Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

I have been seeing a boatload of pumpkin spice pancake mix all over the place, but had been mildly hesitant to pick up a box for two reasons. One, many of the mixes I have spotted required eggs and oil, which I don’t like adding to my pancake mix. Second, I realize I love pumpkin but my boyfriend isn’t the biggest pumpkin fan.  There are a few exceptions to that rule … so I had hoped that these Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Pancakes would be an exception.  And … they were!
The mix itself is quite simple to put together – all you have to do is mix together water and the dry mix, with no need for eggs, oil, etc. A ½ cup of mix is a serving, so to make pancakes for two I used 1 cup of mix and divided out the water (listed on the back of the box) out for 2 servings instead of 4.
The pancakes cooked up nicely. As they cooked they changed into a nice brown color, and with the pancake browning it made it perfect. The pumpkin flavor wasn’t overwhelming, but it was noticeable. I enjoyed my pancakes with 1 tablespoon of sugar free syrup on them, with a sautéed banana on top of it.  Since we were having pancakes for dinner, I opted for scrambled eggbeaters and turkey sausage.
A ½ cup of mix is 230 calories or 6 points plus values. Delicious!
Have you ventured into pumpkin spice pancakes?

Chocolate Blueberry Protein Pancakes

Protein pancakes have become all the rave with folks who aim at eating healthier and amping up their protein intake.  Now, I personally try to have protein at all meals because protein keeps me satisfied.  I’ve looked up protein pancake recipes and after calculating out the recipes, the points plus would be rather high and too high for what I am comfortable with for one dish.
I’ve heard about making pancakes with Weight Watchers smoothie mix, so curiosity got the best of me. I decided to go the “safe” route and use the Creamy Chocolate since it was a flavor I could add a fresh fruit to.  I figured chocolate and blueberry would be a perfect combination because the natural tartness from the blueberries would help cut down on the sweetness from the chocolate smoothie.  It’s totally perfect and a great way to get pancakes for a very low points plus value – with a boatload of protein (15 grams)!
I will say the pancakes once cooked are slightly crisped on the outside, but the inside is softer … reminiscent of a soft baked cookie.  It’s not gooey, it’s just soft. It’s not that fluffy consistency you get with regular pancakes.  The blueberries gave it a nice contrast because as I ate it, the blueberries began to burst and it was a delicious experience.
I served my pancakes up with ½ cup scrambled fat free egg substitute (1ppv), 4 slices of dry rubbed all natural uncured bacon (2ppv), and ½ cup of spaghetti squash (0ppv) that I “fried” in a non-stick pan to make reminiscent hash browns. The greatest part is that the entire plate of food pictured was only 5 points plus!  Delicious, filling and totally worth it!
Serves 1. 2 Points Plus Values.
          1 Weight Watchers Creamy Chocolate smoothie mix packet (Note: Any flavor of Weight Watcher smoothie mix can be used in replacement of the chocolate. All smoothie mixes are 2 points plus values)
          3 tbsp All Whites 100% Liquid Egg Whites
          1 tbsp water
          1/3 cup fresh blueberries
In a small bowl empty the contents of the smoothie mix into the bowl.  Add in your 3 tbsp of egg whites and mix.  The batter will become very thick like brownie batter.
You can cook these up as is, or you can add fresh fruit. If you’re adding fruit, add in the 1 tbsp of water to help make the batter slightly looser.  Add in your fresh fruit and fold until blueberries are coated with the mixture.
Place a non-stick skillet over medium heat and spoon in your batter mixture.  You can make a big pancake, or a few smaller ones, whichever you prefer.  Allow the batter to cook for a few minutes (2-3) but watch it closely.  The batter does not bubble like pancake batter.  When one side is cooked to your liking, flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Remove from heat, plate up and enjoy!