Last week Ewan had three mornings of Kindergarten orientation from 8:30-11 in the morning. It was the perfect practice for getting ready for our back to school routine. What better way than to work on an easy breakfast, one that could be eaten walking to the bus if we are rushed?!
Saturdays are a nice break after a long week. Things have been crazy lately so it was nice to have a lazy Saturday morning. Josh left us early to go dirt biking so I figured we deserved some pancakes for a weekend breakfast. Besides, my stash of pancakes in the freezer was gone, I needed more!
This is one of those happy accidents. You see, I went to my pantry to get out some banana chips to make this granola, but to my shock I didn’t have any. I am not sure how that happened, I could have sworn I had some. I was just at Trader Joe’s, I would have gotten some if I knew I was out.
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For years I have been a fan of Trader Joe’s vanilla almond granola. It is so yummy, crunchy…almost perfect. It is a little bit too sweet for me. Not too much that it stops me from still loving it, but something I finally decided to improve upon and make my own.
I must warn you, this granola is seriously addictive! It all starts with an innocent hand full. And then another, and another…until you have no idea how much you have really eaten. Not that I would know from personal experience. Okay, confession time. I came home from the gym yesterday and kept nibbling while taking pictures of this granola. I did just burn over 1200 calories so it can’t be too bad can it?!
Happy Halloween! It is only the perfect day, besides Thanksgiving of course, for a pumpkin recipe. So today I bring to you pumpkin oatmeal pankcakes. What a wonderful start to the day.
I started making oatmeal pancakes way back when my husband and I were living in Germany. It was a recipe from one of my cousins and we both really loved them. The oats give the pancakes a fun texture, not to mention the added fiber. This was our little way of still having an American breakfast every now and then. We were thrilled to be able to find maple syrup, not always an easy task in Europe.
I decided to add some pumpkin and cinnamon to the oatmeal pancakes. Basically I completely redid the recipe, this is nothing like the original plain oatmeal pancake recipe I already had. They are indeed quite tasty. I love all things pumpkin and this did not disappoint, the boys certainly enjoyed them.
The hardest part is letting the batter rest for 30 minutes. It really does help them rise better and they are so fluffy. It is even harder to let it rest with two hungry boys hovering at the counter! I managed to occupy them for a few minutes by whipping up the cinnamon whipped cream to go with these pancakes. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
1 c. pumpkin purée
2 c. milk
2 Tbs. oil
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. old fashion rolled oats
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
few grates fresh nutmeg
2 Tbs. honey
1 pint whipping cream
1 Tbs. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
In a small bowl combine the pumpkin, milk, eggs and oil. In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutgeg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Gently stir in the honey, just until combined. Be careful not to overmix. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes.
While the batter is resting whip the cream for the topping, if desired. Once it is well whipped add the sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Set aside.
Pour about 1/4 cup batter per pancake on a hot pan or electric griddle set to 375 degrees. Let the pancakes cook until bubbles form all over the top, do not flip before then. After the first flip allow the second side to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Serve hot with maple syrup, honey, butter, cinnamon whipped cream..whatever your heart desires!
Yields one dozen 5 inch pancakes