Happiness: Winter, Fitness and Paleo (carrot-cake) pancakes

6 Jul

Winter in Sydney this year is agreeing with me. Shocking right?!

Normally I would be complaining and hiding under my warm blankets waiting for the warmer days to return, but not this time.

With the rain I have found a new sense of contentment. I am waking up before most of the city has even contemplated opening their eyes.  I train myself, then I teach a class or private PT session, I race home to prepare my paleo meals for the day, work, eat, perhaps do another quick strength session, teach another class, catch up with friends/boyfriend/family after work, then cook dinner, and write some articles before bed ready to do it all over again the following day!

Exhausting to type, but surprisingly not so exhausting to do!

Why and how is this routine working you may ask? Eating clean brings energy and balance, training brings the same while cooking and play time brings happiness – so together the synergy just works and balances one another. If my diet was bad, processed and full of sugar it would decrease my energy, my hormones and mood would be terrible so I would bitch instead of train and good luck trying to wake me up.

I look back and feel bad for the former years I may have wasted sitting and waiting.

The moral of the story (if there is one..) don’t wait to start things. You can look back in a year and be happy you made the changes towards a healthier lifestyle.  Or, you can look back in a year and regret that haven’t started yet.

Below is my weekend winter reward treat – so delish and quick to whip up!

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Paleo Carrot-Cake Pancakes


  • 1 cup of grated carrots
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (or pecans)
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg (I usually add more than this though!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon stevia
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • Once cooked plate up and top with a tablespoon of coconut butter and maple syrup – DELISH!!


1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl

* almond meal

* coconut flour

* baking soda and powder

* spice

2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly

* carrots, eggs

* coconut milk

* coconut oil

3. Heat a large frypan up under medium-high heat and use coconut oil to grease the surface. Don’t be shy with the oil here you don’t want it to stick!

4. Pour batter into piping hot frypan. Cook on both sides for 3 or so minutes.

5. Top pancakes off with coconut butter and maple syrup.

Makes approx 4 pancakes.

This fab recipe was originally sourced via http://paleomg.com (but I have made a couple of Fitness In The City style amendments and inclusions!)

8 Responses to “Happiness: Winter, Fitness and Paleo (carrot-cake) pancakes”

  1. Holly July 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I just love Carrot Cake – I wish I could think of a suitable adaption for that cream cheese icing!

    Well said that this is still a treat. Just because it is ‘paleo’ doesn’t mean it can be eaten daily! Glad that you give yourself a treat though. Sounds like you deserve it with all that training. 🙂

    • Fitness In The City July 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      I know how I dream of carrot cake icing!!
      Yes it is so easy for people to overdoes with paleo ‘treats’ because they think it is guilt free because the word paleo is in it – sadly not the case!

  2. myfoodreligion July 7, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    Sounds like that might be my Sunday morning brekkie! Yum! Thanks

  3. VJ July 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Yum – these look great! What’s stavia though?

    • Fitness In The City July 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      Stevia is actually a herb (can get in liquid or powder) that is 300 times sweeter than sugar but doesnt spike your blood sugar and has 0 calories – making it a great alternative to the white devil (and perfect for dietetics). You can get in pretty much every health food shop and even some supermarkets in the cookign section.

  4. Sleep, Eat, Gym, Repeat. July 18, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    So funny that it’s winter over where you are now.. This recipe is amazing! So glad I found your blog 🙂

    • Fitness In The City July 18, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      Dreaming of the warmer months.. mind you I am heading to New York over Christmas which is going to be freezing so I will miss a Sydney summer again! Glad you like my blog x

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