Light and fluffy pumpkin pancakes perfect for any fall breakfast – or dinner!
My idea began with this creative everyday take on pancakes: Trix Pancakes from Shawn @ I Wash You Dry
But we don’t routinely have brightly colored cereal in our cupboard. So I tried to arrange Cheerios to make my pumpkin pancakes look like Jack-O-Lanterns:
Then I tried using Crisped Rice; but the pancake Jack-O-Lantern came out looking more like a scary skeleton:
(Not really the look I was going for.)
So I tried raisins with a little green stem – and the third time was a charm:
To make the green stem, I started with regular food coloring in a bit of pumpkin pancake batter. Now my kids eat very few food dyes. (Here’s a great article by fellow dietitian Sally @ Real Mom Nutrition if you have concerns about dyes.) But I do keep store-bought food coloring on-hand for birthday cakes and holidays.
However, by this time, my pumpkin pancake creative juices were running pretty high – so I tried doing a natural green food coloring for the stem. Frozen green peas ==> whizzed into a little batter provided the perfect hue. The peas were sweet enough that you couldn’t taste them. The trick to keeping them bright green is not to cook them – just defrost.
Lastly, because I was really having fun in the kitchen – and because not everyone wants peas in their pancakes – AND because I thought there might still be something to the cereal pancakes idea – I created Granola Pumpkin Pancakes.
Oh man – now this was #Winning
Cinnamon-spiced granola in slightly sweet pumpkin pancakes: My kids gobbled up the smiling Jack O Lantern Pancakes, while I did the same to the granola studded ones.
Do you add cereal to recipes? Everyone HAS to make them once a season: Pumpkin Pancakes – have you made them yet this year?
Some of our favorite pumpkin recipes that you may also like: