All About Pumpkins!

    Halloween is just around the corner and pumpkins abound on almost every front porch in our Denver neighborhood. With this healthy gourd on our mind, we came up with a few ways to incorporate pumpkin into your breakfast recipe repertoire. Read on to learn how you can make pumpkins part of a perfect fall morning.

    Pumpkin Pancakes at home
    Pumpkin Pancakes at home

    Pumpkin Pancakes

    We have our own secret pumpkin pancake recipe at Original Pancake House Denver, but here is a variation to try at home. Simply grind the oats with a blender or coffee grinder and combine with the remaining ingredients. Cook pancakes following the standard process and top with pecans and warm syrup!
    Ingredients
    ½ cup oatsl
    6 egg whites
    ¼ cup grams pumpkin puree
    2 tsp baking powder
    ½ tsp pumpkin spice
    Splash of vanilla extract

    Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

    This healthy fall recipe couldn’t be easier and tastes just like a fresh-baked pumpkin pie! Cook oatmeal according the package instructions. Once water is absorbed and oatmeal is nearly ready, stir in pumpkin puree and fall spices. Top your oatmeal with syrup, yogurt or toasted pecans.

    Ingredients
    1 cup steel cut oats
    1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1 large pinch nutmeg
    1 pinch cloves
    1/4 tsp cardamom
    2 Tblsp maple syrup
    Yogurt & toasted pecans (optional but delicious)

    Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait

    Another healthy fall breakfast treat, this parfait is guaranteed to be a family favorite! This recipe is so easy you could even make it for the family before work and school. Combine granola, pecans and crushed gingersnaps to make the parfait topping. Mix one half of the pumpkin spice with the yogurt and the other half with the pumpkin puree. Alternate layers of yogurt, pumpkin, and toppings and breakfast is ready!

    Ingredients
    1/4 cup low-fat granola
    2 tbsp. pecans, chopped/pieces
    2 gingersnap cookies, crushed
    1/3 cup 100% pumpkin puree (not pie filling!)
    1/3 cup. fat free vanilla Greek yogurt
    1/8 Tsp. pumpkin pie spice

    And of course we recommend you stop by Original Pancake House Denver for one of our favorite breakfast dishes and try Sara’s Pumpkin Pancakes! Ours are filled with rich pumpkin, molasses and fall spices, then topped with warm butter or fresh whipped cream. We can’t think of a better way to start the day!