Archived: Mom’s Pumpkin Pancakes with Dark Chocolate Chips


Every week I whip up a batch of “homemade pancakes” for myself and my oldest son. Everyone loves these pancakes— including my clients who eat many meals with me. Make them Sunday morning and serve hot. Freeze or store the remainder in a Pyrex dish to serve each weekday morning. These pancakes taste so yummy that I can almost promise your kids will go to school having eaten a balanced breakfast. And while most moms don’t have to time to make everything from scratch, these pancakes are what I call “value added” or “nutrition added.” For time’s sake, I start with a basic wholesome pancake mix and then add in the nutrition.




3 cups basic whole grain pancake mix (I use 365 Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake Mix)

2 tsp. Cinnamon

2 tsp. Vanilla Extract



1 cup pumpkin puree, canned

3.5 cups organic milk

2 organic eggs


Best for Last:

1.5 cups dark chocolate chips



Combine all dry ingredients in a very large mixing bowl, preferably one with a pouring spout. Next, add in the pumpkin, 2 cups of milk, and 2 organic eggs. Mix well and add the remainder of the milk. Cook pancakes on a pancake griddle over medium to low heat to prevent burning. Pour batter and add the chocolate chips one at a time to each pancake. This ensures each pancake has chips spread evenly throughout and ensures deliciousness with each bite.  When the pancake has bubbles and looks firm, flip over. Cook about 1 minute and then serve or plate to cool. If you are cooling for storage, place the pancake with chips side up to prevent chips from sticking to the plate. When completely cool, enclose in a Pyrex dish for refrigeration or individual freezer bags for freezing. Bon appétit!


Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and a certified eating disorder specialist. Laura maintains aprivate nutrition practice in New York City, Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services.
Laura authored Healthy Habits, to help children and their families develop a positive relationship witheating and look at food through a neutral lens. These concepts are taughtthrough hands-on activities including recipes and can be led by parents, teachersor coaches. Healthy Habits is available in print through Amazon. In addition, Laura is the author of theDiabetes Comfort Food Diet book, which is available for purchase throughRodale’s online store.
You can learn more about Laura and read her advice on navigatingnutrition for a family on her blog, Mom Dishes It Out. Laura’s nutrition blog,Eating and Living Moderately offers nutrition tips and encourages readers toadopt a wholesome way of eating that incorporates all foods in moderation.Laura currently resides in New York City with her husband and is a proud motherof two. Become a fan of Laura on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

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