Weeknight Dinner: Pumpkin Pancakes with Candied Pecans

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Stop. Judging. Me. If you’re asking me if I put chocolate chips in these, the answer is YES. Why would I NOT put chocolate chips in these? Don’t be ridiculous.

Before I tell you how to make these amazing pancakes, I need to talk to you about something. It’s fall. Basically my favorite thing on the planet. I’m not sure I love anything as much as I love pumpkins. And as such, whenever it becomes fall (or pretty darn close to it), I talk to Mr. Grumpy about nothing else but pumpkins. Pumpkin patches. Pumpkin carving. Pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin coffee. Pumpkin-scented candles. Pumpkin-colored sweaters. Pumpkin-colored football jerseys (Go Browns!), Pumpkin pancakes.

Now, this makes Mr. Grumpy very annoyed because he CLAIMS that I do not pronounce the word, “pumpkin” correctly. He seems to think I say, “punkin.” He also says my mother says it this way. I refuse to acknowledge his ridiculousness. Also, it’s a near-impossible word to say that many times correctly.

When I stumbled upon this recipe from Overtime Cook on Pinterest, I stopped dead in my pinning tracks. I had to eat them. And fast. Of course, I added candied pecans and chocolate chips and changed a few things to make them extra sweet – and then, we dug in to our stacks (with a side of bacon). Oh. my. god. These were so good, but I have to be honest – they were really filling. I could only eat half of my two-cake stack. Mr. Grumpy did eat the rest of my stack plus three more cakes… but we all know about his addiction to sweets.

Side Note: I had purchased caramel apples at the grocery store while buying the ingredients for this recipe thinking, “Oh! Perfect! This can be our dessert.” Then, after coming home, I realized that was a bit much. Don’t worry – they will be eaten soon enough.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (we used the Quaker dude’s)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Hot syrup

For the candied pecans:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 tbsp natural buttery spread (we use Earth Balance)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • Sea salt

First, let’s make the candied pecans. Over medium-low heat, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the pecans and stir to coat. Add the brown sugar and stir to coat again. Pour the pecans out onto a piece of parchment paper and let them cool (this was the kiss of death. I ran six miles and was SO hungry while I was making dinner that I literally ate half of these while I was making the pancakes).

Now, in a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Then, add in the remaining ingredients (except the hot syrup!) into the same bowl. Stir until it makes a batter. You don’t want it to be too runny – if it is, add a bit more flour. It should be slightly thicker than a cake batter but not as thick as a muffin batter.

Heat your griddle to 300 degrees. Spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Using a 1/3 measuring cup, pour your batter out into small circles. Let those cook. Usually pancakes will get little bubbles so you know when to flip them. This won’t happen here. So, instead just watch them. They’ll start to set a bit, and that’s when you should flip them. It will take about 6 minutes on each side.

Stack up the finished pancakes and cover them with about 1 tbsp each of candied pecans. Drizzle with hot syrup and GET READY FOR THE BEST DINNER EVER!  


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