasting… if that makes sense.

Tamzin December 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I made the exact same cake for my sisters birthday earlier this year, so good! Your breakfast looks fab too x x

Susan December 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Ahhhhh! That carrot cake looks amaaaazing!!! Carrot cake is probably my favourite kind (cheesecake aside). It’s what I requested for my birthday last year and I still dream about it πŸ™‚

“why serve my friends food that I won’t even eat myself?” Excellent point. Most people I know don’t shy away from “healthy” foods anymore anyways. Especially if they look like that cake!

Ameena December 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Wow, that looks amazing!! Both the pancakes and the cake too. πŸ™‚

faith in food December 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm

i totally had a post just for you but it was one disaster after another….
it started with some amazing kombocha squash…
that turned into a delicious soup!! (after setting off my smoke detecter, setting my stove on fire, and splattering my kitchen walls)
then my sink plugged up into back goopy mess…and me without a plunger…
then my batteries in my camera died….

so you have to wait and see the rest of the story because now i want to go find almond flour :p

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm

So sorry Faith, but I couldn’t help but laugh. Hope you find yourself some almond flour soon. Make sure to get the blanched stuff.

Clay December 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm

I remember the first time I made a punkin pie with agave and smart balance, i got a couple looks to say the least… my mother didnt even taste it though so i didnt take that one to heart.

I am loving the pancakes and ice cream. If there was ever a dessert worth having… it is that!

Amy (One Thousand Steps) December 13, 2009 at 3:38 pm

OMG, that cake looks dangerously, irresistably good!

N.D December 13, 2009 at 3:35 pm

The cake looks amazing! And I had pancake Sunday today, woohoo!
I have to know what is in Vegan icing.

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 3:37 pm


2/3 cup soy-free Earth Balance 1/4 cup light coconut milk 4 cups powdered sugar 2 tsp vanilla

Beat everything together until well blended.

Veggiesmack December 13, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Holy crap! I want a big ol’ slice of that carrot cake right NOW! The ice cream looks wonderful too!

eatmovelove December 13, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Wow – that’s my kind of cake – carrot and frosting for the win πŸ™‚

Megan December 13, 2009 at 2:22 pm

i wish so badly that I was a fabulous bakestress like you! I want to make an almond meal/jay robb protein powder hybrid pancake. maybe i shall experiment…

I just finished last week’s The Office and I can’t help but think, hmmmm if Pam looks that cute pregnant, imagine how cute HEATHER would look!! πŸ˜‰

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Ha ha – thanks Megan! πŸ™‚

luckytastebuds December 13, 2009 at 1:59 pm

ohhh holy moly that cake looks RIDICULOUS!!!! I’d love to have a bite of that!!! *drool*
I am also in love with your pancakes and icecream breakfast. πŸ˜› I’m gonna make pancakes for dinner tonight now. hahaha Thanks Heatherbee!! πŸ™‚

Melissa S. December 13, 2009 at 1:46 pm

omg that carrot cake looks great! can you believe i’ve never had that kind of cake? hah!

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Heather you have OUTDONE yourself with that cake!!! Ok, so between my gluten/soy issues AND my vegan flair, carrot cake and cream cheese frosting really has been a dessert I havent even bothered to touch. I can re-create alot of things but never tried with that b/c….didn’t want a “cheap imitation”. However, after seeing what you made, I am ALL OVER it when I get back home. OMG I need that cookbook. Between the cake AND The vegan frosting (which I adore frosting!!) I am in 7th heaven.

And of course your tacos of pancakes and protein ice cream…wow, too good my friend! Too awesome looking!

Will send you an email later on in a few hours when the G Post is up πŸ™‚

eva-giirl December 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

That cake is so cool! Does it taste different with the almond flour?

The pancakes look great, but I can’t do the protein powder. You have a lot of protein there Heather for just one meal ;). You beat to a drum all your own don’t you girly πŸ™‚ A blogger tipped me off to check out KERF and ELR for awesome pancake recipes, yay for pancakes πŸ™‚

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Eva-Girl, The cake was great, as good as any other carrot cake I’ve ever tried. Very moist – the recipe called for 5 eggs.

theemptynutjar December 13, 2009 at 12:49 pm

The carrot cake looks great Heather. The frosting and added raisins (?) look great also.

