When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes (healthy, gluten-free, vegan)

It's pumpkin season, and the fall-themed, cheerfully orange vegetable is making a delicious appearance paired with cinnamon in all kinds of foods and drinks everywhere we turn.  Our family has already enjoyed some pumpkin cranberry bread earlier this month, and we're looking forward to savouring our best-loved Thanksgiving dessert this upcoming weekend: mini pumpkin pies with whipped coconut cream.  Yum!  Today I was feeling inspired to do some experimenting with pumpkin in a breakfast food (because encouraging the family to eat pumpkin in healthy recipes any time of day is a good thing, right?). These pumpkin chocolate pancakes are a variation of our standard Saturday morning oatmeal pancakes; they are a hearty and scrumptious way to start off any fall day!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

1 1/2 cups certified pure oats
2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 cup of ground certified pure oats (I use a Magic Bullet to grind the oats into oat flour)
1/3 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp gluten-free baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp allspice
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp ground chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water (stir and let stand for a couple of minutes)
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
3 squares of a plain dark chocolate bar (minimum 70% cocoa), finely chopped

Place the whole oats in a large mixing bowl and pour the almond milk over them; stir and then let this mixture stand for about ten minutes.  Stir together the almond flour, ground oats, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice in another mixing bowl, then add the dry ingredients to the oat/almond milk mixture and stir until well-combined.  Stir in the pumpkin puree, then add the chia seed gel, grapeseed oil, maple syrup, and vanilla and mix well.  Fold in the chopped dark chocolate.

Ladle the batter in 1/3 cup portions onto a hot griddle coated in grapeseed oil.  Flip the pancakes when the edges begin to set and the first side is golden, then cook the pancakes on other side until they are completely cooked through.  Serve with a sprinkling of chopped pecans, cinnamon, and a drizzle of real maple syrup.  Makes approximately 14 pancakes.

These pancakes would be perfect for breakfast one morning on Thanksgiving weekend, especially if you have visitors who are gluten, dairy, or egg-sensitive.  I hope you and your family enjoy them!

If you're looking for ideas for a gluten, dairy, and egg-free Thanksgiving dinner, you can find a full menu of delicious recipes here

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays. 


  1. These look fantastic, Lisa! Just shared. Thanks so much for sharing on Gluten-Free Wednesday with us all! :-)


  2. Thank you, Shirley! I'm glad to be able to share my recipes and find new ones to enjoy every week in your roundups! :)

  3. Made these yesterday for a post-swim practice brunch. Delicious! Thanks Lisa.

    1. Thanks, Sam! We love post-swim practice pancakes here, too. :) I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed these!