Pumpkin Oat Pancakes (gluten free)

Recipe adapted from Onelovelylife.com
These pancakes are wholesome and delicious and gluten free!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (see below what to do with the leftover pumpkin puree)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

  1. Start by blending the oats into an oatmeal flour. Put oats into your blender and puree until a fine powder.
  2. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt and pulse to combine.
  3. Add milk, pumpkin puree, eggs, syrup, butter/ghee/coconut oil cider vinegar, vanilla, cinnamon. and nutmeg. Puree 20-30 seconds, or until combined.
  4. Let mixture rest for about 5 minutes while you heat a large skillet over medium heat. Grease the skillet with a little extra butter/ghee/oil or nonstick spray.
  5. Scoop batter into skillet (I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup for this). Cook 3-5 minutes, or until bubbles form on the surface. Flip pancakes and cook another 1-2 minutes or until cooked through. Repeat with remaining batter.

Note: Different stovetops and pans conduct heat differently, so even if you use a cast iron pan like I did, your stove may have a different level of heat than mine. A few things can help with this: If you find your pancakes are cooking (or even burning) on the outside before the middles are done, you can turn the heat down on your stove to allow more time for the middles to set. The other thing you can try is to thin out the batter with a little more milk so that your pancakes won’t be quite so thick (and will cook through easier).

What to do with the leftover pumpkin puree?: You’ll have just enough leftover in the can to make a loaf of Ultimate Pumpkin Bread, Healthy Pumpkin Oat Refrigerator Muffins, Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding, Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, or my favorite, Pumpkin Cupcakes.


Vanilla Custard Oatmeal

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water, milk, oats, and salt to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and cook until hot.
  3. Meanwhile, beat an egg and temper it by adding a bit of the hot oatmeal into the bowl with the egg and mix well. Add a bit more hot oatmeal to the egg and then pour the egg mixture into the pot with the oatmeal.
  4. Once oatmeal has reached desired consistency after at least 10 minutes, remove from heat, stir in vanilla and butter, and let stand 2 minutes before serving.
  5. I like to top mine with a chopped date, pecans or walnuts, brown sugar, and a drizzle of cold milk.

Oatmeal Pancakes (Gluten Free)

My son was 6 years old the first time he tried these and asked why we were having dessert for breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 carrot (optional)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (or any flour)
  • 1/4 cup flax meal (optional)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a high speed blender, liquefy the carrot and milk. Pour the milk into a bowl and stir in the oats. Let sit for 20 minutes or overnight.
  2. After 20 add eggs, vanilla and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Mix the two bowls together. If the batter seems too thick, add milk – one tablespoon at a time – until the consistency is pourable.
  5. Heat a greased griddle or cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Use the back of a spoon to help spread the pancake so it’s not too thick.
  6. Cook until bubbles appear on top. Flip and cook the other side until lightly browned.
  7. Note: These pancakes tend to brown quickly. Adjust the heat as necessary. You may need to lower the heat and cover the pan if they seem to be browning too quickly.

Overnight Baked Oatmeal

Adapted from Amish Baked Oatmeal.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
  2. Whisk in butter and milk. Stir in the oats and fold in the blueberries.
  3. Pour into a greased, 9×9 inch baking dish.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. The next morning, bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  6. Serve hot with cold milk poured over.

*To increase fiber – Use 2.5 cup oats, 1/4 cup oat bran, 2 T flax, 2 T wheat germ.


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies or Bars

Makes about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350-F. note to self: try 410
  2. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
  5. Stir in the oats and raisins; mix well.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.

For bars: Bake 30-35 minutes in ungreased 13 x 9 inch metal baking pan.

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350-F. Grease a 13×9 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Add sugars to a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixture.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan, stirring constantly until golden.
  4. Add the butter to the bowl with the sugar and stir. Allow to cool slightly.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla and stir well. Stir in the oats and salt.
  6. Place a fine mesh sieve over the bowl and add flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix until just combined.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  8. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Healthy Pumpkin Oat Refrigerator Muffins (vegan/gluten free)

Vegan, gluten free, no refined sugar, and no oil! They taste best cold, hence the name…

Adapted from Detoxinista

Makes 12 mini muffins.

Ingredients

  • 8-9 pitted medjool dates (6 oz)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 egg (or flax “egg” (1 tablespoon flax mixed with 2.5 tablespoons water—let sit for 3 minutes)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup cranberries, divided
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, divided

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350-F.
  2. In a food processor mix the dates, pumpkin, flax “egg” (or regular egg), water, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and vanilla until well blended.
  3. Add the oats and blend until a batter is formed. If the mixture seems very thick add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to help thin it out a bit.
  4. Stir in the pumpkin seeds and cranberries, leaving out a few to sprinkle on top.
  5. Fill muffin tins almost all the way to the top. Bake until the muffins have risen and feel firm when you lightly touch them in the center, about 15 minutes for mini and 20 minutes for standard.
  6. For best results refrigerate until completely chilled before serving. They are moister and sweeter when they are cold.

To make into bars: Spread the batter evenly on a parchment lined baking pan or dish. I use one approximately 8 x 9.5. Sprinkle with a few cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Store in the refrigerate for a few weeks.

What to do with leftover pumpkin puree?: You’ll have just enough leftover in the can to make a loaf of Ultimate Pumpkin BreadHealthyPumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding, Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, GF Pumpkin Oat Pancakes or Pumpkin Cupcakes.