This morning after sleeping in a little bit (9am, my teenage self would not be impressed), I woke up with a serious hankering for pancakes. I have been seeing pumpkin pancakes around a lot, and I had some pumpkin sitting in the fridge that I haven’t really been using lately. I thought I’d try my hand at making my own little cakes full of the pumpkin goodness.
I googled around for recipes, but I wanted pumpkin oatmeal pancakes with minimal ingredients and I had a hard time finding the perfect recipe for me. In the end, I decided to do my own thing and hope for the best.
They turned out really well, and I was impressed with my handiwork. They were delicious.
I am not a cook by any means, but I find pancakes really hard to mess up. Here is the recipe I ended up using:
Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
- 1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
Mix all ingredients together, pour onto skillet and cook a la regular pancakes. Makes about 6 decent-sized, thick, pancakes.
I only had a little bit of maple syrup left, so I topped one of my pancakes with that, and then the other two with Nutella.
This made me wish I had actually put Nutella in the mix! I loved the chocolately flavour. So good. Ah well, next time.
Though I am now a fan of pumpkin, I found that I couldn’t really taste the pumpkin at all in these, but it added a smooth and fluffy texture that I was a big fan of.
After breakfast, I leisured for a bit, completed a few chores around the house, cuddled with this little ball of cuteness…
And then hit up the gym!
I debated going for a run outside, but I wasn’t really feeling it. Since that is pretty much the only form of cardio I’ve been doing lately, I thought I’d switch it up and use the arc trainer at my gym.
I actually really enjoy the arc trainer. I feel like it’s a better workout than the elliptical (just my opinion, I don’t know if that’s true), and not as boring as the treadmill. I also can read a little bit, so I spent most of my 40 minutes on the arc trainer reading magazines and catching up on my celebrity gossip.
Before the arc trainer I did the 20 minute fit fix, which consists of 9 machines designed to work every muscle group in your body in a short amount of time. Perfect if you are trying to squeeze your workout in. I hadn’t done the fit fix since last year around this time, and my weight has increased quite a bit! I love being able to notice a difference in my strength. It is motivating.
And then I stretched. A lot. My muscles have been feeling really tight this week, particularly my calves. I gave them some much-needed love and attention.
I was very sweaty afterwards.
I love going to the gym on Saturday (once I get there). I feel refreshed and ready to take on the weekend! In particular, ready to take on some all-you-can-eat sushi action and my friend Sherrie’s going away party – both on the agenda for tonight!
Enjoy your Saturday!