Chocolate-Covered Katie December 13, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I’ve been obsessed with carrot cake lately. I’m writing a post about it… carrot cake ANYthing and I’m sold πŸ™‚

Kimberly December 13, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Yeah, I think I am getting that cookbook. I do have gluten issues (Celiac) and that cake did the job! I must make that cake! LOL!

rungirlrunn December 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Mmmm that carrot cake looks SO good!!

Emily December 13, 2009 at 11:56 am

OMG!!! That carrot cake looks divineeee! πŸ˜€ I’m going to have to go check out those pancakes!

missyrayn December 13, 2009 at 11:49 am

I love when healthy things just.taste.good!

plamarie December 13, 2009 at 11:47 am

LOL! CD’s comments always make me laugh. πŸ˜‰

Jenny December 13, 2009 at 11:41 am

only could make ice cream for breakfast perfectly acceptable .. amazing recipes, Heather!

Shelby December 13, 2009 at 11:38 am

Heatherfy! I love it!

Katie December 13, 2009 at 11:34 am

Your protein ice cream looks amazing with the pancakes, I still need to make it!

Have you tried glucomannan as a thickener? I use guar/xantham per your recommendation which I love but I also add a bit of glucommanan.

I am using to track protein/fiber/carbs as I seem to feel/look much better with more protein/fiber and less processed carbs (duh!).

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Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Katie, Never heard of glucomannan. I’ll Google it – thanks for the tip.

Light Delight with Tou Tou December 13, 2009 at 11:32 am

hehe, Sunday Pancakes! it’s already become my habit to come over and check out them every weekend !! Great idea mixing chocolate with them, love that dark color!

and ..somehow you could still fool me that’s a healthy carrot cake – I see so many red veggies in it !! :-p

Carbzilla December 13, 2009 at 11:27 am

NUM! I don’t think I’ve ever made a cake in my lofe but I should make that one my hubby’s bday (gives me till June to work up the energy for it).

Isn’t it nice making our friends happy? We’re so lucky we can do that. It’s really a gift to you!


justine December 13, 2009 at 11:22 am

I ate chocolate pancakes for breakfast this morning also!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I finally came up with a great vegan one to make and my tummy is thanking me. So freaking funny you made carrot cake last night. I bought all the ingredients last night to make one also. I have a 5 lb bag of carrots in my fridge begging to be used! Mine is a healthified one using agave and I cant wait to post it :).

I love you Heabs! Great minds really do think alike!! hehe I think we were living in parallel worlds this weekend….


Sweet Cheeks December 13, 2009 at 11:22 am

WOW, I am drooling over that cake!! Talk about delicious!

Cherie December 13, 2009 at 11:05 am

Heather Pie… The cake was AMAZING!!! And the non-coconut frosting (thank you!) was oh so delicious. Thank you so much for making me my birthday cake. Love you and CD!!

Evan Thomas December 13, 2009 at 11:01 am

That frosting looks positively incredible

Allie December 13, 2009 at 11:01 am

that cake looks so good. i think i just drooled on my keyboard.

VeggieGirl December 13, 2009 at 10:59 am

Heatherfy = my new favorite term πŸ˜€

christie @ honoring health December 13, 2009 at 10:57 am

OK, that cake picture just sealed the deal for me. I love baking with almond flour but have not bought that cookbook yet. I just ordered it!

ohhmay December 13, 2009 at 10:57 am

Heather, could you post the recipe for the cake or is it copyrighted?
Anyway it looks absolutely fantastic… I love carrot cake so much! (and icecream for breakfast!!!!)

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Ohhmay, Elana posted the recipe over on her blog:

For my version, I subbed maple syrup for the agave and coconut oil for the grapeseed oil.

lz December 13, 2009 at 10:54 am

Oh my gosh that cake looks absolutely decadent!!!

greensandjeans December 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

Holy MOLY that carrot cake looks so good!

Colleen Cameron December 13, 2009 at 10:50 am

Wow that Carrot cake looks great! Who knew gluten-free and vegan could be so darn good? But I must admit I had a vegan pumpkin cupcake last week and it was quite possibly the best cupcake i’ve ever had!
I love CD’s random comments you put at the end of some of your entries, they are hilarious!


