On Halloween, I observed as fellow teenagers gorged themselves on candy the way a zombie devours the finest flesh. The following day, I felt like the only human being walking through the halls amidst a mob of zombies, drifting slowly from class to class, sporting gray bags under the eyes and lifelessly opening leftover candy bars. Needless to say, I was totally awake and ready to learn on Friday. My secret? Well, there’s really two parts to it: 1) go to bed long before the witching hour and 2) don’t eat junk food. For several years now I have avoided the typical Halloween candy that’s packed with sugar and made with ingredients I can’t pronounce. Frankly, some of those candies are the scariest thing about Halloween.
Avoiding candy doesn’t have to mean avoiding sweet foods, however. I felt like a little not-so-naughty treat for breakfast on Friday, as a healthier alternative to the candy most other kids would be snacking on. Chocolate yogurt raisins would do the trick! In honor of fall, I chose to add pumpkin to my concoction. The real magic happened when I topped it all off with pure maple syrup. Melty chocolate, nutritious dried fruit, hearty pumpkin and sweet maple syrup all combined to form the perfect guilt-free day-after-Halloween pancake! With whole grain fiber, this pancake kept me awake and satisfied throughout the day, unlike certain candy-guzzling zombies who kept returning to the kitchen for more and more candy that afternoon.
Do you want a delicious and nutritious breakfast? Do you love the flavors of fall? Go ahead and make this pancake. Guaranteed to fuel you for a day of vigorous zombie-fighting!
Perfect Pumpkin Pancake for One
- 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp egg (I used egg substitute)
- 1 tsp pure organic maple syrup
- 3 tbls nonfat milk
- 3 tbls Libby’s Pure Pumpkin puree
- dash cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- 2 tbls Sunmaid brand dark chocolate yogurt raisins
- 1 tbl dried cranberries
- additional maple syrup to taste
Spray a small pan with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir. Add egg, 1 tsp maple syrup, pumpkin puree and milk. Mix well. Stir in the yogurt raisins and cranberries.
Pour batter into pan over medium heat. Cook pancake for a few minutes. Flip and cook the other side.
Remove from heat. Top with maple syrup.
Eating like a human never tasted so delicious!
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