Pumpkin Pancakes

It may still be summer, but with the crisp chill in the early morning air and football all over my television it’s starting to feel like fall is on the way. I can’t wait! For some reason I’m unusally excited for fall this year. I was even sort of giddy about the start of football season, and I totally hate football. Maybe it’s just because I know that with the start of football season comes Lazy Football Sundays spent in comfy clothes, crockpot cooking and pumpkin-flavored-everything. Oh, how I love pumpkin-flavored-anything. About as much as I hate football.


I found this yummy sounding pumpkin pancake recipe from The Motherload, and I knew that it would be perfect for a Lazy Football Sunday breakfast. I also knew that it would be perfect for my picky toddler who is finally expanding his culinary palette thanks to FunBites, an ingenious little invention that has saved me a tremendous amount of time in the kitchen lately. I picked it up through Amazon a few weeks ago, and Simon has now eaten scrambled eggs, quesadillas, cheese cubes and countless peanut butter and honey sandwiches…which is a pretty huge improvement over his former diet of dried fruit, veggie straws, goldfish crackers and milk. There’s just something about eating those perfectly symmetrical little bites that is way more appealing than my quickly and haphazardly cut bites, I suppose. I can’t sing its praises enough, so I thought I’d share a little bit about it with you all, just in case you have an uber picky kiddo too.

FunBites is a two piece cutting system – the large piece cuts food into 12 perfect tiny squares (which instantly saves me a ton of time!), and the other piece is used to easily pop the food out of the cutter. Simon is willingly trying new foods because of it, and that’s practically a miracle. The big boys also love to open their lunchboxes to discover perfectly cubed bites of meat, cheese and fruit lined up neatly on mini skewers. Seriously don’t know how I’ve lived without this thing for so long.

So, getting back to the yummy pumpkin goodness, as soon as I saw the recipe for pumpkin pancakes I knew that it would be an amazing Lazy Football Sunday breakfast that the whole family could finally enjoy together.

Adapted from The Motherload

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg

Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, mix well, and then fold gently into the dry ingredients. Lightly grease a skillet or griddle, pre-heated to medium heat. Use 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, cooking for about 3 minutes per side.


I’m thinking that my next mission should be to find a recipe for apple cider syrup to top these. I am SO ready for fall! Bring it on, football and all.


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