Friday, 19 August 2011

Pumpkin Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

The other day, I made Chelsey's Fill Me Up Blueberry Pancakes. They were delicious, and indeed very filling, but presentation wise I messed up. Ever since, I have been craving pancakes. In part to prove to myself that I can make them look vaguely decent, but mainly because I just love pancakes.

Sadly, the blueberries in my fridge are all gone. But that's ok, because I've been craving pumpkin recently anyway. I know, I know, it's not pumpkin season yet, but with this weather it may as well be! Plus I have 7-8 tins of pumpkin sitting in the cupboard, and Liam gets a bit irritable when I start hoarding food so it will please him if I start using them up!!

So here it is - vaguely based on Chelsey's pancake recipe - as in, I used the same amount of oats and flour. Her recipe is vegan, gluten-free and quite healthy, not.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Chocolate Chips
(serves 1)
  • 30g plain flour
  • 30g oats
  • quarter tsp baking powder
  • cinnamon (I used half tsp)
  • ground ginger (again, I used half tsp but you could use more for a stronger flavour)
  • 1 medium egg
  • 60g tinned pumpkin (or a mix of pumpkin and milk - see 'edit' below)
  • 5ml oil, plus more for frying the pancakes
  • handful of chocolate chips (optional, but recommended!)
I used coconut butter and golden syrup (we're all out of maple, annoying!) but these would be great topped with anything!

EDIT: The second time I made these, I used 40g pumpkin, 20ml milk instead of all pumpkin, and it made a much lighter, fluffier pancake...I recommend!
Mix all the dry ingredients together (except choc chips), and then add in the wet ingredients and mix. The mixture should be quite thick - as in it wouldn't fall off a spoon easily.

Heat oil in a pan (important: wait for oil to get quite hot, that was one of the mistakes I made last time).

Add pancake mix to pan in 3 dollops. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the pancakes.

Once the pancakes are bubbling, flip them over (or when you think they're ready to be flipped - mine didn't bubble today as I think the mixture was a little too thick, not that I'm complaining). Try not to be put off by the lurid yellow colour of the underside!

Cook second side for a little bit (sorry not to be specific, I tend to cook whilst doing several other things so don't do exact timings, but probably only a minute or two more) and then serve.

These were very dense, which I loved, but I guess if you substituted some of the pumpkin for milk it might make them a little lighter.

Top with whatever takes your fancy - in this case coconut butter and golden syrup :)

Delicious! I'm so pleased these turned out so well! It's completely normal to go straight to your laptop to write a blog post after an exciting breakfast right?!! :-D

Pancake cravings subdued...for now! Good thing too as we're off to a food-filled wedding tomorrow, so I think I'll be needing a slightly lighter breakfast or I won't have room to fit all the later food in!

What is your favourite type of breakfast? And your favourite pancake variety? I love all breakfasts - porridge, smoothies, yoghurt bowls, pancakes, french toast...french toast usually wins as my indulgent breakfast, but I've been loving pancakes recently! I only started making American style pancakes since starting this blog - before that we always used to eat crepes with lemon juice and sugar, but I love all the extra variety you can make with big fluffy pancakes. I'd love to hear all your favourites to give me some more ideas!


  1. oooh yummy pumpkin pancakes!!

  2. Oh yum. They look delicious. Have bookmarked them x x

  3. Just read the last post: thinking of Izzy and hope she's doing well. She's obviously such a lovely girl, and that takes a lot for me to say as I am NOT a kiddie person at all.

    My favourite breakfasts are all my many green smoothie variations, although I have to say that chocolate cherry chia pudding with cacao powder sauce is my current obsession. I've never had pancakes for breakfast! It's the combination of needing to be GF and me being a hungry lazy beast in the morning so they always seem like too much effort. I'm sure double choc chip pancakes would be my favourite though, probably with PB on top ;) When I was a kid we always had British pancakes and I'd get through 3: one with banana/jam/vanilla ice cream, one with stewed apple and ice cream, and one with sugar/lemon. Yummers :D


  4. Lucy these are absolutely delightful looking!!! <3

  5. Yum! I can't wait for autumn to arrive. I hoard canned pumpkin, too! I have several cans right now (well, to be honest, probably 8 or 9 cans!), but just can't get into the idea of pumpkin right now whilst it is so HOT and humid outside here in NC. Pumpkin and choc chips are a fantastic combination!

    My boyfriend LOVES it when I make British pancakes. Thanks to a couple of years in London, I have the crepe-style, sugar and lemon juice thing down! :)

    (And when I lived there, no one even knew what American-style pancakes were. My friends were very dubious when I made them!)



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