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Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

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I told you that I would have at least one pumpkin recipe – here it is!

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I really do enjoy pumpkin! For as long as she made it, and I could eat it, I always loved my Grandmother’s Pumpkin Pie. It was nothing more than a store bought, gluten containing, crust and the pie directions on the back of the can of pumpkin puree, but it was pumpkin and it was good!

In my imagination I’ve had thoughts of making all sorts of pumpkin-pie-like desserts this fall, but the only thing that has come to fruition are these Pumpkin Pie Pancakes. See, dessert is not exactly a required meal of the day, so making a pie often seems less fun than, say, getting a full 8 hours of sleep. Breakfast, on the other hand, is totally needed before I go spend my day wrangling children and musical instruments. Putting pumpkin in my breakfast has been an easy way to enjoy the fall flavor without spending extra time baking something special.

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These pancakes are soft and melt-in-your-mouth, just like regular pumpkin pie. They are grain free, thanks to coconut flour, and easily dairy free if you use almond milk (which I do). I tried a few different sweeteners in these pancakes and maple syrup was the clear winner. It compliments the pumpkin perfectly! Of course, if you want to avoid refined sugar use 100% pure maple syrup (which is what I keep on hand and used each time I’ve made these pancakes).

I feel super cliche just mentioning this, but obviously I put pumpkin pie spice in these pancakes. As this awesome article from the Kitchn brings up, pumpkin and pumpkin spice are two different things. Us Americans have somehow been convinced to think that pumpkin tastes like pumpkin pie spices. It doesn’t.

I’m the I-do-what-I-want type of person and avoid cultural trends I don’t like or agree with. I don’t have a legit pair of skinny jeans or a personal facebook account. Proof enough right there. Pumpkin spice is not a trend I’m into. I’ve had zero pumpkin spice lattes, zero pumpkin spice oreos, and whatever other pumpkin spice this or thats are out there. I just like pumpkin pie. So, please, don’t think I’m trying to be all cool and trendy here, and come up with the greatest pumpkin spice recipe this year and be all Pinterest famous. No. I just like pumpkin pie, but don’t have time to make a pie, so I made pancakes instead.

Now that that is out of the way . . .

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With maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice I think these pancakes are perfectly flavored on their own – no syrup or toppings needed! This recipe serves 1 because I have a spouse that doesn’t like pumpkin. Bummer, I have to eat the whole batch of pancakes myself! Although I haven’t actually tried doubling (tripling, quadrupling, etc) the recipe I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work.

One important thing to note before you start making these pancakes – most of my pancake recipe cook kinda like normal pancakes but for whatever reason these don’t. Cook them on a lower temperature for longer. It works best for me when my burner is on medium low. By the time the pancakes are finally cooked through the fresh pie-like smell will probably be driving you crazy, in a good way!

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 3 T almond milk (or other milk of choice)
Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. The batter will be smooth, and a bit thick.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Pour about 2 T of batter per pancakes onto the skillet. Use the rounded bottom edge of a spoon to smooth the batter into a cicle.
  3. Cook over medium low heat for about 5 minutes, or until the edges of the pancakes have set an the top of the pancake is opaque, not shiny.
  4. Flip and cook for another minute or two on the second side, until golden brown.
  5. Repeat with remaining batter.

 

 

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Pumpkin Oatmeal & Big News!

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I’ve been working on a big project. It’s an eBook! Specifically, a GF Christmas cookie eBook!

I’ve been baking dozens and dozen of cookies, taking lots of photos, and learning to use iBooks Author. The eBook will have a couple of naturally GF, flourless cookie recipes along with a collection of traditional Christmas cookie recipes reworked to make a portion of the batch with GF flour and portion with wheat flour.

I still have some work to do on the eBook, but it will be completed in December, in time for your holiday baking, or to give to a GF friend as a holiday gift! If you’d like to receive a few email updates about the eBook (when I launch it, when it is available on the Kindle and iBooks Store, etc) click here to sign up for the updates. Everyone who signs up for the email updates will also be entered in a contest to receive a free copy of the eBook! So, sign up for those emails here! I promise I won’t spam you in any way!

Now, onto today’s recipe: Pumpkin Oatmeal!

I LOVE pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice drinks, I’ll take them all! I was pretty excited to add some pumpkin to my oatmeal and see what kind of delicious, pumpkin flavored breakfast I could get. It took a few tries, but I did eventually come up with something I was happy with.IMG_6303

This oatmeal is sweetened with honey. I use a teaspoon, but you may have to adjust according to your tastes. This is yummy plain, topped with chopped nuts, or chocolate chips. Really, try the chocolate chips, even if you like it plain. Pumpkin + chocolate is a winning combination!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal

Ingredients
  • 1/3 c Gluten free oats
  • 1/3 c almond milk (or other milk of choice)
  • 1/3 c water
  • 3 Tbs pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Optional: Chopped nuts for topping
  • Optional: Chocolate chips for topping
Directions
  1. In a small saucepan bring oats, almond milk, and water to a boil.
  2. As soon as the liquid begins boiling stir and turn the heat down to medium-low.
  3. As the oats are cooking stir every once in a while to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan. When most of the liquid has absorbed stir in the pumpkin puree, followed by the honey.
  4. Continue cooking until the oatmeal reaches your desired consistency.
  5. Eat plain, or top with chopped nuts or chocolate chips.
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