Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes With Maple Pecan Syrup


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Loving the use of pumpkin lately. It's one of my all time favorite Fall ingredients. Pumpkin is a very versatile, and I love using it in soups, desserts, and breads. Today I am using it in whole wheat pancakes for the family with a sweet maple pecan syrup! Lately I've had an addiction to maple syrup, so these pancakes are just another great excuse to use it! Trying to limit the amount of white flour as well, so I swapped it out for whole wheat flour and added a little oatmeal for heart healthy nutrition. My almost two year old son will be eating these as well, and he can be a picky eater, so I try to sneak in good, wholesome ingredients when I can. He doesn't even taste the difference!

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oat flour (grind oats in food chopper)
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/4 cup milk ( your choice)
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (or make your own here)
1 egg beaten
butter for cooking

Maple Pecan Syrup

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 tbsp brown sugar

Directions for Pancakes

In a large mixing bowl add whole wheat flour, ground oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix together and set aside. In another bowl, add your sugar, beaten egg, pumpkin puree, and milk. Mix until blended. Next add your wet pumpkin mixture to your flour and oats. Blend until well mixed but not overly smooth. Let sit for 15 minutes. This will allow your pancakes to be fluffier.

Meanwhile for your Maple Pecan Syrup...

In a medium sauce pan, add butter, brown sugar and pecans, cook on medium low for 2-3 minutes an stir to coat. Next add your maple syrup, and cook just until warm. Set aside until ready to use.

Now that your pancake mix has been sitting, and your syrup is ready to go, you may start cooking your pancakes. Add some butter to a pan on medium, at least a teaspoons worth. Drop pancake mixture with a ladle or ice cream scoop and let cook until small bubbles appear. Flip over and cook until pancake is ready. This should only take a couple of minutes. You may also make them into silver dollars, or 8 large pancakes like I did. Serve right away and top with warm maple pecan syrup, Enjoy!

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Skillet Eggs in Fresh Tomato Sauce

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Summer is gone and Fall is here, although I still have some beef steak tomatoes growing in my garden. I thought I would put them to good use by making a special egg dish that my mother makes for dinner, yes that’s right dinner! I love breakfast for dinner , however this egg recipe feels more like a dinner then something you would eat at breakfast. I know I’m confusing you! It’s truly delicious, low carb, and once you make it, I promise you will make is again and again. My fresh garden tomatoes really made this dish pop with flavor, and of course a little cheese makes everything taste good!

Ingredients

2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small red onion, sliced thin
2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
3 large garden steak tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
6 eggs
fresh basil
extra Parmesan cheese for sprinkling

Directions

In a large pan add olive oil, red onion, and fresh garlic. Cook on medium low until onions are softened. Add chopped tomatoes, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Cook until tomatoes are broken down, and turning into a thick sauce. Lastly crack your 6 eggs right on top of your tomatoes and cover on low until eggs are done. Cooking time can vary. If you like your eggs softer, cook for less time. If you prefer your eggs completely cooked and harder, keep the lid on until you achieve that. It only takes a few minutes, so keep an eye out. Once your eggs are to your liking, top with some fresh basil and more Parmesan cheese! This egg dish pairs well with a savory waffle, some good bread, or even a side of rice. Enjoy! Serves 3.

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars


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Hello everyone! It's been months since I have posted. Life has been very busy, and I have been missing posting my recipes. I am back and have some Fall recipes to share with you! I don't know about you, but when the air gets cooler, and Fall seems to be creeping up, I get in the mood for anything pumpkin! Those crisp mornings where you want a hot cup of coffee and a delicious treat to go alongside it. Well I made a granola bar that is full of Fall flavors, and scents. Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars to be exact. First let's talk about pumpkin. Most people use pumpkins for pies, breads, soups, or for spooky carvings at Halloween. Did you know that pumpkin provides us with vitamins A, C and E, is rich in minerals, and has powerful antioxidants? It has a high fiber content, and can help with weight loss and lowering cholesterol too. Pumpkin seeds alone are a healthy, and nutritious snack, and add a nice nutty flavor to many dishes. Last year I bought a few pumpkins, baked them, and made my own pumpkin puree. Here is the recipe. This year, I am using canned pumpkin because the pumpkins aren't out yet! I can't wait.
This granola bar recipe is slightly chewy, full of fiber, not too sweet, but very filling. They make a great grab and go snack for the whole family, and you can feel good that you opted to make your own versus store bought granola bars loaded with unhealthy ingredients. Hope you enjoy them!

Ingredients

3 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree ( I used Trader Joe's)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried raisins
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray such as Pam.
In a large bowl, toss together oats, ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, blend your brown sugar, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and vanilla until well combined.
Pour your wet ingredients over the oats mixture, and mix well until the oats are completely moistened.
Next add your pumpkin seeds, raisins, and sunflower seeds. Press the mixture firmly into your 8x8 prepared pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown, and firm. Let your granola bars cool slightly before cutting into them, about 5-10 minutes. You may cut your bars into whatever size you prefer. You should get about 16 bars out of this recipe.

Some suggestions...You may replace raisins for cranberries, or any dried fruit you like. You may also add nuts for extra crunch and flavor. You can store your granola bars in an airtight container and keep frozen if you don't plan on eating them within a week or so.

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