Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cup lowfat (1%) milk or unsweetened nondairy beverage
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa*
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin purée and egg.
  3. Pour milk mixture into flour mixture and stir until evenly mixed.
  4. Stir in quinoa. Set batter aside to rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Oil a cast-iron griddle or large nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat until hot. Ladle a heaping 1/4 cup of the batter onto the griddle and cook about 5 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
  6. Flip and cook 3 to 4 minutes longer, or until pancakes are cooked through. Repeat with remaining batter and serve warm.

*Use precooked frozen quinoa or cook from scratch by rinsing 1/2 cup quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, drain and transfer to a small pot. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork. Measure out 3/4 cup cooked quinoa and refrigerate or freeze the rest for a salad or a second round of pancakes.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: Serving size: 2 pancakes, 180 calories (40 from fat), 4.5g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 40mg cholesterol, 480mg sodium, 29g carbohydrates, (4 g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 8g protein.