cran-apple pancakes with pumpkin walnut spread

October 9, 2010

Everyone looks forward to Saturday mornings for different reasons. For me, it’s all about the pancakes. Most Saturday mornings, I look forward to being able to create some kind of pancake that will make me wonder why I had been living the majority of my life not eating pancakes.

This morning I went through the usual thought process: pumpkin pancakes? No.. that’s too pumpkin-y (I wanted to incorporated pumpkin into my lunch as well), peach pancakes? No… I would have to defrost peaches. Apple Pancakes? Okay… getting closer. How about cran-apple pancakes? I think we have a winner!

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Cran-Apple Pancakes

  • 1/4 cup GF flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free)
  • 1/4 cup GF Oatmeal (Bob’s Red Mill again…)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup almond milk (depending on what consistency you’re going for)
  • 1 tbsp flax seed meal
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • handful of cranberries
  • 1/4 honeycrisp apple, diced
  1. Mix your dry ingredients in a small bowl until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Next, add your vanilla and almond milk and stir, stir, stir!
  3. Add your cranberries and apple.
  4. Heat a skillet to medium high heat — make sure you spray your skillet with cooking spray before you heat it!
  5. Drop three medium sized portions of the pancake batter onto the heated skillet. Heat approximately 3 minutes per side.

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Don’t the pancakes look delicious?

What’s that I hear? You want to know what’s sandwiched between each pancake? Well… let me tell you.

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Pumpkin Walnut Spread

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp walnut butter
  • dash of vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a microwave safe mug or bowl. Microwave on high heat for approximately one minute. Stir until smooth. Top your pancakes with this delicious spread!

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I am not joking you — I sear I was eating pumpkin pie when I was eating this topping straight from the mug. It is to die for.

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After breakfast, I did some laundry and just really lounged around for a while. Then, I put on some running clothes and ran an easy 3 miles. I’ve been feeling so sluggish lately while running, so I didn’t want to focus on how horrible I felt. I went out there with no expectations on how I would run — I just wanted to enjoy myself. I took it nice and easy and actually had a pretty nice run overall.

After I ran, I took some time to go to the store for some items I cannot get at the farmer’s market this afternoon. Then, I set out to bake in my brand new apron!

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Sorry for the armpit shot — It’s hard taking pictures of yourself! However, notice the tank top? What’s up 80 degrees on October 9!!!

I bought this apron with a CSN Stores gift card I won from Michelle a few weeks ago. It took me FOREVER to decide what I was going to use the gift card on! I am definitely happy with my purchase.

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I’ve been baking for a few hours now, and I promise I will do a post about how I prep/spend my Saturdays in the kitchen! For now though, it’s time to go enjoy a few of my creations!

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Recipes to come!

Question: How do you like to spend your Saturday mornings?

PS — The winner of the Artisana Nut Butter  is Helen! This winner was chosen with a Random Number Generator, and until I can figure out how to show a print screen on it, you’ll just all have to trust me! :)

Congratulations Helen! Please get in contact with me via e-mail so I can have Artisana ship out your prize!

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