oatmeal pumpkin pancakes

October 8, 2011

I bet a lot of you are sick of the pumpkin recipes already.

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And to that I say — you better not come back until March.

Okay, really I’m joking. I don’t want you to not come back until March. What I really want you to do is embrace the pumpkin. Like Nike says, just do it.

I woke up this morning wanting to celebrate. Nothing insanely important happened from 10 PM until 6 AM (aka: the hours that I slept) except for the fact that I actually slept through the night. Before you laugh at me because I in no way have any reason for not sleeping through the night, let me just explain to you something. For the last three Fridays I have no slept but for 3-4 hours. Apparently after my long runs, my body didn’t want to sleep. Fortunately for me, the 80 degree weather must have tuckered me out. I slept like a baby and didn’t so much move an inch for the entire 8 hours of sleep.

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Speaking of weather, you know how I said this past week has been so hot? I learned yesterday that Chicago’s winter outlook is not so great. Well, it’s pretty great if your husband relies on snow plowing in the winter… and if you are a fan of snow days. But other than that, it’s supposed to be the. worst. ever.

Bring on the snow! (not yet.)

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Back to these pancakes.

I made these last weekend, didn’t know if they would be any good, and then gobbled them up in three minutes flat. So this weekend, I had to wait until 6:56 AM to have them ready (a giant feat in my book) because that’s when the sun rose this morning. If that’s not dedication to you, my friends, I don’t know what is.

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Oatmeal Pumpkin Pancakes (serves 1)

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 5 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup oats, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 1 chia egg (1 tbsp. chia seeds mixed with 2 tbsp. water)
  • 2-3 tbsp. almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. agave (optional)

Directions: Start by making your chia egg. Mix 1 tbsp. chia seeds with 2 tbsp. water and set aside to gel (~5 minutes). In the meantime, using a food processor (a mini one works well for this!) grind 1/4 cup of the oats to a fine powder. Mix the ground oats with the other 1/4 cup oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Continue by adding your vanilla, pumpkin, almond milk, and chia egg (and agave if you want a sweeter pancake). Once the batter is mixed thoroughly, heat a nonstick griddle to medium heat. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, portion out three equal sized pancakes and cook for three minutes. Carefully flip the pancakes and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the pancakes set. Top with your favorite pancake toppings and enjoy!

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Look at those fat pancakes! The chia seeds were a great addition to the batter and really plumped them up.

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I promise no more pumpkin recipes for at least three days. (maybe)

{ 72 comments… read them below or add one }

Sweet and Savvy October 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

These look and sound AMAZING! I will definitely be trying This out! I’ve never cooked with a chia egg. How does it compare to a flax egg?

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cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

It just gives it a different texture – but using a flax egg will work just the same!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 8, 2011 at 8:23 am

I say bring on the pumpkin! Love that stuff. These pancakes looks fantastic!

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Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health October 8, 2011 at 8:25 am

Pumpkin is amazing! So don’t stop using it ;) . Those pancakes look fabulous!! And I really wish I had your photography skills. Actually I also wish I had a good camera haha…oh well

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Jenny October 8, 2011 at 8:25 am

do you think the recipe would work if I used 1/4 cup whole wheat flour and 1/4 cup oats? I’ll prob. end up using the 1/2 cup oats anyway, but I just like to be difficult :)

anyhoo.. these look wonderful!

oh! and congrats on the foodbuzz nommmmm!!! So proud of you :)

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cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

yes! It would definitely work! :) And thank you!

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Khushboo October 8, 2011 at 8:33 am

These look amazing- Saturday is officially pancake day (as is Wednesdays)! I seriously enjoyed my batch this morning! A fellow blogger was looking for pumpkin recipes so I commented with the link to your protein pumpkin muffin- hope you don’t mind :-)

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Felicia @ Natural + Balanced October 8, 2011 at 8:40 am

a little bit of pumpkin always goes a long way. even a teaspoon in coffee in the morning with spices. it makes me a happy girl every day :)

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Shannon @ Healthiful Balance October 8, 2011 at 8:46 am

Mhmm! These look really good!
I love making pancakes (especially on the weekends), and am always on the lookout for new recipes so this is great! :)

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chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files October 8, 2011 at 9:05 am

These look yummy! I have had oatmeal for breakfast every day for the past..I dont even know how long, but maybe I’ll give pancakes a try one morning! I love the idea of oats in pancakes

