Pumpkin Spice (Pancakes!) & All Things Nice
We're loving Autumn here at Clean Little Tummies. Yes, we are without a proper kitchen. Yes, we don't have a floor, and yes, our fridge is in the garage. But how can we not get excited by all the gorgeous Autumn feels that are around? The colours, smells and sounds get me every year - how is it all so beautiful? Walking to school every day, crunching through the leaves is one of my favourite sounds. And, of course, all the pumpkins that are everywhere. Is there an Instagram feed without a little white pumpkin going on? I don't think so.
In true Autumn and Halloween style I took my three Clean Little Tummies to our first ever pumpkin patch this weekend, and we had so much fun. There is a lovely Pop Up Pumpkin Patch near us this year. Armed with my camera, we headed off for some Sunday fun and to pick some pumpkins for some new recipes (and some Instagram photos of course!). What a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. There was a little quiz all about pumpkins and squashes, a mini maze made from hay bales, and pumpkins galore. With a wheelbarrow and two little boys in for the ride, we headed into the Pumpkin Patch and stocked up on some beautiful pumpkins and squashes. The children loved running around finding their own pumpkin for Halloween (after I had explained to Sam that they weren't footballs or basketballs) and I loved finding some beauties for cooking and photographing.
So what is one of the best things to do with pumpkin this time of year? In my opinion it is making it into some pumpkin spice puree to add to pancakes to create delicious (and nutritious!) Pumpkin Spice Pancakes. They are so naturally sweet and taste of Autumn and Winter all in one. A comforting weekend breakfast which will cheer everyone up on the greyest of Autumn days...
You will need:
200g of steamed pumpkin
1 tsp of cinnamon, mixed spice, ground ginger
100g spelt flour
1 tsp baking power
1 very ripe banana
Maple syrup to sweeten to your taste
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender (I use my nutribullet) to make a smooth batter.
Heat some coconut oil in a non stick frying pan.
Once heated add small batches of the mixture, cook until bubbles start to form and then flip to cook the other side.
Serve with maple syrup, a good sprinkle of cinnamon and a dollop of greek yoghurt for a real treat.
This will make approximately 15 small pancakes - little-tummy sized!
Enjoy all the fun things Autumn has to offer...
Caroline & The Clean Little Tummies xxxx