Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin in July… so weird right?! This weekend I was going through my pantry looking for something to put together without buying any food (read: Joanna spent too much money at Sephora). I ended up throwing away a fair amount of stuff that was past it’s due date, which I HATE doing, but I guess it’s for the best. I happened upon a can of pumpkin that read “July 2012”. Phew safe for the fall. But then I read the bottom that said “July 2011”! Massive fail on their part. Not wanting to waste anything else… especially pumpkin… some pancakes were definitely in order.

I never make them from scratch. I don’t know why. It seems like a fairly easy task yet I always use a mix. Trader Joe’s used to have this uh-mazing dairy-free one but I haven’t seen it around lately. When I got the usual “Did you find everything you were looking for today?” line I spoke up and the guy said that I was probably the only one buying it. Touché.
Yields 12 pancakes.

pancake mix + ingredients it calls for
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
handful of pecans for garnish (optional)

Make the pancake batter as directed. Whisk in canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and pie spice. Heat a large pan on medium and pour batter using the 1/4 measuring cup. Once small bubbles start forming on the top, it’s time to flip. Top with pecans and lots of maple syrup =).