When it comes to the holiday season, I'm all about comfort food and festive flavors. Yet too often it seems like the boundaries are pushed (I’m talkin’ to you, IHOP) and comfort food becomes some sort of sinister, diabolical, this-is-bound-to-give-me-diabetes-before-bedtime kinda levels…i.e.-
IHOP’s Red Velvet Pancakes topped with cream cheese icing
Denny’s Cinnamon Sugar Pancake Puppies (pretty much donut holes)
Panera Bread’s Caramel Apple Thumbprint Scone
And sure, come Christmas morning, I’m willing to gobble down a little gluten for nostalgia sake.
But I know if I indulge too much all season long, I won’t make it until New Year’s Day.
Moderation is the key to allowing jeans to fit all holiday season long.
And that’s why it’s so handy dandy to have such an effortless, 4-ingredient, festive breakfast/brunch recipe that would be a PERFECT brinner while decorating the Christmas tree or brunch while addressing Christmas cards, or as I frequently do, breakfast while online shopping.
Let’s get those eggs crackin, cause it’s Pumpkin Pancake time!
Pumpkin pancakes are no new creation in the culinary world.
I can remember having my first shortstack of them back in college when my friends and I would frequently dine at IHOP for dinner.
Ahhhhh, those were the days.
As a hardcore member of team pancake, I knew I just had to try those new pumpkin pancakes as soon as IHOP started advertising them.
And it sure was love at first bite.
Nowawadays, I still LOVE pancakes.
Just without the flour. And processed sugar. And other food items that do NOT belong in pancakes.
My pumpkin pancakes have only 4 ingredients. Yup, when counting how many ingredients you’d need on one hand, you have an extra finger to wiggle around in the air like ya just don’t care.
And how simple are these ingredients: eggs, canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, nondairy milk.
Add in a glob of melted butter or ghee or coconut oil and whatever doppings suit your fancy and you’ve got a protein+fat+fiber loaded breakfast, lunch, brunch, or brinner!
If you’re fearful about your pancake-flipping skills, here’s a few pieces of advice-
Now that you’ve got the skills down, all that’s left is to whip these bad boys up, top em with some deliciousness, and devour.
Want some creative topping ideas? I’ve got a few…
Of course, maple syrup, berries, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut, and bananas are always winners, too.
If you have little ones (or you’re just a really really really cool adult), you could totally make pancake snowmen or santas.
No matter how you or your family wants to top em, these kid-friendly, crowd-friendly, AND figure-friendly pancakes will be a winner for your family all year round!
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Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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