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Makes: 16 pancakes (4-inch)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
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Jack-O-Lanterns (Pumpkin Pancakes)
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Prep time: 15 minutesCooking time: 5 minutesTotal time: 20 minutes


1 egg
1⁄2 cup
canned pumpkin
1 3⁄4 cups
nonfat or 1% milk
2 Tablespoons
vegetable oil
2 cups
2 Tablespoons
brown sugar
1 Tablespoon
baking powder
1 teaspoon
pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon


  1. Combine eggs, pumpkin, milk and oil in large mixing bowl.
  2. Add flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt to egg mixture. Stir gently.
  3. Lightly spray a large skillet or griddle with non-stick cooking spray or lightly wipe with oil. Heat skillet or griddle over medium-high heat (300 degrees in an electric skillet). Using a 1/4 cup measure, pour batter on hot griddle.
  4. Put a face on the jack-o-lantern, using raisins for eyes and teeth. Drop raisins in batter while it cooks.
  5. Pancakes are ready to turn when tops are bubbly all over, and the edges begin to appear dry. Use a quick flip with a broad spatula to turn pancakes. Turn only once. Continue to bake until bottoms are brown and dry.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • No pumpkin pie spice? Use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon cloves or nutmeg.
  • Try using 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour for more whole grains!
  • To see if skillet is hot enough, sprinkle with a few drops of water. If drops skitter around, heat is just right.
  • Top with applesauce, fresh fruit or yogurt.
Serving Size: 
2 pancakes
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  • fruit
  • low-fat yogurt
  • a glass of low-fat milk
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Depending on their skills, show kids how to:

  • Measure flours and other dry ingredients
  • Arrange raisins
  • Crack and beat eggs
  • Use a ¼ cup measuring cup to dip and pour batter

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