Early in September it felt like the seasons changed in Halifax overnight. For many people this is sad, but I love fall and everything that goes with it—apple picking, the fashions (hello boots and jackets!), cool evenings, colourful leaves, turkey dinners and, of course, pumpkins. It’s obvious that Starbucks controls me too much, but when I see their Pumpkin Spice Latte on the menu, I know fall has arrived. I told Mom last week that our blog would be nothing without a pumpkin food post. She argued that tomatoes were still in season, and it was too early for fall favourites, but if Starbucks and David’s Tea think it’s time for pumpkin, then I do too!
Recently I’ve been playing around with different pancake recipes. My favourite recipe so far has been a vegan and gluten-free banana pancake recipe. I decided pumpkin pancakes would be a simple first pumpkin meal of the season. I used a Martha Stewart recipe and made very few changes. Essentially, all I did was add extra pumpkin and change up the spices a bit. I also used King Arthur Flour’s Ancient Grains flour blend so I could convince myself the pancakes were healthy. The earthy taste actually ended up complementing the spices really well. I had mine with David’s Tea Pumpkin Chai, which is a fantastic black tea they only release in the fall. These were seriously delicious. I could barely resist eating them all while I took pictures. I froze the leftovers for quick toaster snacks. I also froze the rest of the pureed pumpkin in half-cup portions so I have many more pumpkin recipes to look forward to.
1 cup flour
1/4 cup ancient grains flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I added a little more)
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
6-8 tablespoons pumpkin puree
Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients together. Fold dry ingredients into wet. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium-low. Add ¼ cup of the pancake mix to the pan. Let each side cook for about 3 minutes.
|Olivia lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she enjoys making fast-but-good meals on a budget, and exploring new restaurants and recipes.|
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