Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes

These pancakes are the perfect Fall breakfast…they are moist, full of flavor, and totally clean! This is using my basic protein pancake recipe and instructions (click here for the original and directions) but I substituted 1/3 the cottage cheese for canned pumpkin puree.


1 cup dry old-fashioned oats

1 cup egg whites

2/3 cup nonfat cottage cheese

1/3 cup canned pumpkin mix

Cinnamon-nutmeg-allspice-stevia-vanilla extract: to taste

Blend everything BUT the oats in a blender until smooth. Slowly add in small measurements of the oats at a time, stopping to stir occasionally until the batter is fully mixed together.

Cook on the griddle until one side is bubbly…flip and cook until your liking!

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  • Pumpkin Yogurt sauce which you can find here
  • Sugar Free Candied Pecans (which you can find here)

You could also use sugar-free/light maple syrup or light whipped cream!

They taste just as great on-the-go 🙂



NPC Pacific USA Bikini Competition

I competed in my first ever NPC Fitness Bikini Competition in San Diego on August 18, 2012. What a crazy, wonderful, rewarding experience! I trained for 12 weeks for the show and was extremely happy when I placed 4th! I had a tremendous amount of support from my family and friends…I couldn’t have done it without them!

Here are some photos from the weekend:

NPC Border States Bikini Competition

What a weekend…! I am home and relaxing from a busy and exciting couple of days after competing in the NPC Border States show here in San Diego. This was my second contest where I competed in the Bikini Division. There were over 300 competitors, and 19 beautiful ladies in my height class! I met so many wonderful girls, who are now new friends, and am so happy for the whole experience.

This is my last show of the year…but who knows what 2013 will bring!!! 🙂


Pumpkin Spice Protein Muffins

It is mid-October and here in southern California it is finally cooling down, the air is getting crisper, and Fall is now in full swing! That means…anything with PUMPKIN is a must have! This recipe can be made with other ingredients in order to make a different flavor, but I thought I would share this one because it’s festive and tastes like fall 🙂

This recipe is gluten-free, sugar-free, chock full of protein, complex carbohydrates, and lots of flavor. The pumpkin adds fiber and is full of anti-oxidants, and especially high in vitamins  A, C and E. These are easily portable, great for an on-the-go breakfast or a mid morning snack when you want something sweet 🙂 Make sure to keep these in a sealed container in the refrigerator because there are no preservatives!



  • 1 cup oat flour (take dry rolled oats and grind in a magic bullet/blender until it is a fine, flour consistency)
  • 2 scoops protein powder (vanilla works best)
  • 1/4 cup Stevia
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon (you can use as much as you’d like for the spices)
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)

OPTIONAL but recommended: raisins-dried cranberries-chopped pecans


First grind your oats to make your oat flour. Then in a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Then add all the wet ingredients (egg whites, yogurt, water, and pumpkin). Mix all together until it makes a nice smooth consistency.

Next, take the batter and divide into muffin tins. This recipe technically make 12 muffins, but somehow I always end up with closer to 14 or 15…

I use silicone muffin liners…they are a lifesaver! Refer to my baking page for more information on where to buy them. Otherwise, spray the tins VERY well or else they will stick!

Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes. They should be slightly brown on top, but will still be moist and delicious inside 🙂

Nutrition Facts:

Recipe making 15 muffins without dried fruit or nuts:

1 muffin: 55 calories/.5g fat/5g carbs/6g protein!!!


Protein Pancakes!

There are many variations of this recipe out there, but I must say…this is the easiest one to remember! I absolutely love these and look forward to when I get to eat them next!

There are only THREE required ingredients…Yep, only three!

  • Dry Old Fashioned Oats
  • Nonfat Cottage Cheese (you can substitute greek yogurt if you must…however you do NOT taste the cottage cheese!)
  • Egg Whites (carton liquid egg whites is just fine as well

OPTIONAL: Cinnamon-Nutmeg-Vanilla Extract-Almond Extract…get creative!

The next part is simple….just take EQUAL portions of each ingredient to make your batter. If you are making a single serving batch, stick to smaller portions such as 1/4-1/2 cup of each. I usually make a batch with 1-2 cups of each ingredient.

First take your egg whites, cottage cheese, and optional spices

and combine in the blender.

Then…slowly add the oats and blend continuously. You might need to stir them around a bit so they all get blended.

You should get a nice smooth consistency without it being too runny. Feel free to let it sit in the fridge for a few minutes if it is…

Then…onto the griddle! Cook those cakes until they’re nice and bubbly on one side…average about 2 minutes…

Final step: Eat and Enjoy!

I like to top my pancakes with fresh berries, a little whipped cream, sugar free/light syrup…the choice is yours!

Using a 1 cup of each ingredient should make approximately: 10-12 pancakes, with each pancake being approximately: 50 calories/6g carbs/5g protein/0g fat!

This is a great balanced meal providing complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber…and deliciousness! I like to eat these for my pre or post-workout meal because they provide a good balance of both carbohydrates and protein.

My first post!

Hello and Welcome to Finesse Fitness with Allison! This is my first post on my site/blog, and I couldn’t be more excited to be writing this. I am so happy to be able to provide information on fitness, health, nutrition, recipes, etc. in a setting that everyone can benefit from.

I am starting this journey with Finesse Fitness with a grateful and positive attitude, and I look forward to where it takes me. Please let me know if there are any specific topics that you would like me to discuss and help with! I look forward to this journey with you 🙂

Stay positive…stay strong…and SMILE! Because Life is Good…!