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Melissa October 8, 2011 at 9:13 am

I love pumpkin but…I haven’t bought any yet. GASP!! I know, it must be so sad to be me, somehow I forgot it last week!!!! It’s at the top of my list this week, and I’ll be sure to make these pancakes, mmmmm :)

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Lauren October 8, 2011 at 9:20 am

I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t like pumpkin. I’m totally on board with the pumpkin craze so bring the recipes on!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

these look delicious! I made pumpkin protein pancakes this morning (and actually made pumpkin oatmeal pancakes last week!). Not getting sick of pumpkin over here! ;)

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

Those look really good! I’ll have to try them out! And I heard about our weather outlook for this winter… Everyone promised me that last year was abnormally bad. This is just mean.

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cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

yes, last winter was abnormally bad – they’re saying this is going to be worse!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

lol…I’m guessing your read my guest post for Janetha. :)

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cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

how in the world did you know that reference was to you? :)

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

lol…the sad thing is – I totally had pumpkin in my yogurt this morning!! SO good! ;)

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CArrie (Moves 'N Munchies) October 8, 2011 at 9:29 am

YUMMY!!! these are so thick i love it!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

That’s what she said.

Sorry, I had to.

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CArrie (Moves 'N Munchies) October 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

ahhaahah well played.. well played

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 8, 2011 at 10:03 am

I just put pumpkin in my oatmeal for the first time this morning. Maybe these are next? :-)

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 8, 2011 at 10:21 am

Perfect way to start a Saturday. Plump and Pumpkin all into one breakfast :)
…. Just reading the word ‘snow day’ put joy into my heart. I hope that I’ll get a few of those this winter!

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katie October 8, 2011 at 10:51 am

I will never be sick of pumpkin, perhaps if I turn orange , then it might be different ; )

These look amazing!
Happy Saturday love and thank you for your vote, that means a lot to me <3

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cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

I’m already orange. Oh well! :)

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Jess @ Jess Go Bananas October 8, 2011 at 10:55 am

This is going to sound bonkers –I slept through the night too last night and I am such a terrible sleeper!

Pumpkin rocks! I have never met a person that doesn’t like pumpkin! :)

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Lindsay @ biking before bed October 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

If you are honestly taking a three day pumpkin break… I hope there are some apple or maybe squash recipes? And I admire your dedication:) Daylight savings will reward you soon so you can gobble up your breakfast a bit earlier.

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cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

Very true – and then it will be light again!

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nicole marie October 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

i read the title of this post and thought, “oh, gosh, not another stupid pancake recipe.” but then i looked at the photographs, and i literally said out loud, “wowwwww!”
1. these look ultra scrumptious.
2. i LOVE the trader joe’s organic maple syrup. LOVE. i eat it by the spoonful for dessert sometimes (cold!).
3. what is a good vegan substitute for the egg that you list in the recipe? i’d love to make these, but i don’t eat egg!
thanks for a fabulous looking recipe!!! xx

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cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2011 at 11:41 am

the “egg” is vegan – it’s a chia egg. You mix 1 tbsp chia seeds with 2 tbsp water. Or you could use a flax egg.

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nicole marie October 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

i’m so dense! :) thank you!!! you are a clean eating genius!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 8, 2011 at 11:39 am

Last night must have been a special night because I actually slept through the night too! I slept straight until 7 am, which is practically unheard of for me!

I love pumpkin oatmeal pancakes! I always make mine with egg whites, but I’m glad to know that a chia “egg” works too just in case I run out of egg whites.

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Amber K October 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

Pumpkin is something that is awesome when I crave it, I just crave it very rarely. But these look absolutely delicious!!

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Liz @ Something To Chew On October 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

This recipe sounds great! I’m a pumpkin addict …. keep those recipe’s comin! ;)

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

I don’t think I could ever get sick of pumpkin! Love it :)

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles October 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I’ll take all the pumpkin recipes I can get! I need to gobble it up while I can find it in stores.

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Alexia @ NamasteYoga October 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm

these pancakes look great! I actually made similar ones this morning, except i subbed millet flakes with oats. so yummy

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Candy @ Healthy in Candy Land October 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I am always thrilled to find new wheat-free recipes. And then you go and add pumpkin and just make my entire weekend. Yahoo! I am SO making these tomorrow morning.

