While one can claim that pumpkins are reserved for Fall, probably because they are oftentimes associated with Thanksgiving, they should definitely become a winter favorite! Besides the very obvious reason, they are YUM, there are quite a number of other reasons why pumpkin pancakes should become a winter staple recipe at your household.
Pumpkins and Pancakes
Prior to going into the details of why pancakes made with pumpkins are ten times better than any other pancakes, let’s see some of the nutritional values of pumpkins.
They are a great source of beta-carotene, vitamin A.
Contain great quantities of Vitamin C.
They are 92% water!
This means that pumpkins will keep your eyesight sharp (vitamin A), help you lose weight, and due to the fact that they contain beta-carotene, they are also great for the skin. And the vitamin C will ensure a better immune system, just what you need in the cold winter days.
Now, Why Pumpkin Pancakes?
The very reason why one would eat hotcakes lies in the fact that there are so many delicious pancake recipes, and basically you can think of an ingredient and be sure there is a pancake recipe for it! As to why pumpkin pancakes here are a few reasons:
First of all, pancakes like these can be prepared without flour. The texture of the pumpkin together with some pumpkin or vanilla flavored Greek yogurt will allow for your hotcakes to be as fluffy and soft as they would be if you used regular flour.
Second, you can easily change the whole milk with a healthier variant whose flavor complements that of the pumpkin. Almond milk is my favorite! (But use any other non-dairy variant up to taste)
Third, pumpkins get sweeter once they are baked, so there is no need to add any extra sugar, or if you are a real sweets lover you can use stevia or a tablespoon of honey.
Last, but not least, you can add flaxseeds. A great gluten-free ingredient for persons with gluten intolerance. The outcome of a combination like this would be slightly denser than regular hotcakes, but nevertheless, they will be tasty and soft!
Toppings to Complement Pumpkin Pancakes
The fact that all of the pancake recipes that include pumpkin make use of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, or the famous pumpkin pie spice makes these hotcakes a great base to add as many toppings as you can think of.
But maybe the best choice would be opting for nuts. Regardless of whether they are hazelnuts or walnuts, pecans or almonds, you can’t go wrong. Make sure you roast them first, and then add them on top of your yummy hotcake stack.
An alternative to nuts are seeds, pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, and sunflower seeds make a great crunchy topping to be added on your pumpkin based hotcakes.
Drowning the pancakes in maple syrup is not really the healthiest way to go about, but you can also use honey or the simplest topping ever, a slice of butter. In case you are not convinced that pumpkin pancakes are the best choice for you, there are many more pancake recipes you can choose from.