Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

FRESH Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Sprinkles!

Posted by 3 years ago 7 Comments

Little Guy and I just had to do something fun for Halloween this morning. We just HAD to. It’s HALLOWEEN! Only our favorite holiday ever. Well, my favorite. Little Guy says it’s tied with Christmas and Easter for him. He evaluates holidays based on the number of presents and/or candy he gets. I evaluate them on fun factor alone and by far Halloween takes the cake–horror movies, costumes, zombies, and of course…

PUMPKINS!

This year I bought a small sugar pumpkin just for baking. This is a first for me. Normally I just use the canned stuff. Whole pumpkins have traditionally served one purpose: Jack O’Lanterns.

Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Sprinkles and Fresh Pumpkin!(We carved ours yesterday. Aren’t they fun!)

But no more! I’ve gotten over my fresh pumpkin fear! This morning I roasted my first one and made some festive pumpkin bites with, yup you guessed it, sprinkles!

Here’s what we did…

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the top of the pumpkin off and scoop out the seeds and pulp.

Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Sprinkles and Fresh Pumpkin!  - step 1

I found this easier then cutting it in half. I’m thinking it was the 15 years of pumpkin carving experience. ;)

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Sprinkles and Fresh Pumpkin!  - step 2

Cut the pumpkin in and half and lay on the cookie sheet.

Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Sprinkles and Fresh Pumpkin!  - step 3

Laugh about how it looks like a butt. (Living in a house with 3 boys, this type of humor isn’t going away anytime soon)

Bake for about an hour until soft to the touch.

Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Sprinkles and Fresh Pumpkin!  -step 4

That’s it! Now simply scoop out the flesh and use it anyway you like!

I pureed it in the blender making some baby food… (mixed it with a dash of pumpkin pie spice)

Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Sprinkles and Fresh Pumpkin!  - baby food

and used 1/2 cup in my Pumpkin Pancake recipe.

Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Sprinkles and Fresh Pumpkin!  - step 5

Click here for the recipe.

We did make pancakes with some of the batter.

=Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Sprinkles and Fresh Pumpkin!  - the pancakes

But we also made Pumpkin Pancake Bites by pouring the batter into lined mini-muffin cups and top with sprinkles.

Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Sprinkles and Fresh Pumpkin!  - bites

Bake for 10-15 minutes until firm in a 350 degree oven and enjoy!

Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Sprinkles and Fresh Pumpkin!  - finished

I ate mine straight up. Little Guy dipped then in a bit of maple syrup.

Nutritional Information listed on original pumpkin pancake recipe.


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    Sarah

    October 31, 2011

    Notice any significant difference using fresh? I, too, have never used anything but canned pumpkin. But, if it tastes better I might have to get some post- Halloween cheap pumpkins. Reply

    roni

    November 1, 2011

    You know, that's a good question. It's wasn't "better" in my opinion but different. I have a soft spot in my heart for canned pumpkin. It's all I knew for 30 years. I like it. The fresh pumpkin was fresher tasting for sure, and lighter, not as dense. I think there is a place for both fresh and canned. Reply

    Barbara

    November 1, 2011

    I buy what they call cheese pumpkin. Its light in color and great for pies and more. Reply

    Jessica@LovesAvocado

    November 1, 2011

    What a great idea!I have roasted a lot of different squash but no pumpkin yet. That will be next on my list. Did you roast the seeds as well? Reply

    roni

    November 1, 2011

    Yup! I roast all my winter squash seeds! Reply

    erin

    November 3, 2011

    Roni, how do you roast your seeds? All of the recipes I am finding call for 8lbs of butter. :( Reply

    roni

    November 5, 2011

    Erin - Planning a video post about this soon! but just so you know, I only use a bit of spray and salt. They come out perfect every time! Reply