Fall is in the air, leaves are falling and the mornings are cool and crisp. Halloween is fast approaching, and pumpkins are everywhere! I love fall, time to take out cute boots and scarves, sipping on your favorite latte or warm cider..ah!


This morning, we woke up a little chilly. So I thought I would warm us up with some autumn inspired pumpkin pancakes, chai lattes and hot chocolates. I really love the orange hue of the pancakes, so beautiful. They taste like Thanksgiving, in breakfast form, absolutely delicious. Cinnamon and ginger notes, add the perfect warm fall spice to this sweet morning.

I wanted to debut cinnamon this morning, so I thought I would soften the cinnamon in the pancakes, but really let it shine in the latte. I made my latte from my spice cabinet, steeping black tea with star anise, cloves, and cinnamon. This spice medley can be as pronounced or soft as you make it. 

We were lucky enough to have some whipped cream on hand, so we made this morning extra special and went to town with the whipped cream, it just made everything sweeter.



What you need:

Pumpkin Pancakes

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp double acting baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp each cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

In a large bowl, whisk together first 6 ingredients (dry ingredients).  In a seperate bowl combine last 4 ingredients( wet ingredients). Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients; do not over mix.   

On med-high heat, spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake, cook 3-4 mins each side.

Chai Latte

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • whipped cream

Begin by bringing 1 cup water,star anise, and cloves to a boil. When water reaches a boil, you can remove anise and cloves (if you would like a stronger flavor, you can leave them in). Add in tea bags, milk, cinnamon,and ginger. Steep tea until desired strength. Remove tea bags and spice (if left in). Add sugar to your desired sweetness. Serve hot topped with whipped cream.


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