So I’ve been in a funk since Friday. It happens from time to time, but this one seems to be sticking around a few more days than normal. I haven’t been this depressed since high school and I’m generally just a snarky ball of angst. Saturday morning I woke up with a wild hair for pancakes, but my mood was not conducive to cooking, as it often is not when I’m in a bad mood, so I had left over beef stroganoff instead. Isn’t that an exciting breakfast?
I love pancakes, but nine times out of ten I’ll make waffles instead, because though I love them, I hate making them. All the dipping and turning and then dipping more and turning more gets old to me and fast! Once in a blue moon though I do make actual pancakes and yesterday morning, though I was still blue, I was feeling some better, so I decided we’d have pancakes and baked sausage for brunch.
Pumpkin is a fabulous flavor and makes a really great addition to pancakes. This version makes a very satisfying, fall treat that will quickly become a favorite. Toss in some chocolate and you’ve got the perfect breakfast time delight.
What You’ll Need:
2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 cup of organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1 cup of mashed pumpkin (Note: I use some that I roasted myself and had in the freezer, but you could use canned pumpkin if you liked.)
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of safflower oil
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
Chocolate chunks or chocolate chips (Note: I used some chopped milk chocolate that I had in the cupboard, but any type of chocolate will do. Dark chocolate would be particularly fabulous.)
In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, sea salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg until incorporated. Add remaining ingredients, except the chocolate and stir until batter forms:
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Spray pan with non-stick spray or brush with oil. Pour batter in circles on the heated/prepared pan or griddle:
After a minute or two add some chocolate chunks or chips and cook for another minute or so:
Don’t let them go too long, you don’t want to burn them.
Flip the pancake over once set and cook for an additional minute or two until done through:
How fabulous do those look?
Notes: You could leave out the chocolate if you preferred. You could also add in a chopped nut. Pecans or walnuts would be fabulous or maybe even a few raisins.