Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I’ve always loved breakfast foods from eggs, to pancakes to oatmeal. And I often like breakfast for dinner, especially if you need a quick meal, aren’t sure what to cook, or are on a budget. Eggs and oatmeal are some of the cheapest foods out there. So tonight was breakfast for dinner. Pumpkins mean fall, and fall is my favorite time of year. Plus, today the Baltimore Orioles are playing to clinch the American League East, and we’re an orange and purple town (Ravens). Since we are the only row home without the orange or purple (Green and Yellow, Duck’s all the way), the pumpkin is my homage to the Orioles. As I type this, we are leading 4 to 2 over the Toronto Jays.
Nutritionally, pumpkins are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, potassium and are low in calories. Plus delicious and the emergence of pumpkins means it’s fall. So it’s a celebration to cook with pumpkin. Pumpkins aren’t hard to cook on their own, however if you are time crunched you can buy canned pumpkin, but don’t buy the pumpkin pie in the can. If you do have time, bake your own as you can definitely tell the difference. For my pumpkin pancakes, I did use canned. This recipe is very similar to another that I make often, which uses banana as the fruit source instead of pumpkin. If you’re eating this for breakfast or dinner post workout, you might want to add more carbohydrates as this pancake only provides 15g.
Protein Pumpkin Pancake, Serves 1:
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 2 tbsp vanilla whey protein (or protein of your choice)
- Pumpkin pie spices-I just sprinkled some in. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, good choices are cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
- Heat a non stick skillet over medium heat, while you mix the pancake mixture
- In a bowl, beat 2 eggs. Add the pumpkin and whisk until smooth
- Add protein and spices and whisk again
- Add pancake mixture to the pan and wait till you see bubbles form. This take my stove 2-3 minutes. Gently loosen the edges of the pancake. When it feels firm enough to flip, gently flip. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes. My pancake took 6 minutes to cook, but depending on your stove, it could take fewer or more time.
- Enjoy by itself, crushed pineapple, or syrup. If you’re an athlete, having additional fruit or even syrup post hard workout could be beneficial.
Nutrition per Pancake:
- 285 calories
- 29g of protein
- 15g of carbs
- 12g of fat
- 4g of fiber