Holly December 13, 2009 at 10:49 am

Oh, and I forgot to mention that you have me totally addicted to Grooveshark! Looking at my playlist, I finally see realize that I *am* as weird as the rest of the world thinks:

#1: “The Highwayman” by Loreena McKennett
#2: “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” by Fred Astaire
#3: “Killer Queen” by Queen
#4: “Swanee” by Judy Garland

Gotta love it!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Holly, I LOVE Loreena McKennett – such beautiful music!

Lina December 13, 2009 at 10:48 am

Oh man everything looks delicious! I think I may have to bake an almond flour birthday cake this year and I haven’t had a birthday cake in 3 years! =0( now I just have to wait til june lol. Love Elana’s recipes though they all look awesome, there’s another GF website I love called Spunky Coconut, if you haven’t seen it check it out.
Your pancakes look awesome too, I keep wondering if I put them in my hello kitty waffle iron if they’ll come out as well, because I know you can use regular pancake batter as waffle batter. Have you ever tried that? I think that’s my challenge this week! =0P
One last thing πŸ˜‰ while uploading my paper recipes to the computer I stumbled across one that sounded like you might like it, its similar to your maple oaties, it’s from Clean Eating.

Nutty-Maple Cinnamon Bars

* 1 cup rolled oats, divided
* 3 tbsp unsalted almonds
* 4 scoops of vanilla protein powder
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp sea salt
* 3/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
* 4 tbsp pure maple syrup
* Olive Oil Cooking Spray


1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
2. In clean, dry blender process 1/2 cup rolled oats into oat flour, blend on medium for about 1 minute. In a large bowl, stir together prepared oat flour, remaining 1/2 cup rolled oats, almonds, protein powder, cinnamon and salt.
3. Then combine applesauce, vanilla, and maple syrup together with dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
4. Cut 6 squares of aluminum foil into 4 x 8-inch pieces. Lightly coat the interior with cooking spray. Spoon out an equal portion of mixture onto each foil square, and roll them into a bar shape. Fold then like tamales, folding the ends over to prevent spillage. You can flatten them into bar shapes. If you want to avoid a tube-shaped bar.
5. Bake foil-wrapped bars on baking sheet in preheated over for 16 to 18 minutes. Do not overcook.
6. Store the leftovers in sealed container in the fridge!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Lina, Thanks for the recipe – that does sounds like something I would love. You know, I never have tried making waffles as I don’t have a waffle iron. Let me know if you ever try it with one of my pancake recipes. Thanks for the Spunky Coconut tip as well – someone else was just telling me about her blog, and I checked it out yesterday. She’s got some great recipes.

chrysta December 13, 2009 at 10:40 am

I love carrot cake and yours look absolutely amazing. I love to try it out sometime. Very cool of you to make it! The pancakes and ice cream look like they made for one amazing breakfast as well. Gotta love weekend breakfasts=) Have a wonderful day!

Holly December 13, 2009 at 10:39 am

Psh, CD! If someone cared enough about my health to make such a super spiffy recipe for me, I would be flattered beyond measure!

Keep on Heatherfy-ing the world! Someday it will thank you for it! πŸ˜‰

Erica December 13, 2009 at 10:37 am

I love making vegan baked goods for a crowd. Its amazing to see peoples reactions when they realize how tasty something vegan can be. The cake looks just perfect- loving the looks of that icing. Happy Pancake Sunday πŸ™‚

Jenny R. December 13, 2009 at 10:33 am

HAHA that CD comment was amazing – that is so something one of my family members would say to me too. That cake looks sooooo good…did you eat it too??? I gotta get my hands on that book πŸ˜‰

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Jenny R, Yes, I had myself a big piece. Oh my gosh, buy that cookbook and some blanched almond flour. So good!

Holly December 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

ummm that carrot cake looks epic! i don’t even like cake, but carrot cake is a whole other story. note taken.

Hallie December 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

Your CD quote made me laugh. In my house we talk about making “Hallie-friendly” meals if the cheese is left off, or if less oil/fat is used, or there are more veggies/whole grains than a recipe usually called for, etc. Love it!

homecookedem December 13, 2009 at 10:29 am

That cake looks sooooooo amazing!! You’re welcome to bake me a Heatherfied cake ANYTIME!! I need to make that for my husband’s 30th birthday in March. He’s gluten-free and his favorite cake is carrot! Perfect recipe for him!! πŸ™‚

Happy Sunday!!

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