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Easy Pumpkin Pancakes (Paleo and Gluten-Free)

5 Mar

Last night I was having trouble sleeping because I just couldn’t turn my thoughts off. I was thinking about my to-do list for the next day and what I was going to eat. LOL That sounds funny … but I seriously was! I was thinking that I was bored with bacon and wanted to try something other than bacon or eggs (probably because I had breakfast for dinner the other night so I was feeling overloaded.) Then it hit me: Pumpkin Pancakes! A few months ago, I saw a recipe for pumpkin pancakes in my Practical Paleo cookbook but had never made them … So, this morning, I did!

They were really good. I didn’t have vanilla extract but they still turned out really well (although thin) and next time I will definitely try the variation with banana because who doesn’t like banana pancakes?! Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Click here for estimated nutrition facts.

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOKING TIME: 20 minutes
YIELD: Approximately 8 small pancakes or 2 servings.


  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
    You may use canned, boxed, or fresh. The recipe works just-right with canned and yields a delicate pancake.
  • optional: 1-2 Tbsp of coconut flour
    To keep the consistency a bit thicker/firmer if you use boxed, or freshly cooked and strained pumpkin, you may need the coconut flour. If you use it, I recommend sifting it into the wet ingredients slowly to combine it well.
  • 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
    Leave this out if you are eating these while on the 21-Day Sugar Detox!
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon allspice/nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt


  • Whisk the eggs, canned pumpkin, pure vanilla extract, and pure maple syrup together. Sift the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and baking soda into the wet ingredients.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Then, mix the butter into the batter.
  • Grease the skillet and spoon the batter into the skillet to make pancakes of your desired size. When a few bubbles appear, flip the pancakes once to finish cooking.
  • Serve with grass-fed butter and cinnamon or sliced bananas.

Change it up:

  • Instead of adding maple syrup to sweeten this recipe, try adding a mashed, whole ripe banana to the mixture. If you add a banana, the yield will increase.

    This recipe originally appeared on BalancedBites.com.

~ Kate

Fitness Challenge RESULTS, Stand-Up Desk + NaNoWriMo

2 Nov

Happy Friday!

30 Days of Fitness Update

Soo. It’s November 2nd and my 30 Days of Fitness Challenge has come to a close. Did you participate? Did you work out for the full 30 days? Did you work out more than you normally do? Answer yes to either and I’m happy for you! This challenge was much more difficult than the Whole30 for me. No, I didn’t cry like I did during the Whole30 but man was it hard for me to motivate myself to work out every day. And, sadly, I didn’t do every day BUT I did do a TON more than I usually do and I really think I’ve made working out on a consistent basis, habitual.


  • I lost inches: 5.25!!! WOW I was not expecting that. That’s: 3/4 from my arms, 2 from my waist, 1.5 from my hips and 1 from each of my thighs.
  • I lost weight: 3lbs – this didn’t make me too happy at first but just another testament that the scale doesn’t define you, the inches lost absolutely surprised and thrilled me!
  • I can run farther: I increased my distance by 1.5 miles! I’m running 3 miles without stopping now :)
  • My endurance has skyrocketed!
  • I feel still feel amazing. As long as I eat clean and workout I’m happy. If I start getting dirty in my eating then my mood is NOT ok. Poor Daniel …

What’s the plan now? I’m going to alternate strength training and running/swimming M-F.

Stand-Up Desk Update

SO! I am super pumped about how this experiment has been going. To read my initial observations, click here. I’ve been standing every day since October 25th, which makes this day #7. The hardest challenge has been to mentally say that I’m not sitting, I’m STANDING. And to keep it that way. Secondly, I’ve had to add comfort inserts for my shoes, where my tennis shoes sometimes and of course I have my trusty mat. Overall, I feel more energy and less lethargic (no afternoon bog down) and I’m actually more productive.

Oh! And I was talking to my boss this morning and he asked if I wanted a stand-up desk since this seemed like it was a long-term thing. Ha! So, I’ll be researching options and let you know what I think.

No Tube Update + NaNoWriMo

Yesterday was my first full day without TV. Daniel did so I took time to do other stuff around the house. Not too bad but a little weird to not plop down in front of the tube while doing other tasks having it playing in the background.

The timing of this challenge is kind of ironic because it also happens to be National Novel Writing Month. My friend, Gini, brought this to my attention as she is writing a novel of her own during this crazy month via nanowrimo.org. Well, the idea of writing a novel, period, terrifies me quite honestly. I love writing but a novel?! That’s 50,000+ words!! What the heck could I write about to that extent?

I’m in the middle of buying a house (cross your fingers everyone) … eating Paleo … working out consistently … working … networking … blogging … wife-ing … And I’m going to write a novel?? That’s crazy talk.

This challenge was definitely short notice  too (since I found out about it yesterday) and I didn’t have a solid story line or even a firmed up idea in mind. So, I did what any reasonable person would do:

I disregarded all those reasons and I decided to do it!

I think I might barf.

Well, I’m signed up and off and writing already. What have I gotten myself into this time? The goal is to write 1660ish words a day, no editing, just keep writing, and have your novel submitted by midnight 11/30/12. As of yesterday, the first day, I have 1778 words written and I’m getting kind of excited. This is going to be quite the challenge.

It never too late to do something that scares you, knowing that you’ll be better, stronger and happier for it.

Happy Weekend!

~ Kate

5 Healthy (#Paleo) Meals Perfect for Fall!

24 Oct

Happy Wednesday!
Since it’s fall, I’ve been really diving into the whole “comfort food” thing trying to find soups, slow cooker recipes and dishes that just make me say mmmm. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far! These recipes are Paleo/Whole30 approved, delicious, simple and only use 8 ingredients or less. Enjoy!

  1. Easy Pulled Beef
    I baked a sweet potato and steamed some broccoli to accompany the beef. I also added mushrooms. YUM!

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe credit: PaleoOMG.

  2. Slow Cooker Carnitas

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe/Photo credit: Whole9Life

  3. “Creamy” Tomato Chicken Soup
    This was delicious! Notes: 1) Apparently it has a very “strong” smell (I didn’t notice but my coworkers did.) 2) I would add onions! I think the soup would be even better with more texture. 3) I’m not sure what the conversion would be if you used unfrozen chicken breasts, so if you know, please comment below.

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe credit: EveryDayPaleo

  4. Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Sauce

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe and photo credit: KateUpdates :)

  5. Almond Meal Breakfast Porridge
    This is one I haven’t tried yet, but I’m dying to! I’ve been wanting to experiment with Chai seeds. My mom also has a recipe for porridge that’s supposed to be a-m-a-z-i-n-g so I’ll have to nab that from her and post later!Let me know when you try these recipes or if you have others that are fab for fall!

    Click the pic for the recipe. Photo/Recipe credit: PreppyPaleo



    ~ Kate