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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast

It might not technically be fall yet, but I am still pretending like it is, so I made pumpkin pancakes for breakfast. I think I shared this recipe last year, but I figured I’d share it again. :)

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes    Serves: 1

Makes two small pancakes or one big pancake.


  • 1/3 cup pancake mix (I used Whole Foods Whole Wheat Pancake Mix)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 tbsp. chocolate chips (approx. 16 chocolate chips)
  • 1/3 cup water (depending on desired thickness – add more water for thinner pancakes)
  • Optional: syrup

I used to use sugar-free syrup for these pancakes, but I am trying to stay away from fake sugar so today I used pure maple syrup. I only used 1 tsp. which is about 17 calories. I am not a huge syrup fan so a tiny bit satisfies me.


  1. Add pancake mix, pumpkin, chocolate chips, and water to a small bowl. Whisk just until combined.
  2. Cook on a hot griddle (or pan) 2-3 minutes per side.
  3. Top with syrup or your choice of topping and enjoy!

The pancake mix usually calls for oil and an optional egg but I use the pumpkin in place of those ingredients.

I think I might trying adding peanut butter to these pancakes or topping them with almond butter instead of syrup. Yum!

Today’s Workout

  • Walking - 10 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I started out at the gym this morning with a quick ten minute walk on the treadmill. Then, I took a BodyPump class and it was hard today! I am trying to get back to my normal weights and it was a great workout today!

I have been wearing my heart rate monitor for the past few days and I burned 445 calories in BodyPump today.

Post workout, I had a chocolate milk and of course, I am already over my sugar limit for the day - 22 grams of sugar in organic chocolate milk, plus the one tiny teaspoon of maple syrup this morning already has my sugar grams adding up!

Yesterday’s Lunch

I have to share yesterday’s lunch because it was so good – an egg and potato bowl.

I used to make this for lunch quite often but I haven’t lately so it was a nice change. I cooked one potato on the stove with garlic, red pepper, onion, and a little bit of salt and pepper. Then I scrambled three egg whites and topped them with some cheddar cheese.

I put all of it in a bowl for the perfect lunch!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you like syrup? What do you top your pancakes with?
  • Pancakes or French toast?
  • Favorite pumpkin food?


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Last Night

When Danny got home from work yesterday night, I went to the gym. Now I remember why I hate going to the gym at night – it’s so crowded.

In the mornings, there’s probably about 10 people there, and I usually have the whole row of treadmills all to myself. I can stretch and use the free weights in an area all by myself.

But at night, it’s crazy. I was lucky to even find an empty treadmill. And I realize that a lot of people go to the gym after work because that’s the only chance that they have to go, but that doesn’t mean I have to like all the sweaty bodies way too close to my personal space.

I ran 3.2 miles on the treadmill, which puts me at the weekly goal for the Pile on the Miles Challenge. And I think my Nike+ is starting to fizzle. A few times it would just stop working and show that I wasn’t running at all, even though I was. After a few seconds it would start working again. Maybe it’s time to get a new one.

When I got home from the gym, I had dinner – baked ziti and roasted broccoli and carrots.

I like baked pasta so much better than regular pasta. I think it’s all the cheesy deliciousness.


I woke up early this morning just so that I could make a batch of pumpkin pancakes. My brother gets slightly annoyed with my obsession with pumpkin pancakes – sorry, Paul.

Along with my pumpkin pancakes I also had some southwest style hash browns.

They were way too spicy. Holy hotness. I am such a baby with spicy stuff, and I had no idea that they would be so spicy. From now on, I’ll stick with the regular hash browns.

Cookie Swap

I have signed up for  The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I don’t have any friends that want to swap cookies with me and I don’t have any coworkers to do a cookie swap with so I figured that swapping cookies with other bloggers was perfect.

I love getting homemade food from strangers.

Anyway, I am very excited for the cookie swap and have narrowed it down to three cookie recipes. I just have to figure out which one tastes the best and will hold up during shipping.

Today is a pretty laid back day. I have some stuff to do around the house and then the kids have karate later.

Have a great day!

What’s your favorite cookie? Will you bake some for me?

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Pancakes and Pump

I woke up nice and early this morning so that I could make a batch of pumpkin chocolate chips pancakes <—- because they are so much better with chocolate chips!

I like to make a big batch of pancakes and then freeze them. That way I can just take them out of the freezer and pop them in the microwave. Fast and easy. I made a batch of pumpkin and a batch of just chocolate chip because my kids decided that they don’t like pumpkin.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes – makes approx. 6 pancakes


  • 1 cup 100% whole wheat pancake mix (I used Whole Food’s Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix)
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Combine dry ingredients (mix, pumpkin pie spice, & cinnamon) in a bowl.
  2. Stir in milk and oil. Add egg and pumpkin. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Whisk all ingredients together – but don’t over mix.
  4. Spray pan with cooking spray and put over medium heat or heat electric griddle.
  5. Pour about 1/4 of batter onto the pan for each pancake. Cook about 2-3 minutes per side or until edges begin to bubble.
  6. Enjoy!

To freeze, I wrap the pancakes in plastic wrap and then put them in freezer bags. Then, I just remove as many as I want to eat and microwave them.

After breakfast, I took the kids to school, and had this conversation with my older son:

My son: How long is J (my younger son) in school for?

Me: Two and a half hours.

My son: Two and a half hours?

Me: Yes

My son: So you only get two and a half hours of peace and quiet?!

Yes, thanks for noticing. I only get two and a half hours of peace and quiet. And that’s only three days a week, which is 7.5 hours total. So, the other 160.5 hours of the week are anything but peace and quiet.

Today, I used part of that two and a half hours to go to BodyPump class. And it was hard today. My legs are going to be super sore. I have already used up more than half of my free BodyPump classes. I only have two classes left.

I wish that my gym offered fitness classes, but they don’t. And the park district where I take BodyPump isn’t the park district of my town, so I have to pay out-of-district fees. Six BodyPump classes cost $50. That isn’t too much, I just wish my gym or park district offered classes.

Who knows, maybe my family will buy me a park district gift certificate for Christmas. (HINT, HINT).

I packed my Odwalla chocolate protein monster drink in my little cooler for after BodyPump class. I love this little cooler. I just throw in an icepack and a small snack and it’s good to go.


Only 12 more days until Halloween! Do you know what you’re going to be yet?

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