The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and I’m spending my day writing about some emotionally harrowing stuff. I think this calls for comfort food.

My favorite meal of the day is breakfast, but that doesn’t mean that omelets, waffles, and pancakes need be pigeon-holed to the wee hours of the morning. Today I made pancakes for dinner. But not just any ole pancakes, I made Jamie Eason’s Pumpkin Spice Pancakes.

Jamie Eason is a fitness model and writer that used to contribute regularly to Oxygen, but is now one of the spokeswomen of Bodybuilding.com. I follow her on Facebook because she’s really great when it comes answering fitness related questions. She also posts a bunch of her recipes for homemade protein bars, and healthy versions of classic favorites. I had a can of pumpkin in my pantry and I figured I’d give these a shot. I’m glad I did. They don’t even taste healthy!

The recipe says it makes 10-1/4 cup of batter pancakes. I got twelve out of the recipe. Since I’m not looking to binge on pancakes tonight, I’m wrapping the leftovers up in Ziploc bags in sets of two, and voilà: instant breakfast for those days that I don’t feel like cooking.

 

Here’s the recipe from BodyBuilding.com:

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Calories: 64
Fat: 1.3 grams
Carbs: 9.5 grams
Protein: 3.5 grams
Sugar: 0 grams

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 2 tbsp Splenda, Truvia, or Ideal
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon (honestly, I think it’s too much cinnamon. I would cut the cinnamon in half in the future)
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened Almond Breeze

Directions:

  1. Preheat griddle to medium heat.
  2. Mix oat flour, Splenda, Truvia, or Ideal, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg in a bowl.
  3. Wisk egg whites and pumpkin. Mix in Almond Breeze.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
  5. Spray griddle with non-stick butter spray.
  6. Scoop batter with a 1/4 cup measuring cup onto griddle. Cook 3-5 minutes on a side.

Makes 10 pancakes.

Breakfast


Egg white omelet with asparagus and lite cheese
Grapefruit

Lunch


Grilled (albeit somewhat mangled) tilapia
Collard greens

Snacks


Chocolate whey protein with almond milk
Banana


Orange

Dinner


Pumpkin spice pancakes with maple syrup

Exercise: No exercise, writing, writing, writing.