Friday, October 19, 2012

Oatmeal Pumpkin Pancakes

What's better than the smell of spices and pumpkin first thing in the morning? Not much, I assure you!

We were in the mood for pumpkin pancakes, but something a little different than we usually have. So, we took a recipe for Oatmeal Banana Pancakes, and switched it around to accommodate our yummy pureed pumpkin that was hanging out in the fridge. After some tweaking, we came up with the perfect recipe!

 3/4 C oats
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
dash of allspice (my pumpkin pie spice didn't have this in there, so we added it.)
1/2 C kefir or sour cream
3/4 C milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C oil
1/2 C pumpkin puree

Combine all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients. After thoroughly combined, add to the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Melt frying fat of choice (butter, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.). Cook up pancakes.

I used to really dread making pancakes, because by the time I got to sit down and eat, everyone else would be finished. Pancakes are delicious, but, let's face it, they're a little time consuming. The kids would be done and washing up and I would still be flipping in the kitchen. So, now, I heat the oven to 170* and as each batch of cakes are finished, I put them on a big platter and stick them into the oven to keep warm. This way, we can all sit down and have breakfast together...and the pancakes are still warm and delicious!

Emma loves measuring the baking powder
Wet ingredients together
Emma re-reading the recipe to make sure it's correct
Cooking up the tasty cakes!

Our platter full of goodness.
 Pumpkin pancakes are one of our favorite breakfasts in the fall. We can't get enough!

If you don't have kefir, that's fine. Sour cream works just as well! And, if you want to learn about kefir, THIS site will tell you everything you would ever want to know! Basically, kefir is a super probiotic, and is insanely good for you!
I'm pretty sure Sophia is saying "Mmmm" as she eats.
Chunky cheeks!


To top it all off, we poured some melted butter and pure maple syrup over the top. It is SO much better than just spreading butter on top and then pouring the syrup over the pancakes. There is an almost caramel quality to the butter and syrup once it's melted together that is just divine!!! And, it's easier than buttering and syrupping every pancake.

Melted butter and syrup goodness.

Let me know what you think if you decide to try this recipe!! It's a favorite around here, to be sure!!


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