I’m always surprised at what my kids will and won’t eat. Pumpkin cookies, muffins, cakes, waffles and pancakes are things they can’t get enough of. As the mornings before school become chilly, there’s nothing better to fill up their little bellies than with these Whole Grain Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes. They simply love them. And so do I.
When I first got married, I wanted to show my husband how well I could take care of him. Every morning I made a hot breakfast for us. He never was a fan of pancakes much until he ate the ones I made. He says that’s when his waistline started to grow. They were thick, hearty, fluffy and stick-to-your-ribs (or waist) good. It made me happy to feed him before sending him off to school or work. One of my fondest pancake memories is the morning when I was nine months pregnant with my oldest daughter and my water broke as I was flipping Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes. Good memories. :)
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 1/2 cup stoneground cornmeal
- 1/2 cup tapioca starch
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon each: cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and allspice
- 2 1/2 cups almond milk mixed with 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2–3 Tablespoons sweetener of choice (cane juice, sugar, agave, honey, maple syrup, etc.)
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed mixed with 6 Tablespoons water (or 2 large eggs)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup canola or melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the oats and all other dry ingredients into a blender. Cover and pulse until finely ground and mixed well.
- In a large bowl, whisk together almond milk, sweetener, flax seed (or eggs), pumpkin, oil and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and fold together using a large silicone spatula or wooden spoon. If the batter is too thick, add a little more almond milk.
- Heat a griddle and lightly oil. Ladle scant 1/2 cups of batter onto the griddle. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the edges are set and there are large bubbles on top. Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side. Repeat with all of the batter.
- Serve with butter or non-dairy butter and maple syrup. Makes about 16 six-inch pancakes.
Note: If you aren’t gluten-free, you can use wheat flour for the tapioca starch and brown rice flour and omit the xanthan gum. If you aren’t vegan, use dairy milk and eggs for the almond milk and flax seed.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: American