Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes

Every year I look forward to fall more and more. Cooler temps, boots, football, changing leaves, soups, and pumpkin, especially pumpkin. Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cupcakes....you name it, anything with pumpkin is sure to please. But let's be honest, one can't make a stop at Dunkin Donuts every morning for one of their pumpkin donuts. Ok, one could, one might even want to, but it would not be conducive to preserving one's waistline. So what is one to do?


Last fall I discovered this recipe for pumpkin spice protein pancakes. They're super easy to make, super healthy and loaded with protein, and even better, they really quite tasty. Turns out, you CAN have your pumpkin spice goodness and eat it, too.

When I make this recipe, I triple it for two reasons. 1. It uses up the whole can of pumpkin so none goes to waste. 2. These actually freeze really well so I divide them up into freezer bags and I'm set for breakfast for a few weeks.


Ingredients: 
1 scoopProtein powder
1/2 cupPumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 tspCinnamon
1/2 tspBaking powder
2Egg whites
1/2 cupOats
1/2 cup+ 2 tbs water
3-5 pktsStevia (or 1/2-1 tbs sweetener of choice)

Directions: 
1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Heat a skillet or griddle on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Measure out 1/4 cup of the pancake batter on griddle and flip when bubbles appear on top and edges look cooked.
3. Eat up and enjoy!

You can use a low sugar syrup with these or just eat them plain, which is what I do, because they're that good! If you decide to try out this recipe, let me know what you think!

Do you have any pumpkin recipes that you enjoy?

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