Pumpkin-Bran Pancakes

September 16, 2012

To say that I’ve been obsessed with making bran muffins is probably an understatement. Just ask my husband. Ever since making my first batch of these muffins, I’ve been experimenting every few days with new mix-ins and flavor combinations. Joe and I both eat them frequently for breakfast, and I find that they make a great mid-afternoon or pre-workout snack. Basically, I love them, in case you couldn’t tell. If you haven’t made them yet, I would strongly suggest giving them a try.

This weekend I took things a step further by turning my beloved bran muffins into pancakes. It was surprisingly easy, and the results got rave reviews by both members of the Hofmeyer house. Adding bran to the whole wheat flour keeps these pancakes moist and soft and prevents them from becoming dry and chewy like a lot of 100% whole wheat pancakes.

Of course, I was curious about the nutrition information of these hearty cakes, since I like to make sure that our first meal of the day is healthy and balanced. Assuming that this batch of pancake batter makes 4 servings (1 generous sized pancake per person), the nutrition information is impressive. Each pancake has 145 calories, just 2 grams of fat (assuming you use 1% milk), 7 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. Crazy good, right?  Top one of these pancakes with a little peanut butter, some walnuts or sliced bananas and you’ve got yourself one heck of a healthy breakfast.

Pumpkin-Bran Pancakes 
*3/4 cup wheat bran
*1/2 cup whole wheat flour
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
*2 tablespoons brown sugar
*3/4 cup milk
*1 large egg, lightly beaten
* 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

*In a medium bowl, combine the wheat bran, flour, baking soda, spices and brown sugar. Stir until well combined. Add in the milk, egg and pumpkin puree and stir until wet and dry ingredients are evenly combined.
*Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lightly grease with nonstick cooking spray or butter. Add batter (a heaping 1/3 cup per pancake) into the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until bubbles start to form at the surface of the pancakes. Flip and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and transfer to plate. Top with peanut butter and walnuts, if desired. Makes 4 pancakes

Nutrition Facts per pancake: 145 cal., 2 g fat, 49 mg chol., 332 mg potassium, 31 g carbohydrate., 7 g dietary fiber, 7 g protein

Happy Cooking!

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  • Reply Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough September 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Mmm, that looks tasty! And I love that they’re good for you, too. Definitely going to bring these into my breakfast routine! 🙂

  • Reply Maggie G. September 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    These look far too delicious to be healthy! It’s nice to have some nutritious pumpkin alternatives at this time of year 🙂

  • Reply Urban Wife September 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    These look delicious! I will be making them for a weekend breakfast, very soon. 🙂

  • Reply Clara Artschwager September 17, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Mmm I love the way you “healthify” pancakes, Madison. And that peanut butter! It’s call my name.

  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet September 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Love everything about these!

  • Reply Maggie M September 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Can you substitute oat bran for the wheat bran?

    • Reply MadisonMayberry September 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Maggie, I think you should be able to do that! I looked it up online since I wasn’t sure, and most sources say that oat bran is a natural sub for wheat bran. If you try it, let me know!

      • Reply Maggie M September 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

        This morning I made the pancakes with the oat bran I had and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! They were fluffy and delicious! No doubt they were a healthier version of the pumpkin pancakes I’m used to enjoying, but they still tasted great! I may have to start using oat or wheat bran in my pancakes more often!

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