It's the first weekend in November that we've been home to enjoy the crisp, fresh, Fall air and so I took advantage to do exactly what should happen on a perfect Saturday morning: homemade brunch.
The tricky part about cooking anything when it comes to the hubby and I is that we eat completely differently. He's all about flavor, and I'm all about how healthy it is. My argument of course is that the two can, and do, go hand-in-hand.
However, when it comes to pancakes, he wants the old-fashioned flour, milk and sugar kind, while I'm left scouring Pinterest for a hemp seed, flourless, protein-packed version. And so today I ended up with a flavor face-off of pumpkin pancakes. I'm happy to report that BOTH were delicious!
Traditional Pumpkin Pancakes for Him:
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a separate bowl. Stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
|Pumpkin Pancake recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com|
Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes for me:
1/2 cup oatmeal
6 egg whites
1/4 cup pumpkin
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
a splash of vanilla extract
2 tbs hemp seed (optional)
1/4 cup crushed walnuts (optional)
Grind the oatmeal first by using a coffee grinder, magic bullet or a blender (I used my new Ninja blender, which worked amazing). Stir the rest of the ingredients all together.
Set a non stick pan to medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Cook each side for about a minute. Depending on the size of your pan it could make from 3 large pancakes to 5 smaller ones (which is what I did).
|Recipe courtesy of fit-fun-delish.com|
Like I said, both of these recipes were delicious. I would say 'his' were a bit sweeter (even before adding maple syrup!), and did have a very nice, spiced pumpkin flavor. I loved mine for the nuttiness of adding the walnuts against the sweetness of the pumpkin, and ended up topping with raspberry jam for a fruity kick.