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Lindsay October 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I just found your blog this past week and LOVE it! Already tried the protein pumpkin muffin and I think these are up for tomorrow!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Thanks, Lindsay!

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Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews October 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Yum! Those look incredible.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

They look perfect…easy, fall-inspired, vegan and GF. All in one. Great work girl!

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shea October 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

it looks delicious. :) i have had trouble sleeping the past few nights as well. maybe my late evening workouts?

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Brittany October 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Keep the pumpkin coming! These look awesome. Give me photography lessons?? I love all your pics:D

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elise October 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

if it was possible to “see the yum” in a photo, youve done it with these. mmmmm…chia seeds in baked goods are the best. i really think pumpkin tastes better in fall, btw. so good.

ps belated congrats on the foodbuzz award!! (i actually voted for you in a different category initially – so glad you are being recognized – regardless of the specific award) :)

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cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

That was a wonderful comment – thank you!

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats October 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

People have problems if they aren’t on board with the pumpkin. lol. :) These pancakes sound wonderful!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I am in NO way sick of pumpkin!!! I love it so much! And those pancakes look fantastic!

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Pure2raw twins October 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm

pumpkin pancakes are definitely on my list to make this fall!!! pumpkin is great for so many reasons :)

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life October 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm

OK, pumpkin pancakes sound like a MUST do. Pumpkin is so healthy for us – why not eat more of it, right??

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Paige October 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I’m just going to pretend I didn’t read that little tidbit about winter in Chicago this year, Chelsey, mmk? ;)

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Katelyn@ Foodie Goes to School October 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Is there something else that I can use besides chia seeds?! I don’t have any and want to make these!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2011 at 10:11 pm

flax egg!

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Emily October 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Well, I know what I’ll be making for breakfast tomorrow! My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. And, even better, it’s a super simple recipe. Major win in my book!

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foodie @ tastingspot October 8, 2011 at 10:55 pm

love your photos… these look amazing… will definitely try it out

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Beth Michelle October 9, 2011 at 2:19 am

Wow these look so so good. I love pumpkin!!! I love that this is super easy to make! Good luck with the Chicago winter!

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Kristin @ STUFT Mama October 9, 2011 at 2:22 am

Well those pancakes look delish! :) I’ve never tried the chia “egg” before. I’m going to have to try these pronto! :) If people are sick of pumpkin- they’re CRA-ZY!!! :)

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Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 9, 2011 at 6:43 am

Never…enough…pumpkin!!

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char @ char on a mission October 9, 2011 at 7:59 am

I would muuuuuch appreciate if you came over and made them for me for breakfast. Pancakes are my vice right now. Pretty please, with a cherry on top??

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Katie October 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

MMm, I need these in my face right now! Also…I love the chia egg. Have you found it any different than the flax egg? I’ve used both, but wanted to know if you like one better than the other.

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kathleen @ the daily crumb October 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

yum! looks delicious. accuweather has officially terrified me about this upcoming winter. worse than last? i can’t even imagine.

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Lisa October 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Just had these for lunch! DEEEEElish! Thank for the recipe!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

woohoo! So glad you enjoyed it!

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Sheelbeel October 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm

These look incredible but I don’t have any chia! Do you think I could use applesauce instead?

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cleaneatingchelsey October 12, 2011 at 5:57 am

I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure you could. It might give the pancakes a different consistency!

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Sheelbeel October 12, 2011 at 9:26 am

I’m debating between a flax egg and applesauce but I’ll let you know how it goes! Thanks for the help!

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Alexis @ hummusapien October 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I love single serving pancakes! Thanks for the recipe!

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Christine October 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

Hey Chelsey I have just recently started following your blog and I’m so glad I found it, you’re recipes are awesome. These were so good and since pumpkin is like my favorite they will be repeat offenders in my house, thanks for the great posts!

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Sam October 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Sounds amazing! Would it work if it I used a chicken egg instead of a chia egg?

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cleaneatingchelsey October 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I’m sure it would be fine!

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Gabby October 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

Just made these for breakfast- delicious!! Especially with Biscoff spread. You can throw pumpkin recipes at me all year long!

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Sharon December 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

Yum just made these!! So good and so filling. I don’t have a food processor, so I just used instant oats and it worked out fine. Thanks for a great recipe!

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