Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
This recipe and blog post comes from Noelle, a Registered Dietitian and author of Motherhood and Meals.
Fall is in the air and it’s time to make all things pumpkin! Pumpkin is a fantastic source of beta carotene, an antioxidant that works to reduce our risk of disease and can be converted to vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A is also important for bone growth, eyesight, immunity, and more.
When feeding children, it’s wise to aim for nutrient density in every bite. Whether you have a small eater, or a large eater with a fast metabolism, adding fruits, veggies, and sources of protein and omega-3 fatty acids to the foods your child already loves is a great way to boost their intake of nutrients.
These Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes are packed with nutrition from pumpkins, as well as Healthy Height Protein Powder and hemp hearts. Whether you make these pancakes as part of a weekend brunch or cook them in in bulk and freeze for an easy “school day” breakfast, you can serve them knowing that every bite is full of nutrition. If your crew really loves them, don’t be afraid to serve them year around!
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 package (about ½ cup) Healthy Height Vanilla Protein Powder
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. pumpkin spice (or an extra sprinkle of cinnamon)
- 1 cup Pure Pumpkin Puree (from the can or a baking pumpkin)
- 1 cup coconut milk (or alternate milk of your choice)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce or alternate fruit/veggie puree
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Mix all dry ingredients (flour, oats, Healthy Height, hemp hearts, baking powder, and spices) together in a bowl and set aside.
- In a separate bowl mix together all wet ingredients (pumpkin puree, milk, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract).
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together until evenly blended.
- Pour 1/3 cup portions of batter into electric or stove top fry pan on medium heat and cook on each side for 3-5 minutes until cooked through.
- Serve with your favorite pancake toppings such as yogurt, fruit, granola, sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, and/or nut butter.