These fluffy, healthy pumpkin pancakes are laced with hearty oats and warming spices. Since they are made with oat flour, they are gluten free! Note that these pancakes should be cooked low and slow—use a lower temperature than you would with other pancakes so that the insides of the thick batter get nice and fluffy, but the outsides don’t get overdone. Recipe yields 7 to 8 medium-sized pancakes.
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup milk of choice
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter), melted
1 tablespoon lemon juice (about 1 small lemon, juiced)
1 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup oat flour (see notes for how to make your own oat flour out of old-fashioned oats)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
In a small mixing bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, milk, coconut oil, lemon juice, maple syrup and vanilla. Beat in the eggs. (If your coconut oil goes back to its solid state like mine did at this point, just warm the mixture for short 20 second bursts in the microwave, stirring between each, until it is melted again.)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. With a big spoon, stir just until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened. Do not overmix! Let the batter sit for 10 minutes.
Heat a heavy cast iron skillet/non-stick pan over medium-low heat, or heat an electric griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil the surface of your pan with coconut oil, butter or cooking spray. If you’re using a non-stick electric griddle like mine, you might not need any oil at all.
Once the surface of the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on it, pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan. Let the pancake cook for about 3 minutes, until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the cake.
Once the underside is lightly golden, flip it with a spatula and cook for another 90 seconds or so, until golden brown on both sides. You may need to adjust the heat up or down at this point.
Serve the pancakes immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven.
Recipe adapted from my banana oat pancakes recipe. Gluten-free oats: Be sure to purchase certified gluten-free oat flour or certified gluten-free old-fashioned oats if you need these pancakes to be gluten free. To make oat flour: Pour one cup of old-fashioned oats (do not use quick cooking oats!) into a food processor and process until it is ground well. One cup before and after grinding measures just about the same, believe it or not! That’s a fun little tip I picked up from the King Arthur cookbook. Preparation tips: This whole grain batter is thicker than most, so it’s more difficult to gauge when the pancakes are ready to flip. I learned that it’s easier to go by the timer: set it for for 3 minutes for the first side, then flip and wait another 90 seconds for the other side to finish. The time will vary depending on your temperature setting, but that’s about the time it should take for pancakes that are fully cooked and golden on each side. Freeze it: These pancakes freeze well. (I’ve never met a pancake that doesn’t.) Update 10/6/13: Thanks to your feedback, I have reduced the amount of pumpkin from 1 1/4 cups to 1 cup. My pancakes came out great with the initial amount, but I’ve tried it again with the reduced amount and believe that it will yield more consistent results.
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