Friday, February 08, 2013
We love pancakes around here. I adjust my diet one day each weekend to ensure I have the calories (and carbs/sugar!) to spare for one weekend morning indulgent breakfast (we also go out for Sunday breakfast once a month). It works for me. But I'm always looking for ways to ease the diet-hit that comes from those delicious treats. Up until now, my favorite has been apple pancake rings -- make pancake batter (we're lazy and usually use bisquik), core an apple and slice into rings (slicing horizontally). Dip apple rings into pancake batter until lightly coated, and cook like a pancake. They are delicious. I usually toss in some cinnamon or apple pie spice.
Today, I wanted to use more of the pumpkin I opened earlier in the week and hunted for a pumpkin pancake recipe. I found and tried this one: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com
I made surprisingly few modifications. I made a half recipe but accidentally added the full amount of baking powder. I also used 1% milk instead of buttermilk and added a bit more than what the recipe called for. I also changed the cinnamon/clove/nutmeg mixture to pumpkin pie spice -- maybe using twice as much as the total of the three. Finally, for the last six pancakes, I tossed in a couple tablespoons of mini-chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. My half recipe made 15 pancakes. They were very moist with not a super-strong flavor -- I might add additional pumpkin pie spice next time. I found four satisfying, half plain and half with a smear of honey. It was about 200 calories. I also had soy sausage. It was a great breakfast!!