Pumpkin Pancakes

Someone gave me a pumpkin.

I must digress a moment…..

Apparently it would be more trendy for me to say: Someone gifted me with a pumpkin.

Why do people persist in turning nouns into verbs when perfectly good verbs already exist?

Back to the pumpkin….

I haven’t butchered it yet as I am not totally certain it is a pumpkin. Cucurbits do not ‘breed true’. If you plant a melon and a pumpkin in the same patch you will get melons and pumpkins. If you save the seeds and plant them the next year you will get plants that produce…. something. The somethings may or may not resemble anything familiar and they may or may not be worth cooking.

This gift is orange and big but it doesn’t resemble any winter squash in shape.

However, this idea / recipe of pumpkin pancakes is tempting me to grab the machete and see what I have.

Read on:

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How to make Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes?

To make these pancakes you will need pumpkin puree, spices, oats, and pure maple syrup. The pancakes will be so fluffy and delicious that you might even forget that they are gluten-free. They are are perfect for breakfast. 
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The Recipe

2 cups oat flour or rolled oats
1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
cooking spray
extra maple syrup and / or whipped cream for serving

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend for about a minute or until smooth.
Heat a large skillet or a griddle over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Pour about half a cup of the pancake batter onto the hot skillet or griddle and cook until small bubbles form on top of the pancakes. This should not take more than 5 minutes.
Flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
Do the same with the remaining batter.
Serve with maple syrup and / or whipped cream while the pancakes are warm.

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Tips

Here are a few tips to remember for making these pumpkin pancakes:

Any milk you have should work fine, including buttermilk, but we suggest that you use unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

The recipe includes some of the classic pumpkin pie species. If you already have pumpkin pie spice, feel free to use 1 1/2 tsp of that instead.

Make sure that you use pure pumpkin and not a pumpkin pie filling with other added ingredients.

If you have rolled oats, put in blender first and blend until you have flour. Then add remaining ingredients.

Remember that dark chocolate is healthy so feel free to stir in some dark chocolate chips.

Cook on a griddle and make sure that it is hot before you pour pancake batter on it. The batter will spread too quickly and your pancakes won’t be as fluffy if you pour the batter onto a cool griddle.

When to flip pancakes?

Keep an eye on your pancakes if you want golden brown, perfect, fluffy pancakes. You will know it’s time when the bubbles start to leave little holes that stay open on top. You should wait a little longer if a bubble pops and fills with more batter.

This recipe could take a little longer than normal pancakes because the pumpkin will create a fluffier and a thicker pancake. It is important to be patient and wait for the middle part to cook properly.

Pancake toppings

You might not believe this but there is no wrong way to serve these healthy pumpkin pancakes. They are so delicious that you will be tempted to eat them as soon as they’re off the griddle. However, here are a few ways you can enjoy these pancakes.

Use coconut whipped cream rather than regular cream.
Add chopped pecans or almonds or walnuts, or pecans.
Top with fresh berries.
Add a spoonful of creamy almond butter.
Top with vanilla Greek yogurt.

What should you serve with pancakes?

Any breakfast dish should go well with these pumpkin pancakes. Try Skillet Cinnamon Apples or a fruit salad… Or scrambled or fried eggs, bacon or sausage.

4 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pancakes”

  1. I haven’t had a pancake of any kind in ages. I prefer them doused in real maple syrup and while a little doesn’t bother me, a lot does so I just stay away from the temptation.

    And I’m with you. I’m getting a little tired of all of the pomposity of ‘gifting’ et al. Just use the appropriate word, not something that someone decided was trendy to use.

    • My mother made the best pancakes – and I’ve never made them. I haven’t eaten one since the last time she made them for me – more years than I can count.
      On the other hand French pancakes (crepes) are lovely but absolutely no relationship lol
      BTW the Brits have an oatmeal bar cookie that they call ‘flapjacks’ You can imagine my confusion when I was offered one in the afternoon with coffee lol

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