Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Low-Fat Pumpkin Pancakes

Try them with low-fat Greek yogurt and raisins

What could be better than a hearty, delicious, HEALTHY fall breakfast?  A breakfast of the usual buttermilk pancakes + syrup can leave you hungry shortly after you've downed a stack because it's full of only simple carbs (aka no fiber or protein) . That's why I love weekend pancake makeovers. I hope this low-fat, fiber-rich, tasty recipe will leave you satisfied and in a happy autumn mood!

The Nutrition Rundown: 
  • Whole wheat flour for fill-you-up fiber
  • Applesauce subbed for butter to reduce fat and calories
  • A crowd pleaser!
  • Pumpkin for fall flavor and vitamin A (healthy skin and immune system!) 

Pumpkin Pancakes
Serves 4
(8 medium pancakes or 4 large)
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
2 Tbs raw turbinado sugar (white sugar works if you don’t have this)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 cup skim milk
¼ cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 Tbs unsweetened applesauce
1 large egg, beaten
Oil or pan spray

The recipe's nutrition facts
  1.  Combine all dry ingredients (flour through spices) in medium mixing bowl. Whisk together to combine.
  2.  In separate bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, applesauce, and egg.
  3. Fold wet ingredients into dry until well mixed.
  4. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat/Spray with cooking oil.
  5. One pan is pre-heated, pour ~1/4 cup batter per pancake onto pan for 8 pancakes, or ~1/2 cup batter for 4 large pancakes. Once top bubbles, flip and heat on other side.

Serve with butter and maple syrup or try with applesauce, Greek yogurt and raisins for something different!  

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