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Eight Great Pumpkin Pancakes for Halloween

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Eight Pumpkin Pancakes to Choose From!

Pumpkins have become a symbol of Halloween and Samhain. Say “Halloween” and the image of a glowing jack-o-lantern comes to mind; or maybe pumpkin pie. In my family a plate of pumpkin pancakes come to mind because it became a tradition to eat them on Halloween morning. My son was born on Halloween and each person gets to pick their breakfast for their birthday. My son chooses pumpkin pancakes each year and I don’t mind a bit!

The bright orange skin of the pumpkin tells us that pumpkins are chock-full with the antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body and during that conversion it performs many important functions in your overall health. This includes reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancer and protection against heart disease as well as other health benefits. So, not only is it an emblem for the holiday, it’s good for you too!

With each year we have had many health issues arise and met many people with different dietary needs. I went on a search for the best tasting pancakes so all my friends can join in our tradition and have the best pancakes for Halloween. Whether Quick and Easy, Whole Wheat, Vegan, Gluten-free, Low Carb, Fat-free/ Low-Sugar, Gourmet or Frugal; you will definitely find one that you like. At the end of the article is eight different ways to serve your pancakes. 
Quick and Easy Pumpkin Pancakes
 The Quick and Easy Pumpkin Pancake recipe is great for those who shy away from lots of ingredients, don’t have time to make something more in depth or just want to keep it simple.

You will need:2 cups of your favorite pancake mix. I use Bisquick.

1 egg, beaten 1 ½ cups of milk (you can use soy or nut milk) ½ cup can pumpkin ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg 1) Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.

2) Pour a ½ cup full onto a skillet heated to med/high.
3) Flip when bubbles start to form and cook until golden brown.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

These whole wheat pumpkin pancakes are great for my friends who are trying to add more whole grains to their diet.

You will need:

1 cup Whole Wheat flour

½ cup cake flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground nutmeg

1 cup buttermilk (or regular milk)

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

2 eggs

2 Tbsp oil (vegetable, canola or corn)

1 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp dark brown sugar

1) Mix all the ingredients from whole wheat flour to the ground nutmeg in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix all the ingredients from milk to brown sugar

2) Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend until just blended. It’s okay to have lumps.

3) Drop by the ladle full (or 1/2 cups worth) onto a skillet heated on medium/high heat and lightly oiled.

4) It’s ready to turn when the edges look a touch dry and small bubbles form on the surface. Remove from skillet when they are golden brown.

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

For those vegans who thought they’d never have delicious pancakes again… this is for you!

You will need:

½ cup pureed pumpkin

½ cup yellow cornmeal

½ cup unbleached flour

¼ cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp grated orange peel

2 tsp finely chopped candied ginger (optional)

¼ cup water

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

¾ cup vanilla soymilk

1) Combine the pumpkin puree with the dry ingredients.

2) Mix water, oil, soymilk and add to the pumpkin mix. Beat until smooth

3) Heat griddle or pan and oil lightly.

4) Pour in ¼ cup batter and cook until bubbly then turn.

5) Remove when golden brown and slightly firm to touch.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

For those of my friends with celiac disease, this is a great recipe and tastes wonderful serves with maple syrup.

You will need:

½ cup sorghum

½ cup rice flour

¼ cup tapioca flour

 

 

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