Friday, September 9, 2011
Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes with Pumpkin Chia Pudding and Fresh Figs...YUM!
Funny, most of you seem to not like okra or even attempt to cook it. That kind of surprised me, but I also like that I'm not alone in the "I don't care for okra" club!

Let's continue on the subject of weird foods shall we...

How about chia seeds. I won't lie to you, I wanted to try them forever, but once I got them...I was afraid of doing anything with these little suckers. Tony told me flat out that he's grown his share of chia pets and has no intention of ever eating the stuff. No worries, now that I've tried them...I'm hooked! I've seen chia pudding all over the place. Some version or another of this crazy concoction. The stuff looks like something from the dinosaur age. I know, you start eating with your eyes, seriously, it looks disgusting, but hear me's good! And nutritious! How can you not love it?

My first experience, I went in blindly. I soaked the seeds in some almond milk for about an hour. I kept coming back to stir it and look at it. It was definitely a science experiment. I figured since I was such a scaredy cat, I would at least put it with something I love...pancakes!

These were pumpkin pie spiced pancakes with pumpkin chia pudding and fresh figs. Oh my...this was heaven on a plate! The warm spiced pancakes with the cool pudding and the sweet figs...hello fall!

To be honest, the pudding was creamy. I thought it would be more gelatinous, but I really liked the consistency. It made the pancakes decadent.

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pancakes
(makes 5 pancakes)

3/4 cup white wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice
3/4 to 1 cup water or almond milk (used water this time-for thicker pancakes, use less) 
20 drops vanilla NuNaturals stevia

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and spices in a bowl. Add the water (or milk) and stevia. Stir to mix well. Cook in a preheated nonstick skillet flipping halfway through. 

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

1 TBSP chia seeds (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice
20 drops vanilla NuNatural stevia

Combine the chia sees and the milk. Set aside to soak for an hour or over night. Stir occasionally. After thickened, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. 

I can't wait to play with chia seeds more. Did you know that they have 5 times more calcium than milk? That right there is a great reason for someone like me, that can't have dairy, to get these little crazy seeds in my diet more often! 

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:30 AM  
  • At September 9, 2011 at 6:18 AM, Anonymous Jessica said…

    You are making me feel even more fall-like than I just was yesterday! These pancakes look wonderful. I think I overdid it on the pumpkin two years ago, so last year I wasn't all about it. I'm already craving it for this year, though ;) And so glad you like the chia seeds. I tend to feel bad when I talk things up and someone hates it, haha.
    Enjoy your weekend, Sarena!

  • At September 9, 2011 at 7:11 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Yet another thing I don't think I've tried... lol

    However, I am sort of ready to start breaking out the fall-themed eats. I still have cans of pumpkin from last year (oops).

  • At September 9, 2011 at 7:36 AM, Anonymous Heather said…

    I have never tried chia seeds. But you have me intrigued!

    I just made pumpkin pancakes this week - I love pumpkin!!!

  • At September 9, 2011 at 8:00 AM, Anonymous Lee said…

    Looks good to me. I like chia seeds. BTW - if you're ever in the area, they sell them for super cheap at the Dekalb Farmer's Market.

  • At September 9, 2011 at 8:07 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    Chia puddings are an addictions for me. I love the idea of making a pumpkin version! Especially topping it on those delicious-looking pancakes. Have a great weekend!

  • At September 9, 2011 at 8:10 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    I just got some chia seeds and tried the basic pudding too. I thought what the hell is this - it looks awful. Thank goodness it tastes better than it looks. This pumpkin pudding is a must try!

  • At September 9, 2011 at 8:36 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    I looked for Chia seeds in Whole Foods, but couldn't find them. Do you know what section they're in?

  • At September 9, 2011 at 8:44 AM, Blogger Tip Top Shape said…

    All these pumpkin recipes are making me really want to go to the store and buy about eighteen cans of it! I've never made chia pudding before, although I put chia seeds in just about everything else. Must try it soon!

  • At September 9, 2011 at 8:44 AM, Anonymous Kristina @ spabettie said…

    yay! I saw your comment yesterday, haven't had a chance to respond yet. chia pudding is a great start, and it looks like you did it right! this sounds amazing, and good call on pairing it with something you KNOW you love.

    cha cha cha CHIA! ;)

  • At September 9, 2011 at 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    What a beautiful fall breakfast!!! I need to hop on the pancake train more often. :-)

  • At September 9, 2011 at 9:29 AM, Anonymous Holly @ The Runny Egg said…

    I love chia seeds -- I've never made the pudding, I just add them to oatmeal, smoothies and I sprinkle them on pancakes, PB toast, etc.

  • At September 9, 2011 at 10:03 AM, Blogger laurenabishop said…

    Those look SO delicious! And the figs are so pretty! I'd love to photograph that one! ...And eat it. <3

  • At September 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    You seriously outdid yourself with this recipe! Looks amazing!!

  • At September 9, 2011 at 11:55 AM, Blogger Emily said…

    Yum! I love chia seeds, despite their weirdness. This looks awesome. :)

  • At September 9, 2011 at 1:51 PM, Anonymous lauren @ spiced plate said…

    it's heaven on a plate! I'm so ready for the fall taste of pumpkin!

  • At September 9, 2011 at 2:16 PM, Anonymous Alisa Fleming said…

    Yum is right! I love that you are busting out the pumpkin recipes. Fall is my favorite time of year for food.

    I still have an unopened 5lb bag of chia seeds!

  • At September 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    I love chia---chia jam is my fave! Just adding chia to pom (or other) juice a bit of maple syrup, and it turns into jam!
    The pancakes look amazing!

  • At September 10, 2011 at 9:59 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    YUM! you know we love our chia seeds and pancakes :)

    pure2raw twins

  • At September 11, 2011 at 3:13 PM, Anonymous Julie O. said…

    So interesting about the chia seeds having so much calcium. You're right, they don't look particularly appealing, but I'm going to have to try them now!

  • At September 11, 2011 at 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've always wanted to try fresh figs, but I'm a little apprehensive to try them for whatever reason!

  • At September 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM, Anonymous Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said…

    Pumpkin is my favorite in pancakes! I've never tried a fresh fig before, but I need to get some before they disappear from stores.

  • At September 12, 2011 at 1:01 PM, Anonymous Alexis @ hummusapien said…

    what a fantastic recipe! I'm currently obsessed with pumpkin. Pancakes, smoothies, oatmeal, whatever! I just stocked up on chia seeds so this sounds like the perfect fall breakfast :)

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