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When I would tell family and friends how picky my daughter was, they wouldn’t believe me. They had to witness her gagging – before the food even touched her lips – before they realized I wasn’t exaggerating.

Miss. Hazelnut is now three and a half and there’s been a lot of improvement. We have a variety of techniques that, when combined, have improved her eating immensely. We shamelessly bribe her with lolly pops for trying something new. We take a hard line and will sit at the dinner table for an hour until she tries <insert this new item> before finish the meal. We put sprinkles on pretty much any breakfast food so that she’ll eat it. We have learned to describe or prepare things in ways that appeal to her silly side. But honestly, as she’s gotten older and seen her parents, brother, and friends eating other things, she’s just gotten more amenable to trying new things on her own.

The one place we’re still lacking, though, is veggies. The fights about trying a vegetable are much more fierce and even once she tries the veggie, she often doesn’t like it and may even make herself gap (TBD if that’s real opinion or her stubborn streak). Any time I can hide a vegetable in something I know she’ll eat, I call it a win. These “orange” pancakes were one of the more recent wins. I appealed to her silly side with the orange color, and her sweet tooth with chocolate chips (with her plate topped with rainbow sprinkles). But I don’t feel too bad because  know that there’s whole grain and pumpkin mixed in with the extra sugar we added. These pancakes are light on spice to appeal to her palate (feel free to bump up the cinnamon for a more sophisticated palate) and froze well for breakfasts throughout the week.


My daughter is still just a bit to young to have sleepovers regularly, but every once and a while, when we share a sitter with friends, Miss. Hazelnut spends the night with her best friend. I can’t wait for her to have planned slumber parties at our house, so that the girls can stay up late gabbing and rise in the morning with an extra special breakfast. I can’t wait to make these pancakes for her and her friends, and am excited to try some of the other slumber party favorites that the #SundaySupper tastemakers have dreamed up.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

By Books n’ Cooks


  • 4 Tbs. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. pumpkin puree
  • Cooking spray

Preheat an electric frying pan or skillet to 300F (medium-low on a stove top)

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, sugar, and chocolate chips.

In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla and pumpkin puree. Add to the flour mixture and with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir to combine.

Spray frying pan or skillet with cooking spray. Ladle out pancake batter into prepared pan. (Each of my pancakes used a scant 1/4 cup of better). Cook untouched until edges and center starts to set. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes to finish cooking.

Serve hot with maple syrup or other desired topping.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Now I’m off to bookmark and Pin other great recipes for my daughters next sleepover. Thanks to Marion at Life Tastes Good for hosting this week’s #SundaySupper Sleepover Favorites event!






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