Invasion of the Pancake Eaters

Good morning everybody andΒ Happy Pancake Sunday!

As promised, I have the recipe for the Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes I whipped up during my visit to St. Louis last weekend.

Only, there was a bit of a problem…

In an effort to make a topping that was a bit “different”, I ended up with something, albeit delicious, that resembled a scene from my favorite television show.

See what I mean?

But it smelled so good. The aroma completely filled the house!

Then…all of a sudden, I heard a sound. A shuffle from the next room…

What could that be?

To my surprise, I was met by early trick-or-treaters!

I told them I didn’t have any candy, but since they were just the cutest little things, I was sure I could spare some of my pancakes.

But the one on the left didn’t like that idea much. I figured he must’ve been “hangry” and thus not in the mood for sharing.

Then I felt the tension in the room start to build.

Next thing I know, everyone’s getting all bent out of shape and looking at me with those “eyes”…you know the ones…all because Steve forgot to bring his hands with him!

I told them to relax…take a breath…I could easily cut them all a piece.

But it was too late…

They’d already called their friends!

And they took matters into their OWN hands…well, except for Steve.

Luckily, they got their fill in a matter of minutes and with full bellies, wandered out through the walls, the floors, the ceiling…

But I’m afraid they’ll come back…

Thirsty hungry for more!

So I guess I’d better get that recipe up quick, huh?

Of course, you could always go without the blood…

You know, if you’re too scared! πŸ˜‰

Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes with Cranberry “Blood” Syrup

By: Heather @Β Kiss My Broccoli

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Cook Time: 5-10 minutes

Keywords: fry breakfast high fiber low sugar pumpkin whole wheat pastry flour Pancake Sunday fall

Ingredients (Serves 1)

For the Cranberry Syrup

  • 1/3 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1-1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Pancakes

  • 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sodium-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 egg white*
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup chopped pecans


For the Cranberry Syrup

1. Combine cranberries and water in a small pot over medium-high heat and allow to come to a boil.
2. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and immediately whisk in cornstarch, mashing cranberries while you do.
3. Add maple syrup and cinnamon and allow to simmer until thickened (about 5 minutes)

For the Pancakes

1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium-sized bowl and whisk to break up any clumps.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk egg white until foamy.
4. Add milk, pumpkin, and extracts and stir well.
5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients (careful not to over stir)
6. Fold in chopped pecans.
7. Spoon batter onto skillet surface forming 3 small pancakes (or two larger ones) and allow to cook 4-5 minutes per side.
8. Top with warm cranberry “blood” (or any other spooktacular topping!)

*Note: Can use one whole egg if doubling…which is what I did with the original recipe. The consistency/taste stays the same.

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Nutrition facts pre-blood splatter:

To balance out this meal and add a bit more protein, feel free (like I did) to add some Greek yogurt to the top!

Now if you need me, I’ll be in my room…

Hiding under the covers.

Who knows what might happen if Steve comes back…WITH his hands!

Storytelling aids brought to you by Pic Monkey.

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22 Responses to Invasion of the Pancake Eaters

  1. katie says:

    Love the halloween style pancake post! Picmonkey is the best! I need to use it more!

    YOU are going to publish a pancake book, I just know it πŸ˜‰

    <3 xo

  2. Haha I love this! I even got a bit scared. πŸ˜‰

    Hope you’re having an awesome weekend Heather!

  3. Kendra says:

    Those pancakes look fabulous! And I love the “bloody” cranberry syrup–perfect for Halloween;) I was thinking about you as I made my first waffle creation this morning (that I posted about on my blog); I thought “If it turns out crumbly, I can just make a waffle-in-a-bowl like Heather did!” Though the waffle actually turned out well, I thank you for inspiring me to face my “fear” of the waffle maker;) I hope you have a lovely Sunday!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Yay!! So glad to be some inspiration…even though I’m a failed waffle whipper upper! πŸ˜‰ I have GOT to try yours…chocolate and mint? YUM!!

  4. I’m so glad you went with these pics! I loved the commentary, and I am appropriately scared in honor of the spooky holidays. πŸ™‚

    What you think are no-so-good pics would be award-winning for me. Hahaha! xo

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! Well, thanks for the inspiration love…you helped turned my needless photo stress into a night of giggling over my laptop! When I added the huge blood splatter overlay on that one pic, I literally burst out laughing! Lol

  5. kris says:

    hahah loving this halloween inspired pancake post! yum!

  6. I look forward to your pancake recipes every week!! I’ll have to make these next weekend!! I have never seen Dexter. I need to!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thanks gorgeous! But I’ll warn you when it comes to Dex…one episode and you’ll be sucked in forrrrrrrrrever! *insert evil laugh* πŸ˜‰

  7. Loving the blood sauce… you creative girl πŸ™‚

  8. omg heather … those graphics made me LOL. Love it.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Good! Glad to know I wasn’t the only one getting the giggles! I had so much fun with this…possibly too much! πŸ˜‰

  9. Helene says:

    Heather girl, you have done it again! I had to run out after reading your spookalicious (I love this word!) pancake recipe for my favorite fall ingredients, PUMPKIN, PECANS AND CRANBERRIES. OH MY – ALL IN ONE RECIPE! I can’t wait to have these for a meal this week (see I adore pancakes for dinner). I am drooling already!

    Actually I go to your Blog for so many scrumptious ideas and recipes that I consider you like a mentor on my road to healthier living. Th The peaches and cream parfait still makes me weep with joy. The Greek burgers and honey curried chicken salad – and so many others have become staples. I am grateful.


    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh Helene! I am sitting here holding my chest! You just MADE MY DAY…er, night…whatever! πŸ˜‰ Ahhh, if I could jump through the screen right now and hug you, I would! If there is anything I aim to do with this blog (besides the occasional laugh), it is to help people see that healthy living is all about perception. It doesn’t have to be hard, and it doesn’t have to taste like cardboard! I am so so happy that I’ve been able to help along your journey. And you’ve just given shout outs to some of my FAVORITE dishes! I really hope you like the pumpkin pancakes! Actually, if you’re as crazy for pumpkin, pecans, and cranberries as I am, I know you’ll LOVE them!

      I hope you have an amazing week…with plenty of pancake dinners! πŸ˜€

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