Today, I’m sharing a Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancake recipe for this week’s Food Network Fall Fest event where Pumpkin is being featured. Each week through the fall season, a group of talented bloggers will be featuring a recipe using fresh fall produce that’s in season.
It’s that time of year when I crave sweet treats made with pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Pumpkin Coffee Cake, Pumpkin Donuts, Pumpkin Spice Coffee Chocolate Marble Cake, and Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread have all been on my mind lately.
I’ve also been dreaming of making pumpkin pancakes for my kids the last couple of weeks, but didn’t have the chance to try them until they were off from school one day. During the school week, I’m just not in the mood to whip up a batch of pancakes at six o’clock in the morning, and on the weekends, the boys have their sports activities at all different times.
It’s been a while since I made Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes for breakfast, so I had to sit down for a few minutes to think through how to make these Pumpkin Spice Pancakes. To make these on the healthier side, I used half ground oats, brown rice flour and some tapioca starch. For some sweetness, I added maple syrup and mini chocolate chips to the batter. Flavored with pumpkin spice mix and a touch of vanilla, these were so good that I found myself chomping down on three of these pancakes! Now I know why I don’t make pancakes very often.
These pancakes were some of the most tender pancakes I’ve eaten. They’re not of the fluffy variety, but they are so good. The first time I made these pancakes, I did not use any lemon juice. But, after reading a little about baking soda and baking powder, I was reminded that acid (lemon juice, yogurt, buttermilk) activates baking soda (alkaline) when mixed in the right amount, producing larger batter bubbles. Remember that the volcano experiment from science class when your teacher mixed baking soda with vinegar?
Often, recipes for pancakes, muffins and quick breads include both baking soda and baking powder because baking soda alone doesn’t give enough rise – baking powder gives the recipe a little more lift. Used in combination, you also get more flavor (from the acid) and golden brown pancakes (from the alkaline environment).
Just this past weekend, I made another batch of these Pumpkin Pancakes, this time adding lemon juice in addition to the yogurt, which resulted in a slightly fluffier pancake (sorry we gobbled that batch up before I could get any pictures). The pancakes also developed a nice browned and slightly crunchy exterior.
Like I said, these Pumpkin Pancakes are fantastic as is, but my inner geek still wants to experiment with the amount of acid, baking soda and baking powder to see if I can come up with a fluffier version. No complaints from any of the kids or my husband – they loved them!
Be sure to check out the following recipes from all my friends participating in this week’s Fall Fest!
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Chez Us: Pull Apart Pumpkin-Pecan Bread With Maple Bourbon Frosting
And Love It Too: Vanilla Pumpkin Swirl Cake With Vanilla Palm Sugar Glaze
Haute Apple Pie: Creamy Pumpkin Penne With Italian Sausage
HGTV Gardens: Garden-to-Table: Pumpkins
From My Corner of Saratoga: Chocolate-Pumpkin Cake
Made By Michelle: Pumpkin Scones
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted Pumpkin and Black Bean Stew With Chorizo and Pepitas
Devour: 5 Delicious Ways to Use Pumpkins After Carving
Virtually Homemade: Pumpkin Pancakes With Maple Cream and Candied Vanilla Pecans
The Heritage Cook: Gingery Pumpkin Mousse With Whipped Ginger Cream
Thursday Night Dinner: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie
Cooking With Books: Pumpkin-Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Feed Me Phoebe: Roasted Pumpkin Wedges With Chili, Lime and Cotija
FN Dish: Primping Up Pumpkin
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